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2021 Cruise Passenger Advisory

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Your Well-being from Airport to Cruise Terminal

As the busiest cruise homeport on the West Coast, we welcome over a million visitors every year who take the short journey from our airport to our cruise terminals in the heart of this beautiful city. This year is a little different and we want to let you know what to expect for health and safety protocols on the way to your Alaska cruise.

Safety and well-being come first at the Port of Seattle and that includes a commitment to keeping you informed about the measures in place to resume operations at our two cruise terminals.

Before arriving in Seattle

Before you arrive in Seattle, understand your cruise line’s embarkation and disembarkation requirements and procedures. All cruise lines operating must meet or exceed the CDC cruise resumption guidelines which may include an assigned arrival window, COVID-19 screening and testing, and proof of vaccination. Please check with your cruise line for instructions about vaccination requirements and testing procedures before arrival.

Arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

SEA Airport is nationally recognized for its FlyHealthy@SEA travel safety operation to assure your arrival in Seattle meets the highest and most current health travel standards.  Because requirements continue to change frequently, please check the Airport Traveler Updates page for the latest.

Between the airport and arrival at your cruise terminal

Most cruise passengers will stay a night or two in the Seattle area before or after their Alaska cruise.  Others will visit for just a few hours.  Either way, you will be glad to know Seattle and King County have one of the most successful vaccination programs in the country and on June 30, 2021, all businesses in Seattle are permitted to move to 100% capacity.

When approaching your cruise terminal

Just like at U.S. airport terminals, the use of face masks may be required when you arrive and depart from your cruise terminal. Please be prepared to wear your face covering throughout the terminal area, including taxi and rideshare drop-offs, shuttle bus and transportation hubs.

Travel tip: most cruise lines provide guests with a specific arrival time. This year it will be more important than ever to adhere to your arrival window so that terminal operations can maintain best practices for health protocols.

Once inside your cruise terminal

To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 among onboard passengers and crew and onshore to communities, each cruise ship sailing from the Seattle cruise terminals is required to achieve CDC Certification. Terminals have been enhanced with an additional layer of health measures including touchless technology, safety barriers, and social distancing.

All cruise lines operating must meet or exceed the CDC’s cruise resumption guidelines which may include an assigned arrival window, COVID-19 screening and testing, and proof of vaccination. Please check with your cruise line for instructions about vaccination requirements and testing procedures before arrival.

Your cruise line’s terminal operations will include helpful signage to remind everyone about healthy protocols and social distancing and to clearly guide cruise passengers through the check-in process in a safe and orderly way.     

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