The Port of Seattle’s 2011 cruise season numbers are in, and the port is reporting numbers more robust than expected.
The port’s two cruise terminals, one on the waterfront near the Pike Place Market and the other near Magnolia, counted 885,949 cruise passengers among 196 ship calls in the late-April-through-early-October cruise season.
Ten ships were homeported in Seattle this season.
The port expects even more ship calls next season as the Disney Wonder cruise ship moves to Seattle from Vancouver where it operated this season.
The great majority of cruises starting and ending in Seattle cruise to southeast Alaska.
Ships sailing from Seattle reported they were at 109 percent of capacity. That patronage over 100 percent happens because a few two-person staterooms are occupied by three or more persons.
Cruise lines that called Seattle this year included Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity.
The port estimates that cruise industry generated $425 million in business revenue, $18.9 million in state and local taxes and 4,447 jobs in 2011 in the Puget Sound area.