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Cruise from Seattle, Washington

cruise from seattle, washingtomSeattle is the gateway to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska! Two downtown cruise terminals make sailing out of Seattle, Washington an extremely attractive travel option for passengers looking for the convenience of cruising from a U.S. based port. Pier 91 is located slightly north of downtown, while Pier 66 is located in the center of the waterfront on Alaskan Way.

Visitors arrive by plane at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac). Regardless of the pier you are leaving from, the ride from the airport will be from 20 to 30 minutes depending on the traffic. A taxi will cost roughly $30 to Pier 66 or $40 to Pier 91 again depending on traffic.  The Gray Line shared shuttle from SeaTac to Pier 91 is $26 per person and can be reserved at the desk located in the atrium just beyond the baggage carousel 1.

There are two convenient parking garages for cruise passengers.  The Bell Street Pier garage is located across Alaskan Way from the cruise terminal.  It offers 1,500 spaces of covered, secure parking at a cost of approximately $20 per day (reserve online for a prepay discount). Complimentary luggage and shuttle service is available in the designated cruise parking area.

The Smith Cove Terminal parking has 1000 secure parking spaces at a cost of approximately $25 per day (reserve online for a prepay discount).  The parking lot is a short distance away from the terminal building. A shuttle is available from the parking area to the terminal building.

How about a pre or post cruise stay in Seattle, Washington?

Seattle sits on the shores of Puget Sound nestled between two magnificent mountain ranges.  On clear days the Cascade Mountains are visible on the eastern horizon and the Olympic Mountains loom across the Sound to the west. The snowcapped volcanic peak of Mount Rainier dominates the southern view.  This lovely city offers a perfect mix of urban attractions and outdoor recreation. Below are some places you won’t want to miss on your visit.

Space Needle: This is the quintessential symbol of Seattle and is the visual focal point from almost any position in the city. The 600 foot structure was built for the 1962 World’s Fair and the observation deck provides superb views of the city and its surroundings.

Pioneer’s Square: This historic district of Seattle offers a wealth of art galleries, bookstores, antique shops, cool restaurants, and buzzing nightclubs within easy walking distance of most downtown Seattle hotels.  The cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages are a reminder of life a century ago.

Pikes Place Market: Situated just above the waterfront, the market, founded in 1907, is popular with natives and tourists alike. It features farmers and merchants that offer fresh vegetables, seafood, food bars, cafes, restaurants, crafts, art work, and gifts from booths, stalls and shops, including the original Starbucks.

The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour: A cutting-edge facility featuring interactive exhibits and displays where you can digitally design your own airplane.  Watch a brief movie about Boeing in the high definition Boeing Theater, then hop a bus and travel a few short minutes to the Boeing factory where you’ll go behind the massive hanger doors to witness the inner workings of the world’s largest airplanes.

Mount Rainier National Park: A visit to this picturesque park offers excellent opportunities for scenic drives, hiking, and mountain climbing. Most roads are open from late May to early October and all provide stunning views and access to a variety of hiking trails and other sites. Many tour companies offer day trips from Seattle if time restraints keep you from spending more than a few days in the area.

Seattle, Washington Cruise Terminal
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91
2001 West Garfield Street
Seattle, WA. 98199

General Directions
From I-5 South:
•Head north on I-5 and follow signs to the Mercer Street Exit
•Take exit 167 (left-side off-ramp) to Mercer Street
•Take a right turn on to Fairview Avenue North (400 feet)
•Take a left turn on Valley Street (0.18 miles)
•Valley Street bends to the left and becomes Broad Street (0.75 miles)
•Turn right to Denny Way (0.32 miles)
•Bend right to Western Avenue (0.22 miles)
•Western joins Elliott Avenue West (1.18 miles)
•Follow signs to Magnolia Bridge
•Turn right at 14th Ave West (signal light intersection) (0.14 miles)
•Stay to the right and follow ramp joining the Magnolia Bridge (West Garfield Street) (0.35 miles)
•Exit right. Follow signs to Smith Cove Park (0.55 miles) and Cruise Terminal
•Turn right at bottom of ramp and follow signs for cruise terminal parking or cruise terminal

From I-5 North:
•Head south on I-5 and follow the signs to the Mercer Street Exit
•Take exit 167 to Mercer Street (right-hand off-ramp)
•Take a right turn on to Fairview Avenue North ( 400 feet)
•Take a left turn on Valley Street (0.18 miles)
•Valley Street bends  to the left and becomes Broad Street (0.75 miles)
•Turn right to Denny Way (0.32 miles)
•Bend right to Western Avenue  (0.22 miles)
•Western joins Elliott Avenue West (1.18 miles)
•Follow signs to Magnolia Bridge
•Turn right at 14th Ave West (signal light intersection)  (0.14 miles)
•Stay to the right and follow ramp joining the Magnolia Bridge (West Garfield Street)  (0.35 miles)
•Exit right.  Follow signs to “Smith Cove Park” (0.55 miles) and Cruise Terminal
•Turn right at bottom of ramp and follow signs for cruise terminal parking or cruise terminal

More About Cruising from Seattle, Washington

Over the past 10 years, Seattle’s cruise port has expanded into one of the major gateways for an Alaskan or Canadian vacation. Two piers now serve nearly all of the major cruise lines, in addition to luxury ships, and are 20 to 30 minutes away from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

On the downtown’s waterfront, the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 is part of an 11-acre, multi-use complex. With weekly trips to Alaska, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line depart from this terminal. While parking is available, making reservations in advance is recommended. The secured parking lot is adjacent to the terminal, and a shuttle connects it with the check-in area.

The Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91 is Seattle’s newer departure point. Close to the Space Needle and retail options, this Seattle cruise port sees ships from Carnival Cruise Lines, the Disney Wonder ship, Holland America, Princess Cruise Lines, and Royal Caribbean. Secure parking, with connecting shuttle services, is available.

The May through September season is particularly popular for Seattle cruises. As Seattle is growing into a greater departure point, traffic at both piers has increased significantly over the past decade and continues to grow.

Just as the airport is within driving distance of both piers, the city has a variety of hotels, from budget to luxury, with family and unique options included. Shuttle service takes travelers from the airport to the cruise terminals.

In an attempt to brand itself as a tourist destination, Seattle, with its juxtaposed outdoor activities and urban character, is emphasizing its attractions. Aside from the Space Needle, the city’s historic Pioneer Square and the Seattle Aquarium are two potential pre- and post-cruise activities. For the more outdoorsy types, the city, located on Puget Sound, is surrounded by the Cascade Mountains and the Olympic Mountains. If you decide to go outside the city, consider exploring Mr. Rainer, the North Cascades, coastal beaches, and the rainforest.

 

 

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