Seattle, Washington

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Passage to Juneau: A Sea and Its Meanings
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After the fire: The influence of HH Richardson on the rebuilding of Seattle, 1889-1894
on On June 6, 1889, the Great Fire swept over a 32-block area, virtually dest...

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Discover a legendary music scene, technology feats and the art of coffee brewing in a city that has clearly moved on from its lumberjack beginnings and now simply shines.

Seattle is wedged between Puget Sound and Lake Washington and is nicknamed the Emerald City for its abundance of nature. Visit this city if you love the outdoors, family fun and music. Seattle was named after a Native American local, “Chief Seattle,” and its first industry was tree logging. It is now one of the fastest growing American cities, with some 700,000 people calling it home and some 4 million people residing in the Seattle metropolitan area. Seattle has also become a thriving exports and technology hub, and is the global headquarters for many big-name companies. The Seattle Center’s distinctive Space Needle, erected for the 1962 World Fair, is Seattle’s most famous landmark. This is not the highest local icon though - on a clear day the snow-capped Mount Rainer steals the show.

Seattle’s many neighborhoods serve up an eclectic mix of retail, restaurants and entertainment. Discover historic Pioneer Square for a little gold rush history, trendy Belltown, busy Downtown Seattle and the ever-popular Seattle Waterfront with its tall Seattle Great Wheel. Climb the steps to Pike Place Market or head to the Magnolia district to hike through the forest at Discovery Park and look out over Puget Sound.

Enjoy Seattle’s rich music scene, which flourished in the '90s when it produced “grunge” bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The legendary Jimi Hendrix was born here and the early jazz scene kick-started the career of the equally famous Ray Charles. See a rock band in a bar, watch the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall or listen to blues at the Highway 99 Blues Club on the waterfront.

Travel Tips

The best time to book a cruise is during Wave Season : (January–March) is when you'll score the year's top deals, including free perks (like upgrades & onboard credits) and discounted fares.

Mainland flight times

  • 1.5 hours from San Francisco
  • 2 hours from Los Angeles
  • 6 hours from New York (JFK)

Must-see sights

  • Boeing Space and Flight Center
  • Space Needle
  • Lake Washington

We offer a variety of transportation options within Seattle, Washington - in order to make your Pre and post cruise vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights, shuttle transfers and rental cars are also.

While traveling in Seattle we recommend :

  • Reserving Private transfers at the time of booking.


  • The US dollar is the currency, as it is throughout the United States.
  • ATMs are found everywhere in Seattle.
  • Credit cards are accepted at most places, making it unnecessary to carry large amounts of cash.

Tipping Etiquette

  • Restaurants: The usual is 10 - 15%
  • Porters: $2-$10
  • Taxi's: 10% - 20% of the fare

Time Difference

  • Seattle, Washington follows Pacific Standard Time and observes daylight savings time.

Local Videos

Floods of Lava & Water
Columnar Basalt
Light rail over Seattle's I-90 floating bridge