Nowadays, Seattle makes up a half billion dollar cruise industry. Twenty years ago, when cruise was a novelty in the port city, the inaugural season brought 6,615 passengers with 6 ships calling in port. In 2018, a total of 216 ship calls and 1,100,600 estimated revenue passengers were projected at Port of Seattle terminals.
The last cruise ship of 2018 season is due to depart from Terminal 91 on October 10 on a week-long trip to Alaska. The season brought the first of the new mega ships to port of Seattle, Norwegian Bliss, with nearly 4,000 passengers onboard. She is the largest cruise liner on the West Coast, custom-built for Alaska sailing, and recently became the biggest passenger ship to transit Panama Canal.
2019 brings the arrival of Bliss’ sister, Norwegian Joy, to Seattle in April. She will join Norwegian Bliss in offering 7-day Alaska cruises.
Every season, cruise industry provides over 4,000 local jobs and US$501 million to local economy. The cruise industry generates US$18.9 million per year in local and state tax revenues.