Seattle's lush greenness is the root of the nickname â€œEmerald City,â€ and it's an outdoorsy environment which works well with the free-spirited and creative atmosphere. Home of art, music, great coffees and microbrews, the city is more of a collection of unique neighbourhoods than a single homogenous urban centre. Visitors and residents alike are charmed by the liberal vibe and the beautiful surrounding landscapes - even the frequent rain can't dampen Seattle's spirit.
Downtown Seattle is defined by its waterways, sandwiched between Lake Washington and Puget Sound. The iconic Space Needle, bustling Pike Place Market, famous Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Great Wheel and more points of interest are all found here. Sailing away on a cruise from Seattle is a spectacular experience. Ships make their way past Bainbridge Island, Whidbey Island and the many other isles, coves and inlets of Puget Sound on their way out into the North Pacific.
Seattle cruise lines and destinations
You have a few options when it comes to choosing the line that will whisk you away on your cruise out of Seattle. Princess and Royal Caribbean are popular amongst many cruise lovers, and both offer regular itineraries from the city during the summer months. Celebrity brings a touch of luxury to the table, with their customisable cruise packages ranging from premium to all-inclusive. The more traditional Holland America Line also cruises from Seattle. Each have affordable and sometimes even cheap cruises on offer for short excursions or several days and nights. Carnival and the P&O cruise line are also fond visitors to the area.
The vast majority of departures from Seattle are Alaska cruises. These head north past the Canadian coastline to visit a range of charming towns including Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, as well as some offering amazing scenic cruising opportunities in Glacier Bay and the Inside Passage. An Alaska cruise from Seattle on any line is an amazing experience! You might also find the occasional Transpacific cruise leaving the city as ships reposition after the summer season, and some Pacific Coastal cruises to California as the weather cools.
Seattle cruise port
Cruise ships in Seattle dock at two different piers: The Bell Street Cruise Terminal or the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal.
The Bell Street Terminal is very conveniently located right on Seattle's downtown waterfront, only a fifteen minute walk from the city centre. It is equipped with an onboard check-in and luggage handling service which allows passengers to print boarding passes and even check in their luggage while still onboard the ship, so they can get to the airport unhindered.
The Smith Cove Cruise Terminal is at Pier 91, at the far north end of the city's waterfront and a 15-minute taxi ride from downtown. It also offers onboard airline check-in and luggage handling, as well as a concierge service for luggage storage before and after cruises.