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Seattle, Washington

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Seattle is the turnaround port for many Alaskan cruises.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at Smith Cove Pier (Pier 91) about three miles northwest of downtown Seattle or Bell Street Cruise Terminal (Pier 66) close to downtown and mainly used by NCL. Smith Cove has a terminal, drop off and pickup areas and a large pay parking lot with free shuttle service. If you don't have lots of luggage, bus 24 or 33 has a stop on Magnolia Bridge to downtown (3rd and Pike). You can pay exact change cash $2.75 (July 2022) or by app. https://kingcounty.gov/depts/transportation/metro

Cruise schedule here https://www.portseattle.org/maritime/cruise

Plans to build a third cruise Terminal 46 have been cancelled.

Smith Cove Pier

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Bell Street Cruise Terminal

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Money and Tipping

When dining in restaurants, it is customary to leave 15-20% tip for good service since servers typically make minimum wage. Taxi drivers should be tipped the same rate.

Getting To/From the Airport

Transportation options from the SeaTac (SEA) include the Link Light Rail ($3 one way, July 2022) , taxi (approx $50) or shared shuttle services like GO (approx $21 pp). https://www.portseattle.org/sea-tac/ground-transportation https://www.soundtransit.org/

Local Transportation

Bus routes 19, 24 and 33 run to downtown (3rd Ave at Pike St) from Magnolia Bridge by Smith Cove cruise terminal. Take the stairs to get to the deck level. A monorail runs along 5th Ave from downtown to Seattle Center. The Link Light Rail serves both the airport and downtown and also has stations in Chinatown and Pioneer Square. Fare is a minimum $2.25 and paying double the one way rate gives you a daypass.

Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services operate in Seattle.


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  • Pike Place Public Market - a Seattle landmark where you may see some fish being thrown around. Have some mac and cheese at Beecher's (location at the airport as well) and see the original Starbucks location.
  • Seattle Center - A park and arts and entertainment hub, it is home to the Space Needle, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Pacific Science Center. Fans of music and pop culture need to visit the Experience Music Project Museum. http://www.empmuseum.org/
  • Pioneer Square - the heart of historic Seattle but also popular with the homeless
  • Olympic Sculpture Park - a free public outdoor sculpture park
  • Seattle Gum Wall - you will find it either fascinating or disgusting or both. Post Alley under Pike Place Market.
  • Amazon Spheres - These conservatories built at Amazon headquarters downtown have limited public access. https://www.seattlespheres.com/

Shopping & Restaurants

You can find shops and restaurants downtown. Larger malls tend to be outside of the downtown core. Ezell's Fried Chicken (endorsed by Oprah) can be found at 501 23rd Ave (at E. Jefferson) east of the downtown core. Nearby is The Barbeque Pit at 2509 E Cherry St. Fans of seafood can get some clam chowder at Ivar's (various locations). Visit Tsue Chong fortune cookie factory in Chinatown. Dick's Drive In is a local burger chain. There is a restaurant at 500 Queen Anne Ave N just west of Seattle Center. A competing chain, Burgermaster (a favorite of Bill Gates), doesn't have any locations downtown. Shake Shack has a location downtown.

At Smith Cove pier, there is a Whole Foods directly northeast of the pier area. There is a Safeway west of Seattle Center at 516 1st Ave W.

Post Offices

The downtown post office is located on the corner of Union and 3rd Ave.


Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi to customers.

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