14 July 2021: This week signals the highly anticipated start of a shortened 2021 cruise season for Seattle, with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Ovation of the Seas and the Serenade of the Seas already docked in the Emerald City – the first cruise ships to arrive in 18 months.
Starting 19 July, Seattle’s homeport cruise business operations will see 84 round trip voyages to Alaska before the end of October 2021, with sailings every day except for Wednesdays.
Cruise vessels are continuing to arrive in the harbour, loading supplies, ensuring staff are vaccinated and implementing heightened health and safety precautions at arrival, on board and disembarkation. The Port of Seattle’s cruise line partners are rising from the Pandemic with a commitment to protecting their passengers, crews, the community, region and beyond, whilst continuing to take great strides in environmental protection, sustainability and economic development.
The first passenger ship to sail on Monday 19 July will be the Serenade of the Seas, with a 7-day Alaska itinerary. In the coming weeks, the port will welcome passenger ships from Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruises and Silverseas.
Of the season commencement, Patti Denny, International Tourism Development Manager, Port of Seattle, commented, “The Port of Seattle is delighted to be welcoming passengers to and through Seattle once again as part of an Alaska cruise. Passenger, crew and the port staff safety is of paramount importance for bringing back cruising to and from the city and the huge strides to address this over the past 18 months by the port authorities and our partners have been tremendous. We look forward to the safe return of passengers from Australia and New Zealand in 2022 and working with the travel trade to promote Washington state cruise & stay itineraries once border restrictions allow.”
For more information, including the 2021 cruise schedule, see Cruise Seattle: Port of Seattle