Port of Seattle kicks off another record cruise season via the arrival of the first cruise ship, Norwegian Sun, this past week making it the largest cruise port on the West Coast for a 2nd year in a row.
The cruise port expects a total of 1,100,468 revenue passengers in 2018, breaking 2017 record of 1,071,594. Bigger cruise ships to Alaska destinations lead the way toward higher traveler counts.
According to Port of Seattle Commission President Courtney Gregoire, Seattle welcomes the cruise season every year, as it provides more than a half a billion in economic value to the region.
Port of Seattle Commissioners approved Port Valet program last week, that is a complimentary luggage program where Seattle cruisers will be able to get airline boarding passes and check their bags prior to leaving the ship, so they can check out port of Seattle before flying back home.
The port will welcome Norwegian Bliss on May 30, 2018. At 4,000 passengers, it will be the biggest cruise ship on the West Coast during the season.