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Seattle is a young city with a rich history. Settlers first landed at Alki Point in 1851 and named the area after Sealth, the Suquamish Indian chief who befriended them. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889, "The Emerald City" has a legacy of vision and strength. Seattle has hosted two World's Fairs (1909 and 1962) and is the birthplace of two modern marvels, Boeing and Microsoft.

Known for its rainy climate, Seattle actually averages less annual rainfall than many East Coast cities. The mild weather, spectacular natural surroundings and rich cultural diversity attract visitors from around the world.

Seattle tours are available to passengers with afternoon flights or an overnight stay in Seattle after their cruise

Top things to do and see in Seattle, Washington:
  • 1 Pike Place Market

    Home of the world-famous flying fish, Pike Place Market is the oldest open-air farmer's market on the West Coast and boasts hundreds of artisans, local farmers, fishmongers and curio shops in a vibrant atmosphere.

  • 2 Space Needle

    The Space Needle, a futuristic fixture of the Seattle skyline, was built for the 1962 World's Fair. Spectacular panoramic views of the Emerald City's natural beauty abound from its 520-foot high observation deck.

  • 3 Pioneer Square

    Seattle's oldest neighborhood is a 17-square-block National Historic District located in the southwest corner of downtown. Rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889, beautifully restored architectural masterpieces can be found around every corner.

  • 4 Wine Tasting

    Woodinville, less than 30 minutes from downtown Seattle, boasts over 100 wineries. Choose from the friendly tasting rooms and many tours, including the famed Columbia Winery and Chateau Ste Michelle.

  • 5 Boeing's Future of Flight Aviation Center

    This facility offers the only opportunity to tour a commercial jet assembly plant in North America and learn about the dynamics of flight, new aviation innovations and go behind the scenes at Boeing.

  • 6 Hiram Chittenden Locks

    Built in 1911 this complex of locks provides a link for sailboats, motorboats, tugs and barges between Puget Sound and the Ship Canal, which connects eastward to Lake Union and Lake Washington.

  • 7 International District

    One of the city's oldest neighborhoods, this multiethnic enclave is rich with history and culture. Highlights include delectable restaurants, unique specialty shops and diverse heritage sites.

  • 8 Lake Union

    An urban gem and popular recreational spot close to downtown Seattle. Seaplanes, competitive rowboats and pleasure craft ply the waters and a series of parks and floating houseboats dot its shores.

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Before your cruise from Seattle sails, hike Discovery Park, follow your nose through the local food vendors at hundred-year-old Pike Place Market, and take in enough public art to make museums an afterthought. Fantastic views abound everywhere in Seattle, whether it’s snowcapped Mt. Rainer in the distance, the glimmering waters of Puget Sound, or the Space Needle, the city’s symbol. Watch salmon climb the fish ladders at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Sip a steaming cup of Seattle coffee at a laid-back cafe in Freemont. Rock out to live concerts in Belltown and Pioneer Square clubs. See a replica of the Wright Brothers plane at the Museum of Flight. Slurp fresh oysters at waterfront seafood restaurants.

Dining in Seattle
Down oysters, clams, and fresh fish at waterfront restaurants or dine in Pike Place Market on French, Italian, and Russian cuisine. Asian restaurants pepper the International District, while everything from down-to-earth taverns to upscale Pacific Rim bistros give Belltown a great reputation.

Around the Port Area

 The waterfront Elliott Bay Trail is a scenic walking and biking path. The trail is the best way to access Olympic Sculpture Park, a free outdoor showcase of modern sculptures, and Seattle Aquarium, at Pier 59, featuring the marine habitats and animals of the Pacific Northwest. Tiny Smith Cove Park, also has watery views, including places to watch the ships come in.

Beyond the Port Area

Before your cruise from Seattle, travel across Puget Sound from Pier 55 to Tillicum Village on Blake Island, where you can feast on fish at a salmon bake and watch members of the Coast Salish Tribe present a music-and-dance extravaganza. Across Lake Union is Volunteer Park, with its hundred-year-old conservatory, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and a 75-ft. water tower. Climb up the tower for free to get lake and downtown views. To the northwest of the downtown and where Seattle cruises dock is Discovery Park, with hiking trails tracing sea bluffs and beaches offering spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Peninsula. Across Salmon Bay, watch salmon spawn in summer and ships bob in the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. This neighborhood borders, filled with hip boutiques, public art, and the friendly cafes and coffeehouses Seattle is known for. South of the city, the Museum of Flight has a collection of historic planes and part of Boeing’s early factory.

Pioneer Square on a Grand City Tour of Seattle.

Pioneer Square is one of Seattle, Washington’s most atmospheric neighborhoods, but some of its best-kept secrets are underground. Go below the surface of the streets into tunnels and passageways on Bill Spiedel’s Underground Tour. Just inland from Piers 62 and 63, the life-size bronze Rachel the Pig statue welcomes you to Pike Place Market—as does the iconic pink neon sign. Listen to street performers, watch fishmongers sling giant salmon through the air, and snack on baked goods from the traditional vendors. The best souvenirs here are handmade crafts, local blackberry jam, and smoked salmon. A few blocks up from the market, board the Seattle Monorail to glide up to Seattle Center. Overlooking the whole city is the 605 ft.-high Space Needle, a science fiction remnant from the 1962 World’s Fair with an observation tower and revolving restaurant at its apex. The Seattle Center’s EMP Museum, established to hold memorabilia of native son Jimi Hendrix, is an all-encompassing rock and roll repository.

Nightlife in Seattle
Jazz Seattle, Washington, is best known for rock music, and Belltown and Pioneer Square pulsate with plenty of live venues for jamming out. But jazz at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, classical at Benaroya Hall, or a drama or cabaret performance at a local theater bring real vibrancy and diversity to the city arts scene.
 
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Though the weather in Seattle, Washington has a rainy reputation, summers are dry and warm, with highs averaging around 75 degrees and lows in the mid-50s. Winters are wetter, but rarely bitter cold.

Fun Facts
The Space Needle was an important setting in the movies It Happened at the World’s Fair, The Parallax View, and Sleepless in Seattle. Starbucks started in Seattle as a single store back in 1971. The so-called original location, in the Pike Place Market, is actually just the longest-running location, at 1912 Pike Place since the mid-1970s. Seattle averages around 36 inches of rainfall annually, less than cities like New York and Philadelphia.

These are serene waters, where one moment you can be sailing a wide bay of barrier islands and the next you’re cruising through a narrow waterway flanked by towering forested walls. That’s the splendid spectacle of the Inside Passage – the scenery is constantly changing, from picturesque shores to friendly coastal towns.

Stretching from Puget Sound, Washington, through the British Columbia coast and into the Gulf of Alaska, the Inside Passage includes more than 1,000 islands, seemingly endless shoreline and thousands of idyllic coves and bays. Sailing with Princess, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking scenery and encounter ports like Gold Rush-era Skagway and Ketchikan, the capital city of Juneau and British-flavored Victoria.

These are places where you can visit a Native village, learn about the triumphs and tragedies of Alaska’s Gold Rush heyday or go dog sledding with a real musher. The Inside Passage is your gateway to the fascinating and colorful culture, history and sights of the Great Land.

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Ports & Places

Juneau, Alaska

Things to do and see

  • Mendenhall Glacier
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Whale Watching
  • Glacier Flightseeing
  • Macaulay Salmon Hatchery
  • Glacier Gardens
  • Dog Sledding
  • Mount Roberts Tramway
Skagway, Alaska

Things to do and see

  • White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Klondike Summit
  • Gold Rush History
  • Yukon (Canada)
  • Haines
  • Red Onion Saloon
  • Dog Sledding
Glacier Viewing

Things to do and see

  • Calving tidewater glaciers
  • Iceberg-dotted waters
  • Winding rivers of ice
  • Glacier-carved fjords
  • Whales & marine life
  • National Park Rangers in Glacier Bay
  • Onboard Naturalists
  • Jr. Ranger Program for youths
Ketchikan, Alaska

Things to do and see

  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Totem Bight State Park
  • Saxman Native Village
  • Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary
  • Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show
  • George Inlet Lodge
  • Creek Street
Victoria, British Columbia

Things to do and see

  • Butchart Gardens
  • Legislative Buildings
  • Fairmont Empress Hotel
  • Beacon Hill Park
  • Victoria Butterfly Gardens
  • Craigdarroch Castle
  • Victoria Pubs
  • Whale Watching
Anchorage (Whittier), Alaska

Things to do and see

  • Prince William Sound
  • Portage Glacier
  • Turnagain Arm
  • Mt. Alyeska Tram
  • Seward Highway
  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Anchorage
Vancouver, British Columbia

Things to do and see

  • Stanley Park
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Chinatown
  • Granville Island
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Gastown
  • Robson Street
Alaska Onboard Enrichment & Cuisine

Things to do and see

  • Iditarod champion Libby Riddles
  • National Park Rangers in Glacier Bay
  • Alaska storyteller
  • Onboard Naturalists & port lectures
  • Taste of Alaska Buffet and fish BBQ
  • An Alaska culinary demonstration
  • Glacier Bay Champagne Breakfast (Charges apply)
Things to do and see
  • Glacier-carved fjords
  • Pristine forested shores
  • Whales, dolphins and other marine life
  • Bald eagles and tufted puffins
  • Towering granite cliffs
  • Cascading waterfalls
  • Majestic snowcapped mountains
  • Thousands of untouched islands

 

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