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Cruise industry expects robust 2017

From a Post Bulletin article titled ‘Travel Scene: Cruise operators are riding high seas’:

The cruising industry is setting sail into 2017 with high expectations.

According to industry leaders, the outlook is that 2017 may be a historic one, with bookings at an all-time high. That prospect has been advanced by one of the leaders […]


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 […]


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.



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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Seattle 2011 cruise season counts 196 ship calls, 885,000 passengers

The great majority of cruises starting and ending in Seattle cruise to Alaska.

The Port of Seattle’s 2011 cruise season numbers are in, and the port is reporting numbers more robust than expected.

The port expects even more ship calls next season as the Disney Wonder cruise ship moves to Seattle from Vancouver where […]


Port of Seattle expects fewer cruises to Alaska, resulting in $53M loss for city

Cruise ships depart to alaska from both Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Business has shifted back and forth between the two ports for the past several years.

Despite the crowded docks, the Port of Seattle expects to see about 62,350 fewer cruise goers this year than in 2010 — a $53 million drop in income […]


Princess, Holland America settle Seattle dockside power issue with longshore union

ILWU Local 19 will do all plugging and unplugging of cruise vessels in Seattle.

Holland America Line Inc. and Princess Cruises will be switching back to shore power June 25, after resolving a months-long struggle with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 19, over jurisdiction.

The essence of the issue was longshore union […]


San Diego losing another cruise ship

The Holland America liner, the Oosterdam, will cease its cruises out of San Diego in 2012.

The redeployment of Holland America’s Oosterdam, which makes seven-day cruises to Mexico, marks the third ship to leave San Diego waters in the wake of a prolonged economic downturn and rising violence in Mexico. The net effect has […]


First cruise ship of season arrives in Seattle

KPLU's photo of the Crystal Symphony in Seattle

The cruise season has begun in Seattle with Friday morning’s arrival of the Crystal Symphony.

It’s the first of 195 port calls this summer at two terminals on the Seattle waterfront.

Other lines offering Alaska cruises through Seattle are Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal […]


Port of L.A. plugs in 3 different cruise lines to shoreside power

A Princess cruise ship using shore power

The Port of Los Angeles became the first in the country to plug in three different cruise lines to shoreside electrical power, reducing pollution in the area, it was announced Thursday.

The Alternative Maritime Power system developed for the World Cruise Center is capable of delivering […]


Onshore energy for ships to reduce San Francisco port pollution

Onshore power will be used by about 15 of the 50 cruise ships that come to San Francisco in the next year and as many as 40 after that.

The Port of San Francisco last week became the first in California — and just the fourth port in the world — to hook up […]


Cruise prospects buoyed by upturn in Long Beach bookings

More travelers are booking cruise vacations and paying more for the getaways, a welcome sign for an industry that’s struggled to keep its cabins full, executives at Carnival Corp. said Tuesday. Carnival cruise ships berth at the Port of Long Beach.

In the past nine weeks, reservations for the next nine months climbed 8 percent […]