As a world-renowned seaport city, it should come as no surprise that Seattle, Washington is the port of choice for many seafaring folk across the Pacific Northwest. Particularly popular as the launching site for vessels headed for the icy waters of Alaska, Seattle is home to two excellent cruise terminals.

Just 10 minutes away from the city’s retail core, the Smith Cove Cruise Terminal serves as home port for Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International. This two-story, 143,000-square-foot building can host two cruise ships at a time, and is one of the only facilities with two electrical plug-ins that eliminate ship air emissions while at the dock.

Conveniently located along Seattle’s bustling downtown waterfront, the Bell Street Pier Cruise Terminal at Pier 66 serves as home port to Norwegian Cruise Line and Oceania Cruises.

In addition to the handy locations of the terminals, cruise-goers can enjoy a wide range of helpful amenities such as excellent parking options, an on-site rental car kiosk, luggage delivery from the ship to the airport, luggage storage before and after cruises, and even flight check-in while still onboard the ship.

As easy as it is to cruise out of the city, Seattle’s undeniable charm certainly makes it hard to leave. Nestled within Seattle’s lush green forests and vibrant communities, there is a whole world waiting for you to come and explore.

Take to the streets of this walkable city and embrace the full urban experience. From the pop culture and world-class shopping, to the restaurants and the breweries, Seattle has it all.

Unearth the history of Seattle’s legendary music scene, check out the world-class museums and art galleries, and celebrate the lively festivals and events alongside the locals.

When it comes to natural offerings, this corner of the world is equally blessed. From rugged ocean coastlines and dramatic mountains, to fresh water lakes, desert and rolling farmland, the breathtaking landscape of Washington state is a microcosm of the USA.

Explore the dramatic story of the 1980 eruption of Mt. Saint Helens, or discover more about Mt. Rainer, which not only towers over 14,000 feet in the air, but is also one of the most treacherous volcanoes in the world. Tour the Olympic National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage site — and embark on a hiking expedition of Hoh Rain Forest, the only temperate rain forest in the lower 48 states. In the mountains, in the forests, and on the waterway, your family has countless opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Take a couple days, cross the Cascade Mts. and sample the nectar of the second largest wine region outside California. Your case of wine flies free on Alaska Airlines from Walla Walla back to Seattle.

Regardless if you stay a few weeks, or just a few days before or after your cruise, your voyage to Alaska starts and ends with Seattle—the largest and newest US Alaska cruise port.

Find out more at www.visitseattle.org.