High winds force 4 cruise ships to bypass Ketchikan on Thursday

KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Windy weather on Thursday prompted four cruise ships to bypass Ketchikan.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://is.gd/H6pHyl) there were nearly 9,000 passengers plus crews on those ships, and the economic loss was put at about $1.4 million.

Winds were steady all day Thursday, gusting up to 36 mph, and about 4 inches of rain was recorded at the airport.

Wind is a serious danger for cruise ships, which have broad, tall profiles that can catch the wind. Wind makes docking and undocking difficult.

The cancellations left Ketchikan without a cruise ship in port for the first day since May 11.

The cruise season will end after three cruise ships make port calls next Friday.


Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com