Story last updated at 3:28 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2002

New dock, new opportunity
Dear Editor,

Homer recently saw its first cruise ship docking of the year, one of three total scheduled dockings for this summer, and the first cruise ship calling on the new Pioneer Dock. This was the inaugural call of the Spirit of Oceanus of Alaska Sightseeing Cruise West, which was carrying 94 passengers. This is a small, custom-tour-style ship (297 feet) bringing passengers interested in a more unique itinerary in Alaska. Last year at the Homer Economic Forum many residents voiced their support for this type of ship calling on Homer, and hopefully last week was just the beginning of relationships like this. The inaugural call helped us learn a lot, and the experience will help us better prepare for future dockings.

There were many businesses and individuals who made this docking successful, and we want to thank the following people for their help: Captain's Coffee, Coal Point Trading, Picture Alaska, Alaska Wildberry Products, Mariner Gifts, North Country Charters, Inlet Charters and Homer Ocean Charters for contributing gifts to the captain and ship; Harbormaster Bill Abbot and his crew for arranging all the docking details and in particular handling the new security details; Kachemak Shellfish Growers for providing oysters for all passengers on board; Shelly Erickson and Rick Swenson for organizing the welcome reception and arranging the excursions of their call; Mayor Jack Cushing, Chamber Vice-President Julie Woodworth, Rep. Drew Scalzi, and Cruise Ship Committee Chair Roark Brown for meeting and welcoming the ship.

May this be the beginning of new commerce over the Pioneer Dock, and new ways to enjoy Homer as the unique destination that it is.

Derotha Ferraro

Homer Chamber of Commerce