Seattle readies new cruise facility


Seattle’s new cruise facility, recently named Smith Cove Cruise Terminal,
will open April 24, 2009. The facility is located at Pier 91, 15 minutes from
Seattle’s downtown core.

The new terminal provides two, 1,200-foot berths,
both equipped with shore power facilities that eliminate the need for vessels
to run their diesel engines while docked. This will create savings in fuel costs
for the cruise lines and translate into an environmental benefit of no air admissions
while docked.

The new terminal will serve as homeport for Holland America Line,
Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. The existing Bell Street Cruise
Terminal at Pier 66 will continue to serve Celebrity Cruise and Norwegian Cruise

During the 2009 cruise season, 211 vessels will dock
in Seattle with a projected passenger volume of 413,000. Cruise lines leaving
from Seattle offer seven and 14-day Alaska trips, as well as three- and four-day
cruises to British Columbia.

For more information on Smith Cove Cruise Terminal,

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