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Dan G

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  1. The Sound is a new hotel and looks very nice and is in a good area. If your arriving or departing from Pier 66 remember that is considered in the downtown hotel zone so ANY cab should be charging you a $40 flat rate to Seatac. Even from Seatac there are flat rate taxis but you need to make sure you have a flat rate cab vs metered and the rate is about the same but there is an 'airport fee'. There are taxi dispatchers to help you. No more shuttle express, nor flat rate limos or towncars as they have gone out of business during covid. Seattle is pretty much back to normal but without a lot of office workers returning it seems less busy but for tourists and the tourist areas you will find it very nice and busy with visitors.
  2. for the first time cabs can be cheaper than uber. Look at flatrateforhire.com they are also the 'official' airport taxi and offer a rate of about $40 from Seatac to downtown hotels. From pier 66 to airport any cab is a flat rate of $40. Pier 91 is not in a flat rate zone except for the Flatrateforhire.com cabs.
  3. it really depends on the hotel. Honestly the only one I'd be super concerned about is the Courtyard at Pioneer Square but most of the major downtown hotels would be perfectly fine but like anything best to ask on Tripadvisor for some local advice.
  4. there was never an 'official' flat rate from pier 91 if your speaking of taxis. The exclusive taxi at Seatac is flatrateforhire.com so if you arrange prior you can see the fare. Be aware that since they tore the viaduct down there is now a tunnel that is the quickest way to Seatac from the port but that is a toll road now so it will be interesting to see what that adds to a taxi fare. Best to ask a head of time. There is a flat rate from Pier 66 where NCL docks or from the downtown Seattle hotel zone of only $40. The zone is between Denney way and Jackson St. Uber rates have gone up by at least 50%
  5. there is only a handful of old time Seattle tour companies toursnorthwest.com and customizedtours.net with the Pandemic there were lots of changes and unsure if the HOHO buses will return. Take a look at the itineraries for the above two as they have been around a long time in Seattle.
  6. there is a taxi fare estimator that shows the fare to be about $60. Normally that would be more convenient than the cruise transfer however it really depends on how long you have to catch your flight. http://www.taxifarefinder.com/main.php?city=Seattle you might also look at seattleexpress.com for transfers. Some companies have gone out of business but I'd think new ones would be starting to fill the void.
  7. STILA towncars which USED to be at the airport are no more. The towncars on the 3rd floor are now about $100 to downtown. Things are in flux right now and things could change. If you request a flat rate taxi in the taxi line it should be $44 to the edgewater flatrateforhire.com which is the official airport taxi however there are also metered cabs which will be more. Uber is about $55 currently and often has surge pricing.
  8. this is new info. Even the Port of Seattle ground transportation page doesn't show them offering shuttles to downtown Seattle. They have been around but doing shuttles from the South (OLympia) to Seatac. Please let us know how it goes.
  9. Seattle is hardly a high crime city. Lots of homeless but your chances of being 'assaulted or robbed' is remote at best. I've driven around and things are great in the tourist areas. For port shuttle it appears that seattleexpress.com is still around for AIRPORT only transport. Hotels around Seatac with cruise pkgs are sometimes found at seattlesouthside.com Hope this helps
  10. If you stick to the flat rate taxis you'll be fine. flatrateforhire.com but you should be able to find a yellow and blue colored taxi in the que and those are the same.
  11. Here is some updated info I had posted on Tripadvisor re: transport. Pier 66 is within the 'downtown zone' but Pier 91 is outside that zone. There has been a major shortage of Uber drivers and a major increase in fare and surge pricing. Taxis to downtown, which would be anywhere between Jackson St (Pioneer Square) to Denny Way (close to the space needle but not north of Denny are a flat $44. The flat rate taxis are normally yellow and blue but at Seatac they have both metered and flat rate. If you don't see a flat rate one you con request one. You can also go to the Ground Transportation window and ask for a taxi van also as a 'flat rate'. Good for 4 or 5 passengers. Pier 91 would be outside the hotel zone so fare would be more. Currently the smallest Uber is being quoted at about $53 (7/21) but check to compare. If you see a taxi dispatcher you can ask for a van or call 206-432-9030 or ask at ground transportation. If no answer you can also try 206-475-5192 or 206-327-9915 Currently there are NO shuttles from Seatac to downtown hotels. Shuttle Express is gone and the towncars booked thru Shuttle express's number are approx $105 to downtown Seattle and have nothing to do with the old Shuttle express who is out of business Flat rate towncars formerly regulated by the Port of Seattle and known as Stila are also out of business so the flat rate cabs are your best substitute. From downtown Seattle hotel zone ANY cab will be a flat $40 fare to Seatac. Uber is considerably more now that Seattle has implemented changes which raised fares an average of 50% and with the current shortage of drivers often has surge pricing. For airport hotels it appears that seattleexpress.com has survived but does not do shuttles to downtown hotels so options this yr are limited.
  12. since the pandemic airport transportation options right now (2021) are more ltd than in yrs past. It appears that for people staying at airport hotels Seattleexpress.com appears to still be operating but there are no other scheduled shuttles to downtown or cruise ports. This may change but here is the info I researched. Taxis to downtown, which would be anywhere between Jackson St (Pioneer Square) to Denny Way (close to the space needle but not north of Denny are a flat $44. The flat rate taxis are normally yellow and blue but at Seatac they have both metered and flat rate. If you don't see a flat rate one you con request one. You can also go to the Ground Transportation window and ask for a taxi van also as a 'flat rate'. Good for 4 or 5 passengers. Pier 91 would be outside the hotel zone so fare would be more. Currently the smallest Uber is being quoted at about $53 (7/21) but check to compare. If you see a taxi dispatcher you can ask for a van or call 206-432-9030 or ask at ground transportation. If no answer you can also try 206-475-5192 or 206-327-9915 Currently there are NO shuttles from Seatac to downtown hotels. Shuttle Express is gone and the towncars booked thru Shuttle express's number are approx $105 to downtown Seattle and have nothing to do with the old Shuttle express who is out of business Flat rate towncars formerly regulated by the Port of Seattle and known as Stila are also out of business so the flat rate cabs are your best substitute. From downtown Seattle hotel zone ANY cab will be a flat $40 fare to Seatac. Uber is considerably more now that Seattle has implemented changes which raised fares an average of 50% and with the current shortage of drivers often has surge pricing. Hope this helps.
  13. thanks, so much that was the info I needed. I stayed at the Pan Pacific and they take the luggage down to the ship but I'm staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim and they say just walk over and check in but its a lot of up and down just to board. Thanks for the info as that makes sense.
  14. I'm staying close to Canada place so was thinking of just walking my luggage over to pier to check in. Can you tell me if I'm walking can I bring the luggage to the cruise check in desks at the end of the pier or do I need to go downstairs in Canada Place then go upstairs to check in with cruise?
  15. I spend winters in Palm Springs and have relatives near San Pedro. 2 hrs is a very optimistic time estimate. When I fly out of LAX or orange county I've had good luck using Costco for a one way car rental. Also look on Hotwire.com Most likely they will be from PSP but not as hard as trying to get to San Pedro. You can also try the Flix Bus which goes very often to downtown LA near Union Station. This will get you easier connections to San Pedro as even the Metro light rail goes to Long Beach from Union Station. A bit of a hassle but far cheaper than an Uber from Palm Desert.
  16. for others looking the Seattle airport has on site limos and towncars regulated by the port of Seattle. You don't need reservations. There is a phone in baggage claim and you dial 'ground transportation'. STILAj towncars is the provider. Flat rate into downtown is $45. Fees vary but if memory is correct its about $60 to pier 91 and $45-50 to pier 66. Much easier than trying to arrange off site limos or towncars. Look on tripadvisor Seattle forum and read top questions on top right for other options.
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