Sailing on an Alaskan cruise? If so, then chances are high that you will be departing from Seattle. The city has become the main “jumping off” point for cruises to Alaska.
And if you are sailing from Seattle, then it’s also likely that you will need a hotel the night before your cruise. While ports in other parts of the country are within driving distance of many cities, Seattle — situated on the West Coast — is pretty far from most major cities unless you happen to live in Seattle itself. That means many people decide to fly in for their trip.
Should you want to fly in, it’s a good idea to arrive at least the day before your cruise departs. Not only is Seattle a wonderful city to visit, but if there are any delays such as weather or flight cancellations, you still have plenty of time to reach your ship. Of course, if you are flying in then you also need a place to stay.
Seattle has no shortage of hotels near the cruise ports — Pier 66 and Pier 91. And with cruising being big business in the area, many hotels offer perks and incentives to attract cruise passengers. One of those perks is transportation to the cruise port. Stay a night, and they will offer a shuttle to your ship.
Now, not every Seattle hotel offers shuttles to the cruise port. However, we’ve rounded up a number of them that do. If you need a ride to the port come cruise day, these are some good options.
Prices are for a recent search for a Saturday night stay. They are subject to change. Click each hotel to read reviews on TripAdvisor.com.
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Seattle Hotels with Cruise Shuttles
Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Seattle Center
Price: $259 per night
According to the hotel’s website, this hotel offers a shuttle that runs to Pier 91 on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and runs to Pier 66 on the half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $7 per person, payable in cash only. You’ll need to make a reservation the night before you take the shuttle.
Travelodge Seattle by the Space Needle
Price: $212 per night
The Travelodge offers (relatively) affordable accomodations near Seattle’s most iconic landmark — the Space Needle. They also offer a “Shuttle Service Seattle Cruise Package” that includes a room, breakfast, wi-fi, and a shuttle to and from the downtown cruise ship terminal (Pier 66).
Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
Price: $325 per night
An upscale hotel, the Pan Pacific is ideal for more affluent travelers and they do their best to cater to their needs. The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to locations within two miles of the hotel. That’s definitely within reach of Pier 66, but Pier 91 is about three miles away. Still, if you inquire, you might be able to have them make an exception.
Warwick Seattle Hotel
Price: $378 per night
Offering a cruise package, the Warwick Hotel is a strong choice for before or after your cruise. The “No Ship!” package include a room, full breakfast, and one-way transportation to either Pier 66 or 91, depending on where you cruise from. Just be prepared, the high-end hotel is not cheap!
Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown
Price: $313 per night
The Crowne Plaza is in the heart of downtown Seattle and receive good traveler reviews on TripAdivsor. If you’re a cruise passenger, then you’re most interested in the “Port of Seattle Cruise Package” which offers a breakfast buffet and free transportation to Pier 66 and Pier 91. Prices start at about $300 per night.
Hyatt Place Seattle/Downtown
Price: $489 per night
For those wanting to visit Seattle, the location of the Hyatt Place can’t be beat. Just a couple of blocks from the Space Needle, you’re in the heart of the city with lots of things to do. The hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service to Pier 66. Pier 91 passengers will need to book their own transport, or the hotel will do it for your at $10 per person.
Quality Inn & Suites
Price: $229 per night
Unfortunately for budget travelers, there aren’t a ton of cheap hotels near the cruise ports (here’s our list of cheap Seattle hotels near the port). The Quality Inn represents one of the more affordable, at $229 per night for a recent search. It also offers a cruise port shuttle for $7 per person if headed to Pier 66 and $10 per person if headed to Pier 91.
Note: Keep in mind that staying near the cruise ports is expensive. If you need cheaper accommodation, look for hotels farther from the ports and use Uber/Lyft or a taxi to get to the port.