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Seattle is one of the nation's busiest hubs for cruises

By Seattle Business Magazine September 18, 2023

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This article originally appeared in the September/October 2023 issue of Seattle magazine.

Tourism season is in full swing in Seattle, and officials expect a record cruise season after several down years due to the pandemic. The season runs through Oct. 30.

“The cruise season in Seattle makes a real difference for downtown businesses,” Mayor Bruce Harrell says, “allowing us to share what makes our city special with tourists from around the world.”

  • 288 Projected sailings for the season
  • 111 Sailings that will connect at Terminal 91 to use shore power, or clean landside electrical power that dramatically reduces diesel emissions
  • 700,000 Individual travelers expected to sail from Seattle
  • 7.7 Percentage increase in passengers from last year
  • 3.4 Size of average cruise party
  • $660 Average amount spent by each party in Seattle during a cruise visit
  • 73 Percent of visitors who spend a night in Seattle before or after a cruise
  • $14.5M Statewide taxes generated by visitors
  • 5,500 Number of workers employed in the cruise industry
  • $900M Overall economic impact of the cruise industry.
Sources: Visit Seattle; Port of Seattle

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$8 Billion

Amazon’s estimated sales for last year’s first-ever October Prime Day, a 25% decline from Prime Day in July 2022. Amazon has scheduled another Prime Day in October this year.

Source: Bank of America


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