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A record 1.2 million cruise passengers expected to dock in Seattle in 2019

According to the Port of Seattle, 2018 marked the second year in a row with more than 1.0 million in cruise ship passenger volume.

March 19, 2019
  • According to the Port of Seattle, over 1.1 million cruise ship passengers aboard 216 ship visits were recorded in 2018, marking the second year in a row with more than 1.0 million in passenger volume. This is a record high for the Port, and represents growth of roughly 4.0 percent year-over-year. More growth is expected in 2019, with an estimated 1.2 million passengers aboard 212 ship visits.
  • Since its first cruise season in 1999, the Port of Seattle has experienced significant growth in terms of passenger volumes. According to the 2017 port data, every cruise season supports more than 4,000 local jobs, brings $500 million to the local economy, and generates $18.9 million annually in state and local tax revenues.
  • With this growth in cruise-related tourism, the Port of Seattle recently voted to seek a partner to develop a new cruise facility at Terminal 46 near Pioneer Square. The cost of the project is estimated to be around $200 million and completion of the new facility is expected in 2022.

    Source: JLL Research, Port of Seattle(data & image)

 

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