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Port of Seattle recognizes season's millionth cruiser

Eurodam Capt. Werner Timmers presents a gift basket to Linda Ellis and Ted Finn as HAL president Orlando Ashford congratulates the couple and port commissioner John Creighton looks on Eurodam Capt. Werner Timmers presents a gift basket to Linda Ellis and Ted Finn as HAL president Orlando Ashford congratulates the couple and port commissioner John Creighton looks on (Photo: Port of Seattle)

A couple on Holland America Line’s Eurodam found themselves at the center of an impromptu party Saturday as the Port of Seattle recognized the millionth passenger to pass through its cruise terminals this season.

This is the first year the port reached the million-passenger milestone. Port of Seattle commissioner John Creighton and HAL president Orlando Ashford presented Linda Ellis and Ted Finn with a gift basket.

'Congratulations to our millionth cruise passenger this season. Passengers like Ted and Linda from Alexandria, Louisiana, and points all across our country come here for a unique Pacific Northwest/Alaska experience that drives half a billion dollars in annual business revenue,' Creighton said.

For his part, Ashford said Holland America Line is 'thrilled that for more than 30 years we have been a partner with the Port of Seattle in building a robust gateway cruise port and an important contributor to the economic impact in the this region.'

The port said Seattle's cruise business generates more than $500m in annual revenue, providing more than 4,000 jobs and $18.9m in state and local taxes, with each homeported vessel generating $2.7m for the local economy.

Posted 27 September 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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