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Old May 20th, 2007, 11:30 PM
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I am looking for information on how it is at the port of Seattle. How was embarkation and the whole process there? I know we have only had one bummer boading with our cruises and just wanted to know what to expect. Also wondering if it is better to take a taxi back to SeaTac or prearrange a shuttle??

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Old May 20th, 2007, 11:49 PM
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We arrived at 11:00 a.m. Porters were quick to take our luggage and then we were routing into a large building to wait until the ship was ready for boarding (12:00/noon). There was no seating available. Workers did bring out a few folding chairs for the elderly or physically challenged. We're cruising back to Alaska on the Golden in September and plan to arrive at the dock after 12:30 this time.

As far as transport, we normally take the shuttle, but decided to check out Ground Transport at Sea-Tac on our last cruise. Shuttle service through Princess was $17 a person. Cab fare was $36 (total for 2 people) to the pier. Limo service (in a Lincoln Town Car) was $38 (total for two people) Very nice...sure beat the shuttle! Prices may have gone up. If you're flying into Sea-Tac, use the Ground Transport phone in the baggage claim area to call for a quote - cab vs. limo company. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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...Shuttle service through Princess was $17 a person. Cab fare was $36 (total for 2 people) to the pier. Limo service (in a Lincoln Town Car) was $38 (total for two people) Very nice...sure beat the shuttle! Prices may have gone up. If you're flying into Sea-Tac, use the Ground Transport phone in the baggage claim area to call for a quote - cab vs. limo company. You might be pleasantly surprised.
I really like the idea of showing up to the ship in a limo! It really starts the cruise off in luxury. We have Princess Transfers this time from SeaTac to the ship, but will check out the limo for our next cruise.
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We just got back from Alaska Cruise out of Seattle. Use the shuttle.
It will cost you only $18.00 for shuttle compared to $40.00 for taxi. The Princess runs a very smooth deembarkation with the shuttle service. Have a ball!
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We just got back from Alaska Cruise out of Seattle. Use the shuttle.
It will cost you only $18.00 for shuttle compared to $40.00 for taxi. The Princess runs a very smooth deembarkation with the shuttle service. Have a ball!
If it is $18 per person and you can put 3 people in a taxi or limo, isn't it cheaper to take a taxi or limo? Even if you only have 2 people, it would be just a few dollars more per person with tip.

Plus I hear it can be faster as you don't have to wait up to a 1/2 hour for the next shuttle to leave the airport for embarkation, and you don't have to wait for the shuttle to fill-up, etc. to take you back to the airport after disembarkation.
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The only problem with a taxi is the luggage space. If you have 3 or 4 people and 4 or 5 bags it might not fit. Something to consider.
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The only problem with a taxi is the luggage space. If you have 3 or 4 people and 4 or 5 bags it might not fit. Something to consider.
Good point. If we have 3 people, we'll take the limo or the shuttle -- usually more space in those. If we have 4 people, we can always just take 2 taxis - a few more dollars than the shuttle, but worth the convenience of not waiting for the shuttle.
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We embarked for the Golden at Seattle on 5/19, approx. 11AM. Loaded our luggage on the porters cart, tipped him and thinking that this completed the checked luggage portion, started to leave to return our rental car. We figured it would be easier to drop off and check in the luggage rather than hassle with it on the car rental shuttle. Wrong. The porter said that he could not transport the luggage without someone being present, and refunded the tip and gave us back our luggage. In San Diego we just take the luggage out of the trunk, give it to the porter and that is it as far as the checked baggage portion is concerned. So second attempt ,after returning the car, at 11:20 we personally checked in our bags with a Princess employee and ourselves in attendance and proceeded to a large holding room where about 300 people were queued. Waited there about 20 minutes, they then opened the security posts, of which there were many, and we were whisked through and on the ship by 11:50AM
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