Cruise ships come to SB
The Princess Cruise Lines Sapphire Princess and Star Princess are skipping Cinco de Mayo in Mexico because of the swine flue outbreak and will instead visit Santa Barbara May 2, 3 and 10 as an alternative port stop.
Santa Barbara Harbor has, on average, one or two cruise ship visits per year.
The sister cruise liners will each bring about 2,600 passengers and 1,000 staff to Santa Barbara. Industry estimates show cruise ship passengers spend an average of $200 per couple in one port of call.