-Seattle has two cruise piers, Pier 66 (aka Bell Street Cruise Terminal) and Terminal 30. Pier 66 is normally used by Celebrity and NCL. Terminal 30 is normally used by Princess and HAL. RCCL splits between the two. However, sometimes they move things around, so check the Port of Seattle website (www.portseattle.org) to find out where your ship will be. Parking and car rental services are available at both piers, as is luggage storage service. Pier 66 is within walking distance to Pike Place Market and downtown Seattle (assuming you don't have luggage). You can walk to Pioneer Square from Terminal 30, but it's a bit of a hike--your best bet will be a taxi or shuttle to get from Terminal 30 to anywhere. You may have read that Terminal 30 will be closing and a new cruise facility is being built at Terminal 90--this won't be open until at least 2008.
-Seattle has no subway system, but does have a decent bus system. Within the downtown core, buses are free and run on almost every street. If you need to get from Seattle Center to downtown Seattle, consider taking Bus #3 or #4, which stop on 5th Avenue by Seattle Center and then head over to 3rd Avenue in downtown Seattle. If you're not sure which bus to take, just ask a driver--most of them know the whole system pretty well. You can even take a bus from the airport to downtown Seattle if you're so inclined (the #174 or #194). But, there is no bus that stops at Terminal 30. Visit transit.metrokc.gov for fare and schedule information, including a customized trip planner.
-The Waterfront Streetcar was hopefully going to be running again in time for the Alaska cruise season, but it hasn't started back up yet. Before it shut down (because the land where its maintenance shed was located was being converted into a sculpture park), fares were about $1 or $1.50 per person, so I would expect them to be the same once it starts running again. In the meantime, the transit authority is running a free (that's right, FREE!) replacement bus along the route that the trolley normally takes. It's Bus #99 and it's painted green and cream like the trolleys are. It stops right by Pier 66, but not Terminal 30, and goes to Pioneer Square, which is our historic district.
-The Monorail is back in service again after quite a bit of mechanical and other problems in 2006. Fares are $2 for adults each way (more expensive than the bus). It runs from Seattle Center to Downtown Seattle and back, making it convenient for tourists who want to go to the Space Needle or EMP from downtown Seattle, but don't want to take the bus.
-The bus tunnel will remain closed for the duration of the 2007 Alaska cruise season. It's being updated with new light rail tracks and some other features for when light rail finally comes to Seattle in (supposedly) 2009. Buses that used to run in the tunnel have been rerouted to 3rd Avenue, which is a bus-only zone during rush hour. Cops are out in force to ticket drivers (and jaywalkers).
-To get from SeaTac to the cruise pier, you have a couple of options. A taxi will cost you roughly $30 to either of the piers and is probably the most convenient option. Or, you can take a shuttle (we're not allowed to recommend them here, but there's only one big operator in town), which will run you about $25 per person for a couple, or about $80 for a van that seats 10.
-To get from SeaTac to downtown, you could do a taxi or shuttle at about the same cost as it would be to go to the cruise piers. Or, there's also a private bus service that stops at several of the downtown hotels and costs about $10 per person. Or for those who packed very light, there's the Metro bus--catch it outside the south end of the main terminal.
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