SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Silver Muse, finally docked

The cruise ship that’s spent much of the past 2 weeks anchored off Manchester – in view from west-facing West Seattle – is finally docked downtown tonight, about to start its first official voyage of the season; Danny McMillin photographed Silver Muse as it sailed past Alki Point and into Elliott Bay today. It’s scheduled to leave Pier 66 at 7 pm Thursday on a 10-day round trip to Alaska. This year’s cruise season runs through late October; here’s the full schedule.

16 Replies to "SEEN OFF WEST SEATTLE: Silver Muse, finally docked"

  • 👎 July 28, 2021 (10:23 pm)

    If I had a wetsuit and life vest, or kayak, I might get out in the water to protest this sailing.

    • Leslie July 28, 2021 (11:25 pm)

      Agree! Plus, even though this is one of the “nicer” cruise ships, when I see one of these things, it makes me think of a cross-section of a prison – you know, rows and rows of cells, all stacked up.

      • 👎 July 29, 2021 (5:45 am)

        Oh interesting, especially since these cruises look like an environmental crime to me.

      • Cjboffoli July 29, 2021 (7:28 am)

        Ha! I don’t know of any prisons with multiple Relais & Chateaux restaurants, butler service, all you can drink champagne, daily caviar, and excursions that include fly fishing for steelhead and helicopter glacier hopping.

      • StopCuttingDownTrees July 29, 2021 (12:35 pm)

        Are you equally offended by the preponderance of 40-70 story buildings in downtown Seattle?  They have stacks and stacks of floors of people producing sewage, consuming resources, and depositing those results in Puget Sound. They’re just like vertical cruise ships that never leave and never power-down. 

  • Bill July 29, 2021 (6:39 am)

    Any word on the cost in almost two weeks of pollution while out sat here idling? Who pays to repair the Salish Sea?

    • Clinker July 29, 2021 (10:25 am)

      Bill I can tell you that the exhaust smell blooms out from these ships for miles. You hear unbelievable stats like the CO2 output from 1 big ship is worth 100000 cars, but when you can literally see and smell the giant petro plume from the water 2 miles out it starts to hit home. We need to reprioritize as a society.

    • Yup July 30, 2021 (3:13 pm)

      They are called moorage fees and charged by the port for being here.  When it docks they are charged. I don’t like them either.  

  • Smittytheclown July 29, 2021 (6:46 am)

     Nice  looking ship.  10-day Alaska cruise sounds so nice right about now!Nice to see travel and leisure bouncing back.  

  • Her July 29, 2021 (9:48 am)

    The almighty buck, meanwhile those of us whom live downtown now experience extreme price gouging at about 90% of food and necessity establishments including drinks. So we have been priced out of our own community and have to order or commute for reasonable and affordable food etc. Why were we invited to retire or live downtown, baited with light rail and metro, bolt etc. “Get rid of your car, live green, shop local” and now?? Dangerous bus stops, no evenings out,,Dangerous and can’t afford the food due to tourism?? Yea, to heck with us, we have tourism, not green to exploit for a quick shot in the arm of cash,,will establishments lower prices after the tourism season? No. 

  • anonyme July 29, 2021 (11:45 am)

    I’m encouraged to see so many people speaking up against this environmental atrocity.  One of the big selling points for the levy to fund Terminal 5 was that it would supply shore power.  That’s not happening.  These ships should not be allowed until and unless they are using shore power only, as well as other restrictions related to pollution, noise, etc.   It should also be noted that their routes are the same ones traveled by whales and orcas.

    • WSB July 29, 2021 (12:02 pm)

      (a) There was no “levy to fund Terminal 5.” Part of the funding is from the port’s longstanding property-tax levy countywide.
      (b) There IS shore power in the T-5 project (which is cargo, not cruising), as we have reported multiple times. What was the point of contention is that vessels will not be REQUIRED to plug in. As also reported, the port expects that shore-power-capable vessels will want to plug in because it’s cheaper, and may offer incentives for those for whom it’s not.

  • skeeter July 29, 2021 (2:08 pm)

    I’m gonna head straight to the Lido deck for the buffet.

    • Smittytheclown July 29, 2021 (2:26 pm)

      Good.   Because I am going here first!  

  • WS Resident July 29, 2021 (3:22 pm)

    The indigenous (native) Alaskan people have been very
    involved with the cruise ship industry to minimize environmental concerns.  Search online for recent news. They are
    totally thrilled that the cruise ships are coming back.  Alaska lives on commercial fishing, logging
    and oil rigs.  And now, for a few months
    of the year they can add tourism. In the absence of income the indigenous
    people will be forced to move elsewhere, leading to the breakup of their groups
    and the decline of their culture. Since they actually live there and rely on
    their natural resources as their sole source of income I think I will listen to
    them before I listen to city slickers that don’t have a clue on what it takes
    to survive and thrive in small towns/villages and their remote and harsh world.  Do YOU want to tell them what is best for them?   First try living there for a few years.

  • 1WS Resident July 29, 2021 (3:40 pm)

    Regarding “Any word on the cost in almost two weeks of pollution while out sat here idling? “.  I think it’s probably lot’s less than that old freighter sitting out in the bay waiting to offload the billion tons of stuff we ship and  import across the oceans.

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