Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has announced plans to construct a second cruise pier in Alaska.

The company is working with the Huna Totem Corporation to develop the pier in Icy Strait Point.

It is scheduled to be completed for the summer 2020 Alaska cruise season and will be built to accommodate Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Plus-class ships.

The partnership will provide NCLH’s brands with preferential berthing rights and allow it to increase calls.

It will also benefit the Hoonah community, home to 750 people.

Oceania Cruises’ Regatta, Seven Seas Mariner, Norwegian Jewel and Norwegian Joy are scheduled to call on Icy Strait Point in 2019. 

Executive vice president of onboard revenue and destination development at Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, Howard Sherman, said: “We are thrilled to partner with the Huna Totem Corporation to construct a new pier at Icy Strait Point, which will strengthen our presence in the wildly popular Alaska market and provide our guests with a best-in-class experience as they explore the natural beauty and exciting shore excursions of this unique destination.

“This partnership marks the latest step in our ongoing efforts to promote economic development in the area and make a positive economic impact on the Alaska tourism industry.”

President and chief executive officer Huna Totem Corporation, Russell Dick, said: “The economic impact that this expansion and Norwegian’s investment will have in Hoonah and the Southeast Alaska region is significant, and we’re looking forward to how our Alaska Native community can be a sustainable contributor to the future of Alaska’s cruise industry.”