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Toley June 2nd, 2008 09:50 PM

Seattle's Best
 
We will be spending two full days in Seattle prior to our Alaskan cruise. We won't have a car. What would you recommend seeing in the city? We are also looking for great food, but on the casual side. Thanks for any advice.

RubyT June 9th, 2008 11:53 AM

Space Need is the old standby, and views from the top are definitely worth it... also Pike Place Market is a favorite for history, street performers, shopping, fish-flinging -- although the tossing doesn't take place as often as tour books would lead one to believe :roll: but a day spent there is fun -- we had unique meals, did some wine-tasting. the vintange Paramount Theatre was quite interesting... the only thing we found disappointing was the aquarium, which was small and crowded, not worth the entrance price for the modest marine collection.

We ran out of time before being able to ride one of the "Duck Tours" there -- but we have Ducks in our hometown that we take guests on, and that's always fun. It's always a better way to see the city than an enclosed bus! if you don't hire a car but stay near the needle & market, the ticket booth for this is right in the same area...

richluv4u June 9th, 2008 03:58 PM

Renting Cars in Seattle
 
Hey Toleys,

I'm going to Alaska July 6th and coming back on July 13th. You can actually rent a car from Thrifty Car rental. I'm paying $22.99 + tax=$ 26.00 for Med size car. They will pick up from pier 30 and take you to Pier 48 to pick up rental. You can also drop off car at airport, no addtional charge. So you might look into a rental to get around better in the city besides down town. With the money your spending on shuttle to get back to airport, it is cheaper to rent a car.

Star Princess, Can't wait

Cruisin Cop June 11th, 2008 07:45 PM

Seattle
 
Hey just came back from an Alaskan Cruise on June 1st and we spent several days in Seattle. We rented a car from Advantage for $9.84 a day (Economy). We got a ride to the airport with our friends (they flew out) and the company came to the airport to pick us up and take us back to the office to do the paper work. You must go to the Pike Place Market. We loved it.

Tracyd1014 June 16th, 2008 12:34 AM

Does anyone know or remember when they were in Seattle if there are car rental kiosks in the cruise terminals? Also what about public transportation in Seattle? Isn't it pretty good? Thrify car rental is the only rental place I see advertised that lets you rent a car at the cruise pier and drop it off at the airport without a fee. Any info would be very helpful.

clemcr June 17th, 2008 02:03 AM

Last June, we rented at the aipport and dropped off the van at pier 48. After the cruise we did the reverse, rented at the pier and dropped off at the airport. There is a shuttle from the cruise pier to pier 48. There is a rental desk at the cruise terminal. Fill out the paperwork there, shuttle to pier 48 and pick up the rental. We spent two days before our cruise in Seattle. Our return flight did not leave until midnight so we had a whole day upon our return to spend in Seattle.

Rev22:17 June 17th, 2008 05:50 PM

Tracyd1014,

Quote:

Originally Posted by You
Does anyone know or remember when they were in Seattle if there are car rental kiosks in the cruise terminals? Also what about public transportation in Seattle? Isn't it pretty good? Thrify car rental is the only rental place I see advertised that lets you rent a car at the cruise pier and drop it off at the airport without a fee. Any info would be very helpful.

For public transportation in Seattle, options are pretty limited.

>> There are ferries to various islands and across Puget Sound to Bremerton.

>> There's the monorail built to transport passengers between downtown and the fairgrounds, site of the Space Needle, for the Seattle World's Fair.

>> There are two significant Amtrak lines -- the eastward line to Chicago, which, IIRC, has about triweekly service, and the north-south line, which has three or four trains per day to Portland and Vancover and daily service to California.

>> And IIRC, there's a relatively new light rail line running north and south more or less along the waterfront.

But I would not rely on public transportation to get around the Seattle area.

I should add that there's a lot to see and to do in and around Seattle, but much of it is outside the city. Mount Rainier (aka Mount Tahoma or Mount Tacoma), readily visible above the clouds to the south from the ferries crossing Puget Sound, is the centerpiece a large park with hiking trails, etc. There's also a nice visitors' center at the salmon ladder along the channel between Puget Sound and Lake Washington that's worth a visit. I recommend picking up a guidebook to the area at a local bookstore as it will describe a lot more attractions in and around Seattle than I can discuss here.

Finally, you might want to consider staying at a hotel outside of the city rather than downtown. There's a strip right near the airport with a lot of hotels and restaurants that are much less expensive than their downtown counterparts.

Have a great trip!

Norm.

Tracyd1014 June 18th, 2008 01:05 AM

After trying a couple of times a day to rent from Thrify, we finally got a car. So someone must have cancelled their car or Thrify made more cars available. Now they do have a drop off charge of $15 for renting at the pier and returning the car to the airport. But that's OK. Anyhow, we bit the bullet are will be renting a car. We are excited about the cruise and looking forward to our extra day and a half in Seattle. The final countdown is coming! Thanks for all the info on Seattle. :)

No Cruise 2009, Daughter's Wedding is our Vacation

richluv4u June 18th, 2008 10:50 AM

Tracy d 1014- renting cars
 
Hi I hope you guys have fun on your trip, I will be going on the Star Princess on July 6th and can't wait. This time however I will take the ferrry over to Haines from Skaway, due to their is more wildlife over thier and some of the bears will be out at the streams. Please tell me how your trip went when you guys return. By the way glad you got a rental car for Seattle. Their is alot to do, check out Tripadvisor.com and put in Seattle for the search and it will give you all the info you need for the city. Have fun you your trip!!!!


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