PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you saw a giant Carnival Cruise ship on the Willamette River on Wednesday, you’re not hallucinating.
The massive Carnival Cruise ship Legend arrived in Portland on its way to the Vigor Industrial Shipyard for repairs. The ship is nearly impossible to miss — it’s 963 feet long and can have an onboard crew of 930 serving 2,124 guests. Its gross tonnage is 88,500.
The renovations are expected to boost the local economy by about $45 million over the 12 days it’s in Portland.
Vigor Industrial said their 60-acre Swan Island shipyard “is one of the largest and most capable shipyards on the West Coast.”
A crowd gathered in Columbia City as the Legend navigated up the Columbia River, snapping photos on their phones.
“It’s beautiful,” Vandana Prasad said after watching the ship pass by.
As it passed under the St. Johns Bridge, spectators watched anxiously as it just barely made it.
“It was quite amazing,” David LaFranchise said. “It just barely cleared the bridge so if the water was up a few more feet, we may not have had the boat come in.”
The best view of the ship in its dock will be from the University of Portland, near the Vigor Industrial dock.
“Beautiful view point up here, I love it,” Darrell Rose said. “I think it’s great. It’s good to see big ships coming back into Portland.”