Pre-cruise stay in Seattle
Welcome to Seattle. Photo by Carrie Finley-Bajak

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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Carrie Finley

Carrie is ready to explore, discover, and share the wonderful world of cruise travel. My goal is to report live from the ships sharing information about the overall experience under my Blogger-at-Large series. You will find information about cruise ships and places near the sea. Explore what’s buzzing at the cruise lines and gain insight into the world of cruising. Make sure to connect with Carrie via social media outlets including Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

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