Port of Seattle wins ‘Best North American Homeport - 2016’ from Cruise Critic
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. Read all about the award here.
A spectacular setting
Two downtown cruise terminals and convenient air travel connections make Seattle the preferred choice for Alaska or Pacific Northwest cruises. Select from 11 premier ships for your cruise adventure. In 2017, Seattle will host 216 cruise ships and more than 1 million passengers.
Seattle is an experience, not just a destination
Named one of America’s favorite cities by TravelandLeisure.com and CNN Headline News, Seattle offers the best of both urban and outdoor experiences, providing the perfect point of departure for your next cruise. Enjoy touring, shopping, lively cuisine, microbrews, fine Northwest wines and, of course, Seattle’s famous coffee.
Many of the city’s top visitor attractions are within blocks of the waterfront, including the Space Needle
, Chihuly Garden and Glass
, historic Pioneer Square
, Pike Place Market
and the Seattle Aquarium
. Visit the city’s retail core where Pacific Place and Westlake Mall anchor blocks of national retailers and unique Northwest boutiques. This compact city makes exploring downtown easy. And just across Lake Washington, indulge your shopping senses even more at the upscale Bellevue Collection and The Bravern.
If it’s the outdoors you crave, consider a day trip. Three national parks—Mt. Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic—are an easy, two-hour drive from the city center. Discover the region’s rugged coastal beaches, dense rain forests and spectacular alpine peaks.
Seattle’s cruise business
In 2016, the cruise ship terminals at Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Terminal 91 served seven major cruise lines including Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Royal Caribbean. A total of 203 vessels called in Seattle, and each ship call brings in $2.6 million to the local economy. Overall, the Seattle cruise industry generates 3,647 jobs and $441 million in annual business revenue.
Norwegian Cruise Line to homeport at Pier 66 for 15 years
In August 2015, the Port of Seattle signed a historic 15-year lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The agreement includes a $30 million investment in tenant improvement at the facility which will be shared equally by NCLH and the Port of Seattle. The cruise terminal’s passenger processing areas will be expanded significantly. In addition, NCLH will manage the cruise operations at Pier 66 and will have priority rights to the cruise vessel berth during the cruise season.