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Terminal 46 - Cruise Terminal Development

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Proposed Cruise Terminal at Terminal 46

Revised Request for Proposals Document Now Available
February 6, 2020 - The Port of Seattle released its revised Request for Proposals (RFP) document and responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the proposed cruise facility. These documents are available for review under Related Documents below. The revised proposal due date is February 20, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. 
Scoping Summary Report Now Available
February 6, 2020 - The Port of Seattle released the Scoping Summary Report that outlines the process and comments received during the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) scoping period for the Cruise Terminal Development Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). This document is available for review under Related Documents below.

The Port of Seattle is proposing to develop a new cruise terminal at Terminal 46 as part of a flexible marine transportation facility, which will continue to support cargo and other marine operations. 

Analysis of the cruise market and cruise ship deployment supports the need for a fourth berth to meet the demand for Port of Seattle cruise services. A cruise terminal requires a deep-water berth, a building to process passengers, ground transportation area, long-term parking for cruise passengers, associated utilities, and connection to the local transportation system. The facility would occupy the northern 29 acres of the overall 86.5-acre terminal. The remainder of the site would be maintained as a marine cargo facility and administrative use.

Projected Cost

$100 million in Port cost (assumes 50 percent cost-share with private investment)

Estimated Completion Date

Q2 2023

Map of the terminal 46 site along the Seattle waterfront


The proposed cruise terminal would add the capacity needed to accommodate the growing demand for Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and West Coast cruises, which can no longer be met by the three berths at the Port’s two existing terminals (Terminal 91 and Pier 66).

In Spring 2019, the Port Commission adopted the Cruise Business Development Principles to guide its cruise business and its engagement with partners and stakeholders in the operation of existing and potential new cruise facilities, including the proposed facility at Terminal 46. The Cruise Business Development Principles seek to: 

  • Maximize the use of the Port’s deep-water facilities and industrial lands to serve maritime industrial uses
  • Expand economic, cultural and community benefits within cruise operations and development
  • Support financial sustainability of the Port of Seattle
  • Incorporate leading-edge environmental stewardship and sustainability practices and facilities that can exceed existing regulations
  • Facilitate improved transportation mobility of people and goods in the region
  • Provide consistent excellence in customer service to strengthen Seattle’s role as the West Coast’s premier cruise port

Century Agenda

The new terminal will support the Port’s Century Agenda goal to double the economic value of the cruise traffic to Washington state. Growing our cruise business will support the advancement of our region as a leading tourism destination and business gateway. The new facility will also support economic opportunities for small business and women and minority business enterprise growth.

Business Plan Objectives

  • Increase cruise revenue while growing the benefits of cruise for our regional economy
  • Develop a new cruise terminal with additional big ship berth capacity and future expansion
  • Build support of cruise business with our community and local business

Environmental Review

The environmental review scoping period has been extended to November 27, 2019. Provide your comments by:

  • Participating via the online open house (
  • Writing an email to (please include your name and preferred contact method)
  • Sending a letter to Laura Wolfe, Port of Seattle, Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

Anticipated Timeline

March 13, 2019
Port publicly releases Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to officially kick-off process to secure a partner
March 26, 2019
Port staff requests early site planning and design funds
April 18, 2019
RFQ responses due to Port from Proposers
Late Spring 2019
Release Request for Proposals (RFP) to RFQ shortlist
Early Fall 2019
Port launches environmental review and permitting process
Q2 2020
Port announces a new investment and operating partner
Q2/Q3 2020
Anticipated Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) publication, public comment period, public meetings, and online open house
Q3/Q4 2020
Anticipated Final Environmental Impact Statement publication
Q3/Q4 2020
Commission review of lease
New facility targeted to open if approved

Related Documents

Related to Terminal 46 - Cruise Terminal Development

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