The 2014 cruise season gets underway at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal with the arrival of the Holland America Line ms Westerdam and the Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess. This season has 178 cruise ship calls scheduled, bringing an estimated 805,000 revenue passengers through the Port of Seattle.
“Seattle cruise will deliver another solid season of jobs and revenue for our region, with each vessel docking throughout the season contributing an estimated $2.2 million to the local economy” said Port Commissioner John Creighton. “We aim to double the amount of economic impact in the next 25 years by encouraging passengers to spend more time and money in Washington state.”
For the seventh year in a row, Port of Seattle cruise terminals will welcome more than 800,000 revenue passengers. 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.
All cruise ships that homeport in Seattle use either low-sulfur fuel or plug into shore side electrical power while docked. Smith Cove Cruise Terminal can provide shore power for two ships at once, eliminating the need to run engines while at berth. A Memorandum of Understanding between The Port of Seattle, the Washington Department of Ecology and the Northwest and Canada Cruiseship Association sets strong standards exceeding federal requirements for the treatment of waste discharges from cruise ships operating in Washington waters.
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal and Bell Street Pier provide panoramic views of the city’s skyline, Mt. Rainier and the Olympic Mountains. Both terminals feature concierge services, luggage storage, on-board airline check-in, rental cars and secure parking facilities.
The 2015 cruise season will offer several new products, with the addition of Holland America Line’s ms Statendam for 14-day itineraries, the addition of the Jewel of the Seas replacing Rhapsody of the Seas, and the addition of the Ruby Princess and Crown Princess replacing the Grand Princess and Golden Princess. Each of the three new ships to homeport in Seattle in 2015 provide room for 500 additional passengers.
Homeport Cruise Lines Seattle – 2014
• Carnival Cruise Lines offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Carnival Miracle 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 ms Amsterdam and the ms Westerdam, with ms Amsterdam also sailing four 14-day Alaska cruises. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays 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 Golden Princess and Grand Princess. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 91.
Royal Caribbean offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on the Rhapsody of the Seas departing from Pier 91 every Friday