‘American Constellation’ to begin carrying up to 175 visitors to Sound Sound ports
of Olympia and Tacoma in 2018, as the first modern tour ship schedule begins sailings.
Photo courtesy: American Cruise Line, ACL
* ALL OF YELM SHOULD BE ELATED AT THIS NEWS. HIGHLIGHTS SOUTH PUGET SOUND ATTRACTIONS!
* 3-year effort by the Port of Olympia, City of Olympia, Thurston Economic Development Council, Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau, Thurston Chamber of Commerce, and the Olympia Downtown Association.
– “Cruise ships coming to South Sound”
“Capping what Port of Olympia Commissioner Bill McGregor claimed on Facebook was his pursuit “for almost three-years,” the South Sound’s most inland marine terminal has been added to the 2018 schedule of sailings by American Cruise Lines. A Tacoma stop is also shown on the company’s website brochure.
This ‘small-ship’ cruising specialty line explores ‘protected waterways, sheltered harbors and magnificent rivers’ on vessels carrying no more than 185 passengers.”
“ACL has agreed to include Olympia as a destination (Port of Call) on its Grand Puget Sound tour itinerary in late summer to autumn next year. The 175-passenger newly-built ‘American Constellation‘ ship will berth at the Port Plaza dock between September and November 2018,” quoting the Business Examiner.
– “Olympia will be port of call for cruise ship, port says”
“About a year from now, a ship will sail into Olympia’s Budd Inlet carrying more than 100 tourists, instead of logs or a shipment of corn.
That’s because the Port of Olympia announced Wednesday that American Cruise Lines, a company known for its cruises on the Columbia and Mississippi rivers, will make Olympia a port of call for the American Constellation, a new 175-passenger ship.
The ship is expected to stop in Olympia as part of an 11-day Grand Puget Sound tour that will begin and end in Seattle, according to a spokeswoman for the Connecticut-based company,” by Rolf Boone, The Olympian.