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Check out these Seattle adventures this summer

Emerald City Trolley Links City Center with Neighborhoods
The Emerald City Trolley began operation of guided tour service May 17, operating three distinct lines in the summer season (through Sept. 29 of this year). The new service allows guests to hop on and off while exploring many of Seattle’s most popular visitor attractions. Most previous sightseeing tour operators have highlighted attractions with in the downtown core; this new service offers a Ballard and Fremont neighborhood tour, an express tour to the Museum of Flight south of downtown and a waterfront tour; all tours originate from the EMP Museum on the Seattle Center campus. Notable stops include the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Woodland Park Zoo, South Lake Union, Museum of History and Industry, Kenmore Air, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Great Wheel, Argosy Cruises, Seattle Art Museum and Washington State Ferries. Guests have the option of purchasing two- and three-day passes with access to all three lines. Experienced guides narrate the tours.
Media Contact: Drew Symonds, Emerald City Trolley; (206) 343-1543;
Rocky Mountaineer Connects Seattle with Canadian Rockies
In 2013, Rocky Mountaineer introduces a new three-day rail route, Coastal Passage, connecting Seattle to Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. This is the first time in the company’s 24-year history that a route departs from and arrives into the U.S. Rocky Mountaineer’s award-winning GoldLeaf Service features luxurious surroundings in a bi-level dome coach with panoramic views, regionally inspired cuisine and personalized service. Four departures are available this August and a full itinerary of 24 departures is offered during Rocky Mountaineer’s 2014 season. Since more than 40 percent of Rocky Mountaineer guests book a rail journey in conjunction with an Alaskan cruise, Coastal Package schedules are coordinated with Port of Seattle Alaskan cruise sailings. In Seattle, Coastal Passage package hotels are the Fairmont Olympic Hotel and Hotel Ändra. Rocky Mountaineer is the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America and has welcomed more than one and a half million guests from around the world.
Media Contact: Nancy Dery, Rocky Mountaineer; (800) 665-7245, ext. 8421;
Columbia Center Enhances Sky View Observatory for Full Panoramic View
Later this summer, the Sky View Observatory on the 73rd floor of the Columbia Center building in downtown Seattle, will go from a 270 degree view to a 360 degree view of Seattle. The panoramic view includes Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, the Cascade Mountains, Elliot Bay, the Olympic Mountains, the city of Seattle and the Space Needle. At a height of over 900 feet, the observatory is the tallest public viewing area west of the Mississippi. The redesigned interior will feature new displays at each vantage point with a story description of the city and the region. The observatory is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm and remains open during renovation. Tickets can be purchased on the 73rd floor of Columbia Center before entering the observatory.
Media Contact: Tamara Wilson, (206) 409-6735;
Seattle Great Wheel Opens on Waterfront
Located at the end of Pier 57 on the Seattle waterfront, the Seattle Great Wheel opened in summer 2012. The 175-foot Ferris wheel features 42 Euro-style gondolas designed by Chance Rides are equipped with heating and air conditioning and offer views of Elliott Bay, the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle city skyline. The structure extends nearly 40 feet out from the pier, hovering over Elliott Bay. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8.50 for children 11 and under, and senior discounts available. Tickets can be purchased at the pier and online at
Media Contact: Adriana Pinegar, Seattle Great Wheel; (206) 623-8600;
Seattle Opera to Produce The Ring in August 2013
The Seattle Opera once again stages Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (“The Ring”), Aug. 4-25, 2013. The production is one of the few in the world presented in its entirety as Wagner had intended. This Seattle Opera production celebrates nature and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and has been nicknamed the “Green” Ring because of the hyper-realistic detail that went into creating scenic locations, highlighting the mountains, forests and rivers of the Pacific Northwest. Locations in Olympic National Park served as models for the Seattle Opera Scenic Studios as they created this production.
Past performances in 2001, 2005 and 2009 have sold out and attracted audiences from every state and 33 countries. Tickets are on sale on the opera’s web site. The Grand Hyatt Seattle is the official hotel of the summer 2013 The Ring; more specific info on that partnership to come.
Media Contacts: Jonathan Dean, Seattle Opera, (206) 676-5543;
EMP Museum Celebrates Women Who Rock
Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion and Power opens June 15 at the EMP Museum. Organized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this is the first museum exhibit featuring the most influential female musicians. The exhibit demonstrates the important roles women have played in rock music, from its inception through today and features more than 70 artists through artifacts, interviews, videos, and listening stations. Notable artifacts include Lady Gaga’s piano, Madonna’s bustier from the Blonde Ambition Tour (1990), Wanda Jackson’s acoustic guitar and The Runaway’s “Cherry Bomb” lyrics (1976).
Media Contact: Anita Woo, Experience Music Project, (206) 770-2700;
Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, the Hobbit Bring Fantasy to Seattle
The world premiere exhibit Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic opened on April 27, 2013. Organized by EMP, it brings to life the tales of the fantasy genre with rare artifacts from literature, film, television, and comics, including costumes and props from The Princess Bride, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and original hand-edited manuscript pages from J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. State-of-the-art interactive installations allow visitors to further explore fantasy archetypes and create fantasy world maps.
Media Contact: Anita Woo, Experience Music Project, (206) 770-2700;
Japanese Fashion Exhibit Comes to Seattle Art Museum
The Seattle Art Museum presents Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion, June 27-Sept. 8, 2013, featuring more than 100 costumes by celebrated and original designers including Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto as well as younger designers influenced by popular culture and the dynamic street life of Tokyo. The exhibit highlights influential Japanese designers from the early 1980s to the present whose designs reflect a range of influences from Japanese aesthetics, reinterpretations of Western couture, punk aesthetics and Japanese street fashion. Following SAM, the exhibit will travel to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.
Media Contact: Cara Egan, (206) 748-9285;
Museum of History & Industry Features New Lake Location, Floats New Exhibits
The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) re-opened in a new location on the south shore of Lake Union on Dec. 29, 2012. The new location was restored from the previous Naval Reserve Armory to give the museum nearly 50,000-square feet of exhibition and program space. Temporary exhibits rotate through MOHAI but the premier core exhibit on the second floor features thousands of artifacts and images on the Puget Sound’s culture and history.
Current and future exhibits include a new Center for Innovation which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013 and will showcase Seattle’s role in innovation and entrepreneurship. June 15-Nov. 3, the museum hosts Still Afloat: A Contemporary History of Seattle’s Floating Homes, showcasing Seattle’s houseboat community, the largest in the U.S. The exhibit features artifacts, anecdotes and photos that illustrate both the cultural aspects of this unique community and lifestyle, as well as a scale model floating home that demonstrates the complex systems and structures that keep such homes afloat.
Media Contact: Jackie Durbin, (206) 324-1126 ext. 20,
Wing Luke Museum Recognized by National Park Service
In February, the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience joined other noteworthy cultural sites across America as an affiliated area recognized by the National Park Service. The Wing Luke Museum, located in the Chinatown-International District near downtown Seattle, is the only Pan-Asian Pacific American community-based museum in America, highlighting the issues and life experiences of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
Media Contact: Margaret Su, (206) 623-5124;
Bumbershoot Arts Festival Lineup Features Big-Name Seattle Artists
Bumbershoot, North America’s largest urban arts festival, celebrates its 43rd year with a jam-packed lineup bursting with Seattle based artists, this Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31- Sept. 2. Headliners include Seattle-based Heart – which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. Additional headliners include Death Cab for Cutie, Fun, Icona Pop, MGMT and more than some 2,500 other performers during its three-day run. The festival takes place on Seattle Center’s 74-acre campus. Tickets are on sale now.
Media Contact: Barbara Mitchell, (206) 954-9633;
Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibition Celebrates First Anniversary
The Chihuly Garden & Glass exhibition opened in May 2012 on Seattle Center’s 74-acre campus. The exhibition showcases the most comprehensive collection of Washington-native Dale Chihuly’s artwork ever assembled. It includes a collection of glass, sculpture and other media displayed in both interior and exterior exhibits. The interior exhibit highlights the wide variety of Chihuly’s most popular works. The exterior features some of his large, signature works amid a lush garden. The exterior also includes a 40-foot Glass House structure with an expansive Chihuly installation flowing from the ceiling covering 4,500 square feet. The eight expansive galleries are accompanied by a Chihuly bookstore and the Collections Café. Tickets are available on the website.
Media Contact: April Matson, Chihuly Garden & Glass, (206)753-4924;
“Mirror” Lights up Art Museum and City Streets
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) unveiled a dramatic permanent installation for its downtown Seattle building façade in March 2013. Mirror, by internationally renowned artist Doug Aitken, consists of a monumental LED display that projects images on the glass-covered horizontal band. The images dissolve into narrow columns of light that run up and down the facade of SAM. Aitken created video footage that best reflects the Seattle region and its response to its surroundings. The visual sequences changes to be responsive to the environment such as weather, traffic, light, and special events, giving the impression that the entire building is alive with motion. This is Aitken’s first permanent installation for a public museum. Aitken has also worked with the Smithsonian, WoMa and the Centre Pompidou in Paris on other exhibits.
Media Contact: Cara Egan, (206) 748-9285;
Museum of Flight Lands Amelia Earhart Model and Space Shuttle Trainer
An antique Lockheed Model 10-E aircraft will become the new centerpiece of a permanent exhibit honoring Amelia Earhart when it is flown to the museum this September. Earhart flew the same model aircraft during her attempt to fly around the world in 1937.
The Museum of Flight opened a new Space Shuttle Trainer exhibit in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery on Nov. 10, 2012. During the last year, the Museum of Flight team reassembled and refurbished the Space Shuttle Trainer after receiving it from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). For the past 30 years, the full-sized mock orbiter trained all astronaut crews for space travel at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Guests of the museum are now welcome to walk into the cargo bay, a unique experience restricted with real shuttles.The gallery will also house numerous other rare space artifacts that will be part of a one-of-a-kind exhibit about space and engaging the next generation of space explorers through hands-on learning.
Media Contact: Ted Huetter, (206) 768-7105;
Intiman Summer Theatre Festival
June 21 through September 15, the Intiman Summer Theatre Festival presents three plays and a brand new musical all designed, cast, and chosen to create a conversation around each other and addressing topics one should never discuss at dinner – race, sex, politics and money. Shows include Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress; Lysistrata by Aristophanes; the new musical Stu for Silverton, book by Peter Duchan, music and lyrics by Breedlove; and We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! by Dario Fo.
Media Contact: Michelle Sanders, (206) 595-1151;
Hotel Max and Sub Pop Records Create a Rock ‘N Roll Escape
Downtown Seattle’s Hotel Max has partnered with the city’s independent music record label, Sub Pop Records, to upgrade the music experience all 19 guest rooms on the hotel’s fifth floor. Timed to coincide with Sub Pop’s 25th anniversary this summer, each room is now equipped with Sub Pop Record band posters, Crosley record players, label-curated vinyl records, and Sub Pop music videos on the in-room televisions. Curated by Sub Pop, the first installation includes records by The Shins, METZ, Father John Misty, Flight of the Concords, Nirvana and more. Guests may play records on the turntable while in their room and the selection of records will periodically change with new releases, giving guests a unique experience each time they visit. This addition extends the music experience at Hotel Max as guest room corridors on the fifth floor already feature large-scale black and white images of Seattle’s music scene in the late 80s and 90s.
Media Contact: Kate Buska, (503) 548-9399;

Sea-Tac International Airport Launches Music Initiative
In January 2012 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport launched Experience the City of Music, a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and PlayNetwork, to showcase the Northwest region’s music culture and enhance the experience of millions of passengers who pass through the airport each year. The program features airport-wide speakers and screens with a diverse variety of Northwest music from the soulful sounds of Quincy Jones to the poignant lyrics of Eddie Vedder, Jimi Hendrix and the Wilson sisters. Travelers also hear artist-read public announcements, enjoy curated videos on terminal and baggage claim monitors and listen to a multi-channel web radio player available through the free airport Wi-Fi network. “Seattle is known around the world for its music culture, so it’s great to see this identity embraced and showcased to all the travelers going through the airport,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “
Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;
New Beer Tasting and Brewery Tours
Road Dog Tours presents the guided Seattle Brewery Tour which showcases the city’s craft beer industry and teaches guests about the craft brewing process while offering multiple samples. The tour departs three times daily and includes visits to some of the Seattle’s 20-plus craft and microbreweries. Tours pick up guests at one of two downtown Seattle locations and accommodate between two and 14 guests per tour. Private and corporate tours are also offered. Walk-up tours are also available for as few as one or two individuals as space allows.
Media Contact: Dustin Boast, (206) 249-9858;
Craft Distilleries and Related Tours Grow
Local Craft Tours’ Distillery Tour features three distillery visits and 12 spirit tastings, including award-winning vodkas and whiskeys. Local artisanal snacks and luxury transportation are provided. Group tours are available.
Along with wineries and breweries, distilleries are now growing in the city and throughout western Washington. Passed in 2008, the Washington State Distillery Law now allows smaller distillers to operate with a craft distillery license, the first time since prohibition. The new law lowered craft distillers’ licensing fees from $2,000 to $100 and raised the amount of spirits a craft distillery can distill from 20,000 to 60,000 gallons annually. The new law also allows for on-site tasting, bottle sales and facility tours. Dozens of new distilleries are now operating and distill absinthe, whiskey, grappa, gin, rum and vodka. Distilleries are required to use 51 percent state-sourced ingredients.
Media Contact: Tara Fuller, (206) 455-3740;
Safeco Field Teams Up with Seattle Chefs and Mixologists
During the 2013 Seattle Mariners home baseball season, Safeco Field’s ballpark cuisine spices things up. Seattle chef and restaurateur Ethan Stowell will serve restaurant-quality food in the ballpark setting at Edgar’s Cantina & Home Run Porch, both named for legendary designated hitter and Mariners Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez. Chef Stowell created a “Northwest Mex” menu featuring fresh corn tortillas, carne asada, carnitas, chicken or lengua (beef tongue), topped with diced onion, cilantro and cotija cheese; plus tortas, pork carnitas and and Chicken Milanese.
To wash it down: five signature cocktails created by Anu Apte, owner of local lounge Rob Roy. For example, the .312 (Edgar’s lifetime batting average) with Campari and soda and the Martinez Michelada with Mexican beer, lime and pineapple juice with a dash of cayenne pepper.
Safeco Field also expands its vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free offerings with vegan chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, owners of the award-winning Vedge restaurant in Philadelphia, to offer Bao-Choi, vegan, Asian-style steamed buns. Two options include black vinegar glazed Portobello with pickled cucumber, green chili, scallion and spicy sambal mayo, and Korean eggplant with gochujang (fermented red pepper paste), daikon radish, spicy cabbage, scallion, cilantro and kimchee mayo.
Seattle Mariners Media Contact: Rebecca Hale, (206) 346-4324;
Chef Stowell media contact: Kirsten Graham, (206) 890-3435.

Dates Set for Taste Washington 2014
The 17th annual Taste Washington event will be held at CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle in March 2014.
The Taste Washington Grand Tasting, now a two-day event will include hundreds of Washington wineries and dozens of Northwest restaurants. The popular vineyards section will continue to feature growers pouring wines made from their grapes by wineries across the state, allowing attendees to discover a true sense of place from bottle to bottle and learn about some of the state’s most renowned vineyards.
The Taste Washington Seminars will feature renowned wine experts from across the nation leading in-depth explorations of Washington wine. Information on tickets, seminars and special Taste Washington hotel packages will be announced online at
Media contact: Kauilani Robinson, (206) 461-5839;
Seattle’s Largest Hotel Announced
On March 28 Seattle developer R.C. Hedreen Co. announced plans to build Seattle’s largest hotel two blocks north of the Washington State Convention Center. The Ninth & Stewart project will be the largest convention hotel north of San Francisco and one of the largest on the Pacific Coast when it opens in early 2017. The 43-story building will include 1,500 hotel guest rooms and 150,000 square feet of meeting space. Design concepts and a hotel operator has yet to be selected.
Media Contact: Joanie Parsons; (206) 789-5668;
Hotel Ballard Opens
Hotel Ballard, a four-star luxury property, opened in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in May 2013 with 29 guest rooms and suites. The boutique hotel is located on Ballard Avenue, one of the city’s burgeoning shopping, dining and entertainment meccas for visitors and locals alike. The four-story hotel was designed by Seattle architects Gordon Lagerquist and Gene Morris and its modern stucco, sandstone and wood panels that provide a modern contrast to neighboring architecture. Guest rooms were designed by Mike Skidmore Architect, and pay subtle homage to the neighborhood’s Scandinavian heritage. The hotel features a street-level restaurant, called Stoneburner, and a rooftop pavilion with panoramic views of the city and the Olympic Mountains, where guests can enjoy outdoor fire pits.
Media Contact: Carilyn Platt, (206) 618-2033;
The Westin Seattle Updates Guest Rooms, Adds Meeting Space
The Westin Seattle’s $35 million renovation finished in May 2012 with a complete update of all 891 guest rooms, including the corridors and suites. The transformation of the 5th Avenue Café and Nikko Restaurant created over 10,000 square feet of new meeting space spread over six rooms. The next wave of renovation will conclude by summer 2013, as the Coldwater Bar and Grill morphs into a fresh new concept as the hotel’s main dining room.
Media Contact: Jennifer Magnusen; (206) 727-5889,
Developers Continue Phase Two of Stadium Place Hotel Complex
Developers Daniels Real Estate Co. and American Life teamed up to build the second phase of Stadium Place, the grand hotel complex just north of CenturyLink and near the transportation hub King Street station. The new facilities aim to revitalize and redevelop the historic Pioneer Square. The complex will include a 23-story hotel, apartment towers, office space, 16,000 square feet of shops and restaurants and health club when completed. The Stadium Place hotel will have 278 total suites and is scheduled to open in 2015.
Media Contact: Daniels Development; (206) 382-4600,


Golf’s U.S. Open Comes to the Pacific Northwest for the First Time
Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, just outside of Tacoma, will host the U.S. Open June 18-21, 2015. This is the first time that the U.S. Open – one of the four major championships of men’s professional golf and the national championship of the United States Golf Association – has be hosted in the Pacific Northwest. Chambers Bay, a traditional links style course opened in 2007. It hosted the 2010 U.S. Amateur and has been acclaimed as the number-one Golf Course in Washington State by Golfweek magazine, number-one Public Golf Course in Washington State by Golf Digest and number-27 of Top 50 golf courses of the Last 50 Years by GOLF magazine.
Washington State Convention Center Refurbishment
The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) nears completion of a $20 million refurbishment of its downtown Seattle facility. The updates will be completed in multiple phases throughout 2013, concluding with updates to ceilings, lighting public spaces and the facility’s exterior. The largest portion of work has and will continue to be scheduled during times with the least impact on events. Lobbies and pre-function spaces throughout the WSCC have recently been fitted with wood and leather couches, benches and arm chairs and installed two fireplaces to create an inviting environment for visitors. Our many pieces of local art on display establishes a strong sense of place that is tied to the Pacific Northwest.
Media contact: Marsha Rambert; 206-694-5145;;
Washington State Convention Center receives awards for culinary excellence
The Washington Wine Restaurant awards were held at the Washington Athletic Club on March 26, and the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) received its fourth Washington Wine Award of Distinction. The Award of Distinction honors restaurants “that have shown dedication and commitment to the Washington wine industry”. WSCC remains the only convention or meeting facility in the state to receive this award. The facility’s prestigious wine awards compliment an interactive 68-page catering menu with user-friendly navigation features. An expanded wine list showcases 97 bottled wines from Washington State’s wine industry, with selections organized by the location of the winery within Washington’s 12 American Viticultural Areas. Beautiful food photographs of items created by WSCC chefs are used in the menu. In addition to the interactive menu format, a printer-friendly version is available as a workbook with no photos or interactive links. Key sections of the menu are also available for individual download and are broken out by breakfast, lunch, dinner, breaks, receptions, and wine. The WSCC culinary team can provide box lunches for 20, an informal buffet for 200 or a banquet with French service for 2,000. To download the new menus, visit
Media contact: Marsha Rambert; 206-694-5145;;
New Delta Service from Tokyo-Haneda and Shanghai Begin in June 2013

Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport will welcome two additional international services from Shanghai and Tokyo-Haneda through a continuing partnership between Delta and Alaska Airlines. In addition to three other flights to Asia, Delta will run through Tokyo-Haneda and Shanghai starting June 1 and 17 respectively. In addition to these new flights, Sea-Tac has added eight other international services since 2007, including flights to Paris, Frankfurt, Beijing, Reykjavik, Beijing, Osaka, Dubai and Tokyo.
Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;
Seattle to Salt Lake City Service Now Offered by Alaska Airlines
In April, Alaska Airlines began offering twice-daily flights between Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) and Salt Lake City, UT. Up until April, Salt Lake City was the largest market out of Sea-Tac that Alaska Airlines did not serve, and was a requested destination by their customers for years.
New Heathrow-Seattle Service Possible with new Delta-Virgin Venture
Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation in April 2013 seeking antitrust immunity for their new joint venture on flights between North America and the United Kingdom. If antitrust immunity is approved, Delta plans to begin new nonstop service between Seattle and London-Heathrow, complementing the airline’s growing international gateway in Seattle.
Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;
Emirates Airlines Add Flights to Seattle
The Dubai-based airline, Emirates Air now connects Seattle to a new region of the world. Daily, non-stop flights began March 1, 2012 between Sea-Tac International Airport and Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;
All Nippon Airways (ANA) Begins Non-stop Service to Seattle
All Nippon Airways (ANA) inaugurated nonstop service to Sea-Tac International Airport from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in July 2012. ANA is one of eight airlines to offer international services to Sea-Tac since 2007.
Media Contact: Perry Cooper, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-4923;
Celebrity Solstice and Oceania’s Regatta Now Sailing from Seattle
Celebrity Cruises’ 2,850-passenger Celebrity Solstice will make 19 calls on the Port of Seattle in 2013, offering mostly seven-day roundtrip Alaskan cruises. At 1,041 feet in length, the Celebrity Solstice will be the largest ship to berth in Seattle.
Oceania Cruises now offers Alaskan cruises from Seattle for the first time. The 684-passenger Regatta offers seven- and 14-day Alaskan cruises from Pier 66.
The 2013 Port of Seattle cruise season features 188 sailings and 425,950 passenger embarkations. In addition to Celebrity and Oceania, homeport cruise lines include: Carnival Cruise Lines (seven-day Alaska cruises from Pier 91); Holland America Line (seven-day cruises on two ships from Pier 91); Princess Cruises (seven-day cruises on two ships from Pier 91); Norwegian Cruise Line (seven-day cruises on two ships from Pier 66); Royal Caribbean (seven-day cruises from Pier 91).
Media Contact: Peter McGraw, Port of Seattle, (206) 787-3446;
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