Seattle Cruise Transportation

Seattle Cruise Transfers
Cruisers may set up a pre-arranged transportation package with their cruise line. For Celebrity, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess and Royal Caribbean transfer information, customers should contact these companies directly.

If you want to save yourself a little money, consider using a Seattle cruise shuttle by Shuttle Express which offers scheduled Service from SeaTac Airport every 30 minutes to the piers as well as scheduled service from piers to SeaTac Airport.

If you are arriving the night before and staying in a Seattle hotel, Shuttle Express offers scheduled service from select Seattle and Bellevue Hotels to the piers.

Seattle Cruises

Seattle Washington is the gateway to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Cruise from the port of Seattle from April through September to Alaska, and choose from 7 days or 14 days. Enjoy 7-day cruises to Alaska aboard Princess Cruises-Star Princess, Disney Cruise Line-Disney Wonder, Carnival Cruise Lines-Carnival Spirit, Celebrity Cruise Lines-Celebrity Infinity, Holland America Line-ms Oosterdam, and Norwegian Cruise Lines-Norwegian Jewel. Cruise ship traffic has increased dramatically in Seattle since 1999, going from six ship visits and about 6,000 passengers to over 220 ship visits and an estimated 850,000 passengers in 2010.

Starting in Seattle, many cruise itineraries include stops in Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Skagway, Victoria,Sawyer Glacier, and Glacier Bay,

Terminals
There are two separate cruise terminals serving Seattle. Pier 66, also known as the Bell St. Pier Terminal, is near downtown Seattle and is within walking distance of the Seattle Space needle and other attractions. Pier 66 serves the major cruise lines of Norwegian, Celebrity and Carnival. Parking is available for $16.00 per day (rates subject to change by the Port Authority)

Pier 91 is the larger of the two terminals and is located north of downtown Seattle near Magnolia Bridge. This location serves Holland America Line, Princess Cruises,and Royal Caribbean International. General Parking is available for $20 per day with some spots available for oversized vehicles (RVs).

The closest major airport is Sea-Tac, the airport serving Seattle and Tacoma. Travel time from the airport is about 15 to 30 minutes to Pier 66 by taxi and 30 to 60 minutes to reach Pier 91.

Alaska Cruises: Glacier Bay National Park

Spread across a 3.3-million acres, southeastern Alaska’s scenic coastal islands, narrow fjords and substantial wildlife offer an inspirational glimpse of the pristine beauty of Glacier Bay National Park.

This national park is the site of the highest concentration of tidewater glaciers on the planet. Getting here isn’t easy as access to this natural wonderland is extremely limited and not all cruise lines can offer this access, but some cruise lines include this park on the Inside Passage itineraries.

The park  was designated a national monument in 1925. Its purpose was to preserve the glacial environment and plant communities for public enjoyment, scientific study and historic interest. Expanded several times, Glacier Bay was re-designated a national park and preserve in 1980. In 1986 the park was named a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

The park is home of a dramatic range of plant communities from rocky terrain recently covered by ice to lush temperate rain forest.  Animal life is also widely varied and includes brown and black bears, mountain goats, whales (including humpbacks), seals and eagles.