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Old 06-12-2013, 02:47 PM   #616
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If you are planning on travelling by car from Seattle to Vancouver

The bridge on I-5 between exits 227 and 229 has collapsed due to an oversized vehicle that should not have been on the bridge, hitting the bridge causing the collapse of both north and south bound lanes.

There will be traffic delays for the foreseable future. Approximately 70,000 vehicles cross this bridge daily commutting to Seattle. Traffic will be a nightmare.

At this point if you are not taking Amtrak, you need to reconsider flying into Seattle or be prepared for extensive delays.
If you are flying into Bellingham, WA you will be north of the bridge and should be fine.
Just an update for the I-5 bridge situation... the temporary bridge is being installed currently, which will allow traffic to go back on I-5 at a reduced speed. I think the intention is for it to be open within a week or so. The permanent bridge is supposed to go up in the fall at some point, which will close the bridge again for ~2 weeks, but dates are not yet known.
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Old 06-14-2013, 09:36 AM   #617
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Just announced on the morning news. The temporary bridge will be opening on June 20. It will have a reduced speed limit.

They willl immediately begin building of the new permanent bridge next to it.

When the permanent bridge is finished they will close the temp bridge and need about two weeks to convert over the traffic lanes from the old bridge to the new bridge.

We are expecting that to happen sometime in September. Give or take depending on progress.

I'll update the main post once the temporary bridge is open.
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:17 PM   #618
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The temporary bridge is open. Reduced speed of 35 mph.

Now they start building the permanent replacement bridge.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:06 PM   #619
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Bridge work in September

Does anyone know what the status of the bridge will be in September (going to and returning from the Sept 2-9, 2013 cruise)?
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:42 AM   #620
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Discussion is that the temo bridge will be in place until after cruise season.

That school would be back in session before they were ready to switch lanes to a permanent bridge replacement.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:56 PM   #621
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I am in the very early stages of planning our DCL Alaska June 2014 cruise. We are going to do 3 days pre-cruise with one day really for flying/jet lag. So...I am very overwhelmed with hotel choices. My plan is to rent a car for our entire trip from Seattle airport as we are going to do 3-4 days post cruise sightseeing as well.

So after looking a prices at downtown hotels vs airport hotels, what would be your suggestion since we will have a car. Seems obviously airport would be cheaper. Like I said we are in the early planning...so want to do Pike Place, Space Needle, maybe the aquarium. We have 2 kids going on this trip..ages 17 and 5.

Thanks for you suggestions/help and all the work you have done for this thread!!
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:02 AM   #622
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I am in the very early stages of planning our DCL Alaska June 2014 cruise. We are going to do 3 days pre-cruise with one day really for flying/jet lag. So...I am very overwhelmed with hotel choices. My plan is to rent a car for our entire trip from Seattle airport as we are going to do 3-4 days post cruise sightseeing as well.

So after looking a prices at downtown hotels vs airport hotels, what would be your suggestion since we will have a car. Seems obviously airport would be cheaper. Like I said we are in the early planning...so want to do Pike Place, Space Needle, maybe the aquarium. We have 2 kids going on this trip..ages 17 and 5.

Thanks for you suggestions/help and all the work you have done for this thread!!
Do the 2014 cruises leave out of Seattle or out of Vancouver?

If Vancouver, I would go to their aquarium, not Seattle's. I really enjoyed Vancouver's aquarium, but was entirely underwhelmed by Seattle's.

Staying at an airport hotel in Seatac means cheaper rates, but you deal with traffic, time, and higher gas costs to get into Seattle each day you want to go. Staying at a downtown hotel likely means higher parking fees. And if all you want to do is Pike Place, Space needle, and the aquarium in Seattle you do NOT need a car for those things, as long as you guys are mobile or have a scooter.
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I'm a single mom and will be traveling with my 3 year old son. I'm trying to find a hotel for one night in Seattle that will be in a safe area and close to places to eat and things to do that will be enjoyable for myself and a 3 year old to do together. We're taking the train the next morning so I don't see us being out late since we'll have to be up early to get to the train station. I'd also like to not spend an arm and a leg since I'll be doing that the next night at the Pan Pacific
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Seattle for 3 nights, any recommendations?
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I'm a single mom and will be traveling with my 3 year old son. I'm trying to find a hotel for one night in Seattle that will be in a safe area and close to places to eat and things to do that will be enjoyable for myself and a 3 year old to do together. We're taking the train the next morning so I don't see us being out late since we'll have to be up early to get to the train station. I'd also like to not spend an arm and a leg since I'll be doing that the next night at the Pan Pacific
I have a couple of recommendations, if you're trying to save money. The first is not to take the train. Try staying at the Best Western Executive Inn--it is walking distance to Seattle Center, with the Children's Museum and the PACSci Science Museum, as well as the monorail. The Best Western Executive Inn is a stop on the QuickShuttle, and the QuickShuttle will drop you off right in front of the Pan Pacific Hotel. My husband and I live just outside Seattle, and this is how we go to and from cruises in Vancouver: http://www.quickcoach.com/
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Depends upon what you want to do. If you have teenaged kids, and want to take a look at the universities in the area, you'd probably do well to go for the Silver Cloud Broadway. It's across the street from Seattle University, and they have a shuttle which will take you downtown (avoid the restaurant, though--there's a 24 hour IHOP behind it that's better. Seattle U's cafeteria is also surprisingly good.) If you take the shuttle downtown, it's easy to catch a bus to UW, so you can scope out two colleges at the same time. If your kids are seriously looking at colleges, you may also want to call the colleges and see if you can spent the night in one of the dorms--gives you a great chance to see what the dormitories are REALLY like, as well as food options.

Silver Cloud Broadway: http://www.silvercloud.com/seattlebroadway/

If you don't want to deal with a car, and have younger children, the Best Western Executive Inn is your best choice. There is a bus which goes directly from the Executive Inn to several hotels in downtown Vancouver--as well as the cruise terminal (although I wouldn't like to cut it that close, myself--I'd go up the night before.) It saves you extra transportation costs when you reach Vancouver, and also transportation costs from your hotel to the train station.

If you have anyone in your party in a wheelchair or mobility scooter, I'd change this from a recommendation to a very, very strong recommendation. Wheelchair accessibility on Amtrak is poor, and often involves splitting up your party. If you notify the Quick Shuttle, they are VERY good about wheelchair accommodations, and avoiding having to pick up a wheelchair taxi when you get to Vancouver makes life easier. I'm in a wheelchair, and I've had enough bad experiences with Amtrak and good experiences with the QuickShuttle that they are my first recommendation for wheelchair travelers.

QuickShuttle: http://www.quickcoach.com/
Best Western Executive Inn: http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwest...electedHotels=

Worth noting--the QuickShuttle will also run you from the Seattle Airport to many hotels in downtown Vancouver, including the Pan Pacific. If you don't want to take a car, it's worth booking the QuickShuttle to get you there. It's also often less hassle than transferring planes at Seattle to fly north to Vancouver, especially at customs. However, one warning--they have a restroom on board, but they do not make meal stops, so you'll want to pick up a meal or snacks and water at the airport to take along.
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I've enjoyed reading through much of this thread. Thank you OP for all the great info.

I cruise in Sept. of this year and Seattle flights were a couple hundred bucks cheaper (even with shuttle fare!) than Vancouver. My return flight is a red eye, so we will disembark and shuttle from Vancouver to Seattle. We don't fly out until almost midnight that night. Does anyone know if there is a place at the airport where we can store our luggage for the day? I figured our schedule would give us a great opportunity to see some of Seattle but we would need a place to keep our bags. Thanks in advance!
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I've enjoyed reading through much of this thread. Thank you OP for all the great info.

I cruise in Sept. of this year and Seattle flights were a couple hundred bucks cheaper (even with shuttle fare!) than Vancouver. My return flight is a red eye, so we will disembark and shuttle from Vancouver to Seattle. We don't fly out until almost midnight that night. Does anyone know if there is a place at the airport where we can store our luggage for the day? I figured our schedule would give us a great opportunity to see some of Seattle but we would need a place to keep our bags. Thanks in advance!
There is a place to store your luggage at Sea-Tac, Ken's Baggage Storage: http://www.kensbaggage.com/
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There is a place to store your luggage at Sea-Tac, Ken's Baggage Storage: http://www.kensbaggage.com/
Wow, thank you so much for this information, Mellers!
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Wow, thank you so much for this information, Mellers!
Glad to be of help.
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