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The Port of Seattle has established a website for cruise travelers with good information including cruise terminal details, cruise lines serving Seattle, and transportation from the port. Note that there are currently 6 cruise lines arriving and departing from Seattle and two cruise terminals, Pier 91 and Pier 66. Pier 91 is located slightly north of downtown, while Pier 66 is located in the center of the waterfront on Alaskan Way.
If you are going to Seattle rather than direct to the piers, see the traveler page on transportation options from the airport to downtown: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60...
There are several options for getting to the cruise piers from the airport:
Arriving back in Seattle, your options mostly the same as above, except in reverse. Taxis will be available to meet the ship. Be aware that the city of Seattle has implemented a flat rate TO Seatac from downtown or Pier 66. of $40. This is from any cab. This does not apply to the more popular Pier 91 since that is outside of the downtown Hotel zone. You must prearrange a town car or other transportation ahead of time. Legally any towncar or flat rate type cab must be prearranged. Normally Seattle Express and Shuttle Express have buses waiting at the pier. Almost any option will be cheaper than the cruise transfer as they charge $25 per person and almost any option will be about the same or less for quicker service.
The following link has great info on hotel packages and transportation. Some hotels provide parking during the cruise. You don't really need a package as cab fare is not expensive to get to either cruise pier. Please read the following for a list of offers from local hotels for Park and Cruise or Fly and Cruise packages: http://www.visitseattle.org/Tourism-D...
Seattle is fairly compact and with most attractions close to downtown. If you look at the insider page called Where to Stay In Seattle (see link at the end of this article) any of the hotels listed in the downtown core are still the #1 place to stay as you have easy access to attractions. If you're just coming into the airport late and leaving the next day on your cruise, you could stay near the airport. There is a large shopping center: Westfield Mall with lots of shopping and dining options and nearby attractions: Indoor skydiving, bowling and an amusement park. There are shuttles from the airport to the cruises by Grayline's Cruise Express as noted above, for Holland America and Princess, but not usually from hotels into the cruise terminals. Some hotels have arrangements with vans, etc. and can probably recommend someone reliable. It's 17 miles into downtown from Sea-Tac airport.
Many hotels near the aiport offer free airport shuttle (there are a lot of hotels by the airport area that offer free transportation from airport, they even have a phone in the courtesy van pickup area in the airport for these hotels) and get back to airport the next day using the free shuttle then ride the SoundTransit lightrail then take a cab from down town.
There are many hotels near the airport that offer pre and post cruise packages as well as transportation to the cruise terminals. Here is a link for the list of hotel packages: http://www.seattlesouthside.com/packa...
If your cruise is from Terminal 91 then staying closer to the Space Needle area or South Lake Union area is a slightly better location relative to the cruise terminal at Pier 91, but only a slight difference. Cab fare should be in the $10-13 range if the hotel does not offer a shuttle. Again, an Uber or Lyft will also provide this same link at a slightly lower or comprable fare.
Shuttle Express offers transfers from selected downtown hotels to the cruise piers at $12 pp. While this could cost more logistically with luggage its perhaps simpler especially with larger groups. Here is the link for a list of hotels: http://www.shuttleexpress.com/cruises