MILWAUKEE — Port of Milwaukee is entering a lease agreement with Pearl Seas Cruises that will give the company priority docking rights for its ships at Pier Wisconsin starting in 2021.
Pier Wisconsin, the downtown dock east of Discovery World, will be the center of sea cruises starting next year.
“Pearl Seas has been a great partner with our port, bringing passengers to our city and establishing Milwaukee as a center of Great Lakes cruising,” Mayor Tom Barrett said. “Starting with the 2021 cruise season, that partnership is growing, which is wonderful news for the city, for Pearl Seas, and for the vacationers discovering Great Lakes Cruising.”
The cruise line's ship, the Pearl Mist, has visited Milwaukee regularly in the past year, carrying up to 210 passengers on voyages throughout the Great Lakes.
Increased cruises hope to bring in more money for local businesses in Milwaukee.
“The Port continues to capitalize on increased interest in passenger cruising on the Great Lakes and increased interest in Milwaukee as the hub for passengers to start or end their voyages,” said Port Director Adam Tindall-Schlicht. “In the coming years, thousands of passengers will visit our city, stay in local hotels, dine in our restaurants, and enjoy all the great things Milwaukee offers.”
The agreement with Pearl Seas will be presented to the Milwaukee Common Council for its approval in the coming weeks.
*Lead photo is a stock photo of a ship docked at Discovery World*