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Norwegian Bliss heralds Seattle's 2022 cruise season

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Norwegian Bliss will open the season
Norwegian Bliss on April 23 is scheduled to kick off the Port of Seattle's 2022 cruise season with 296 calls and 1.2m revenue passengers projected.

The Norwegian Cruise Line ship is to arrive at the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66.

NCL put Seattle on the homeport map

NCL President and CEO Harry Sommer noted his company's partnership with Seattle began at Pier 66 more than 20 years ago.

'After restarting our return to service from the US last year from Seattle, it’s great to be back in our "second home" and start a new full season of showing guests from around the world the beauty and splendor of Alaska, Canada and Washington state, while contributing to the economic recovery of those local businesses that make cruise possible in this region,' Sommer added.

First full cruise season since 2019

'The Port of Seattle is excited to welcome cruise back to our region for the first full season since 2019,' Executive Director Steve Metruck said. 'As we provide vital support for Seattle’s maritime, tourism, small business and supplier sectors, we also are leading the industry in environmental excellence.'

The season's start was also hailed by Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and ILWU Local 19 VP Matt Ventoza, who talked about the job creation and economic development fueled by cruising.

According to the port, the business provides nearly $900m in economic benefit supporting 5,500 jobs and is an important component of its strategy to expand economic opportunity.

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