Join Us LIVE As Seattle Port Cruise Season Brings 1.2 Million Visitors – According to the Port of Seattle, 1.2 million cruise ship visitors will call at Seattle, during the Alaska cruise season. The Port of Seattle estimates that the cruise business creates nearly $900 million in local revenue.
The 2019 cruise season heats up with the arrival of Holland America Line’s (HAL) Eurodam on Saturday. We open our harbor to HAL Oosterdam and Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) Norwegian Bliss on Sunday, May 5. Then, on Monday, we will see the first Carnival Cruise Line ship of the season when Carnival Legend arrives. Next Friday, we get our first Princess Cruise ship of the season, when Royal Princess calls at Seattle. The second Princess Cruises ship arrives next Saturday, when Ruby Princess calls at Seattle.
The impact on Seattle and the Cruise Ship Wave Network, will be incredible as 1.2 million cruise ship visitors get perhaps their first close-up and personal look at the Space Needle and our waterfront. The 935 foot-long Eurodam with 11 decks, built by Fincantieri in Marghera, Italy, was completed on June 16, 2008 and took her maiden voyage on July 5, 2008. Eurodam has a passenger capacity of 2,104 with a crew of 929, for total of 3,033 Seattle cruise ship visitors.
Eurodam’s older sister ship Oosterdam, launched on November 18, 2002 is scheduled for arrival on Cinco de Mayo, increasing the population of Seattle with her 1848 passengers and a crew complement of 812, bringing 2,660 visitors to our shores. But, Cinco de Mayo is also bringing the significantly larger 4,002 passenger and 1,700 crew Norwegian Bliss, just launched last year on February 17, 2018, is one of the newest Alaska bound cruise ships to call at Seattle. This brings Sunday total cruise ship visitors to 8,362.
On Monday, the 963-foot-long Carnival Legend launched on December 17, 2001, will bring 2,124 passengers and 930 crew to the Port of Seattle on her way to Alaska. It was almost three years ago, when Carnival Legend made local news when she had a severe listing incident as she was sailing to her next port of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
On August 29, 2016 at approximately 6:15 pm PT while sailing to Victoria, British Columbia, the turning valve in one of the ship’s four engines failed, causing the ship to make a hard Port side turn and listed to the port side (see video below). Captain Giuseppe Gazzano had manually controlled the ship towards Victoria as safety precaution. There were no reported serious injuries but the ship arrived at Victoria two hours behind schedule.
Friday, May 17, Seattle gets our first Celebrity Cruises cruise ship of the season with the 1,033 foot-long Celebrity Solstice arriving. Celebrity Solstice will bring 2,852 passengers and her crew of 1,250 for a look at Washington state’s Emerald City.
The week ends with a bang on Saturday May 18, as three cruise ships call at Port of Seattle, Norwegian Joy, Eurodam and Ruby Princess. The 1,094 foot-long Norwegian Joy is schedule to bring 3,883 passengers and her crew of 1,700, along with Eurodam’s 2,660 visitors of 1848 passengers plus 812 crew, adding to the 951 foot-long Ruby Princess 3,600 passengers and 1,100 crew to a grand total of 12,943 cruise ship visitors on May 18.
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Video:Carnival Legend Alaska Cruise Listing August 29, 2016