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#1
Ewing, NJ
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This FAQ is in the process of being created by our West Coast Departures Community members. It should contain information to the most commonly asked questions about cruising from Seattle's cruise ports.

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#2
Seattle WA
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Originally posted by LauraS
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I would start by updating these threads to eliminate references to the Pier 30 cruise terminal, which hasn't been in use for two years, and replacing them with information regarding the T91 terminal.
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Here's a wonderful thread by Seattle Cruiselover (Karen):

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=720705
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#6
Redmond WA
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Here's a link to the Seattle bus ( Metro Transit) web page. There are several drop downs for more info. It includes info on the West Seattle water taxi and Lake Union street car. http://metro.kingcounty.gov/

A handy feature is the Trip Planner. If you don't know an address, you can often use a popular destination name. IE if you want to go to the Ballard Locks from downtown Seattle, use a common location like 'Westlake Center' as your starting address. The Trip Planner will provide a couple of routes for you, and you can even print a map of the bus route.
http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/cg....pl?resptype=U

The Ride Free area:
http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bus...attle-rfa.html
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Ewing, NJ
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Originally posted by Gardyloo
I would start by updating these threads to eliminate references to the Pier 30 cruise terminal, which hasn't been in use for two years, and replacing them with information regarding the T91 terminal.

Whoops! You are 100% correct, and we will get right on that! Passed the info over to our editorial team just now.

Thank you,

Laura
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#8
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Seattle Light Rail This topic tends to get buried in the Seattle Q&A and seems to be coming up more and more.
The light rail runs from SeaTac Airport to downtown Seattle, ending at Westlake Center, taking about 40 minutes. There are about 12 stops in between. Schedule and map are in the link, fare $2.50. It's a bit of a walk from the airport to the station, 7-10 minutes so if you've overpacked this might not be a good option.
http://www.soundtransit.org/Riding-S...Light-Rail.xml

Info on cabs, shuttles, etc are on the SeaTac web site
http://www.portseattle.org/seatac/gr...shtml#schedule
Last edited by mapleleaves; January 20th, 2011 at 05:26 PM.
#10
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Rugerdog, I don't know if this would work for you or if you think it's a good value, but the Hampton Inn Seattle Downtown has a Park & Cruise package for $239. Overnight stay, breakfast, and parking while you are on the cruise. They give you a discounted rate on a shuttle to/from the Pier (I think they said $5-7 pp each way depending on which pier). I don't think it's in the greatest area (although it gets pretty good reviews), but it is walking distance to the Space Needle, Experience Music Project, etc., so it's convenient if you want to do sightseeing there. Not sure how you'd get to Pike Place Market, etc.
#11
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Just want to add that I found a Comfort Suites right near the Hampton Inn that offers the same type of Park & Cruise package for even less money...
#12
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Originally posted by davidgmg
ok I called Stila which is based at Seatac airport. They are charging this yr $65 to pier 91 and can accomodate up to 9 pax. They have some suburban type vehicles so 5 shouldn't be a problem. You don't need to reserve in advance. Just contact ground transportation once your at the airport.
Originally posted by mapleleaves
When I spoke with Yellow Cab last month they quoted me $41 for SeaTac Airport to the Westin Hotel. That was for 2 people.
And $51 from Airport to Pier 91 by Yellow Cab.
#13
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Bus Service

King County Metro serves the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91.
Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66
  • Ride Route #99 to the Bell Street Cruise Terminal stop located directly across the street from Pier 66. For bus schedules visit King County Metro.
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91
  • Ride Routes #15, #19, #24, and #33 to the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91. The bus stop is located at the top of the Magnolia Bridge. To access the cruise terminal, passengers proceed down a steep staircase which connects to a catwalk underneath the bridge. Note: The staircase is directly adjacent to the bus stop on the same side of the roadway. The walkway leads to another staircase that descends to Pier 91. Once at ground level, passengers walk .4 miles to the cruise terminal building. The pier is an industrial setting with large trucks, buses and taxis. Access from bus stop to the pier is not ADA accessible. No elevator or shuttle is available from the bus stop to the cruise terminal. For bus schedules visit King County Metro.
#14
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Seattle Hop on bus tours Grayline has apparently gone out of business in Seattle. They used to operate the Airporter bus but that is now run by Shuttleexpress.com

Hoho buses in some cities are very nice and a good value. This yr the Double Decker bus has become The Pink Bus. I have to be candid and warn you that in Seattle this simply is not a good deal. They are charging $35 per day and it makes only 4 stops. Compare that to the FREE Metro Bus route 99 called the Waterfront Trolley. It makes all the same stops and even though there won't be any commentary can take you from Pioneer Square, Chinatown, Pike Place Mkt, close to Space Needle, Sculpture Garden park and Seattle Waterfront and pier 66 (NCL and Celebrity)

Print the route and timetable at

www.kingcounty.gov/metro

your looking for route 99. Free is better than $35
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Seattle, WA USA
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ABC Transportation http://www.yelp.com/biz/a-abc-transportation-seattle These guys are cheaper than the rest and quite good. You have to call them in advance and make a reservation. When you land, they have you call again and meet you outside luggage pickup.
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#17
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Seattle taxi fare estimator using Google Maps. Input your 'from' and 'to' information to get an estimated taxi fare. Fares estimated for light, medium, and heavy traffic. Also look for possible Flat Rates shown on left panel.

http://www.taxifarefinder.com/main.php?city=Seattle

Information on the site suggests that the fare rates for Seattle were updated as of 1/4/2012.

Estimates that I have obtained using this site in the past have been close enough for me to use for my planning purposes.
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#18
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Originally posted by mapleleaves
Here's a link to the Seattle bus ( Metro Transit) web page. There are several drop downs for more info. It includes info on the West Seattle water taxi and Lake Union street car. http://metro.kingcounty.gov/

A handy feature is the Trip Planner. If you don't know an address, you can often use a popular destination name. IE if you want to go to the Ballard Locks from downtown Seattle, use a common location like 'Westlake Center' as your starting address. The Trip Planner will provide a couple of routes for you, and you can even print a map of the bus route.
http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/cg....pl?resptype=U

The Ride Free area:
http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bus...attle-rfa.html
Please be aware that the ride free area is being eliminated in September, any many routes are being reduced/eliminated due to budget cuts. Be sure to check out the King County Metro Trip Planner to ensure that you will be able to get to wbete you want to go.
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#19
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There is a ground transportation video of Pier 91 here:
http://www.portseattle.org/Cruise/Ex...s/default.aspx
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#20
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Seattle cruise transfers and hotels with transfers
Here is a link for hotels served by Shuttle Express. This will prove handy even if the hotel doesn't have a 'cruise' pkg there is convenient transfers to dock for $10 pp. While a cab may be less with 3 or 4 people and luggage this will prove handy.

http://www.shuttleexpress.com/cruises