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Port of Seattle kicks off biggest cruise season

The Port of Seattle kicks off its biggest cruise season yet on Saturday, April 29, with over one million revenue passengers on 218 vessels, making Seattle the biggest cruise port on the West Coast.

The port said that the cruise industry in Seattle is responsible for over $500 million in economic impact to the region, […]

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Panama Canal sets back-to-back-to-back tonnage records

Excerpts from gCaptain:

February is the third-consecutive record-breaking month for the Panama Canal. In December 2016 and January 2017, the waterway set monthly tonnage records after transiting 35.4 million PC/UMS and 36.1 million PC/UMS, respectively.

Approximately 850 Neopanamax vessels have transited the new locks in the first eight months since their inauguration in June 2016, […]

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Carnival cruise doubling size of Long Beach terminal

Queen Mary Dome, Port of Long Beach

Carnival Cruise Line formally announced its plans this week to more than double the size of its Port of Long Beach terminal.

The cruise line operator has used a portion of the Queen Mary Dome, previously home to the Spruce Goose, since 2003. According to Carnival, a […]

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San Diego cruise ship terminal gets solar energy system as calls expected to rise 50%

The project, with 630 panels, is the fourth solar system at a port facility and is expected to double the output of the other three combined, port officials said.

A $341,000 solar energy system that’s expected to provide 70 percent of the power needed at the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal should be operational by […]

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MSC Cruises to build two more megaships

The Meraviglia Plus ships will be due for delivery respectively in November 2019 and April 2020.

MSC Cruises announced it will build two new mega ships that will be able to carry 6,300 passengers at full capacity.

The two new ships — which will be known as “Meraviglia Plus class” — will be 16 […]

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MSC convicted of treating crew members 'like slaves'

From Cruise Law News:

According to Defonsoria Publica Da Uniao, in 2014 eleven crew members were “rescued” from the MSC cruise ship and alleged to have been forced to work up to 16 hours a day and were subjected to abuse and sexual harassment.

A Brazilian labor court ordered the payment of fines, wages, overtime […]

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Big plans and even bigger ships as cruise industry enters a hull new world in 2016

Koningsdam is the biggest ship to be built for Holland America Line – like Cunard, P&O, and Princess, part of the giant Carnival Corporation. 2,660 passengers, 99,500 tons.

From The Mirror UK:

When the lavishly painted hull of Norwegian Escape swings into the Solent at the end of next month it will be the […]

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Port of San Diego: Start of 2015-2016 cruise season

The Port of San Diego’s homeported lines are Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Celebrity Cruises. On average, each homeported cruise has an economic impact of $2 million to the region.

The Port of San Diego’s cruise season kicks off on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 with the arrival of Celebrity […]

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Port of Seattle, Norwegian Cruise Line sign 15-year deal

From the Seattle Times:

The Port of Seattle commissioners this week unanimously voted to sign a long-term lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings to continue operating out of Bell Street Cruise Terminal’s Pier 66 and to split an estimated $30 million in facility upgrades.

Norwegian Cruise will pay the Port an estimated $73 million […]

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Port of Seattle’s cruise season underway

The Port of Seattle’s 2015 cruise season began May 1 at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal with the arrival of the Holland America Line Westerdam. The port expects 192 cruise ship calls this season, bringing an estimated 895,055 revenue passengers.

For the eighth year in a row, Port of Seattle cruise terminals will welcome over 800,000 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Cruise ships: 16 heading to Astoria later this year

Cruise ship in Astoria, Oregon

Sixteen cruise ships carrying nearly 30,000 total estimated passengers are scheduled to stop at the Port of Astoria in 2014.

“It’s serious money to our community,” said Bruce Conner, who uses the Cruise Lines International Association estimate of $125 spent per couple. Four out of five passengers usually leave the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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