Where can you cruise from the city of Seattle? Most people think of it as a starting point for cruises of Alaska’s coastline, and that’s certainly true. Seattle is a busy port of embarkation for one- or two-week cruises of Alaska’s Inside Passage and the charming towns along the majestic Southeastern Coast. Longer cruises can venture as far north as Anchorage, pausing to view glaciers and wildlife along the way. From Seattle, you can sail to Alaska on a mainstream, family oriented cruise ship; on a luxury ship; or, on an expedition ship that can maneuver into small, scenic bays and sail closer to the shore.
But, that’s not the extent of cruises out of Seattle. In fact, you may be surprised by how diverse your choices are.
For a quick getaway into the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific Northwest, cruise from Seattle to Victoria, on the southern tip of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. It’s a like a little slice of Europe transported to Western Canada. Sail on to the city of Vancouver, a sophisticated urban melting pot that started as little more than a rough frontier tavern.
For a change of scene, Seattle also offers round-trip cruises of the West Coast. Astoria, Oregon, was the first permanent U.S. settlement on the Pacific coast. Ride the Riverfront Trolley and climb the winding stairs inside the Astoria Column for breathtaking views. Sail on to San Francisco, California, where there’s an endless variety of things to see and do: Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Park, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, towering sequoia trees in Muir Woods, and much more.
From Seattle, you can sail to a very different part of the world: the South Pacific. Depart from Seattle and take a leisurely cruise to Hawaii, calling on islands like Oahu and Maui before continuing south. Some cruises to as far as Australia, visiting idyllic islands along the way.
Seattle’s cruise port operates from the end of April through mid-October, which is also the best time of year to explore the city itself. Seattle has a reputation for rain, but many days are sunny and mild. There’s a lot to enjoy in the city, which loves its seafood fresh and its coffee strong.
For details on cruise options from Seattle, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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