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1,000-PASSENGER CRUISE SHIP MAKES DAYLONG STOP IN ABERDEEN

 ABERDEEN, Wash., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' 1,000-passenger luxury liner, Nordic Prince, will stop at the Port of Grays Harbor in Aberdeen at 8:00 a.m. on May 20 at Terminal No. 4, the Washington State Tourism Division said. The ship's passengers and crew will be greeted with a powder gun salute delivered by the local Black Powder Society; the crew of the Lady Washington, Gray Harbor's tall-masted sailing schooner, will row alongside the liner in handmade wooden longboats; and the Hoquiam Marching Band will be playing as the ship docks.
 The Nordic Prince is the largest cruise ship to visit Grays Harbor and is the second Royal Caribbean cruise ship to visit the harbor. The smaller 700-passenger ship, Sun Viking, was the first to visit last year. The response from the Sun Viking passengers was so positive that Royal Caribbean booked the Nordic Prince this year.
 Other cruise ship companies which make regular stops in Grays Harbor include Clipper Cruises of Missouri and Wilderness Cruises of Seattle. The Port of Grays Harbor hopes to attract more cruise ships business to the Aberdeen/Hoquiam area by targeting those vessels which sail May and September between California and Canada for the Alaska summer season.
 During their daylong visit, cruise ship passengers will be able to enjoy a number of onshore activities, including a tour of the Olympic National Park, led by a naturalist; "Timber Tours," featuring live demonstrations of old-time logging techniques and a sawmill tour; and a tour of the historic district, with stops at Kysa's Liberty Saloon and Cabaret and the Aberdeen Historical Whorehouse Restoration Society.
 A dockside market called "Captain Gray's Trading Post" will open at 8:30 a.m. The market will feature local artisans offering products indigenous to the area. A free shuttle will also be available to transport visitors between the dock and the downtowns of Aberdeen and Hoquiam.
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 /CONTACT: Tami Garrow of Port of Grays Harbor, 206-533-9506/


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