Land Ho! American Cruise Line Kicks of Its Inaugural Puget Sound Cruise

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With Vikings at the ready, Poulsbo is preparing for the arrival of the 205 ft. American Spirit cruise ship on Friday, May 3rd.

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The 205 ft. American Spirit will cruise Puget Sound

Poulsbo is the kind of place that American Cruise Lines likes to stop in part because of Poulsbo's celebration of its cultural heritage, Captain Johnson, American Cruise Line.

This May, American Cruise Lines will be kicking of a series of 7-day cruises dedicated to the Puget Sound region that will include stops in Anacortes, Friday Harbor, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, and Poulsbo.

The cruise ship, helmed by Captain Don Johnson, will be anchoring in Liberty Bay for its last stop before returning to port in Seattle. Captain Johnson stated that Poulsbo is the kind of place that American Cruise Lines likes to stop in part because of Poulsbo's celebration of its cultural heritage.

With that in mind, the Port of Poulsbo, the City, and the downtown merchants have been hard at work to create a memorable welcome to Little Norway. Vikings have been coordinated to meet the ship, along with a former Miss Poulsbo and her helper, to greet the visitors.

Two bands have been secured to provide live music during the arrival and departure of the visitors, and the Historic Downtown Poulsbo Association has been coordinating with merchants to open their shops at 8:30 a.m. to better serve the visitors.

Several tours have been arranged, including a historical walking tour of downtown Poulsbo, but representatives from the cruise line made it quite clear that most of the visitors are looking to shop and enjoy the galleries. Another aspect that visitors are seeking out is local flavor, both literally and figuratively. Local purveyors of food and beverages who are interested in finding out about preparations for the cruise visitors can contact The RockFish Group: info(at)rockfishgroup(dot)com.

Kelle Kitchel-Cooper of The RockFish Group has been coordinating the efforts of the City, the Chamber, the Port and Historic Downtown Poulsbo with Port Townsend to help ensure that both towns optimize the experience of the travelers. American Cruise Lines has committed to visiting both destinations 5 times beginning in May and with an eye towards scheduling future cruises.

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