Cruise records broken

Posted December 17th 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,

The Port of Seattle’s 20 years in the business providing exceptional facilities to the Alaska cruise industry, started with just 6 sailings in 1999. This $500m business brings tourism to the city, playing a significant role in underpinning the city’s infrastructure and hotel expansion.

The record 1,114,888 million passengers using the Port’s cruise terminals this year, is set to be broken again in 2019 with the arrival of two new ships.

This year, the Norwegian Bliss became the largest ship to sail from Seattle to Alaska when it launched in May. For 2019, its sister ship, the Norwegian Joy, comes to Seattle and the Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas also inaugurates Seattle-Alaska services. Both ships will sail weekly, each carrying 4,000 plus passengers. Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International are already reporting the new ships are virtually sold out for the year ahead and 2020 bookings are already underway.

Leading tour operators and agents in the UK continue to add more Seattle Cruise & Stay product and the Port has boosted the marketing efforts of a number of operators.  Barrhead, Virgin Cruise, Iglu Cruise, Jetline, Travelbag and Thomas Cook are amongst those active in the market.  Companies like Imagine Cruising are looking at creating interesting and unique Washington itineraries to offer from 2020 as part of their product development

The Port’s marketing in the UK and Ireland includes the launch of a new Cruise and Stay taster video The video will be featured by Virgin Cruise in 2019 to inspire their retail customers to add interesting itineraries in Seattle and Washington state, when planning their Alaska cruise.

Seattle is home to two cruise terminals, Bell Street Pier at Pier 66 (2225 Alaskan Way Seattle, WA 98121), is the homeport for Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises.  Pier 66 is on Seattle’s downtown waterfront within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and other major city attractions.

Smith Cruise Terminal at Pier 91 (2001 W Garfield Street, Seattle, WA 98119) serves Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. Smith Cove is 15 minutes from the city‘s centre. Pier 91 serves two ships simultaneously and offers connections to the city’s power grid, greatly reducing air emissions and helping Seattle strive to be the greenest port in the nation.

For anyone flying from Seattle on US ‘domestic’ flights, both terminals enable hassle free disembarkation with the Port’s complimentary valet programme. While on board ship, visitors sign-up and can check their luggage directly from their cabin to their domestic (only) US flight to enjoy Seattle luggage free.

In 2019, the Port of Seattle will host the following homeport cruise vessels:

  • Carnival Cruise Line offers 7-day Alaska cruises on Carnival Legend departing Tuesdays from Pier 91.
  • Celebrity Cruises offers 7-day Alaska cruises on Celebrity Solstice departing Fridays from Pier 91.
  • Holland America Line offers 7-day Alaska cruises on Eurodam and Oosterdam departing Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 91. The Amsterdam offers 14-day sailings departing on Mondays, from Pier 91.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on the Norwegian Joy and the Norwegian Bliss. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 66.
  • Oceania Cruises offers a variety of itineraries on the Oceania Regatta departing from Pier 66.
  • Princess Cruises offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on the Ruby Princess and Star Princess. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 91.
  • Royal Caribbean offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on Ovation of the Seas on Fridays from Pier 91.

There is exceptional access into Seattle from the UK and Ireland for 2019. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will offer daily nonstop services from Heathrow. Norwegian will operate four weekly flights from Gatwick, Aer Lingus will operate four weekly flights from Dublin and Thomas Cook Airlines will offer three flights a week from Manchester. Other airlines including Icelandair offer one-stop flights at competitive prices.

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