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Icy Strait Point: It's not just for cruise passengers anymore

Icy Strait Point: It's not just for cruise passengers anymore (Forimmediaterelease.net) Only a 20-minute flight from Juneau, Icy Strait Point is the newest day-trip destination for travelers in Juneau.

Previously open only to cruise ship passengers, the destination port will begin welcoming non-cruise passengers this May. Based in a restored salmon cannery building just outside the Tlingit Indian village of Hoonah, Icy Strait Point offers 16 scheduled tours and activities for visitors including bear viewing, kayaking, whale watching, fishing and the ZipRider, the world's largest zip line. Visitors also find ample shopping and dining opportunities in the cannery.

“Icy Strait Point offers a variety of authentic activities for travelers," said Bob Wysocki, CEO of Icy Strait Point. “We offer the finest Alaska Native cultural show, 'Tribal Dance and Cultural Legends,' the only local brown bear tour with up to 79 percent chance of spotting a bear, and we are renowned for 100 percent sightings on our whale watching tour over the past four years."

Independent travelers can visit Icy Strait Point on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, between May 4 and September 26, as well as the last Saturday in May, June, July and August. Visitors are welcome on any of the port's excursions, but cannot make reservations in advance. With no more than one cruise ship docking at a time, space is usually available on excursions.

Visitors staying in Juneau can take a quick flight to Hoonah, 50 miles west of Juneau, and arrive at Icy Strait Point within minutes to access amazing cultural and adventure activities. Wings of Alaska offers regular service between Juneau and Hoonah, and charter companies, such as Air Excursions, can schedule flights as well. Hoonah also is accessible by ferry through the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Icy Strait Point is owned by Huna Totem Corporation, the Native village corporation for Hoonah, and is the only privately owned cruise ship port in Southeast Alaska. In 2008, 120,000 cruise ship visitors are scheduled to call on the port at Icy Strait Point. For a complete list of available tours and descriptions, please visit www.icystraitpoint.com.

Photography available upon request.

Media contacts Bob Wysocki CEO, Huna Totem Corporation CEO, Icy Strait Point (907) 523-3670 rwysocki@hunatotem.com Jennifer Thompson President, Bernholz & Graham (800) 327-9372 jennifer@bernholzandgraham.com

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