port of seattle
Known for its perfect fusion of urban and rural, Seattle is a city where art meets nature, where celebrated chefs produce farm to table specialties and Washington wines offer perfect pairings. Spectacular water views show off the city’s skyline with its iconic Space Needle jutting skyward. Gaze to the west for a breathtaking view of the Pacific Northwest coast’s sparkling Puget Sound with the magnificent backdrop of the Olympic Mountains.
Seattle is the gateway for 7 to 14-day Alaska cruises to explore wildlife, wilderness and the area’s awe-inspiring wonders. 216 ships from seven major cruise lines will sail from Seattle to Alaska in 2017 from two downtown cruise terminals: Bell Street Pier 66 is located along Seattle’s bustling downtown waterfront. Bell Street is home port to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises. Smith Cove Pier 91 is home port to Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princes Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. It is located at the north end of Seattle’s waterfront – just 10-minutes from the city’s retail core by taxi. It services two cruise ships at a time and is one of the world’s only facilities where two cruise ships can connect to the city’s power grid, greatly reducing air emissions. CRUISE CRITIC, the world’s largest review site for cruise planning, named the Port of Seattle the #1 Homeport in North America.
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is ranked the 9th busiest airport in the USA, serving 45.7 million passengers annually. Direct daily services are available from London Heathrow with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, with one-stop service with Icelandair. Light Rail conveniently connects passengers to downtown Seattle in 30 minutes.
Nicknamed the ‘Emerald City’, Seattle is a culturally rich metropolis, vibrant, sophisticated, yet authentic, with world-class galleries, restaurants, markets, theatres and museums. Close to the waterfront, visit the iconic Space Needle, learn about the city’s music history (think Hendrix and Nirvana amongst many!) at the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), wonder at the hand-blown glass masterpieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass, walk up to historic Pioneer Square, head to Pike Place Market for the freshest seafood, salted caramels, artisan bakers or enjoy the Seattle Aquarium – all available on the CityPASS.
Just like the city’s celebrated coffee, it’s a perfect blend of contemporary and historic, grand and intimate, quiet and active. Here, technology thrives yet gives a respectful nod to the city’s colourful past. For more information about Seattle as a destination, please visit our destinations map of the United States' West Coast.
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Beyond Seattle, Washington State extends from the Cascade Mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west with a vast diversity of landscapes and attractions in between – snow-capped mountains, rolling vineyards, crystal clear lakes, beaches, hundreds of beautiful islands and inlets. Small villages and coastal towns, vibrant cities, volcanoes to hike or climb and ski resorts to delight your senses. For lovers of the great outdoors and those looking for an adventure, Washington is the perfect playground. Take to the water for kayaking with orcas in the San Juan islands, sail or fish. Catch your breath white water rafting in the mountain rivers or enjoy biking, hiking, golf and bird watching on dry land.
Explore the state’s three national parks. Soaring nearly three miles and capped by 26 glaciers, majestic Mount Rainier is the tallest free-standing volcano in the contiguous United States and Washington State’s most recognized natural icon. At Mt. Rainier National Park visitors enjoy its abundant wildflowers, waterfalls, wildlife, hiking and skiing opportunities.
Olympic National Park boasts one million acres, including 73 miles of awe-inspiring Pacific coastline, lush rainforests, stunning mountain peaks, pristine lakes and rivers, and 26 endemic species of wildlife. Renowned as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, almost 95 per cent of the park is designated wilderness.
The rugged North Cascades boast jaw-dropping, eye-popping scenery and ‘camera ops’ every other second. The North Cascades National Park, twice the size of Yellowstone, showcases more than 300 glaciers and is nick-named the ‘American Alps.’ Craggy mountains, glistening glaciers, untouched forests, cascading waterfalls and sea-green lakes give you stunning wilderness drive-by views.
You can’t visit Washington without exploring the state’s wine country where you’ll delight in award-winning wines straight from the source and often poured by the winemaker. Visit the state’s wine country with over 900 to tantalize your taste buds. Yakima Valley, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla produce award-winning wines that reflect the region’s unique characteristics. For a quick visit for wine tasting just 40 minutes from downtown Seattle, head to Woodinville’s wine tasting rooms.
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Port of Seattle
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