Updated October 25, 2019
Seattle Cruise Terminal Addresses
Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66
2225 Alaskan Way South
Seattle, WA 98121
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91
2001 West Garfield Street
Seattle, WA 98119
The Port of Seattle operates two downtown cruise terminals (with a third, Terminal 46, slated for 2023), serving ships from seven major cruise lines for adventures to Alaska and throughout the Pacific Northwest during a sailing season that stretches from April through October.
Homeport cruise lines include Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Oceania Cruises and Royal Caribbean.
Situated along the city's scenic waterfront, the Port of Seattle is steps away from major tourist attractions including the Great Wheel at Pier 57 Miners Landing, along with foodies' delight and birthplace of Starbucks, Pike Place.
Downtown Seattle is 15 miles (about a 30-minute drive) from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 175 miles from Portland International Airport in Oregon and 139 miles from Vancouver International Airport in British Columbia, Canada.
Getting There by Car
Here are directions for driving to the Seattle cruise terminals:
Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66
From Interstate 5 Northbound: Take Mercer St. westbound (exit #167). Turn left on 5th Ave. N., then turn right on Broad St and then left on Alaskan Way. Follow to Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal Pier 66.
From Interstate 5 Southbound: Take Mercer St. westbound (exit #167) and turn left onto 5th Ave. N. Turn right on Broad St. and then left on Alaskan Way. Follow Alaskan Way to Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal Pier 66.
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91
From Interstate 5 Northbound: Take the Mercer Street Exit from I-5 (exit #167) and continue from Mercer Street Westbound onto Elliott Ave. Follow signs to Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91
From Interstate 5 Southbound: Take Mercer Street Exit from I-5 (exit #167). Continue from Mercer Street Westbound onto Elliott Ave. Follow signs to Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91. Alternatively: Exit on Union St. (exit #165B) and continue on Union St. to 4th Ave. Turn right on 4th Ave. and then turn left onto Wall St. Turn right on Western Ave. and follow signs to Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91.
Getting There from the Airport
Passengers on cruises departing from Seattle usually fly into Seattle-Tacoma, known as SeaTac. You can usually prearrange a shuttle van or bus from the airport to your ship through your cruise line or travel agent.
Shuttle Express offers both airport-to-pier round trip service and a package that includes rides from the airport to a downtown hotel, from the hotel to either pier and from the piers back to the airport.
Seattle can also be reached via taxi/rideshare or Link Light Rail. (The Port of Seattle offers detailed information on its website.) Traffic can be unwieldy at times, and parking equally difficult -- therefore, we wouldn't recommend renting a car to access the port, unless you have additional time before your cruise and fancy a day trip to Mt. Ranier National Park, for example (just shy of two hours outside the city).
Taxis are readily available at SeaTac taxi stands in the North and South Parking Garages. With tip, it can cost roughly $50 to take a cab from the airport to the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and at least $60 to Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91. Prices may be higher during heavy traffic. (Note: While there is no flat-rate taxi fare from the airport into Seattle, there is a $40 flat rate fare to the airport from downtown Seattle, including from the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. Limos, town cars and flat rate car services are also available.)
Getting There via Amtrak
Amtrak trains arrive and depart Seattle at the downtown King Street Station. The station is 1.5 miles from the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 and 4.1 miles from the Smith Cove Terminal at Pier 91. Taxis meet arriving trains. Be sure to allow for heavy traffic around cruise departure times and at other times due to downtown construction projects, sports events and during weekday business commute times.
Getting There by Public Transit
If you don't have a lot of luggage, you can take the Link Light Rail to the Westlake Center Stop in downtown Seattle (fare: $3) and use a cab or ride-hailing service (like Uber or Lyft) to get to the cruise terminals from there. Be advised, though, it's a quarter-mile walk from the north end of the main airport terminal to the light rail station and there are not many easy spots for pick-ups on the street at the Westlake Center stop in town. After getting off the train you'll want to head to the Mayflower Park Hotel, adjacent to Westlake Center, or the Westin Seattle, a block away from Westlake Center, to catch a ride.
Parking is available at both terminals. Lots are patrolled by security. Prepayment secures a spot and gets you a discount.
Republic Parking Northwest provides parking for the Pier 66 cruise terminal at the Bell Street Pier Garage across Alaskan Way from the cruise terminal for about $23 per day. 1,500 spaces of covered parking are offered, with a sky bridge connecting the garage to the terminal.
Complimentary luggage and shuttle service is available in the designated cruise parking area after 11 a.m. (Note: The garage height clearance is 6'6". If your vehicle is taller than this, park at the Terminal 91 parking facility and get a taxi voucher for transportation to and from Pier 66.)
Parking for the Smith Cove Terminal at Pier 91 is located by the cruise terminal for about $26 per day. Parking spaces for 1,100 vehicles are available, with space for over height and RV parking. Shuttles are provided from the lot to the terminal.
There is no cell phone waiting area at the Bell Street/Pier 66 terminal, but there is one at the Smith Cover Terminal at Pier 91 for anyone waiting to pick up disembarking passengers.
Taxis from the Port
Taxis are readily available on days when ships are embarking or disembarking passengers. There is a flat $40 fee for taking a taxi to SeaTac Airport from the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66. The meter will run for taxi rides from the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91.
What Time to Arrive
Your arrival time depends on when your specific ship is scheduled to leave. Check with your cruise line for more information and allow time for getting to the terminal in traffic. Terminals are generally the most crowded between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Be sure to check your cruise paperwork to make sure you are going to the correct terminal.
Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises
Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91: Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean
In general, the check-in process begins with a security screening before proceeding to check-in counters. Port and cruise staff will then direct you to the appropriate areas for waiting or boarding.
There is no separate area or entrance for suite passengers at the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91.
At the Bell Street Cruise Terminal at Pier 66, suite passengers check in at a special desk and are directed to a VIP waiting room.
Cruise lines have wheelchairs and attendants at the ready in the terminals for passengers needing assistance getting through the terminal and to the ship.
Special Needs at Sea (954-585-0575) can provide wheelchairs, scooters and oxygen rentals as well as other special needs equipment for cruise passengers. At both terminals, rentals can be prearranged and delivered directly to the cabins. The company also has a kiosk inside Smith Cove Cruise Terminal at Pier 91 for renting equipment on site.
Where to Grab a Bite or Last Minute Essentials
At both terminals, cruise lines sometimes provide complimentary water, juice or other refreshments for passengers. For a more substantive meal, Anthony's Pier 66 & Bell Street Diner is located right where it says it is, and next to the Bell Street cruise terminal. Cafe Opla, an American-Vietnamese breakfast restaurant (what can be more Seattle than that), is across the street at 2200 Alaskan Way and closes by 2:30 p.m. Homemade biscuits and brews are also within walking distance at Honest Biscuits and Old Stove Brewing, respectively.
Beer is not a far walk from Pier 91, either, with Holy Mountain Brewing Company less than a mile from the ship. Tacos, bakeries and a specialty chocolate shop called Chocolopolis round out some of Seattle's nearby culinary offerings close to the Smith Cove terminal.
Last-minute toiletries are for sale at the nearby Edgewater Hotel and the Seattle Waterfront Marriott hotel, across the street near the Bell Street Terminal at Pier 66.
There are no ATM machines inside either cruise terminal.
Porters are available at both terminals to assist with luggage. Tips are at your discretion.
Where to Sit
Both cruise terminals provide seating for passengers in the embarkation/ticketing halls. The Bell St. Terminal at Pier 66 has about 250 chairs, while the Smith Cove Terminal at Pier 91 provides seating for about 500 people. A VIP area for suite passengers is available at the Bell St. Terminal.
In both terminals, restrooms are located both before and after security, in the ticket halls and in the disembarkation areas.
Neither terminal has Wi-Fi, but cell phone reception is generally good.
One of the most exciting things about sailing into the Port of Seattle is its complimentary (!) service called Port Valet. Because the port and the airport are under the same umbrella, luggage can be seamlessly transferred from your cabin door onboard the ship to SeaTac Airport, awaiting your flight, while you spend some time sightseeing. Your boarding passes will also be provided, so you can whiz right through to security once you arrive at the airport.
For those who decide to leave their bags at the terminal, a concierge is available at both terminals to help with city information and luggage storage after cruises. Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on cruise days. Storage fee: about $5/bag.
Watch Out For
Traveling with cannabis: While recreational pot is legal in Washington State, it is illegal to take marijuana out of the state or onto cruise ships. Most cruise ships also do not permit passengers to bring pot paraphernalia onboard.
Visa requirements: Most cruises headed for Alaska make a stop in Canada. That means U.S. citizens will need to travel with a passport or a U.S. passport card and passengers from certain countries will need to have a Canadian Visa. Be sure to check with your cruise line or travel agent for requirements to avoid being denied boarding. It happens.