Cruise ship season starts with optimism over pandemic rebound. Schedule calls for 18 oceangoing ships to dock in Astoria, OR

The Port of Astoria is preparing for the first wave of the cruise ship season, with the first oceangoing vessel of the year set to arrive next week.

The Port’s schedule lists 18 cruise ships with reservations to dock in Astoria. The first ship — the Sapphire Princess, holding over 2,600 passengers — is planning to arrive on Monday.

Bruce Conner, who manages cruise ship marketing for the Port, said he was pleased with the number of bookings as the industry continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

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