Despite predictions of a softer Alaska cruise ship business this year, the Port of Seattle reported today it achieved its best cruise season in 2010 with a record number of cruise ship calls and passengers.
More than 931,000 cruise passengers moved across the docks at Seattle’s two cruise ship terminals, one near Pike Place Market and the other between Queen Anne and Magnolia on the waterfront.
Twelve cruise vessels from six cruise ship lines homeported in Seattle during the Alaska cruise season which typically lasts from late April through early October. Those ships made 223 calls at the port.
Twelve homeported vessels and six ports of call made up the 223 dockings at the Port. A total of 931,698 revenue passengers moved through the Port’s two cruise terminals.
The cruise industry generated $425 million in business revenue, $18.9 million in state and local taxes and 4,447 jobs in 2010, the port said.
New developments in 2010 included Carnival Cruise Line’s first venture into Seattle, offering seven-day cruises to Alaska from Smith Cove Cruise Terminal every Tuesday aboard Carnival Spirit. In addition, Holland America Line introduced a 14-day round-trip Alaska itinerary out of Seattle this year. Princess Cruises introduced a 14-day round-trip Alaska cruise in 2009.
“The cruise business brings jobs, and each ship call brings $1.9 million to King County,” said Port of Seattle Commission President Bill Bryant. ”The 2010 cruise season is good economic news for our region.”