by Jackie Bartz
Monday, May 24, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The M.S. Amsterdam sailed into town Monday, marking a milestone at the Port of Anchorage. The ship is the first major cruise ship to visit Anchorage in 25 years.
It definitely doesn't look like the usual cargo ships docked here.
The 780-foot cruise ship towers over the Port of Anchorage.
The unusual sight on the Anchorage horizon cruised into Cook Inlet shortly before sunrise.
"What a great visual you've got the beautiful ship on this side, the mountains," said Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan.
"We are very excited about the first ship," said Bill Sheffield, the Port's director.
Holland America's M.S Amsterdam is the first cruise ship of its size to dock at the Port of Anchorage.
It sailed in with 1,400 passengers eager to explore Anchorage.
"Oh it's been beautiful we've been up here we've been a lot of places but this is really beautiful," said Duane Peterson, from Minnesota.