Port Seattle suffers from cancelled Alaskan cruise ship itineraries

   May 12, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

CCL-Carnival Cruise Line cancelled the rest of its Alaskan season from homeport Seattle WA USA. CCL announced plans to restart cruising with departures from Texas and Florida, beginning August 1, 2020. However, the company didn't plan for 2020 homeporting in Seattle.

That cuts a total of 11 roundtrips from Seattle, that were scheduled after July 1, 2020. Each voyage represents USD 4+ million in economic impact to the city.

Port of Seattle (Washington)

So far have been cancelled nearly 100 ship calls. Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck announced they wouldn't allow cruise liners to sail until they know they're safe. He added that Port Seattle, cruise companies, first responders and local authorities would "continue to evaluate the public health landscape in the region" as they determined the appropriate start to cruise season 2020.

Except for CCL, 5 other cruise lines also homeport ships in Seattle, but they haven't made any official announcements yet. The cruising business supports ~5500 local jobs. Over 1 million cruisers were expected to pass in 2020 through Port Seattle getting on or off their cruises.

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