Port of Seattle cruise terminals welcomed 179 vessel calls and 823,780 revenue passengers in 2014.
Each cruise vessel is estimated to bring in $2.2 million for the local economy. The port anticipates 192 vessel calls and estimate 895,055 revenue passengers in 2015.
“Our cruise industry has grown into a major economic driver for the Puget Sound region," said Port Commissioner John Creighton. “For the seventh straight year, our cruise business exceeded 800,000 passengers. We remain committed to growing that number, as well as getting cruise-going visitors to stay here a few extra days.”
Seattle’s cruise business—currently leading all cruise homeports on the west coast in passenger volume—is responsible for nearly 4,000 jobs, $372 million in annual business revenue, and $16.6 million annually in state and local tax revenues.
Next year, with the addition of Holland America’s Statendam every other Monday, there will be seven cruise lines (Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean) with eleven premier home port vessels offering seven, 10 and 14 day cruises to Alaska.
The Port of Seattle is expecting several new ships to home port here, along with additional itineraries:
• Carnival Cruise Lines offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Carnival Legend departing Tuesdays from Pier 91.
• Celebrity Cruises offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Celebrity Solstice departing Fridays from Pier 91.
• Holland America Line offers 7-day cruises from Seattle to Alaska on the Westerdam and the Amsterdam. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 91. Holland America also offers 14-day Alaska itineraries on the Statendam departing every other Monday from Pier 91.
• Norwegian Cruise Line offers 7-day cruises from Seattle to Alaska on the Norwegian Jewel and the Norwegian Pearl. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 66.
• Oceania Cruises offers a variety of itineraries on the Oceania Regatta departing from Pier 66.
• Princess Cruises offers 7-day cruises from Seattle to Alaska on the Crown Princess and Ruby Princess. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 91.
• Royal Caribbean offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on the Jewel of the Seas departing from Pier 91 every Friday.
For more information about Port of Seattle, Seattle and Washington State visit: www.portseattle.org