Port Releases RFP for New Cruise Facility at Terminal 46

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Cruise ship heading out of Elliott Bay

July 26, 2019

Contact: Peter McGraw
Corporate and Maritime Media Officer
(206) 787-3446 | mcgraw.p@portseattle.org

Port of Seattle Releases RFP for New Cruise Facility at Terminal 46

SEATTLE—The Port of Seattle released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the proposed cruise facility at Terminal 46 to the three shortlisted teams announced in May. These teams will compete to become the winning firm that will co-invest with the Port to build and operate the facility, utilizing the northern third of the terminal property for a single-berth cruise terminal.

The three teams are:

  • Cruise Industry Leaders Group, a partnership between Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., MSC Cruises S.A., Carnival Corporation and SSA Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of Carrix, Inc.
  • Global Ports Holding Plc and Civil & Building North America, Inc.
  • Ports America, teaming with Jacobs Engineering Group

These teams submitted responses to a public, competitive Request for Qualifications that the Port launched last March. The Port expects to announce the winning team early next year, with delivery of the new facility for the 2023 cruise season.

Three cruise ships in Elliot Bay, Seattle, June 2019


Earlier this year, the Port of Seattle Commission adopted a set of principles around cruise business development to guide this process. Details may be found in Motion 2019-02 adopted by the Port Commission March 12.

In the upcoming weeks, the Northwest Seaport Alliance will issue a separate Request for Proposals (RFP) for cargo operations at the south end of Terminal 46.

For more information on the new cruise terminal project, visit our project page.

Select this link for a copy of the cruise RFP.


About the Port of Seattle

Founded in 1911, the Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Fishermen’s Terminal—home of the North Pacific fishing fleet—and public marinas. The Port also owns two cruise ship terminals, a grain terminal, real estate assets, and marine cargo terminals through its partnership in the Northwest Seaport Alliance. Port operations help support nearly 200,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages throughout the region. Over the next 18 years, the port’s “Century Agenda” seeks to create an additional 100,000 jobs through economic growth while becoming the nation’s leading green and energy-efficient port. Learn more.