What do Nirvana fans, caffeine zealots, and epic cruise ships all have in common? They thrive in Seattle. You might already know that Seattle is the capital of grunge and coffee, but this city also has some of best cruises launching out of its ports.
We wanted to showcase some of these cruise trips, so we teamed up South Sound magazine to feature some legendary excursions that depart from Pier 66 or Pier 91 in Seattle. The majority of the cruise lines sail from Seattle to Alaska, but trips along the Pacific Coastal destinations are common, too. For your next vacation, find your sea legs and consider one of these unconventional voyages from Emerald City.
Along the Alaskan Coast
Did you know Juneau, Alaska, is the only U.S. state capital that can only be reached by air and sea? Well you’re in luck, because many of the seven-day Alaska cruises at Expedia.com zip right up to Juneau’s port. Various cruise lines navigate north from Seattle to the port cities along the Inside Passage, including Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Skagway, and the state capital. In Juneau, venture to the Mendenhall Glacier, and hike the Totem Bight State Park during your stay in Ketchikan.
Sailing through Fjords
Looking to linger a little longer in Alaska? Many cruise companies offer 10- and 14-night cruises, which stop at additional Alaskan cities and sometimes push farther north to Victoria, British Columbia, too. Journey around fjords carved by glaciers, and explore Icy Strait Point and Sitka, or add Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, and Hubbard Glacier to your two-week itinerary. Take a ride through snow-capped mountains on one of the world’s largest zip lines in Icy Strait Point and marvel at the five-mile wide Hubbard Glacier.
British Columbia and Back
If the thought of more than a week on a ship gives you cabin fever, a four-night Pacific Coastal cruise to British Columbia just may be your ideal adventure. Some cruise lines provide short roundtrips from Seattle to Nanaimo, with a stop in between at Victoria’s port. When you stop at the port in Nanaimo, consider heading to Petroglyph Provincial Park or Newcastle Island, and when the ship pulls up to Victoria, check out the public market at Granville Island or search for one of the world’s thinnest buildings in Chinatown.
Heading South of Seattle
There’s no rule that says cruises from Seattle must head north. Embark on one of the eight-day Pacific Coastal cruises that sail south all the way down to Santa Barbara, California, and then loop back north, stopping in San Francisco, California; Astoria, Oregon; and Victoria, British Columbia, before returning to Seattle. These adventures give you a little taste of everything: the seaside scene in Santa Barbara, some urban culture in San Fran, historical attractions in Astoria, and European-inspired cafes in Victoria.
From magnificent glaciers to colorful towns, cruises from Seattle open up a whole new world of travel. Pack your bags, say “ahoy” to the captain, and get ready for an adventure out in the open sea.
Written by Expedia Staff Writer. All images courtesy Expedia.