UPDATE: Viking Cruises’ Octantis stop in Houghton canceled again

Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 6:46 AM EDT
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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Due to a fog advisory and high winds forecasted for Wednesday, Viking Cruises has canceled its planned visit to Houghton Wednesday morning.

The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce says the fog and high winds are expected to cause safety concerns for tendering passengers from the cruise ship which would have been anchored outside of Dollar Bay in Portage Lake.

“It’s a bit disappointing, but safety is the top priority,” expressed Brad Barnett, executive director of the Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I know the community was excited to see the Octantis in the Keweenaw Waterway, but we’ll have to wait a few more weeks until their next planned visit.”

A stop scheduled earlier this month was also canceled due to high winds.

The Viking Octantis is scheduled to make five more stops in the Keweenaw throughout the rest of the summer, and early fall. The best locations to view the 665-foot cruise ship will be in Dollar Bay at the Nara Nature Park boardwalk off US-41. The ship is planning to anchor in Portage Lake, tendering to passengers for about three miles to Bridgeview Park in Houghton.

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