We have used Sea-Tac airport for all our Vancouver - Alaska cruises but have used Quick Shuttle Express to get us to Vancouver. It take about 4 hours with a customs stop. It's best to have a reservation before you fly since we've watched people be left behind holding a just purchased ticket.
We scheduled our flights to be at least one day before the cruise just so our luggage would be with us & booked early to meet the 1:00 pm bus.
We also always have the cruise line (in our case, Holland America) book us passage back to Seattle afternoon flight. Quick Shuttle will drop you off at most downtown Vancouver hotels. Your travel agent could find out if RCI has an Seattle pickup.
Volendam May 2006
Zaandam May 2004
Amsterdam July 2003
Zaamdam July 2001
I'm going on the Radiance of the Seas in Sept. and our final flight is Seattle. I assume RCI will bring us by bus to the ship in Vancouver. How long of a drive is it from Seattle to vancouver??
IIRC, it's about four hours due to the possibility of delays clearing customs and immigration at the border.
And yse, the cruise line's transfers usually are the best way to go. Cruise passengers historically have not been the source of problems at the border so the agents usually clear the cruise line's transfers quite quickly when they get up to the checkpoint. The inspectors usually just walk down the aisle checking passports on both sides as they go. Make sure that you have your passport either on your person or in hand luggage that you actually carry onto the transfer bus. You will have to show it at the border checkpoint.
we just did the transfer from Vancouver to Seattle (reverse of what you are doing) in June. The trip was about 3 1/2 to 4 hours long. Only one stop at the Canadian/US border for customs purposes. It is worth the cost of the transfer, makes comming and going much easier. You might want to verify with your TA that you allready have a transfer purchased in your package.
Independance of the Seas
Monarch of the Seas, October, 2007
Serenade of the Seas June, 2006