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CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC) is investing in the Seward-based Kenai Fjords Tours and Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge throughout 2013.
For Kenai Fjords Tours, a new 150-passenger catamaran will be built and added to the operation’s 12-vessel fleet, with delivery expected in early 2014. The new vessel, which is designed by Teknicraft of New Zealand and constructed by All American Marine, will offer stability, spacious seating, wrap-around viewing decks, oversized windows and LCD video monitors.
“All of Kenai Fjords Tours' vessels are custom-built for viewing Alaska wildlife and glaciers,” said Paul Landis, CATC president and chief operating officer. “We wanted to develop the optimum vessel combining an unparalleled viewing experience with passenger comfort.”
In addition to the vessel, CATC is also working on a rebuild of Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on Fox Island. The lodge is scheduled to be completed and available for guests beginning June 1. The 3,300-square-foot building will feature large windows overlooking Resurrection Bay, a spacious dining area and lounge and a redesigned kitchen with a new culinary program. In addition, an evening guided sea kayak tour has been added to lodge activity options.
“The Wilderness Lodge is a place for our overnight guests to gather, enjoy gourmet meals and cozy up in the lounge with a good book and glass of fine wine,” said Cathy Martell, general manager of the lodge. “Guests will be able to enjoy gourmet Alaska cuisine and bring some of the 'tips and tricks of the trade' home to their own kitchens.”