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Guide to Seattle’s 2011 Cruise Season

May 3, 2011 11:17 AM

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Seattle’s cruise business—currently leading all U.S. cruise homeports on the west coast in passenger volume and number of ship calls—is responsible for nearly 4,500 jobs, $425 million in annual business revenue, and nearly $19 million annually in state and local tax revenues. In comparison, 2008’s annual Seattle cruise business revenue totaled $274 million, producing about 2,400 jobs and $8 million in annual state and local taxes. That’s significant growth in two years. And with two homeports, including the newer Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, there’s plenty of room for arrivals and departures.

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
1.800.764.7419
http://www.carnival.com
Carnival offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Carnival Spirit, departing on Tuesdays from Smith Cove Cruise Terminal located at Terminal 91.

Celebrity Cruises
1.800.647.2251
http://www.celebritycruises.com
Celebrity Cruises offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Infinity; departing from Bell Street Cruise Terminal on Pier 66 every Friday throughout the season.

Holland America Line
1.877.932.4259
http://www.hollandamerica.com
Holland America offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Oosterdam or 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
1.866.234.7350
www2.ncl.com
Norwegian Cruise Line offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Norwegian Star or the Norwegian Pearl. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 66.

Princess Cruises
1.800.774.6237
http://www.princess.com
Princess offers 7-day Alaska cruises on the Golden Princess or the Sapphire Princess. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Terminal 91.

Royal Caribbean International
1.866.562.7625
http://www.royalcaribbean.com
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.

And new for next year, the Disney Corporation has announced that they will offer weekly Alaska bound cruises from Seattle on the Disney Wonder from the end May through August, 2012. The ship will depart on Mondays from Seattle.

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