Seattle, April 21, 1999 -- The mv Yukon Queen II, a $4 million sightseeing excursion vessel, has recently been completed in Freemantle, Australia for Seattle-based Holland America Westours. The vessel is estimated to arrive Elliott Bay by cargo ship on May 1, 1999 after an ocean crossing of approximately 28 days. She will remain in Seattle at Pier 69 until May 5, 1999.
The Yukon Queen II is an Australian "fast cat," or high-speed catamaran built by SBF Shipbuilders near Perth, Australia. She will replace Holland America Westours' original Yukon Queen and will be used for daily tours on the Yukon River between Dawson City, Yukon Territory and Eagle, Alaska during the summer season.
Navigating the vessel from Seattle to the Yukon and throughout the summer season will be veteran Captain Al Bruce. Bruce has captained Holland America Westours' original Yukon Queen since 1988 and was instrumental in the design and construction of the new vessel. Key considerations in its design were increased speed and capacity, improved viewing decks and amenities and environmental concerns such as minimal wake output.
Holland America Westours, the largest and most experienced cruise and tour operator in Alaska, owns an all-inclusive Alaska travel operation: luxury cruise ships, Gray Line of Alaska, Gray Line of Seattle, McKinley Explorer glass-domed railcars and Westmark Hotels and Inns.
Yukon Queen II Specifications
Hull Length: 30 meters
Total Length: 31.7 meters (including jets) Beam: 9.2 meters
Draft: 1 meter
Speed: 35 knots maximum, 32 knots fully loaded
Passenger Capacity: 104
Crew Size: 9
Special Features: Oversized viewing windows, reclining, custom-apholstered chairs, full-service galley, upper deck captain's
lounge, indoor and outdoor viewing decks, snack bar, gift shop, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.