The 2014 Cruise season has officially begun with the arrivals of the Holland America Line ms Westerdam and the Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess at the Port of Seattle‘s Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. Greater Seattle is a prime location for cruise ships arriving on the West Coast -178 cruise ships have been scheduled to call upon the Port of Seattle this season, bringing an estimated 805,000 passengers to our region. That’s the most passenger volume among all cruise homeports on the west coast.
The industry is expected to generate high revenues – each ship arrival is estimated to generate $2.2 million to the regional economy. “We aim to double the amount of economic impact in the next 25 years by encouraging passengers to spend more time and money in Washington state.” said John Creigton, Commissioner of the Port of Seattle. Indeed this is also a goal of Visit Seattle, which hopes to encourage cruise passengers to stay overnight at local hotels, shop at local stores, and eat at local restaurants.
The Port of Seattle sets itself apart for its environmental standards. The cruise terminal can provide up to 2 cruise ships with shore side electrical power, so that the ships do not need to run their engines.
The cruise industry is responsible for nearly 4,000 jobs, $372 million in annual business revenue, and $16.6 million annually in state and local tax revenues.