The Port of Seattle's downtown Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal reopened after a $30 million renovation.

The design of the new terminal repurposes existing areas to enhance the passenger experience. From a new and expanded VIP lounge and passenger check-in area, guests have views of the ship and Elliott Bay.  Also, the port installed a modified elevated passenger boarding bridge. A new gangway will arrive early next year, featuring floor-to-ceiling transparent walls.

Funding for the project was split equally with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, the priority tenant. NCLH will manage the building during the cruise season.

"Together, we have increased usage capacity by more than 300 percent," said Howard Sherman, NCLH's executive vice president of onboard revenue and destination development.

Norwegian's 15-year lease on the terminal, signed last year, provides passenger volume guarantees estimated to yield port revenue of $73 million.

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