CONNECTING LOCAL BUSINESS WITH SEATTLE’S CRUISE INDUSTRY
Cruise Connections featured an opportunity for Pacific Northwest suppliers, tour & attraction operators, tourism & port representatives to meet key cruise executives, discuss industry & business prospects and current issues. Sponsored by the Port of Seattle, Visit Seattle, and CLIA North West and Canada, Cruise Connections 2018 was held on January 19th, 2018 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center at Pier 66.
The program included sessions on Operations and Vessel Supplies, Pre-& Post Tours, Attractions & Partnerships, Food & Beverage Suppliers and Home Port Operations. Each session was designed to provide information to companies and suppliers on local opportunities and operations.
PHOTO: Cruise Connections 2018 kicked off with a State of The Industry discussion. Left to Right: Seth Wayne – Moderator, KOMO TV, Paul Goodwin -Executive VP onboard Revenue & Shore Operations, Holland America Group, Tom Norwalk – President, Visit Seattle, Michael McLaughlin, Director Cruise Operations, Port of Seattle, Sandra Weir, Vice President Destination Development & Government Relations, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. (photo courtesy of Don Wilson, Port of Seattle)
Topics of discussion ranged from shore excursions, becoming a vendor for cruise lines, world-wide growth of cruise, and what top destinations of interest are growing (Alaska is one of them!). Cruise Connections is an initiative to bring vendors from across the region together with cruise representatives to learn about doing business in the cruise industry. The event was held at Bell Harbor Conference Center, which also serves as Norwegian Cruise Lines terminal during the cruise season, and where the Norwegian Bliss will call in 2018. The Port of Seattle is building on top of their first million passenger year count that saw 214 ships calls in 2017. Port of Seattle research indicates that the cruise industry generates over half a billion dollars in yearly economic impact in Washington state. Seattle has grown over the last couple of decades to become one of the largest home ports for cruise. Cruise Connections reached out to suppliers, small and large businesses, everything from piano tuners to ship and hotel providers.
240 people attended the 2018 event which started with an opening State of the Industry panel discussion“The Way Ahead for the Alaska Cruise Industry & What It Means for Seattle”. Cruise line executives discussed industry trends world-wide, market growth overall and how Alaska’s continued popularity creates opportunities for Seattle’s thriving cruise industry. For more information visit cruiseindustrynews.com. January 20,2018.
CLIA MEMBERS WRAP UP 2017 WITH 33 PERFECT SCORES ON US PUBLIC HEALTH INSPECTIONS
Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) cruise lines finished 2017 with all 33 of the perfect scores of 100, during United States Public Health (USPH) inspections conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Cruise lines work closely with the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) in a comprehensive effort to employ preventative practices to achieve the highest standards of public health on-board cruise ships. As part of this program, cruise lines voluntarily submit to health inspections and crew training with CDC public health officers making at least two unannounced inspections each year on cruise ships calling on U.S. ports. To learn more about how cruise ships are equipped for health, visit cruising.org January 17, 2018
SEATRADE CRUISE GLOBAL MARCH 5-8 2018
New in 2018 the Cruising Innovations Theater, located in the Grand Ballroom, will feature interactive and experiential sessions on a variety of on-demand topics, in a live setting where the industry executives are eager to learn and interact.
View the complete schedule at SeatradeCruiseGlobal
CRYSTAL CRUISES STEEL FOR NEW LUXURY EXPEDITION YACHT
The newest member of Crystal Cruises’ fleet is officially on its way after the shipwrights at MV Werften in Stralsund began cutting the first piece of steel this week. Crystal Endeavor, the luxury line’s first polar-class expedition yacht, is set to debut in 2020 with all-suite design and special technical innovations meant to handle extreme environments in some of the world’s most remote – and most beautiful – locations.
The 25,000 g.r.t. ship will measure 600 feet long with 100 guest suites and a PC6 Polar Class designation, allowing it to cruise in the Arctic and Antarctica even in the icy autumn months. Computer-controlled thrusters will also allow the ship to “hover” in place, maintaining position over coral reefs and other underwater wonders without dropping anchor and allowing guests time to explore sunken galleons and even passenger ships like Titanic using a Remote-Operated Vehicle and SEABOB underwater scooters.
The full story at porthole.com, Jan. 19, 2018
NEW CRUISE ROUTES ANNOUNCED
PHOTO: American Cruise Lines‘ American Constellation in the Pacific Northwest. (photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines)
American Cruise Lines’ newest American Constellation is heading to Puget Sound to begin its 2018 Pacific Northwest season. The ship will embark on three itineraries in the region ranging from five to eleven days, all round-trip from Seattle, Washington, and prime for whale-watching. For more information please visit travelpulse.com, January 19,2018
FIRST CRUISE SHIP IN SIX YEARS TO VISIT THUNDER BAY
This July will mark the first time since 2012 that a cruise ship has docked in Thunder Bay, Ontario. What is perhaps equally significant is that the arrival of Victory Cruise Lines – Victory II will be the first time ever that the city has hosted a turnaround cruise ship. Thunder Bay will be the final disembarkation point for one group of 202 passengers who board in Milwaukee, WI, while another group of 202 will board the vessel for a trip south. Read more at tbnewswatch.com , January 18,2018
NEW CRUISE SHIPS OF ALL SIZES FOR 2018
Sixteen new ships will be delivered this year, the biggest year for new ship deliveries since 2001, when 17 ships hit the market.This year will also mark a diverse one for ship deliveries, starting with the gigantic, high-tech 5,400-passenger Symphony of the Seas being built at STX France and extending to the unique 300-guest Flying Clipper, being built at Brodosplit in Croatia as the world’s largest sailing ship.
The 16 ships represent more than 34,000 berths and a value exceeding $8.7 billion, according to the 2018-2019 Cruise Industry News Annual Report.In between are contemporary market ships from TUI Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises, as well as Holland America Line.
Among the big ships, the AIDAnova may be the most unique, as it will be the first ship delivered with the ability run on LNG fuel. There are also luxury ships, highlighted by the new Seabourn Ovation and Viking’s Orion. And, four expedition ships will enter service, including a duo from Ponant as well as new ships from Hurtigruten and Mystic Cruises, marking the start of the expedition building boom. From cruiseindustrynews.com, January 22,2018.
SAGUENAY QUEBEC READY FOR RECORD 2018 CRUISE SEASON
The Queen Mary 2 and a first-ever visit from the Disney Magic will make up a star-studded, record-shattering 60-call season for 2018. After starting with its first call in 2006, the Canadian port has come out of nowhere to become a key destination on almost any Saint Lawrence itinerary.
The Crown Princess concluded the Saguenay cruise ship season in 2017, calling on October 27 with some 3,114 passengers aboard, according to a statement. Of note, 19 ships docked in 12 days between September 29 and October 12 – peak foliage season.
On October 6, the port saw some 6,000 passengers in one day. Another highlight was the length of the average call increasing to 15 hours and 25 minutes, compared to just eight hours in 2016. From cruiseindustrynews.com , January 22,2018
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