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Seattle Washington

Aptly titled the Emerald City, Seattle is a green oasis situated in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Originally settled back in 1851, the Klondike Gold Rush made Seattle grow from a small frontier town to a teeming metropolis and major transportation center. Seattle today has a population of almost 600,000 people. It has continued to grow as a transport hub, with its cruise terminals going from just 6 ships in 1999 to welcoming over 200 ships this year. A special convenience in cruising via Seattle includes two downtown cruise terminals that make this port an extremely convenient choice. Seattle is known as a coffee mecca, home to the original Starbucks and providing visitors with a coffee stand on almost every corner.

Seattle has much more to offer other than being a cruise port and coffee stop, however. There are many activities throughout the entire area and this is a great place to spend a few days. For those seeking to explore the history of the city while enjoying shopping and excellent restaurants, the Pike Place Market is a good place to start. The market opened in 1907 and is the oldest ongoing farmer's market in the country. Located downtown off First Avenue, it covers over 9 acres and has not only fresh fruits, fish and vegetables for sale, but local arts and crafts, gift shops and eateries. A major attraction of the market is the Pike Place Fish Market, where employees toss the fish to one another as they work, creating quite a show for passersby. The nearby Pioneer Square district is also rich in history, being Seattle's oldest neighborhood and consisting of a variety of galleries, shops, cafes and pubs. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park sits in the midst of Pioneer Square and highlights Seattle's role in the Klondike Gold Rush.

Other Seattle excursions include several tours departing from the downtown area, including Safeco Field Tours, Architecture Tours, Chinatown tours and both flightseeing and dinner cruises. A visit to the Seattle Space Needle isn't to be missed, and kids of all ages will love the Seattle Aquarium.

There are hotels and motels in every area of Seattle, with a large compilation near the Sea-Tac airport as well as downtown. Guests staying downtown will find a rental car unnecessary and even visitors who choose a hotel outside the downtown vicinity will find public transportation inexpensive and easy to use. Taxis and bus services are readily available, as well as a monorail that runs from Seattle Center to downtown. This is a bring your umbrella destination for while Seattle's weather is generally mild and often quite warm, they do get plenty of rain throughout the year.

Alaska cruises that depart from Seattle Washington:
 
Carnival Cruise Line:
Carnival Miracle
 
Celebrity Cruise Line:
Solstice
 
Holland America Line:
ms Amsterdam, ms Westerdam
 
Princess Cruises:
Golden Princess, Grand Princess
 
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line:
Rhapsody of the Seas


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Additional Seattle Washington cruise information:

Port of Seattle – Cruise Seattle
This link will take you to the Seattle cruise section of the Port of Seattle web site. A great resources if you are thinking about cruising from Seattle Washington.
http://www.portseattle.org/seaport/cruise/

Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau
Official site for the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau. Site has a wide range of information on Seattle including activities, maps, history, culture and sporting events.
http://www.visitseattle.org/




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