The M/V Kennicott was built by Halter Marine group of Gulfport, Mississippi
at a cost of over $80 million, she began service in the summer of 1998.
Designed by Halter Marine, and the Glosten Associates of Seattle, Washington,
the Kennicott is 382 feet long, 85 feet wide, with nine decks. She is driven
by two 6,690 HP Wartsilla 32E diesel engines, and has a service speed of 16.75 knots.
The vessel is ocean certified and is also designed to serve as a command and
logistics center during an oil spill or other natural disaster. The ship has
a capacity for 748 passengers, provides 320 berthing accommodations, and has
space for 80 standard automobiles. There are 48 four-berth cabins
(3 wheelchair accessible) and 56 two-berth cabins (2 wheelchair accessible).
The observation lounges and the enclosed, heated solarium give excellent
vantage points from which to enjoy Alaska's scenic splendor throughout her voyage.