Carnival Corp signs up to Seattle for 10 years

2024-06-28T17:29:45+00:00 June 28th, 2024|Ports|

Carnival Corp has signed an agreement to utilise Seattle for another 10 years.

This will involve Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, and Cunard brands continuing to home port in Seattle during the Alaska cruise season.

The long-term agreement supports the Port’s path to work with partners to achieve its zero-emission sustainability goals, along with providing local economic development opportunities and boosting the economic impact of cruise in the region, the commission said.

A 10-year term (2024/2033) was agreed, with a mutually option to extend for five more years (2034 /2038). This agreement builds on previous agreements between the Port of Seattle and Carnival Corp, adding environmental, sustainability, and social dimensions that benefit the greater Seattle region and helping to accelerate work underway.

Key elements of the long-term agreement included:

  • Bringing in an anticipated $186 mill in revenue and a minimum 550,000 revenue passengers annually: This would be the total anticipated revenue over 10 years; it could grow to $273 mill if extended to the full 15 years.
  • Advancing the Port’s 2027 shore power goals: Carnival Corp has been the leader on shore power in Seattle, having installed the equipment almost 20 years ago. To help the Port realise its ambition to have all ships at all cruise berths plug in by 2027, Carnival Corp will seek commercial agreements with other cruise companies to plug in their ships to its shore power assets at Terminal 91. The company’s vessels represented 100% of the shore power connections at the Port of Seattle in 2023, with 102 vessel calls.
  • Piloting the use of biofuel in cruise ship operation: The Port and Carnival Corp will collaborate on a non-fossil fuel demonstration project and study to identify the end-to-end challenges and opportunities for using sustainable maritime fuels at scale in Seattle. The learnings will support other work in the sector to transition to alternative fuels.
  • Developing a responsible sourcing pilot programme: Carnival Corp will accelerate its local sourcing efforts to partner with local suppliers. Working with the Port, it will develop a pilot programme for Seattle that promotes and supports small, diverse, disadvantaged, local, and tribal suppliers. Notably, the pilot programme will also focus on building the capability of key suppliers to help create benefits beyond cruising.
  • Promoting overnight stays in Seattle surrounding cruise reservations: Carnival Corp’s cruise lines will seek ways to further promote and encourage their guests to stay in Seattle before and after their cruise to help drive greater economic impact for the city and region.
  • Supporting educational and workforce development with maritime not-for-profits: Carnival Corp will build on existing relationships by working with educators to support curriculum development, experiential field-based learning opportunities, and internships where appropriate to help build the maritime workforce pipeline in the region.

“This long-term agreement provides economic certainty for the Port and local businesses who depend upon cruise, while also strengthening our partnership,” said Port of Seattle Executive Director, Steve Metruck.

“Carnival Corporation has been a valuable partner for constant innovation on environmental sustainability and expanding economic opportunity. We appreciate their support for these shared goals and are eager to get to work on the commitments in this agreement.”

“Our guests love Seattle’s stunning natural beauty, urban charm, and eclectic assortment of attractions, and as our gateway to Alaska, one of our top markets globally. The Port of Seattle has long been a valued partner in our mutual ongoing success,” said Josh Weinstein, Carnival Corp CEO.

“For the past 20 years, we have worked closely with the Port of Seattle to pioneer shore-power and secure the cruise industry’s role as a vital economic engine for the region. We are proud to continue our tradition of teamwork with this new agreement that will help further our economic, social, and environmental contributions to the region.”

In 2006, the Port of Seattle, through investments by Carnival Corp, became the first home port in North America to offer shore power at two cruise berths, and today 66% of all cruise calls are equipped to plug in.

The Port continues to work in partnership with other cruise ports in Alaska, Victoria, BC, and Vancouver, BC, and the cruise industry to explore the world’s first cruise-focused Green Corridor from Seattle to Alaska, using innovative de-carbonisation strategies.

As a part of the agreement, Carnival Corp will provide data that will feed into the Port’s cruise dashboard to track passenger, environmental, and economic impact metrics. That data will be added to the current 2023 information as it becomes available.

In 2023, Carnival Corp brands were responsible for 140 ship calls to Seattle, representing almost half of the port’s cruise calls. In 2024, the group has six ships committed to the Seattle market, with the number growing to seven ships in 2025, all of which are shore power capable.