The Seattle Cruise Industry Turns 20

Photo Courtesy of the Port of Seattle
This season marks 20 years since Seattle opened its doors to the cruise industry. The first cruise ship terminal in the city opened in 1999 and hosted six vessels and just over 6,600 passengers in that first year.
Over the next two decades the Seattle terminals became a $900 million industry for the city, bringing through a record-breaking 1,115,000 passengers last season through piers 66 and 91. This season is expected to break the record once again, and to become the third year in a row of seeing more than one million passengers.
Seattle is the main port of call for Alaska cruises and hosts seven cruise brands each year. This season, the three biggest cruise ships on the West Coast will call in Seattle, each with the capacity for about 4,000 passengers. Talks of opening a new cruise terminal at pier 46 near Pioneer Square are currently underway. Learn more at