The Port of Seattle has reason to celebrate. During the 2012 cruise season just ended, a record 933,900 revenue passengers moved through the Port’s two cruise terminals, further solidifying Seattle as a port of origin for Alaska-bound cruises.
“The cruise business is good not only for King County, but for the entire state,” said Gael Tarleton, Port of Seattle Commission president. 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. The exciting addition of the Celebrity Solstice and Oceania Regatta to our 2013 vessel schedule and our decision to continue our partnership with Cruise Terminals of America as our terminal operator continues our momentum toward that goal.”
Seattle ranks 7th in the nation for ports for passengers while Washington ranks 6th in the nation for cruise industry expenditures according to newly released 2011 data compiled by Cruise Lines International Association, the world´s largest cruise association.
The Port of Seattle’s record 933,900 revenue passengers generated more than $416 million in annual business revenue, $18 million in state and local taxes while creating 4,319 jobs. Each time a homeport ship docks in Seattle, it contributes $2.1 million to the local economy.