11c. Memo

2022 Cruise Season Update

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                        Item No.          11c 
BRIEFING ITEM                            Date of Meeting       March 22, 2022 
DATE:     March 11, 2022 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:    Stephanie Jones Stebbins, Managing Director Maritime 
Marie Ellingson, Cruise Operations & Business Development Manager 
SUBJECT:  Cruise Update 2022 Seattle Season 
Briefing to Commission on projected 2022 Cruise Season. We will be covering four main areas: 
Economic Outlook, Jobs, and Economic Equity 
Communications and Engagement 
Safe Return 
Status of 2022 Cruise Season 
After an abbreviated but highly successful 2021 cruise season, cruise ships will be returning to
our harbor in April of 2022 under an updated CDC COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships. Our first
revenue cruise is scheduled for April 11 at Pier 66 and we expect our last call on October 23. This
season, we have 7 Cruise lines and 14 different homeport vessels leaving Seattle on an Alaska
itinerary. Under the new voluntary CDC Program, these vessels will be sailing with at least 95 %
of both passengers and crew fully vaccinated. This vaccinated population will be required to
show proof of a negative COVID test upon arrival to the terminal. The small number of
unvaccinated passengers will be tested at the terminal prior to boarding. All passengers will be
tested again before arriving to Canada per Transport Canada's public health plan for cruise ships.
The ships typically arrive to Victoria, B.C. the day before disembarking in Seattle. 
Throughout the Covid Pandemic, the Port of Seattle has prioritized public health. Port
agreements required under the CDC program reflect the high local standards and are consistent
with local efforts. These agreements, which are signed by the port, cruise lines, and local health
officials, provide clear protocols for responding if there are cases of Covid on a cruise vessel.
Cruise vessels have sailed safely for some time not only out of Seattle in 2021 but throughout the
world. More than 30 countries have reopened to cruise tourism. 
Engagement with Community and Stakeholders 
Engagement with community, attractions, retailers, and the many maritime businesses that
serve the cruise sector is particularly essential. 

Template revised April 12, 2018.

COMMISSION AGENDA  Briefing Item No. __11c__                             Page 2 of 2 
Meeting Date: March 22, 2022 

As in 2021, we have developed a robust public communications plan, which includes a webinar,
job fairs, and online resources to ensure that community, passengers, and crew know what to
expect during the 2022 cruise season. Highlights of that work include: 
Updated the webpage for Business, Tourism and Community Partners; tentative ship
schedules are posted here. 
Hosting a webinar with speakers from the cruise lines. 
Regular updates in Pier to Pier, a waterfront-focused email newsletter 
(1)   Presentation slides 
June 22, 2021  Cruise Season Update 

Template revised September 22, 2016.

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