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Seattle Cruise Guide

Along with a few cruising tips for October’s #ChooseCruise month, I want to share a few cruise stops. Today will be all about Seattle, Washington. Seattle is such a fun spot and is a popular starting and ending point for many Alaskan cruise itineraries. We’ll be heading back there next summer, and I couldn’t be more excited! We’ll be flying in a day or two before our Alaskan cruise departs, which is what I always recommend. Not only will you not have to worry about missing your ship due to a delayed flight, you’ll have time to explore more of your departure port. 

In this case, there is so much to see in Seattle, and even going in 2-3 days ahead isn’t enough. But I’ve put together some of my must see spots in Seattle that you should be able to squeeze in the day before and the morning of your cruise departing. 

Seattle Aquarium
This is such an amazing place! There are tide pools made to look like real life (think Finding Dory), and you can actually touch the little creatures like starfish, sea cucumbers, sea anemones, and more, super cool! We particularly enjoyed the seals, otters, and views from the back pier.
Seattle Aquarium is a great spot for the whole family to enjoy.

Pike Place Market
​This is one of THE most amazing places I’ve ever been! I LOVED everything about the market.
When you go be sure you check out Pike Place Fish Market (right under the neon sign in the photo above), all of the amazing floral arrangements, the unusual fruits and vegetables, and the amazing bakeries with cookies as big as your face (located on the side of the street opposite the sign)!!

Chihuly Glass Gardens
​Pop down from the Space Needle to this beautiful art installation, Chihuly Garden & Glass. Created by famed artist Dave Chihuly, the art gallery boasts incredible works of handblown glass art. How these magnificent works stand the test of the great outdoors, I’ll never know. Truly breathtaking!

Seattle Space Needle
Perhaps, Seattle’s most famous landmark, the Seattle Space Needle is the perfect spot to start your adventure around this great city. See views of container ships coming into harbor, views of Lake Union (Sleepless in Seattle), and, if you’re there on a clear day, catch a glimpse of Mount Rainier.

There are so many other spots to see in Seattle, but these are some great options to catch before you depart for your cruise. These few are all in fairly close proximity to one another making it manageable to catch them all. Are there any other spots you’d want to see in Seattle?

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