Cruise Ship Embarkation Ports

Profiles of cruise ship embarkation ports located around the world including terminal and parking information, and a preview of what to do around the area.

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Getting Around

The city's impressive ferry transportation system provides access to several nearby island escapes. Visitors should head to Seattle Pier 52 for a great day trip to Bainbridge Island. The scenic 30-minute ride across Puget Sound leads to a community known for its quaint shops, outdoor cafes and local arts. The island also offers miles of preserved open space with numerous hiking trails.

Time schedules are subject to change. Please visit /www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries for up-to-date ferry schedules.

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Port of Seattle, WA

Two cruise facilities located at the Bell Street Pier and Smith Cove on the Seattle waterfront serve nearly 900,000 passengers each year for cruises to Alaska. Together they serve seven cruise lines and have 2,700 secure parking spaces, and are a short 20-minute bus or cab ride from Sea-Tac Airport and minutes from Interstates 5 and 90.

Many of the city’s top visitor attractions are within blocks of the waterfront, including the Space Needle, historic Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market and the Seattle Aquarium.

Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66, Elliott Bay, Sep 20, 2009.

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Photo courtesy Don Wilson
 

Terminal Information

The Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal

Pier 66 - 2225 Alaskan Way

The Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal anchors an 11-acre complex along Seattle’s downtown waterfront. This vibrant, multi-use property is home to Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, which offer weekly sailings to Alaska. Easy walking distance to the famous Pike Place Market, Space Needle and the Seattle Aquarium.

Smith Cove Cruise Terminal

Pier 91 - 2001 W. Garfield St.

Seattle’s new cruise terminal at Pier 91 serves as homeport for Carnival Cruise Line, Disney, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean. Located at the north end of Seattle’s waterfront on historic Smith Cove, it’s just 10 minutes from the city’s retail core and famous Space Needle. The two-story, 143,000-square-foot building can host two
cruise ships at a time, and is one of the world’s only facilities with two electrical plug-ins that eliminate all ship air emissions.

 

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Parking

General Parking is available on five floors of the airport garage - 3, 5-8. The rate is just $3 an hour with a maximum of $28 for up to 24 hours and a special weekly rate of $130. Parkers can use General Parking for both short- and long-term stays.

$130 for up to 7 days Sea-Tac Airport offers a special, reduced weekly rate for General Parking (Floors 3, 5-8). Travelers headed out on a week-long trip (more than five days, maximum of seven days) pay only $130 – all inclusive. No extra taxes. No extra fees.

The height limit for vehicles entering the Airport Garage is 6’10.” Vehicles above that limit should park in Over-Height Vehicle Parking.

Credit/Debit Card payment at time of arrival

Upon arriving at the garage, insert your credit card into the ticket machine. Once your card is returned, the gate will rise. Enter the garage and your credit card will serve be your ticket. Upon exiting, pull up to any exit lane, insert the same credit card used when you arrived at the garage. Upon removal of the credit card, your receipt will print. Remove the receipt and the gate will open. All from the same point your credit card was processed.

Credit/Debit Card payment on return

Take your ticket with you on your trip and stop at the Pay-on-Foot station on your way back to your car. Pay your parking fees, exit the garage, enter your paid ticket into any exit lane, and you are on your way.

Prices subject to change.

Natural Hazards

Earthquakes that are large enough to cause extensive damage are rare, but remain a matter of reality for the area.

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The biggest dangers in an earthquake are falling objects and windows which shatter explosively. In the event of an earthquake, face away from windows and hide under any sturdy table or desk that may be available. If you are indoors, do not run outside! Falling building facades are more likely to cause severe injuries than anything inside. If outdoors, stay away from buildings and stay out from under power lines.

Things to do in the area

Waterfront Park

Set right in the middle of Seattle’s Waterfront district is the Waterfront Park, a three-pier parade lined with lamp posts, benches and high, curving railings. The park has outstanding views of the city skyline, waterfront, ships in drydock, container cranes, the West Seattle Bridge, as well as the Olympic Mountains.1301 Alaskan Way, Website

Belltown

Located in the shadow of the Space Needle, the Belltown neighborhood has a vast array restaurants, clubs, and is an ideal spot to plan a night out in Seattle. Classic neighborhood nightspots include the Crocodile Cafe (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and REM have performed there), Mama's Mexican Kitchen, Shorty's, and many more.

Pike Place Market

This bustling nine-acre center is many things - an enormous farmers' market, a collection of stalls that sell everything from handmade toys to sheepskin slippers, and a top-rated dining destination. It has been a living landmark filled with historic stories for more than a century (the very first Starbucks is still located here). The most famous attraction is the fish market, where fresh catches fly through the air as workers toss them to one another to the delight of crowds. Go behind the scenes on a walking tour to experience some of the best market spots and taste locally made foods and beverages.

 

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