Record numbers cruise from Seattle to Alaska. Success fuels major hotel expansion
Posted July 19th 2016 in Cruises, Latest News, News and Updates, Seattle,
Breaking all records, Seattle is the USA’s West Coast, with almost one million cruise visitors passing through the port in 2016. The Alaska cruise industry started in Seattle in 1999 with just 6 sailings and has now grown into a business valued at over £300m with 11 premium vessels to choose from this year. The success of the cruise industry has helped underpin the hotel and tourism expansion of Seattle and its Northwest Pacific state of Washington. Between 2015 and 2018 a portfolio of new hotel developments and openings are taking place in Seattle and this year’s includes the boutique Thompson Hotel opening on 1 June in downtown Seattle. In 2017, new hotel openings will include the Hotel Indigo, an SLS hotel and a W hotel in Bellevue.
Alaska cruises, which sail some of the most stunning coastline in the USA along the Inside Passage, take 7 days so most UK visitors choose to extend their holiday to total 10-14 nights, adding a few days in Seattle for food, wine and cultural experiences, or for visiting the stunning beaches, volcanoes, soaring mountains, hot springs and temperate rainforests of Washington State. Easy access with daily non-stop, direct flights on British Airways and Delta Airlines / Virgin Atlantic add further impetus to selecting Seattle as the start point of choice for Alaska cruises, and other airlines including Icelandair offer one-stop flights at competitive prices.
The premium cruise liners that will sail from Seattle this year will include:
- Carnival Cruise Lines offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Carnival Legend departing Tuesdays from Pier 91.
- Celebrity Cruises offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Celebrity Solstice departing Fridays from Pier 91.
- Holland America Line offers 7-day cruises from Seattle to Alaska on the Westerdam and the Amsterdam departing on Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 91.The Maasdam offers 14-day sailings departing on Mondays, from Pier 91
- Norwegian Cruise Line offers 7-day cruises from Seattle to Alaska on the Norwegian Jewel and the Norwegian Pearl. 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 from Seattle to Alaska on the Crown Princess and Ruby Princess. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 91.
- Royal Caribbean offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on the Explorer of the Seas departing from Pier 91 every Friday.
About the Port of Seattle
The Port of Seattle is a major investor in the tourism market for Washington State and Seattle in the UK and has recently awarded around £70,000 in grants to regional tourism development projects around the state.
Two Piers –Smith Cove Pier 91 and Bell Street Pier 66 serve the cruise ships with curb side drop off, airline check-in and baggage transport on board the ship, concierge and luggage storage and complimentary shuttle services. Smith Cove is 10 minutes from the city’s centre and Pier 66 is on Seattle’s bustling downtown waterfront within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and other major city attractions.
The Port of Seattle owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a premier west coast gateway, with non-stop service from 24 international cities and connecting flights to 72 U.S. cities. Services at the Port’s two downtown cruise ship terminals make Seattle the preferred choice for Alaska or Pacific Northwest cruises on the U.S. west coast, via seven international cruise lines. Year-round service to Victoria and the San Juan Islands is also available. The Port’s tourism mission, in partnership with Visit Seattle, is to encourage international visitors to Fly & Drive and Cruise & Stay .