Seattle Seeking Cruise Line Partner For Third Cruise Ship Terminal

Seattle Seeking Cruise Line Partner For Third Cruise Ship Terminal
Seattle Seeking Cruise Line Partner For Third Cruise Ship Terminal

Downtown Seattle Waterfront Cruise Piers MapSeattle Seeking Cruise Line Partner For Third Cruise Ship Terminal – On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the Port of Seattle (see video below) Commision issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to draw a private cruise-ship partner to operate out of the new terminal.

Now that the viaduct is gone, Seattle is ready to move onto Pier 46. A cruise industry partner is sought for a third cruise ship terminal for the Seattle waterfront. The new cruise terminal will be located at pier 46 (Colman Dock). The partner will be responsible for 50 percent of the development costs, which is about $100 million.

Near Pier 46 is CenturyLink Field  (800 Occidental Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134), a multi-purpose stadium across the Duwamish Waterway within the Port of Seattle. CenturyLink Field is the home field for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.

The stadium has the 200,000 sq. ft. CenturyLink Field Event Center and  has 2,000 parking spaces in its parking garage and 8,400 in the surrounding lots to accommodate automobile traffic.

*As a side note, we’re excited to have two tickets for excellent seats for the Seattle Rolling Stones No Filter Tour concert at CenturyLink Field on May 22, 2019. We’ll be the two old hippies in section 111, row ‘p’.*

Seattle Pier 46 To Become Cruise Terminal
Seattle Pier 46 To Become Cruise Terminal

More than 1.1 million people on Alaskan cruises passed through Seattle in 2018. The Port expects more than 1.2 million passengers to pass through in 2019. The cruise industry brings in $900 million annually to the state’s economy, according to the Port.

The goal is to open the new cruise terminal at Pier 46 for the 2020 cruise season. Pier 46 will be equipped with shore power, which essentially allows ships to plug in at berth, so they’re not idling and polluting the environment.

“We need to make sure that they comply and there is proper technology such as shore power implemented by Seattle and we reduce the impacts to our marine wildlife that so many people depend on around here,” said Verner Wilson, Senior Oceans Campaigner for Friends of the Earth.

The two other operating cruise ship terminals are at Pier 91 in Magnolia, and Pier 66 (Bell St. Pier), north of Colman Dock along the Seattle waterfront (see map above).

Seattle Washington Puget Sound Waterfront 2019 Upgrades
Seattle Washington Puget Sound Waterfront 2019 Upgrades

The $160 million budget addition which includes the renovations taking place during the past couple months, will be over the next 20 years. Waterfront renovations are funding a 20-acre park, a new Alaskan Way, a walkway connecting Pike Place Market to the waterfront and a number of other waterfront features.

The concept was designed by James Corner, the famed landscape architect best known for New York City’s Highline Park. Mayor Jenny Durkan  drew a parallel to San Francisco’s Embarcadero, which also once had a viaduct, but is now a flourishing waterside walk.

South of Downtown District (SODO)

The terminal in SoDo will help with efficiency for passengers arriving from Sea-Tac airport with the anticipated extension of Sound Transit light rail into downtown Seattle, expected to be completed by 2023.

SoDo, short for “South of Downtown,” is a revitalized industrial district where warehouse lofts mix with start-ups, artists’ studios and cutting-edge galleries. A main attraction is CenturyLink Field, home to the city’s professional football and soccer teams. The Seattle Mariners baseball team plays at Safeco Field. Craft breweries and distilleries round out the scene, plus pubs and eateries geared to sports fans.

Sodo is bound on the north by South King Street, beyond which is Pioneer Square; on the south by South Spokane Street, beyond which is more of the Industrial District; on the west by the Duwamish Waterway, across which is West Seattle; and on the east by Metro Transit’s Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel and SoDo Busway, beyond which is the International District and the rest of the Industrial District.

Expedia Seattle Washington New Offices
Expedia Seattle Washington New Offices

Expedia Seattle Waterfront Relocation

Expedia announced that it was re-locating its headquarters from Bellevue, Washington to Seattle, paying biotech giant Amgen $229 million for its prized 40-acre waterfront campus on Elliott Bay.

Amgen focuses on Advancing Cancer and Immunology Therapies. Amgen decided to pull out of Washington as part of a global staff reduction, leaving the building available for sale to Expedia.

Expedia plans to repurpose four existing lab buildings into new open workspaces with higher ceilings which will allow more light, and extend each of them westward in a terraced manner. The buildings will be connected by a series of open atriums.

Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, “We think it will be a magnet for top talent”— a home base “befitting a leading technology company,” he said. Khosrowshahi called it an “iconic waterfront headquarters.”

Expedia, founded in the 1990s as a Microsoft spin-off, employs about 3,000 people in the Seattle region, out of approximately 15,000 people worldwide.  The  company will be adding additional space to accommodate as many as 1,500 more employees, beyond its existing 3,000 in the NW Washington region.

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