This week, the Seattle Washington Port Authority unveiled the new Bell Street Pier 66 Cruise Ship Terminal. The Pier 66 location is in the heart of the city, within walking distance of popular tourist haunts, unlike Pier 91, located on the North end of Seattle.
Many of Seattle’s top visitor attractions are within blocks of Pier 66, including the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, historic Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Aquarium.
In August 2015, the Port of Seattle signed a historic 15-year lease with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
The agreement includes a $30 million investment in tenant improvement at the facility which will be shared equally by NCLH and the Port of Seattle.
The Port estimates cruise ship passengers will be responsible for over $500 million in economic impact, 4,000 jobs, and $18.9 million in taxes in 2017.
The Port of Seattle website has a special offer for cruise ship passengers. “This cruise season, the Port of Seattle will offer a complementary luggage program for guests. Passengers with flights departing after 11:00 am can receive their boarding pass while on board their ship and have their luggage delivered directly to their airline – all compliments of the Port of Seattle.”
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