An extension of the state highway system, Washington State Ferries is the largest car ferry system in the nation. There are two docks in Seattle.
- From Colman Dock at Pier 52 on Seattle’s central waterfront, travelers and their vehicles can take a ferry to Bremerton on the Kitsap peninsula (55 minutes) or Bainbridge Island (35 minutes). A passenger-only ferry travels from Colman Dock to Vashon Island.
- The Fauntleroy ferry in West Seattle takes passengers and cars to Vashon Island and to Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula.
Check the ferry web site for wait times, fares, schedules and other information.
Clipper Vacations operates high-speed passenger ferries that travel between Seattle and Vicitoria, B.C. in 2-3 hours. Seasonal service between Seattle and the San Juan Islands is also available. Visit http://www.clippervacations.com/ferry/
for schedule, fare and package information.
Cruising from Seattle:
Seattle hosted more than 200 cruise ships visits in 2010. Seven and ten day roundtrips through Alaska’s Inside Passage have grown significantly in the past decade, making Seattle a convenient and attractive pre- and post-cruise destination. Small ship cruising throughout the Pacific Northwest has also grown in popularity. The cruise season begins in late April and runs through mid-October.
Large ship cruise lines currently sailing from the Port of Seattle include:
Small ship cruise lines offer trips of varying duration to Alaska, the Columbia River, Snake River, San Juan Islands and more. Lines include: