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Cruise lines from Seattle

Book that bucket-list trip to Alaska, Hawaii and beyond.

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Ferry Boat Crossing Elliott Bay from Seattle to Bainbridge Island

Seattle is a veritable hub of cruises to Alaska, with seven cruise lines offering itineraries from Starbucks’ hometown to America’s last frontier. If it’s beaches and piña coladas you’re chasing, you’ll be happy to know there are cruises from Seattle to Hawaii, too.

Best cruises from Seattle

Embark from Emerald city on your next great vacation. Here are our top picks for cruises from Seattle:

Budget Option

Best for families: Carnival

Starting at slightly over $700 per person, Carnival's seven-day Alaskan adventures pack as much fun at sea as they do on land. From Seattle you'll sail up to Victoria, Canada before reaching Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway in Alaska. Most itineraries end with a breathtaking meander through Tracey Arm Fjord.

If you can spare the time, Carnival also has a seventeen-day cruise from Seattle through the Panama Canal all the way to Ft. Lauderdale that stops at fabulous Cabo San Lucas and Huatulco in Mexico, Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, Puntarenas in Costa Rica and Cartegena in Columbia.

  • No free room service
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Paypal, Carnival EasyPay, Gift Card, Discover Card, Debit, Western Union, Cheque
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Best for Alaska cruises from Seattle: Norwegian

The sheer variety of NCL's Alaska cruise itineraries is unrivaled. From the short-and-sweet five-day Alaska route — which gives you a luxurious, 15-hour day docked at Ketchikan — to a longer 12-day tour that brings you face-to-face with the region's greatest glaciers, you're guaranteed a magical, yet efficient and perfectly plotted voyage. Plus, rates for most of these Alaska cruises start at less than $100 per person, per day.
  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
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Best for Seattle to Hawaii: Princess

Stock up on sunny, beach-filled days — not to mention vitamin D — on Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui when you cruise from Seattle to Hawaii with Princess. You'll forget all about drizzly northwestern streets as you hike to ogle 'Akaka Falls and visit impossibly lush Waipi'o Valley.

On deck, enjoy movies under the stars, original musical productions and freshwater pools and hot tubs. It's worth noting that Princess has great programs for kids and teens — it partners with Discovery —if you're hoping to bring along the brood.

  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card, JCB
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Best for luxury Alaskan cruise from Seattle: Celebrity

Imagine watching the glaciers go by while sipping a finely crafted cocktail in an elevated observation lounge. That's what you'll get on Celebrity's elegant Alaskan cruises with succinct, seven-night itineraries.

Is wine more your style? Every restaurant on Celebrity's ships has a certified sommelier. The Dawes Glacier and Alaska's Inside Passage — along with premium food and drink — await.

  • Room service included
  • No free alcohol
  • Food included
  • No price matching
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express
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What are the best short cruises from Seattle?

If you’re crunched for time, no sweat. Princess cruises has routes from Seattle that last less than a week.

Its one-day cruises drop you off in Vancouver. It also has four- and five-day itineraries — known as Alaska samplers — that’ll give you a taste of our nation’s northernmost state.

What are the best cheap cruises from Seattle?

Carnival and Royal Caribbean generally have the cheapest cruises from Seattle. However, Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line are also known for offering frequent deals and discounts that deliver maximum bang for your buck. Budget travelers should compare itineraries offered by each of these cruise companies to find the best rates available.

How we chose these cruises

When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.

We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.

Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.

When it the best time to cruise from Seattle?

The best time to cruise from Seattle depends on where you’re headed.

Alaska

Most itineraries from Seattle to Alaska are scheduled from June through August, when the weather is warmest and folks tend to take summer vacation. However, you’ll find the cheapest cruises — along with fewer tourists and more snow, if that’s your thing — in the shoulder months of April, May, September and October.

Hawaii

Cruises from Seattle to Hawaii tend to be scheduled during spring and fall. Princess in particular offers routes in April and October, but nowhere in between. Holland America Line also has a cruise that goes from Seattle to Hawaii, available only in April.

Getting to the port for your cruise from Seattle

Seattle has two main cruise ports: Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91. Both are located around Elliot Bay in the northwest corner of the city.

Here’s where each cruise line typically docks:

Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Carnival
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean

Uber or Lyft

From Seattle-Tacoma International airport, you’ll pay between $32 to $44 for a ride to Pier 66, and between $40 to $45 for a ride to Pier 91.

Taxi

It’ll cost between $40 to $50, depending on the taxi service and the boarding terminal.

Light rail

Seattle’s Link light rail goes from the airport to within a 15-minute walk of Pier 66. Simply take it to the University Street Station downtown, and enjoy the stroll up to your cruise terminal.

If you’re leaving from Pier 91, you’ll get off at University Street Station then transfer to bus route #24. From there, ride to Magnolia Bridge & Pier 91 and disembark.

Shuttle

Most cruise lines will offer a shuttle to and from the airport on your days of arrival and departure, but keep in mind that these can get pricey — about $25 to $30 per person, each way, depending on the cruise line. Families traveling with kids especially should consider an alternate form of transportation.

You could also book a private transfer with Capital Aeroporter, Aces Town Car Service or Seattle Shuttle.

Bottom line

Seattle is the ideal place to start if you’re booking a cruise to Alaska. If you’re hoping for a more tropical experience, you might consider looking at itineraries that begin in San Diego or San Francisco — you’ll have more options to choose from, and more days spent on the islands.

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