Posted September 18th, 2018, 10:36 PM
Travel Day and Pre-Cruise Package:
It was a looong travel day (Sept. 7th) with two flights across country to Seattle. I was traveling with a friend and we had opted for the pre-cruise package which included a one night hotel stay at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, 113 6th Avenue in downtown Seattle, a city tour and transportation to the ship.
We took a taxi to the hotel from the airport and our fare was $49.39. Upon check-in, we received a Welcome Packet from American Cruise Lines outlining the pre-cruise activities for the next day. We were tired from the flights and had dinner in the hotel at the Regatta Bar & Grille. The hotel is an older Holiday Inn, a bit tired, but it was adequate for one night. I am an IHG member and upon request, the hotel credited me points for the one night stay. Breakfast was not included. We ordered room service for breakfast the next morning to give us the maximum time in the room and some extra rest from our travel day.
We met in the lobby with a representative from ACL at 8:30 a.m. (Sept. 8th), presented our boarding passes and identifications before boarding the bus for our city tour. Our luggage was earlier picked up inside our room and would be taken to our cabin on the American Spirit. The city tour was approximately 2 1/2 hours and was comprehensive with an option to be dropped off and picked up at Pike Place Market for a 45 minute visit. Surprisingly, no one took advantage of this. My friend and I had both been to Seattle in the past and had no plans to spend any additional time in the city beyond the city tour which we both enjoyed.
The American Spirit was docked at Shilshole Bay Marina and we arrived at the ship around 11:30 a.m.
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