Eureka, Calif. (KIEM) – Eureka will welcome a cruise ship into port this Wednesday morning. Passengers on board can enjoy Old Town Eureka for the day with local artisan vendors showcasing their wares which will also be set up in Old Town Clarke Plaza. Many downtown businesses are excited about the ship’s arrival.
Eureka Books owner Solomon Everta says cruise ships are good for the town of Eureka and have brought its business in the past.
“We always see an influx of customers from these cruise ships, and that kind of gives us exposure to some people that we wouldn’t normally see,” Everta said. “People are very interested in our local community and the story of what’s going on there. And of course they see the bookstore and the old historic buildings and they are fascinated by what Eureka has to offer. So it’s a great opportunity to connect with people and share their stories and share our stories with them.
Another local business owner, Sue Mcintyre, who owns Belle Starr, tells us she is preparing for the throngs of passengers to come Wednesday morning.
“I’m really excited about cruise ships. We had a good experience with the last cruise ship that arrived. A number of people came to our store,” Mcintyre said. “We think this is a great way for people to get a taste of Eureka and Humboldt County. And maybe they’re here for a few hours on their cruise ship, but maybe they’ll be visiting the area again in the future, which is kind of exciting.
James Lawley, director of Redwood Retro, thinks cruise ships are good for the local economy.
“If anything, it’s bringing in a lot of business and more, I guess, you know, more to the economy here, which we need. So it’s beneficial to everyone, I think, that the ships of cruise come to town.
The cruise ship is due to arrive at 8 a.m. Wednesday, led by a parade of boats.