King 5 TV reports that there has been a drop in the number of departures of cruise ship and cruise passengers through Seattle.
The video below features the Carnival Miracle which arrived back in Seattle after a cruise to Alaska.
805,000 passengers and 178 cruise ships will pass through Seattle during the May-September cruise season. That’s compared to 870,000 passengers and 187 ships in 2013, and 934,900 passengers and 202 vessels in 2012.
The estimated drop of 8% in passengers equates to a loss of $30 million hit to the local economy.
The seafood businesses and selling fresh salmon at Pike Place Market are a major attraction to cruise passengers arriving in Seattle.
I’m currently in Seattle with my law partner (and spouse). We attended a vessel inspection of the Carnival Miracle yesterday.