“The fleet’s in.” The phrase used to be one that got businesses and single women all excited, but in San Diego these days, the phrase that causes the same kind of reaction (among businesses only) is “Cruise ships in.”
Over the next two days, Oct. 4 and 5, San Diego’s Embarcadero will be visited by six cruise ships bringing some 14,000 passengers to our shores, providing an economic boost to the region, says the Port of San Diego.
On Oct. 4, three ships will be docking here: Holland’s Westerdam, with 1,900 passengers; Holland’s America, with 1,900 passengers; and Princess Cruises’ Star Princess, with 2,500 passengers.
On Oct. 5, the cruise ships scheduled to dock downtown are Celebrity’s Century, with 2,000 passengers; Princess’ Sapphire Princess, with 2,500 passengers; and Disney’s Wonder, with 2,700 passengers.
The port district estimated the combined economic impact of the six cruise ship visits at about $8 million. Not only are the cruise ships restocking provisions and refueling; the passengers often disembark to shop, dine and take tours, dropping some serious coin all along the way, the port says.
San Diego’s cruise ship season began Sept. 27 when the Wonder made the first of four planned stops here, and ends on May 16. About 79 cruise ships carrying about 250,000 passengers are scheduled to dock here during the season, the port said.