Seattle’s cruise ship business set a new record this year with nearly 934,000 passengers passing through the port’s two passenger terminals at piers 66 and 91.
During the Alaska cruising season just concluded, the business generate $416 million in local revenue including $18 million in state and local taxes and 4,319 jobs, the Port of Seattle said.
The business, which was focused mostly in Vancouver, B.C. a dozen years ago, has grown geometrically in Seattle. In 1999, just 6,615 passengers used Seattle cruise ship facilities, port figures show.
Seattle now ranks as the nation’s seventh largest cruise port, a considerable achievement for a port that has only a five-month cruise season compared with the year-round season at southern ports.
The port said it expects the business may grow in 2013 with the addition of two new ships, the Celebrity Solstice and the Oceania Regatta.