FAQ

Accessibility. Are your ships handicap accessible?
The Royal Argosy is wheelchair-friendly.* For all other boats in our fleet, please inquire in advance. (*Please note, depending upon tides at time of boarding and disembarkation, wheelchair assistance may be provided by Argosy Cruises' crew). Please notify us of any special-assistance needs prior to cruises on this boat so we may provide appropriate assistance upon arrival.

Accessibility Guidelines (PDF)

Animals/Pets. Are dogs or pets allowed on your boats?
Argosy Cruises only allows service animals aboard our vessels. Animals clearly not meeting the definition of a service animal are not permitted on an Argosy vessel or facility regardless of the business location or time of day, 24 hours, 7 days a week. This would include, but are not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, rodents, birds, etc.

Service Animal Guidelines

Attire. What is the dress code?
For evening cruise events on our dinner boat the Royal Argosy, appropriate attire is business casual to dressy. Men traditionally wear slacks and sport coats, with or without ties. Women wear dresses or nice pants. We do not recommend T-shirts, jeans, shorts or sneakers in the evening. Brunch and lunch cruises are generally more relaxed and casual attire is fine, as well as on our tours. If you are attending a private event through an individual or company, we recommend you check with your host as to the appropriate attire. Regardless, we always recommend having a coat or light jacket should you want to stroll the outer decks. Please note that we are in a marine environment that includes moving docks and uneven surfaces and advise that you take this into advisement when choosing your shoes.

Boarding. What is "Opening Time" and "Cruising Time?"
"Opening time" is the earliest our guests may board the ship. Typically we begin boarding 1/2 hour prior to the "cruise time." Certain special events may board earlier, and tours may board just 15 minutes prior to departure. Please check your ticket for the time that your boat will be open.

Cancellations. What is your cancellation policy?

  • Tours, Tillicum Village Salmon Bake and Royal Argosy Dining Events:
    While there are no refunds, with 72-hours notice we will do our best to accommodate your request for a new cruise date or issue open credit (valid for 6 months). We do not compensate for no-shows or late arrivals. (Please see Special Event Refund Policy for Holiday and Theme Events.)
  • Special Event Cruises & Theme Cruises
    (Including Christmas Ship Festival, Holiday Cruises, Murder Mystery, etc) All special event ticket sales are final. No refunds or date changes are available, however tickets may be transferred to a different name or party.

Children. Can children cruise?
Children of all ages are welcome on all of our public dining cruises and tours with a few exceptions. Discounts for children age 12 and under are offered on almost all cruises throughout the year. Children under age 3 are free. (Please note, we have special events such as our Murder Mystery Cruises, which does have adult humor. Please feel free to inquire if you have questions). Occasionally, we offer special event cruises that are for 21 and older. These are indicated on the specific event description.

Concealed Weapons  I have a license to carry my concealed weapon, is it permitted to take my firearm in? No. Argosy Cruises does not allow any weapons on Argosy Cruises' property, including; our visitor center, boats and Tillicum Village. You must find your own accommodations to store your weapon before visiting Argosy.

Cruise Route. Where do you cruise?
Our dining Ship, the Royal Argosy, generally departs from Pier 55 on the historic Seattle waterfront. Sailing routes vary, based on the weather, other boats in the harbor and other sights that the Captain may want to show to guests.

Tours, of course, have a set sailing route, and if you are on a private cruise, the Captain will generally make recommendations to the group leader.

Directions. How do I get to my ship?
Click here to download maps and directions. We leave from many different ports depending on the cruise. Please feel free to call if you need clarification.

Gift Cards. How can I purchase gift cards?
Argosy Cruises gift cards are available and may be purchased online or by calling 206-622-8687.

Groups. What size group can Argosy accommodate?
Our nine boats can host parties of 2 to 600 guests. The largest is the Royal Argosy with four private rooms. Parties can make their reservation online or by calling 206-622-8687. We also offer private charters aboard our other boats, please ask for our sales department if they can help you with any event from weddings and corporate events to holiday parties and school functions.

Husky Game Day Cruises
Restaurants in the Seattle area charter our vessels for Game Day transportation. Tickets are available for purchase through these restaurants.
Beach Cafe (at Carillon Point)  425.889.0303
Ivar's Salmon House  206.632.0767
Chinook's 206.283.4665

Menu. What type of food is served on the dining boat?
Northwest cuisine is featured in all of our menus on the Royal Argosy. Brunches feature a mouth-watering buffet and dinners and lunches offer a seated and buffet mix. Click here for more information and menus. Menus for special event cruises often vary.

Packages. Do you offer packages to make my cruise extra-special?
On our dining boat, the Royal Argosy, we offer several enhancements and packages that can be added on to your lunch or dinner cruise package. You can choose from a guaranteed window-seat, balloons, flowers, bar packages and more.

Parking. Is there parking close to the ship?
Parking varies depending on the boat departure location. Please click here to get directions.

Payment. What type of payment do you accept?
Payment is required in full at the time of the reservation. We accept major credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diner's Club. We also accept traveler's checks and cashier's check. (No personal checks please).

Phones. Will my cell phone work on the cruise?
Yes, your cell phone will work on the cruise. For the comfort of other guests, we ask that cell phone conversations be held on the outside decks.

Pricing & Schedules
Prices listed do not include service charge, fuel surcharge or taxes. These are additional and paid at time of booking. Prices and schedules are subject to change.

Refund Policy. Do you offer refunds?

  • Tours, Tillicum Village Salmon Bake and Royal Argosy Dining Events:
    While there are no refunds, with 72-hours notice we will do our best to accommodate your request for a new cruise date or issue open credit (valid for 6 months). We do not compensate for no-shows or late arrivals. (Please see Special Event Refund Policy for Holiday and Theme Events.)
  • Special Event Cruises & Theme Cruises
    (Including Christmas Ship Festival, Holiday Cruises, Murder Mystery, etc) All special event ticket sales are final. No refunds or date changes are available, however tickets may be transferred to a different name or party.

Reservations. How can I make reservations for a cruise?
You may purchase tickets online for all of our tours, events or dinner boat, or feel free to call us directly to book a cruise at 206-622-8687.

Seasickness. Will I get seasick?
It is highly unlikely. Our boats sail in the calm waters of the inner harbor of Elliott Bay as well as the protected waters of Lake Union and Lake Washington. We do not go out into open ocean water.

Seating. How is seating arranged on the dinner boat?
For the dining boat, generally each party is at their own private table. For Murder Mystery Events we do seat cabaret style for a more festive interaction. Some special events (New Year's Eve, Fourth of July, etc.) are designated as cabaret, meaning your party sits with other parties to fill a table. If cabaret seating is used, this will be indicated on the event description. The majority of our tables accommodate four to eight people. On most sailings there is also the opportunity to upgrade to a window seat for an additional price.

Seawall. Will you be open during the Seawall Construction? Yes! We will open as usual. Some of our vessels will be moved to alternate docks. See our Seawall Page for more specifics.

Smoking. What is your smoking policy?
Per Washington State law, all of our vessels are non-smoking, including the outer decks.

Tickets. Where can I pick up tickets?
Tickets can be conveniently picked up 30 minutes prior to departure. Please check your confirmation letter for the exact departure location, as we have different boats in several locations around the city. If you need assistance please call 206-623-1445 and reference your confirmation number.

Weapons Policy  For the safety of all guests, weapons will not be permitted on Argosy Cruises’ property, including our visitor center, boats and Tillicum Village.  The only exception to this is law enforcement personnel in the performance of their official duties.  The presenter of a boarding pass consents to a reasonable search for weapons before entering.  If you are unable to comply with these conditions, then we will not allow you access to Argosy property.

Weather. Do you sail in inclement weather?
Absolutely. Our ships are fully enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort. We sail rain or shine all year long.

Window Seats. Can I guarantee a window seat?
On the Royal Argosy dining ship there is the opportunity to upgrade to a window table for an additional price. To upgrade, please call 206-623-1445 and reference your confirmation number.

Tillicum Village FAQ

What is Blake Island?
Blake Island State Park was an ancestral campground of the Suquamish and Duwamish Indian Tribes and is believed to be the birthplace of Chief Seattle. The island was named after Captain George Blake, commander of the US Coast Survey vessel in 1837. Blake Island is located between Vashon Island and Bainbridge Island, eight miles west of Seattle in Kitsap County.

What is there to do on the island?
Blake Island is not only home to Tillicum Village, but it is also the perfect place for hiking, camping and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest. The entire island is a Washington State Park and is densely wooded with many forested walking and hiking trails and 5 miles of beaches. There are 15.5 miles of both hiking and biking trails, as well as many recreational options such as diving, fishing, clamming, crabbing, beachcombing, bird watching and mountain biking. There are 51 campsites for overnight campers. Wildlife on the island includes deer, chipmunks, otter, squirrels, mink and many types of birds.

What does Tillicum mean?
Tillicum Village was named from the Chinook Indian jargon meaning "friendly people."

What will I be doing for the 4-hour Tillicum Village experience?
Your 4-hour adventure begins with an Argosy Cruises cruise on Puget Sound to Blake Island. Here, you'll enjoy an appetizer of clams and nectar before entering the Longhouse for your buffet meal. Guests can watch a spectacular demonstration as whole salmon are cooked on cedar stakes over an alder-wood fire in the traditional NW Coast Salish Native American style. As you finish your meal, you will enjoy a show of live dance and storytelling in the spirit of the Northwest Coast Indians. After the show, you have approximately 30 minutes of free time you can use to browse through the gift gallery featuring artwork of local artisans, visit with the native dancers or stroll along the pleasant beaches and forest trails.

How long is the boat ride to Tillicum Village?
The cruise from Seattle's Pier 55 to Blake Island State Park and Tillicum Village takes about 45 minutes.

Can I take my own boat to Tillicum Village?
Blake Island is accessible only by tour boat or private boat. The park offers 1,500 feet of moorage and twenty-four mooring buoys, which are available for overnight boaters. Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. For information, call Washington State Parks at (360) 902-8844 or the information line at (360) 731-8330, or visit http://www.parks.wa.gov/boating/moorage/.

Can I just take the boat out to the island and not do the salmon dinner and show?
Yes, tickets are available for the boat ride only to Blake Island. Please be aware that frequently there is only one boat per day, or per week, that returns back to Seattle so if you miss the boat then you are stuck on the island until the next scheduled trip (space permitting). It is your responsibility to catch the return boat at your reserved time. Please call Argosy Cruises at 206-622-8687 for pricing and availability.

What is the cost to have the meal and show if we find our own way to the island?
If you plan on bringing your own private boat to Blake Island and have reserved moorage through Washington State Parks, you can still purchase tickets for the salmon meal and show only at Tillicum Village. Please call Argosy Cruises at 206-622-8687 for pricing and availability.

My child won't eat fish, is there a separate children's menu available?
A children's menu is not available at Tillicum Village, however, there are many dishes in the buffet so there are lots of options. See our menu section in the website for full menu options.

What restrictions do you have when camping on Blake Island and taking the Argosy boat over?
For individual campers, we kindly ask that you bring only camping gear that fits in a backpack or in your hands as there is limited space available on the boat. Please be considerate to those guests around you and place your camping gear out of the walkways. Explosives, weapons, firearms and propane tanks are not permitted.

Can we bring dogs on the boat ride over to Tillicum Village?
No. With the exception of service animals, dogs and other pets are not allowed on the Argosy Cruises boat ride over to Blake Island and Tillicum Village. Animals clearly not meeting the definition of a service animal are not permitted on an Argosy vessel or facility regardless of the business location or time of day, 24 hours, 7 days a week. This would include, but are not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, rodents, birds, etc.

Service Animal Guidelines

For those providing their own transportation to the island, please observe State Park rules regarding pets. Please note, we will offer one cruise to the island this summer that is Dog-Friendly. Special dog treats and giveaways. Be sure to check back on our theme cruise page for these details of this summer event.

Can I take pictures during the dance show?
Flash photography is not permitted during the dance show.

What is the menu at Tillicum Village?
Click here for our menu page.

If I'm just riding the boat, do I have to specify which departure back from the island I want to take?
Yes. If you will not be purchasing a ticket inclusive of the 4-hour experience including the boat ride, meal and show you will need to reserve a specific departure back to Pier 55 at the time of making your reservation. Please be aware that frequently there is only one boat per day, or per week, that returns back to Seattle so if you miss the boat then you are stuck on the island until the next scheduled trip (space permitting). It is your responsibility to catch the return boat at your reserved time. To purchase tickets for the boat only, please call Argosy Cruises Guest Services at 206-622-8687.

Do I have to pay to camp on the island?
Yes. There are 51 campsites for overnight campers at Blake Island State Park. This is a first-come, first-served park. No reservations are available. For camping information, call (360) 731-8330. For group camping requests, please contact Washington State parks at (888) 226-7688 or visit them online at Blake Island State Park.

Can I upgrade my CityPASS to Tillicum Village?
Yes, you may upgrade your CityPASS to visit Tillicum Village for only $45. Please call Argosy Guest Services at 206-622-8687 for additional information and availability.

Christmas Ship™ Festival FAQ

What's the difference between a Parade Boat and the Christmas Ship itself?
The Christmas Ship leads the Christmas Ship Festival parade of boats each evening. When the Christmas Ship arrives at the designated parks, the choir onboard sings a 20-minute concert broadcast to the surrounding boats and people onshore. Santa rides along to entertain and a cruise director will guide you through the evening and contests to win great prizes. The Christmas ship has a kid's craft area available and snacks, chowder and beverages for purchase or you can also pre-order boxed meals.

A Parade Boat is another Argosy Cruises boat that follows the Christmas Ship with the rest of the parade. It stops with the Christmas Ship to hear the choir sing to those on shore. Santa will be onboard along with a cruise director guiding you through the evening and contests to win great prizes. The Parade Boat offers kid's craft bags and has snacks, chowder and beverages onboard for purchase or you can pre-order boxed meals.

The Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise follows the Christmas Ship Parade, on many nights, while you relax at your private table with a drink — or order an appetizer. You can also take a self-guided tour of the ship, or just sit and listen to our house band. Savor a three-course dinner, including a Northwest-infused buffet (freshly prepared on board). The band will take breaks so you can go outdoors to listen to the choir concert broadcast from the Christmas Ship. The Royal Argosy is perfect if you prefer a private table and festive dinner party over the casual party atmosphere of the Christmas Ship itself.

When are the Santa Brunches and what are they?
Join us on most weekends from 11am-1pm during the Christmas Ship Festival for one of the delights of the season with your family. Our Santa Brunches are a daytime family holiday event separate from the Christmas Ship Parade. These cruises feature a buffet brunch, Santa on board who reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas," arts and craft area designated for little ones and holiday entertainment. The entertainment this year will be an interactive performance. Santa has lost his bag of gifts. Help us save Christmas and solve the mysterious disappearance of Santa's bag so we'll all have presents under our tree on Christmas morning.

My friends and I made separate reservations, will we all be on the same boat?
Check your confirmation letters for which vessel you are booked on (Spirit of Seattle, Goodtime II, etc). If you are all on the same one, great. If you are still wondering, give guest services a call at 206-623-1445. (Please have all the names on the reservations available.)

Can I bring my peppermint mocha onboard?
There is no outside food or beverages allowed onboard. There are snacks and beverages available for purchase, or you can pre-order boxed meals or chowder.

Wait, I'm running late?
Unfortunately, we can't keep the scheduled performances and hundreds of people waiting. Please arrive with plenty of time to find parking and complete the boarding process. We pull the boarding ramp up promptly at the scheduled departure time.

How should I dress?
Festively. The Christmas Ship is a casual but festive party. Please dress according to the weather for the boarding process and enjoying the outdoor deck views. The indoor decks are heated. If you are on the Royal Argosy, our Dinner Boat, you may wish to dress up, but still bring along a warm coat.

What kind of shoes should I wear on the Christmas Ship or Parade Boat?
We recommend flat shoes that are not smooth-soled. While the boats are warm and comfortable, they do rock with the waves they are floating on. If it is raining, the dock and the boat deck can be slippery. Please watch your step. The Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise is a large enough vessel that heels can worn, but again, please be aware of rainy docks and the motion of the waves.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Your tickets will be available at the departure dock on the day of the cruise. Will call opens approximately 1 ½ hours ahead of departure time. Look for a tent or ticket booth.

Does the cruise ever get canceled?
If the mayor or governor declare a state of emergency due to weather or other causes.

Is there ever more than one Santa on the dock or boat?
There will be only one Santa onboard your boat. We do like to warn parents that there may occasionally be more than one Santa on the dock during the boarding times. We have often told our own children that they are Santa's helpers who dress up and carry him messages, as he cannot be everywhere at once.