Guide to Seattle’s 2012 Cruise Season
According to the Port of Seattle, Seattle’s 2011 cruise season finished stronger than expected, with ten homeported vessels and nine ports of call making up the 196 ship calls at the Port of Seattle. A total of 885,949 revenue passengers moved through the port’s two cruise terminals, maintaining the consistently high volumes demonstrated over the past five years while solidifying Seattle as a port of origin for Alaska-bound cruises.
The local cruise industry is estimated to have generated $425 million in business revenue, $18.9 million in state and local taxes and 4,447 jobs in 2011. And those numbers are expected to increase with the addition of Disney Cruise Line home-porting in Seattle for the 2012 cruise season, which will feature the Disney Wonder, scheduled for 15 voyages to the Alaska market.
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal / Pier 91
2001 W. Garfield Street
Seattle, WA 98119
Seattle’s new cruise terminal at Pier 91 is located at the north end of Seattle’s waterfront, just 10 minutes from the city’s retail core and famous Space Needle. Smith Cove is home to Carnival, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. The terminal features onboard airline check-in and luggage handling, luggage storage before and after cruises, city information and a rental car kiosk. 1,000 secure parking spaces with a complimentary shuttle to the terminal, and a cell phone lot for convenient passenger pickup.
Bell Street Pier / Pier 66
2225 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
The Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal anchors an 11-acre complex along Seattle’s downtown waterfront. This vibrant, multi-use property is home to Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, which offer weekly sailings to Alaska. There is onboard airline check-in and luggage handling, luggage storage before and after cruises, city information and a rental car kiosk. The 1,700-space parking garage is directly across the street, and offers secure parking and a complimentary shuttle to terminal. The area has many restaurants and a recreational marina.
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Carnival Spirit, departing on Tuesdays from Smith Cove Cruise Terminal located at Terminal 91.
Celebrity Cruises offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Infinity; departing from Pier 66 every Friday throughout the season.
Disney Cruise Line
New to Seattle, the Disney Cruise Line offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Disney Wonder, departing from Terminal 91 on Mondays.
Holland America Line
Holland America offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Oosterdam and the Westerdam. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Terminal 91. Holland America also offers a 14-day Alaska cruise sailing every other Friday from Terminal 91 on the Amsterdam.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the NCL Jewel and the NCL Pearl. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 66.
Princess Cruises offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Golden Princess and Star Princess. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Terminal 91.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on the Rhapsody of the Seas departing from Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Terminal 91 every Friday throughout the season.