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Thousands expected in SD when six cruise ships enter port

Six cruise ships are in port Thursday and Friday, each carrying between 1,900 and 2,700 passengers and expecting to generate about $8 million for the local economy.

Some of the ships will be restocking and refueling in San Diego, adding to the economic impact.

The cruise ships in port Thursday were: Holland America's Westerdam (1,900 passengers), Holland America's Zuiderdam (1,900 passengers), and Princess Cruises' Star Princess (2,500 passengers).

The cruise ships arriving Friday are: Celebrity Century (2,000 passengers), Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess (2,500 passengers), and Disney Wonder (2,700 passengers).

A homeported vessel, which is a ship beginning and ending a trip in the same port, contributes approximately $2 million to the region's economy, according to a 2005 economic impact study by Business Research & Economic Advisors.

Homeported ships in port this week will be the Westerdam and Century.

On Thursday, approximately 1,900 passengers on Holland America's Westerdam began a 30-day voyage from San Diego to Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. About 1,900 passengers aboard Holland America's Zuiderdam and 2,500 passengers on Princess Cruises' Star Princess visited the San Diego waterfront for the day. The Westerdam was berthed on the north side of the B Street Pier and the Zuiderdam was on the south side of the pier. The Star Princess was on the north side of Broadway Pier.

On Friday, approximately 7,200 cruise ship passengers will be at the cruise ship terminals. About 2,000 guests aboard the Celebrity Century will begin a 15-day trip to Hawaii. Visiting the port for the day will be approximately 2,500 passengers aboard Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess and 2,700 passengers on Disney's Wonder. The Celebrity Century will be berthed on the north side of the B Street Pier and the Sapphire Princess will be on the south side of the pier. The Disney Wonder will berth on the north side of Broadway Pier.

Each ship is scheduled to arrive in port between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Passengers visiting for the day will begin disembarking about 8:30 a.m. or later.

The cruise ships are arriving as the Port of San Diego makes several improvements to the B Street Cruise Ship Terminal. The upgrades include a new roof and a new canopy for the building's south side.

The 2012-2013 cruise ship season began on Sept. 21 when the Disney Wonder made the first of four stops in San Diego. The season will end May 16, 2013. About 79 cruise ships with more than 250,000 passengers are scheduled to be here for this cruise season.

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