Booking an Alaskan Cruise? Check out the Port Valet Program!

Booking an Alaskan Cruise? Check out the Port Valet Program!

Heading out of the Port of Seattle for your dream Alaskan Cruise soon? Well, we have great news about a fantastic service that is being offered to cruisers called the Port Valet program!

Experienced cruisers are familiar with having to pack and leave their luggage outside of their cabins the night before they are scheduled to disembark from the ship at the end of their cruise.

From there, crew members would pick up and transfer your luggage from the ship directly to the cruise terminal (where they are arranged via a color coding system) once the ship arrived back to your home port. You would then have to sift through the confusion and lug your baggage to the nearest taxi.

The Port Valet aims to change all of that. Their free service will pick up your luggage and transport it not only to the Sea-Tac airport but will arrange for it to be sent to your home airport!

https://www.portseattle.org/sites/default/files/2018-05/PortValet_2018RackCard_Final2.pdf

Here’s how it will work. You will find an enrollment card/sheet in your stateroom during your cruise.  Check with the ship’s Guest Services desk if you have specific questions.  The enrollment card will ask for details like the names in your party, flight info, baggage info, etc.  Be sure to be as accurate and detailed as possible.

The list of participating airlines are:
American
Alaska
Delta
Horizon
JetBlue
Southwest
United

The Port Valet document will also indicate any baggage fees associated with each airline unless you are exempt. You will have to provide a reason for the exemption.  Additionally, using this service will allow you to check in to your flight as well. This is one of the reasons why they will ask for your flight info. The night before the end of the Alaskan cruise, your boarding passes for your flight and special baggage tags will be delivered to your stateroom.

Be sure to tag all of the luggage that you plan to check. Give an accurate bag count when filling out the document at Guest Services so that you can get the right number of tags. You can track your bags here. Depending on the cruise line, you may be exempt from overweight baggage fees.  Your luggage will be securely transferred directly from the cruise ship and checked in with your airline all the way to your destination airport. You don’t have to do a thing.

Be advised that not everyone may qualify for this program. You may be randomly chosen to check in at the airport with your bags in tow. You will be notified the night before port arrival if this is the case. Either way, be sure to read the entire document so that you will know what to expect from the program.

The Port Valet is available for cruises docking at Smith Cove Terminal at Pier 91 and Bell Street Terminal at Pier 66.

Participating Alaskan Cruise lines are:
Carnival
Celebrity
Holland America
Norwegian
Oceania
Princess
Royal Caribbean

Can you imagine the freedom in disembarking from your dream Alaskan Cruise with only your carry on to worry about? If you have a later flight, it’s a perfect opportunity to tour the city of Seattle unencumbered! Not to mention that you can bypass check in at the airport because you will already have your boarding passes.  Happy Sailing!

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