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Cruise Ships to Return to San Diego This Fall

The Port of San Diego said each Holland America Line cruise ship that docks in San Diego contributes $300,000 to the local economy

Port of San Diego Chairman Michael Zucchet says the calendar for the fall season is already filling up with names like the Disney Cruise Line and Carnival joining the list.

"We expect to have anywhere from 70 to 80 cruise calls starting in September or October for the season, which is obviously down from pre-COVID levels but that’s a fairly healthy come back," Zucchet says.

The return of the line’s cruises will have a big impact on the local economy, which was estimated to have lost $282 million since last March due to canceled cruises.

The Port of San Diego said each ship that docks locally contributes $300,000 to the local economy in provisioning, port taxes, and spending. Holland America Line works with more than 35 local vendors who supply the company and its ships with goods and services.

“Usually what happens is out of town visitors will stay overnight the night before and then oftentimes, they’ll stay in San Diego when they come back to dock. So, we can get pre and post-stays out of it,” explained Julie Coker, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority.

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