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  1. We used Seattle Shuttle for our ride from the Marriott Waterfront to Pier 91 and from pier to the airport. They were timely and professional. The fee from the hotel was just $8pp and $24pp from the pier to the airport. Phone number is 206.423.8388. We decided to take the light rail from the airport to the Westlake station and then get Uber to the hotel. Unfortunately there was a mixup with Uber so we ended up just walking it. Not the best thing to do with 3 pieces of heavy luggage.
  2. My correspondence with Alreadythere was email. I called 3 times but no answer so I left messages which were never returned. The emails were answered timely. This from Charlotte regarding my question about which pickup method applies for the $60 charge: At the airport, we would meet you curbside outside of baggage claim. This from their website for curb pickup instructions: 1. Meet him at the curb. This is the most frequently used method for meeting your driver. It’s fast and easy. After your plane lands, proceed to the Baggage Claim area and pick up any checked luggage. On the same level as Baggage Claim, go to the door closest to you and call our main number 425.425.9101. We’ll ask which door you’re at (numbers are over each door) and then we’ll dispatch the driver who will meet you within about 5 minutes The number referenced in their instructions is the same main number I called 3 times without answer. My wife thinks they know when the call is coming from the airport and they get priority. I thought it was risky.
  3. After going around and around on options from airport to downtown, hotel to pier 91, and finally pier to airport we have made our decision. We will use the light rail from airport to downtown and take Uber from train stop to Marriott Waterfront. The Marriott concierge suggested we consider Seattle Shuttle for all of our transportation needs but they were unavailable from the airport to the hotel for our arrival times. They charge $43 for two persons. We considered Alreadythere but the phone number to call outside the baggage claim area when you're ready for pickup is their main number and they never answer it. Their charge is $60 for two. Shuttle Express charges the same but their reviews were terrible. We're in good shape, will have been on the airplane for 6 hours, so we decided a walk wouldn't hurt us to take the light rail downtown. Maybe it'll be a little adventure, like taking the subway in NY even when you don't have to. The Seattle Shuttle charges $8 PP for the ride to pier 91 and $24 PP for the ride from pier 91 to airport.
  4. Thanks everyone for your advice. We're in North Carolina and our forecast for the next several days is mid 90's so we will have on shorts for the flight and for walking around Seattle if weather permits before the cruise. We'll also have appropriate clothing for rainy, cool temps for the cruise. Hoping for sunny weather, but preparing for anything.
  5. Our first Alaskan cruise sails on June 2. We are packing now and feel comfortable with our clothing choices for dinner each night and for excursions, however dressing for activities onboard during the day are questionable for us. All of our cruises to date have been in warm weather so shorts were basic attire during the day. I'm sure the ship will keep a comfortable temperature inside but do many passengers wear shorts to breakfast, lunch and walking around the ship even though it's rainy and in the 50's outside? We don't want to pack more than we need.
  6. Sharon, I see that you're signed up on the Roll Call. Looks like a meet and greet is planned in the Ocean's Bar during Happy Hour on Monday. Hope to see you there.
  7. Our stomachs are full within one hour after boarding until we leave the ship.
  8. Your comments do make sense. I think your logic plus others have convinced me to stick with Bonine. Thanks to all. P.S. And I will take some Ginger candy.
  9. We are in a corner suite 5190 so we're expecting a bit more motion than mid ship location.
  10. We will be cruising on the Oosterdam on our first Alaskan cruise on June 2. This will be our 25th cruise overall and includes many cruises that were smooth and some that were rough at times. Acapulco to Hawaii was especially rough for 5 days, but neither of us got sea sick. My wife takes nothing; I took Bonine. I have only been seasick once and that was on a smaller ship out of Charleston, SC on the first night. I had taken a Bonine pill about an hour before we boarded and became ill at dinner a few hours later. I left dinner and went straight to our cabin and curled up and managed to fall asleep and the next day I was fine. No more problems for the rest of the cruise. That was the one and only time I've been seasick on a cruise out of 186 cruise days. Our TA thinks it might not have been seasickness that one time but rather something I ate. Since our Oosterdam cruise is out of Seattle and will be sailing for the first couple of days in the Pacific I am wondering if it might get rough like it did on the crossing to Hawaii. My wife had her annual physical today and mentioned our upcoming cruise to our doctor and he prescribed the patch for us both just in case we decided to try it. She has decided not to, but I'm considering it. I've always thought the Bonine worked for me all those cruises except for that one time. I'm tempted to try the patch but I've read about quite a few cases of side effects that are unpleasant. Since there are four patches in the prescription I would try one before the cruise to see how I react. That would still leave three patches for 9 days protection, more than enough. What do you think? Stick with the Bonine or switch to the patch?
  11. We're booked on the Oosterdam for June 2 in a NS wrap. After the price continued to drop after deposit our final was $2000 less than original booking price. I thought we had a great price until a check recently showed that it's now $1300 less than what we paid for a NS. None available on the back but still—a NS anywhere on the ship is great.
  12. Good information lolo11. If the Alreadythere service is good from the airport to hotel I may reserve them again for the trip from the pier to the airport. If not, I'll book the coach from HAL either on board or after departing the ship. Alreadythere might have a little more flexibility in when depart from the ship. Our flight is not until 11:30 so not in a big rush.
  13. This has been a most informative thread. I am leaning towards booking with HAL for getting to the airport, although I don't really have solid reasons for that, other than the price is competitive, I trust that HAL will get me to the airport in a timely manner, and I have no experience with any of the other methods discussed here. We will probably use Alreadythere for transport from the airport to our hotel. I am told that the Marriott Waterfront will arrange transit from the hotel to the pier for about $10pp. Questions: 1. can the HAL booking for transfer be made once on the ship? 2. Is it capacity limited, i.e, can it sell out? 3. does HAL's coach require a lot of walking? 4. where does the Alreadythere service pick up? 5. does anyone know if a credit card must be used for these transports? Replies much appreciated.
  14. This has been a most informative thread. I am leaning towards booking with HAL for getting to the airport, although I don't really have solid reasons for that, other than the price is competitive, I trust that HAL will get me to the airport in a timely manner, and I have no experience with any of the other methods discussed here. We will probably use Alreadythere for transport from the airport to our hotel. I am told that the Marriott Waterfront will arrange transit from the hotel to the pier for about $10pp. Questions: 1. can the HAL booking for transfer be made once on the ship? 2. Is it capacity limited, i.e, can it sell out? 3. does HAL's coach require a lot of walking? 4. where does the Alreadythere service pick up? 5. does anyone know if a credit card must be used for these transports? Relies much appreciated.
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