Seattle, the natural gateway to Alaska, leads all cruise homeports on the Pacific West Coast in passenger volume with over 1.1 million passengers using its cruise terminals in 2018. The cruise season runs from April through October. Seven major cruise lines offer 7-14-day roundtrip cruises on more than 200 sailings.
In 2019, the Port of Seattle will host the following homeport cruise vessels and their itineraries;
Carnival Cruise Line offers 7-day Alaska cruises on Carnival Legend departing Tuesdays from Pier 91.
Celebrity Cruises offers 7-day Alaska cruises on Celebrity Solstice departing Fridays from Pier 91.
Holland America Line offers 7-day Alaska cruises on Eurodam and Oosterdam departing Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 91. The Amsterdam offers 14-day sailings departing on Mondays, from Pier 91.
Norwegian Cruise Line offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on the Norwegian Joy and the Norwegian Bliss. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 66.
Oceania Cruises offers a variety of itineraries on the Oceania Regatta departing from Pier 66.
Princess Cruises offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on the Ruby Princess and Star Princess. Sailings depart Saturdays and Sundays from Pier 91.
Royal Caribbean offers 7-day cruises to Alaska on Ovation of the Seas on Fridays from Pier 91.
Seattle is a port call for Crystal Cruises, Seabourn and Windstar.
Bell Street Pier 66
Located downtown along Seattle’s waterfront, Bell Street Pier is home to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises.
Bell Street is walking distance from iconic city landmarks such as Pike Place Market and the Seattle Aquarium and excellent restaurants.
Smith Cove Pier 61
Smith Cove, which services two cruise ships at a time, is homeport to Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.
The terminal is a 15-minute taxi ride from the city’s retail core and is closer to the trendy districts like Ballard with its historic locks, salmon ladder, Fishermen’s Terminal and hip eateries.
The Port of Seattle is working on bold plans to redevelop Seattle’s waterfront, including a $340 million investment in cargo, new cruise ship facilities worth tens of millions of dollars and other marine investments. Project authorization will begin in 2019.
Embarking and Disembarking
In Seattle, the guest experience, shore to ship and back is seamless, with curb side drop-offs and pick-ups for taxis, buses, shuttles or personal vehicles.
The Port of Seattle is adept at managing and supporting your excitement of departing to and returning from Alaska and other west coast destinations. Only Seattle can cope with every size of cruise ship from 4,000 plus to intimate small luxury vessels.
For anyone flying on US ‘domestic’ flights, both terminals enable hassle free disembarkation with the Port of Seattle’s complimentary valet programme. While on board ship, visitors sign-up and can check their luggage directly from their cabin to their domestic (only) US flight to enjoy Seattle luggage free.
Seattle – stay and discover
Downtown hotels choices for pre-or post-cruise stays range from boutique to trendy, historic to contemporary. There are also excellent options in nearby neighbouring cities or resorts and getaways to beautiful Pacific ocean islands. With most cruises to Alaska taking just seven days, the Port of Seattle works with the travel trade to develop Cruise & Stay programmes so that long-haul visitors can extend their stay to 10-14 nights in Seattle and Washington State pre or post cruise.
Small vessels – big experiences
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