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Port of Seattle – Pinnacle of Success

Posted October 26th 2016 in Latest News, News and Updates,

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Port of Seattle has won the prestigious ‘Best North American Homeport – 2016’. Cruise Critic®, the world’s leading cruise reviews site and online cruise community, has named the winners of its 9th annual Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards, citing the best cruise lines of the year across dozens of categories, as chosen by the site’s international team of editors.

“It is an honour to be recognized by Cruise Critic for our cruise terminals,” said Commission President John Creighton.  “We’ve made targeted investments over the years to ensure cruise passengers have a great experience while visiting Seattle.”

In 2016, superb facilities at Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Terminal 91 have served seven major cruise lines including Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Royal Caribbean. There have been a total of 203 vessels, and each ship call brings in $2.6 million to the local economy. Learn more at www.portseattle.org/cruise.

The Port of Seattle will have its biggest cruise year ever in 2017, expecting over one million revenue passengers through its cruise terminals, reinforcing its position as the largest cruise port on North America’s Pacific coast.

On October 13th, the Port of Seattle and Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the Norwegian Bliss, the newest ship in the Norwegian fleet, will homeport in Seattle beginning in 2018. Norwegian Bliss will be constructed in Germany. At approximately 163,000 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, the ship is scheduled for delivery in spring 2018. After a transatlantic cruise and a Panama Canal transit across the new locks, the ship will sail north along the west coast, reaching Seattle for the start of the summer cruising season.

Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaskan Adventure cruises from Pier 66 in Seattle, offering guests the premier way to see America’s last frontier, while also providing all of the innovative amenities, entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juno, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.

Last year, the Port of Seattle signed an historic 15-year lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NASDAQ: NCLH) parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The deal secures NCLH ships in Seattle for the full term of the lease and provides passenger volume guarantees estimated to bring $73 million dollars of revenue to the port.

No Alaskan cruise is complete without a stopover, before and / or afterwards, in Seattle and Washington State. Make sure your clients experience this.

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