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Port of Olympia garners 2018 passenger cruise ship callings –
Thurston County tourist attractions featured for passengers

‘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

* 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.
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– “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.
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Posted by Steve on May 25, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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