SEATTLE –The Port of Seattle confirms the announcement of two new cruise products for the 2013 Alaska cruise season. Oceania Cruise Lines will be offering the Regatta, while Celebrity Cruises will be offering the Solstice. Early cruise bookings have commenced for both of these new ships departing from Seattle in 2013.
The Regatta is the flagship of the Oceania Cruises fleet. Refurbished in 2011, she has an overall length of 594 feet and a capacity of 684 passengers. She will be disembarking and embarking guests from Bell Street Pier at Pier 66, for a total of six calls.
Celebrity Cruise’s Solstice—one of the most decorated ships at sea—was built in 2008, will be one of the largest cruise ships to berth in Seattle, with an overall length of 1041 feet and a capacity of 2850 passengers. The Solstice will be making 19 calls, with the bulk of the itineraries being seven day roundtrip cruises departing from Smith Cove Terminal at Terminal 91.
Based on economic impact data, it is estimated that each time a homeport cruise vessel docks in Seattle the activity brings an average of over $2 million into the local economy. There are 202 cruise vessel calls scheduled for the 2012 season kicking off on May 6th. The Seattle cruise business supports over 4,000 jobs in the region.