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S.F.’s new cruise ship terminal, named for former ILWU leader, sees first ship arrival

Jimmy Herman, former International President of the ILWU

The newest dock of the bay – San Francisco’s handsome $100 million new cruise ship terminal – opened for business Thursday when giant ship Crown Princess, big as a castle and white as a wedding cake, tied up just after 7 in the morning.

There was no [...]


Port of Seattle prospers in booming Alaska cruise market

Seven companies use Seattle as a home port for their Alaska itineraries: Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess and Royal Caribbean.

The Port of Seattle has overtaken Los Angeles, Long Beach, San Francisco and San Diego to become the West Coast’s leading cruise-ship terminal, thanks to the growing popularity of cruises to Alaska.



PMA and ILWU Provide Update on Contract Talks

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SAN FRANCISCO (July 18, 2014) – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) today issued the following statement:

After several days of ongoing talks, both parties will break from negotiations next Monday and Tuesday in order for the ILWU to convene [...]


Cruise season beginning in Seattle: More than 800,000 travelers expected

The Port of Seattle expects to retain its title as the largest cruise ship port on the U.S. West Coast this year with the port playing host to some 805,000 cruise passengers and 178 ship calls.

The first ships of the season, Holland America’s ms Westerdam and Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess, kicked off the summer [...]


San Diego’s waterfront bustles with cruise ships

San Diego’s cruise business declined 70 percent in recent years because of the poor economy and violence in Mexico, said the Port’s cruise marketing representative. He anticipates the industry will recover. Port of San Diego photo.

San Diego on Tuesday had the rare occurrence of three cruise ships in port all at once. The [...]


Port Cities Fret Over Taxpayer-Funded Terminals for Cruise Ships

ABC reported that the case of Mobile, Ala., is cautionary: Mobile wooed Carnival for years, borrowing $20 million to build a terminal Carnival would find acceptable. Carnival eventually agreed to base a ship there, and, in 2007 named Mobile its port of the year. The city spent $2.6 million more, according the Times, on [...]


The Company That Ran The ‘Cruise From Hell’ Pays Almost No Income Tax

Despite using public ports, Coast Guard assistance, federal customs operations and tax-payer funded roads and bridges, Carnival uses a tax loophole that allows companies incorporated overseas to avoid U.S. taxes, even if the bulk of their operations are based in the states. The New York Times reports that between 2008 and 2011, 26 major [...]


Port of Astoria expects high of 23 cruise ships in 2013

Cruise ship season is coming up and it will be one of the busiest to-date with 23 massive people movers scheduled to come to the Port of Astoria in 2013.

For many establishments, it can be a boon… or a bust, if they are not prepared for thousands of people hitting the streets at one [...]


Norwegian makes room for its newest ships

Norwegian Cruise Line has shuffled around its ships for the 2014-2015 fall and winter seasons to make room for its two newbuilds, currently under construction.

Norwegian will have eight ships sailing to the Caribbean and Bahamas out of five homeports in 2014: Miami, New York, Tampa, Houston and New Orleans.

Norwegian also said it [...]


A record cruise ship season in Seattle

Seattle is now the 7th largest port of origin for cruises in the nation, and number-one on the West Coast. Seattle Times photo

A record number of cruise ship passengers shoved off from Port of Seattle this year, according to Port officials. Hitting a new height of 933,900 passengers aboard 202 ships. Each of those [...]


Cruise business a success for Port of Seattle

Despite the Great Recession, millions have disposable income. It helps that plenty of retired Americans are able to spend money for the luxury of cruises.

For Seattle, that means going to Alaska, a route that is growing again after the state reduced a passenger head tax that had dampened cruise-ship visits.

Even with the Alaska [...]


Cruise ships extend Seaside, Oregon's tourism seasons

A record number of cruise ships are expected to dock at Astoria in 2013. Seaside and Cannon Beach merchants are hopeful many of those passengers spend money at local businesses in the two cities.

Doug Barker, events coordinator with the Seaside Chamber of Commerce, said most of the passengers on the cruise ships that [...]


Princess to base cruise ship in San Francisco year-round

The Grand Princess will move to San Francisco in May 2013.

Princess Cruises plans to base a cruise ship year-round in San Francisco — a first for the line.

The California-based cruise operator said the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess would move to the city in May 2013 to sail a mix of voyages to Alaska, Hawaii, [...]


Princess Cruises Sued for Allegedly Ignoring Distressed Fishing Boat

Adrian Vásquez is the sole survivor of the fishing boat that signaled the cruise ship. His 16-year-old and 31-year-old companions died in the days after the ship passed them by.

After surviving 28 days out at sea in a small disabled boat, Panamanian Adrian Vazquez is now suing Princess Cruise Lines after one of its [...]


Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural 15-night Los Angeles-to-Hawaii voyage under way

The Disney Wonder — a 964-foot ship that holds 2,700 guest passengers — is skimming Hawaii waters for the first time.

Disney Wonder’s arrival in Hawaii marks the first time that the cruise line has sailed to the Islands. Disney Cruise Line is offering a second cruise — a 14-night Hawaiian voyage — that [...]