“We always look forward to the start of the Alaska season because it represents a homecoming of our ships to our hometown of Seattle,” said Richard Meadows,, marketing, sales and guest programs. “It’s meaningful not only for our officers and crew, but also for our shoreside employees and the many vendors and service providers we support in Seattle and throughout .”
With three Seattle-based ships sailing out of the homeport for the five-month cruise season in 2011, Holland America Line contributed$186 million to the Seattle economy and US$222 million across Washington State just from calls alone. Over 147,000 of produce is grown locally for the three ships.
An expected 104,000-Holland American guests are expected to sail out of Seattle in 2012.
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