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There’s nothing quite like an Alaska cruise. People travel from all over the country (and the world) to take to the sea and witness the beauty of the arctic. If you’re one of these cruisers departing from Seattle, there are a few things you should know that could help make your experience that much easier.
First and foremost, if you’re flying into Sea-Tac International Airport, you should know that the cruise terminals are about 16 miles north of the airport. You might be wondering how you’d get there with your bags and family members in tow. Well, the best way to do it would be to hitch a ride with Seattle Express. They offer one-way and roundtrip packages to get you from the airport or your hotel to the cruise terminal.
$15 per person each way. Reservations are required Call 206-793-8430
Speaking of hotels, if you’re not excited about taking a long flight, followed by an immediate trip up north to get on your ship, consider staying in Seattle Southside for a day or two. The hotels around the airport are typically priced 20-30% less than their downtown Seattle counterparts and you can get to the major Seattle attractions like the Space Needle or Pike Place Market quite easily on the Link Light Rail. Plus, there’s plenty to do around the airport and you can get a discount on some of the biggest area attractions like iFLY Seattle: Indoor Skydiving, Seattle Chocolates, and The Museum of Flight, if you sign up for the Do More-Save More Passport to Savings.
Finally, you must take advantage of the Port of Seattle’s new Port Valet program. The program will deliver your boarding pass for your return flight on the cruise and when you return to Seattle, your bags will be delivered directly to your airline free of charge, compliments of the Port of Seattle. This will make transfer from your ship to your flight that much easier. It will also help you to extend your trip and explore the wonders of the Pacific Northwest baggage free! Keep that Do More-Save More Passport handy for your return and take some time to get your land legs again.
Both cruise terminals are located on Seattle’s waterfront, about 20-25 minutes north of Seattle Southside.
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal/Pier 91: 2201 W. Garfield St.
Located on the north end of Seattle’s waterfront, Smith Cove is home to Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International.
Bell Street Pier/Pier 66: 9 Wall St.
Located on the south end of downtown Seattle’s waterfront, this 11-acre complex is home to Norwegian and Oceania cruise lines.