We just did the reverse trip, from the Princess dock at Canada Place to the Seattle airport via Princess transfer, and my husband says it took about 3 hours. We were incredibly tired and snoozed most of the way.
Our driver drove very fast as one of our fellow bus passengers had to catch a plane pretty early. There were about 17 of us on a large bus, plenty of room for everyone.
Going through customs on the U.S. side was an absolute breeze as we were the only ones there at the time and there were plenty of customs agents. The ratio of agents to passengers was better than crew-to-passenger ratios on even luxury ships. <g>
That was midweek in May, however. Canadian customs may be more difficult and the waits will be longer if you go through customs on the same day your ship departs.
We were on the Star Princess May 31-June 7, 2003 and sailed out of Seattle after flying into the Seattle airport. We took a towncar from the airport but heard that standard taxi fare is $25. It wasn't a long trip - maybe 10-15 minutes.
We have a group of 8 going on Star Princess in Aug. Did you reserve the town car in advance? with who? and how much for the town car vs taxi?? Did you see any van taxi's available? will probably need either 2 town cars or 2 taxi vans for the 8 of us and all of the luggage. Thanks!!!!!!!
Yes, we did reserve our towncar in advance. Cost $35 for 4 of us. 4 couldn't fit in 1 taxi which would have been $25 per taxi. Did an internet search for 'limousine service seattle' and found many repsonses. We booked with 3 G's Towncar Service - only minutes from the airport so we called when we were ready to be picked up and then called after the cruise for him to come to the pier and get us again. The only problem - Terminal 30 was SO new (only 3 weeks old on May 31) that there were NO phones there. What a hassle. Princess people were nice enough to find us a cell phone to use. Hopefully by now there are phones.
Did see some van services too - not sure of the name but I think one was Gray's Service - I actually got that name by calling a limo service and he gave me that information but we didn't need that much room. Saw a few vans looking for people to take to the airport after the cruise and they obviously hadn't booked before hand.
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Thanks for the town car info. Did some checking and there are a couple places with fees in that range. I did find a less expensive alternative. Shuttle Express at Sea Tac airport..can take our group of 7 (1 child age 12 is free) for $46--their phone is 425-981-7000. Located on 3rd floor of parking garage. (same level as baggage claim) Follow signs to ground transportation. So-- hopefully we can arrange to have them pick us up at pier a (Much sadder) week later.
Last year we went on the Star from Seattle. We flew into the Seattle airport from Phoenix, took a independent shuttle (can't remember the name) and they said they didn't have our information when we went to the shuttle booth. When that finally got straightened out, there was about 15-18 people crammed into one shuttle and it made lots of stops. We were really uncomfortable with the "vibes" we got from that shuttle experience. We have since booked the same cruise this year (couldn't resist the offer from Princess) but this year we also booked the transfer directly from Princess. It was $24 a person, but to me, well worth the "security" that we will get to the ship without so many stops.
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