Cruises From Seattle
Seattle is the gateway to the Pacific Northwest and to Alaska. Most cruise from Seattle are Alaskan Cruises with 7 to 10 day tours available offering breathtaking landscapes and incredible, natural wonders. Cruises from Seattle are offered on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, Oceania and Holland America Cruise Lines.
The Alaskan cruises are either round trip or some end in Vancouver or Victoria giving you the opportunity to continue your vacation in Canada before returning home. Alaska is a cruise destination that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime and there is no better way to take in the breathtaking Alaskan coastline than on board a ship. Seattle’s Alaska cruises include the Inside Passage with main ports of call at Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan but some further destinations are also available. The Inside Passage is a sheltered waterway which runs between the Pacific Coast Islands and these cruises tend to be more scenic with calm, flat waters offering a relaxed passage between ports of call.
Other cruises from Seattle to Alaska offer Seward as part of their itinerary which is the gateway port for Anchorage. These longer cruises usually span over a 13 or 14 day period and cover everything you would want to see on your Alaskan cruise. Whether sailing for 7 or 14 days your cruise will offer plenty to see especially for those that want to wonder at the vast scenery and take in amazing sightings of a variety of wildlife including bears, seals, whales and magnificent sea birds and eagles.
For those wanting to get closer to nature a number of expedition or safari cruises are available on smaller ships which visit ports and areas where the larger ships are not able to get to. These are perfect for the more active cruiser who not only wants to see the wildlife and scenery but who also want to get closer in and hike or kayak to see glaciers and the creatures than inhabit them up close.
Careful consideration should be given to time of year when taking your Alaska cruise as the weather plays an important factor when planning. Cruise season for Alaska is from May to September but June, July and August are considered the best to see wildlife or to go fishing. May and September mainly offer the better deals mainly because of the snow in May which can hinder some of your activities and because of the rougher seas in September. Whichever date you choose you are pretty much guaranteed an experience of a lifetime.
Although Alaska is one of the main destinations for cruises from Seattle, do not forget to check out the many other itineraries on offer which include some amazing destinations reaching out as far as Australia and New Zealand on the more exclusive World Exotic cruises.
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The Smith Cove Terminal parking lot is available to all Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean cruise passengers. This lot also provides overheight and RV parking for Norwegian and Celebrity cruise passengers. Conveniently located near the cruise terminal, it offers 1,100 parking spaces. Friends and family who pick up or drop off cruise passengers also are encouraged to use the lot while visiting the cruise terminal.
Directions (From I-5 South): -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
Directions (From I-5 North): -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
Directions (From I-90 West): -Take I-90 West to I-5 North -Then follow directions for “From I-5 North”
GENERAL INFORMATION General Parking is available for $20 per day . Multiple handicap stalls are available. Visa, MC, and Amex as well as cash/money orders. You can prepay online for the best rate and guaranteed parking. Prepaid parking reservations must be canceled 72 hours prior to your departure. Pier 91 parking is open 7am – 5pm all cruise days. RV parking is available for $28 per day for RV’s under 18 ft and $35 per day greater than 18ft (RV parking MUST be reserved and prepaid online to guarantee a space). The Smith Cove parking lot is a short distance away from the terminal building. Passengers will have to take a shuttle from the parking area to the terminal building. Passengers must drop all luggage and extra passengers at the terminal building prior to parking. After dropping off your luggage and extra passengers return to the parking area and take the shuttle back to the terminal. Shuttles to and from the ships run from 7am – 4pm. Overheight and RV customers parking for a cruise at P66 can check in with the cashiers for a complimentary taxi voucher back to P66. Please drop all luggage and extra passengers at P66 before heading to P91 for parking. Please allow for a 15-20 minute taxi ride back to P66.