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.