Cruise Line Holland America is one of seven major cruise lines that contribute to Seattle’s booming cruise industry that sends waves of profit throughout the city. Each year the Seattle cruise industry generates more than 3,000 jobs and close to $4 million in annual business revenue. Recently Holland America announced that it will be introducing a new cruise ship to its Seattle fleet which is expected to arrive sometime in February of 2015.
The ship, which will be Holland Americas biggest ship yet, is currently being built at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy. Being over 99 thousand gross-tons, the new cruise ship is expected to board 2,650 guests. “As the largest ship ever built for Holland America Line, the vessel features many innovations and new features, and we’re excited to see it all come together over the next year and a half,” said Stein Kruse, president and CEO of Holland America Line, in a statement. This new addition for Holland America is expected to bring even more business to the Seattle area due to its size and by being the 16th addition to Holland America’s fleet.