Pre-cruise stay in Seattle

Live Voyage Report: Pre-cruise stay in Seattle

I decided to kick-off my 7-day Alaska Explorer cruise on Holland American Line with an overnight stay in Seattle.

Welcome to Seattle. Photo by Carrie Finley-Bajak

I stayed at the Downtown Sheraton off 6th street, which was a fantastic choice. I loved being right near the action and within close proximity to the major tourist sites: The Space Needle, The Seattle Great Wheel, shopping centers, and Pike Place Market are an easy walk away.

Flowers and Fish at Pike Place Market

A visit to the oldest continually operating farmers market in the country is a must when visiting Seattle.

Pike Place Market is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays. Although the “star” of the show is the fish and the fish mongers, cruise visitors can also purchase fresh flowers, fruit, vegetables, and arts and crafts. I procured two large bouquets to give my friends later in the day: for $5.00 each I could have bought one for myself as well.

Pike Place Market. Photo by Carrie FInley-Bajak
Catch of the day: Pike Place Market
Freshly-caught crab ready for purchase

A bounty of color

Fresh flowers: Pike Place Market


Off the beaten path

Another reason for arriving a day in advance is the fact that you can get off the beaten-path to discover the areas outside the downtown area without worry of getting to the ship in time.  Although I was meeting some friends in Alki, I would highly recommend trying the King County water taxi to explore West Seattle; especially if you have kids (they will love the ride) and if you want to take some great photos, go fishing, or try a paddle in a kayak.

King County Water Taxi Route
From my viewfinder: Downtown Seattle from Alki
Posing for the camera
Sunset in Alki

 

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