The Port of Seattle announced today that the 2009 cruise season, which brought in a record 218 vessel calls and welcomed 875,433 passengers, continues to validate Seattle's strong position in the Alaska cruise market.
"The cruise business is an important source of jobs and economic growth for King County, especially in these tough economic times," said Port Commission President Bill Bryant. "Every one of the 218 ships this year brings over $1.7 million to King County's economy. That is money going to everything from florists and wineries, to hotels, restaurants and wages to the hard working men and women at the cruise terminals."
"Seattle's market share of the Alaska cruise business has grown dramatically, from six vessel calls to 218 in just 10 years," said Tay Yoshitani, Port of Seattle CEO. "People have discovered what a great destination Alaska is, and we are seeing the benefits of job creation and revenue in our region."
The cruise business in Seattle generates over $312 million in annual business revenue, over $16 million in annual state and local taxes, and 3,781 jobs.
The 2009 season saw the opening of the new Smith Cove Cruise Terminal, a new two berth facility on Pier 91 near the Magnolia Bridge. For next year's cruise season, it is estimated that 222vessel calls will arrive in Seattle bringing with them 846,000 passengers.