The cruise season has wound down with a record 933,900 revenue passengers moving through the two cruise terminals at the Port of Seattle. That translates into approximately $416 million in annual business revenue, $18 million in state and local taxes and 4,319 jobs, according to port estimates. Each time a home-port ship docks here, it contributes $2.1 million to the local economy.
In a prepared statement, Port Commission President Gael Tarleton said the entire state benefits from the cruise industry. “Our goal is to have cruise passengers extend their stay a few more days to discover what else Washington has to offer and to increase tourism spending statewide.”
Cruise Terminals of America is the port’s terminal operator at piers 66 and 91. Home-ported ships are owned by Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line. Next year, the Celebrity Solstice and Oceania Regatta will be added to the schedule. After a year in Seattle, Disney’s Disney Wonder cruise ship moved back to Vancouver, B.C.More