Cruise industry sets records in Seattle

Despite predictions of a softer Alaska cruise ship business this year, the Port of Seattle reported Thursday that it achieved its best cruise season in 2010 with a record number of cruise ship calls and passengers.

More than 931,000 cruise passengers moved across the docks at Seattle’s two cruise ship terminals, one near Pike Place Market and the other between Queen Anne and Magnolia on the waterfront.

Twelve cruise vessels from six cruise ship lines have home port in Seattle during the Alaska cruise season which typically lasts from late April through early October. Those ships made 223 calls at the port.

Twelve vessels and six ports of call made up the 223 dockings at the port. A total of 931,698 revenue passengers moved through the port’s two cruise terminals.

The cruise industry generated $425 million in business revenue, $18.9 million in state and local taxes and 4,447 jobs in 2010, the port said.

Carnival Cruise Line’s first venture into Seattle and Holland America Line’s new 14-day Alaska trip are two of the reasons for the expansion in business.