I live in the Greater Seattle area. (Kent) But I have lived in Seattle all my life! I have taken the Alaska cruise twice! Are you cruising with Princess? We cruised the Inside Passage both times. Once in 2004, then again in 2006. There is never enough time to see all the sights in the ports-of-call! Our 2004 cruise was in connection with a Knitters Cruise, as well!
Have you booked your shore excusions yet?? If you are cruising Princess, you can pre-book your shore excursions online. If you wait til you get onboard, you will miss out on the most popular excursions...and you will wait in long lines... only to find out you are too late. If you decide to wait in line, have 4 choices per port-of-call. Of course, you can always just walk off the ship and mosey around the towns, too!
I can recommend some excursions that we took if you are interested!
Some great things to do in the downtown Seattle area:
1) The Pike Street Market (right on the waterfront)
2) Post Alley (across from the market)
3) The Original Starbucks (across from the market)
4) The Space Needle (a stellar view of Seattle and the mountains!)
5) The Seattle Aquarium
6) The Seattle-Bainbridge Island Ferry (a few blocks from the ferry terminal on the Bainbridge side is a wonderful yarn shop called the CHURCHMOUSE
7) North of downtown Seattle, in the Greenwood area, is the Woodland Park Zoo! It is state-of-the-art. Total enjoyment.
Your cruise will leave from a terminal just a little south of the downtown Seattle area.
Do you not have your hotel booked yet? Why not call your cruise lines and ask about good hotels close to the Terminal? They might have recommendations...just like they have recommended shore excursions for the Alaska ports-of-call.
You are in for the CRUISE OF A LIFETIME!
The views in Tracy Arm Fjord are breath-taking!
The whale watching in Juneau is FABULOUS! The Salmon Bake is delicious! The Mendenhall Glacier is awesome to see!
The train trip out of Skagway is WONDERFUL! The town of Skagway is incredibly quaint, and interesting!
Ketchikan is a very quaint town! A fishing town. Some great float planes leave out of their bay and take you to remote lakes for a Crab Feast!
Seattle Piers, as seen from our Ship! Bye for Now, Seattle!
Leaving Seattle, as seen from our ship!
On a Whale Watching excursion in Juneau area!
Coming into Juneau
Passing our Sister Ship in the Fjord!
A view in Tracy Arm Fjord
Leaving Tracy Arm
Sunset on Tracy Arm outlet