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Terminal 46 - Cruise Terminal Development

Proposed Cruise Terminal at Terminal 46

Terminal 46 Cruise Terminal Development – Scoping Period Closed
The public comment scoping period for the Terminal 46 Cruise Terminal Development is now closed (as of 4:00 p.m. PST on November 27, 2019).

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 of 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

Q1 2020

Port announces project partner


Target begin cruise operations at Terminal 46

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