What Seattle residents say about Tillicum Village: “I can’t believe it took me so long to get here!”

Tillicum-Village1For the umpteenth time last week, the narrator on our cruise back from Blake Island and Tillicum Village was told by a cruise passenger, “I’ve lived in Seattle for 30 years, and I can’t believe I’ve never gone on this excursion before. It’s amazing!”

Understandably, with so many things to do and see in Seattle, visiting the city’s historic Blake Island, the birthplace of Chief Seattle, and Tillicum Village, is often overlooked by Seattle residents. But those who do make the trip are routinely surprised and delighted by the experience. It is a wonderful way to learn more about the Northwest’s tribal culture and visit a beautiful Puget Sound destination.

Tillicum-Village3-300x199The seasonal excursions to Tillicum Village end on October 27. As part of Argosy Cruises’ Oktoberfest Specials, we are offering a 25% discount on select dates for the Tillicum Village Sightseeing Tour Cruise and Native American Salmon Bake and Performance. Visit our Specials Page or call us at 888-623-1445.

Seas and ZZZs, plus the Seahawks makes for a fun fall weekend in Seattle

Argosy3-600x405If you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan, you don’t want to miss our Seas and ZZZs cruise + hotel + dining special. You can take advantage of a $50 dining credit at Boka Restaurant & Bar to attend a Seahawks Sunday Brunch on home game days. In addition to the restaurant credit, you’ll enjoy overnight luxury accommodations at Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle, two adult tickets on the popular Argosy Locks Cruise, plus other special amenities.

Upcoming Seahawks games with brunches at Boka include October 13 (Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans), November 3 (Seahawks vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and November 17 (Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings). You don’t need Seahawks tickets to enjoy the game. You can watch it broadcast on the big screen at Boka while you enjoy tasty brunch offerings, including Bloody Marys and Mimosas.

Argosy Locks Cruises gives you 2 ½ hours cruising Puget Sound, Lake Union and the Ballard Locks. Locks Cruises depart daily through October 13 at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and thereafter at 12:30 p.m. only.


Celebrate the Sea Otter and Save on an Argosy Cruise + Seattle Aquarium Combo Ticket

Sea-otter-image-for-Argosy-Seattle-Aqarium-blog-post-091713The Seattle Aquarium is hosting two Sea Otter Awareness Weekends starting this weekend, Sept. 21-22, and continuing on Sept. 28-29. We can’t think of a better time to take advantage of our special Seattle Aquarium & Harbor Tour Combo Ticket, which offers discounted rates on a Seattle waterfront cruise and aquarium admission for kids and adults.

The one-hour tour of the historic Seattle Harbor offers incredible views of the city, the Space Needle and the shipyards. You may even spot the sea otter’s doppelgänger, the American river otter, during your cruise.

The Sea Otter Awareness Weekends let you join biologists at the Seattle Aquarium to explore the fascinating lives of sea otters, including a sea otter diver show, ice toy demonstration and sea otter feeding. This aquatic member of the weasel family spends most of its life in the water where it eats, hunts, mates and gives birth.

Reserve your spot on a Seattle Aquarium & Harbor Tour Combo Ticket by calling 206-623-1445 or visiting the Argosy Cruises Visitors Center on Pier 56. You can find more info here.

Lakes Cruise + Museum Visit = Labor Day Weekend Fun

What better way to enjoy time with friends and family in Seattle over the Labor Day holiday than by enjoying a two-hour Argosy Lakes Cruise combined with a visit to the Seattle Museum of History and Industry? The special price for the cruise and museum admission is just $37 for adults and $12 for children.


The Lakes Cruise includes a narrated history of the region, and provides a fascinating look at the area’s historic floating homes community. You can learn more about this unique community on the water at the Seattle’s Floating Homes exhibit at the MOHAI. Also on exhibit is a special show depicting Seattle’s relationship with film, entitled Celluloid City: A City at the Movies .

Get more information and find out how to reserve your space for the MOHAI & Argosy Sea-History Tour at http://www.argosycruises.com/about-us/special-offers/mohai-sea-history-tour/.

Win tickets to Father’s Day at Tillicum Village!

Photo Courtesy of Steve Shay Photography

Photo Courtesy of Steve Shay Photography

See more information and a full menu here.

Two ways to enter to win?

1. Follow @ArgosyCruises on Twitter.

2. Tweet Argosy why you and your family want to go to Tillicum Village on Father’s Day  OR  comment on this post why you want to go.

The winner is Pavy T!  Congratulations!  They won a family 4-pack out to Tillicum Village on Sunday.

Here’s the Fine Print: Eligible winners must be 18 years of age or older. One valid entry will be accepted per day of the contest starting 6/11/2012 and ending 6/14/2012 at 12:00pm PST. Our family 4-pack prize will include 2 adult tickets and 2 children’s tickets to the 2012 Father’s Day at Tillicum Village. Tickets valid only on Sunday June 17th, 2012. Tickets are non-transferable, non-refundable, and not redeemable for cash.

A Taste of Seattle History Giveaway

Photo courtesy of the MOHAI

Photo courtesy of the MOHAI

Because we love giving things away, we’re offering another chance for you to experience Seattle’s waterways.  You could win a chance to join us this Saturday, May 19th, on the Taste of Seattle History Lunch Cruise!

It’s our favorite new tour, we can’t get enough of the menu and stories.  We could eat the fresh-churned butter and sourdough like Klondike gold-miners all day.  And then eat shortcake from Fisher Mills and reminisce about Bainbridge strawberries all night.  Here’s a little more about this new tour.

Each day this week we are giving away two tickets for this Saturday’s departure of the Taste of Seattle History Cruise.  That is five chances for you and a friend to be onboard this weekend!

Check back each day to see how to enter each day. We’ll post the previous day’s winner and how to enter for that day’s drawing!

Monday: The winner is Jenn @MissFlipFlop007!

Congrats! Entered by tweeting her favorite sunny Seattle activity.

 Tuesday: The winner is Jenni S!

(By telling us your favorite item on the Taste of History Menu menu)

Wednesday: The winner is Julie K!

Entered the drawing by a guess on what year the photo of water skiers behind our Goodtime II appeared in the Seattle Times.  The answer is 1977!

Thursday: Winners are @jdnorthwest and @Gerald212

The winner of A Taste of Seattle History Lunch Cruise (May 19th, 12pm)  is @jdnorthwest!  AND  The winner of the Salsa Dance Dinner Cruise (Friday, May 18th, 7pm) is @Gerald212!!

Friday: Congrats to Katherine B!


Congratulations to all of our winners!   Have a great time cruising on Saturday!


Water Skiing In Seattle

1977 Seattle Times front page of Argosy employees having a good time behind the Goodtime II

Here’s the Fine Print: Eligible winners must be 18 years of age or older and must Follow @ArgosyCruises on Twitter through the duration of the contest and until the winner is announced. One valid entry will be accepted per day of the contest starting 5/14/2012 and ending 5/18/2012. The prize will include two adult tickets on the May 19th Taste of Seattle History Lunch Cruise.


Pssst! You could win tickets to Tillicum Village on Mother’s Day

We’re running a sweepstakes for a family four-pack of tickets out to Tillicum Village on Mother’s Day.

We’ve come to love special occasions out on Blake Island.  It’s fun to step outside the ordinary and give Mom an adventure with a meal and scenery all built in.

After enjoying a cruise across Elliot Bay to the island, you go up to the long house in just enough time to see them finish cooking the salmon over the open fire pits. Then it’s time to eat the salmon dripping in butter and Juniper Berry Seasoning. Yum!  The rest is a delicious buffet including the unique experience of bison and venison stew and the always popular fresh fruit with Chef Ron’s Strawberry Sherry Honey Sauce.

We always throw in something additional on these special days, and Mother’s Day is no exception.   Mothers will all be given a gift to take home.

But you want to know the important stuff…like how to win those four tickets [Two adults and two kids (5-12yrs)].

Go to either the Tillicum Village Facebook page, or the Argosy Cruises Facebook page.  Look for the Mother’s Day Tillicum Village Sweepstakes tab.  It’s running until May 6th, and you can enter every day to increase your chances of winning.

Good luck!

Argosy Cruises Twitter Sweepstakes for a Seattle Tour Saver Coupon Book

UPDATE:  @fordjeremiah is our winner!  He’ll be having some fun times this summer!


We are  giving a Seattle Tour Saver book away to one lucky winner!

Seattle has many coupon books and combo deals to wade through, and one of the best is the Seattle Tour Saver.  It contains over 60 pages of 2 for 1 deals!

Check out their website  to see which attractions are included all over the region. There is everything from activities to transportation to dining deals.  And since most of the coupons are valid for all of 2012, it’s great for our fellow Seattlites.

This is a Twitter contest. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: In order to win, entrants must Follow Argosy Cruises on Twitter.

Step 2: Tweet @ArgosyCruises with which attraction you are most excited about.

Example: @ArgosyCruises Can’t wait for a sunset Kayak Tour!

You can enter the contest up to one time per day between now and  Wednesday, May 2nd at noon. We will select a random winner from our list of entrants and announce the lucky family on Thursday, May 3rd on Twitter.


Here’s the Fine Print: Eligible winners must be 18 years of age or older and must Follow @ArgosyCruises on Twitter through the duration of the contest and until the winner is announced. One valid entry will be accepted per day of the contest starting 4/27/2012 and ending 5/2/2012 at 12:00pm PST. The prize will include the 2012 Tour Saver Book.

Old, New and Timeless

Tillicum Village:   Celebrating 50 years of Heritage and Tradition

From any Seattle history buff, you’d know all about the much anticipated and immensely popular World’s Fair Exhibition held here back in 1962. Incredible new structures, such as the 605 foot Space Needle and still operating Monorail along with many other attractions were revealed with the hopes of showing off our fair city to the world. With a major theme being the industries of science, space and the future, the fair was a commercial success with almost 10 million in attendance.

One of the totem poles at Tillicum Village

Another aspect of Seattle that was to be showcased wasn’t something new, but something very old indeed.  That is the majestic landscape that lies just across the harbor known as Blake Island. It was on this island that for thousands of years, the Coast Salish tribes called home as their ancestral summer camp.

The Coast Salish tribes were imaginative artists ingrained with an ancient woodworking tradition. The unique and ornately carved animal figures were fixtures on (literally a part of) their large communal houses. Later, the familiar free standing totem poles made an appearance, and mostly represented the commissioning home’s wealth and prosperity.

Other expressions of their art came in the form of intricate masks, rattles, and blankets to name but a few.

“Art is a reflection of the environment in materials.”

One commonly depicted figure was the Raven, which myth holds to have been a trickster who (among his many attributes) stole the daylight, and on a skyward chase by Eagle, released pieces that become the sun, moon and stars.

Among these creative people came a great leader, Chief Seeahth (Or Sealth). Sealth was born on Blake Island, and is in fact who Seattle is named in honor of. Blake Island eventually became a State park and is where in 1962, the attraction of Tillicum Village was first opened and featured as an unforgettable island experience.

There have been many changes over the years as Tillicum Village has undergone new management, now being owned and operated by Argosy Cruises.   From the still traditionally prepared salmon bake to the energetic and updated dance show, it is obvious the rich and creative spirit of the Coast Salish people is proudly celebrated.

While exploring the grounds, you’ll see amongst the natural beauty of the island, many totems carved by various artists who share in the unique vision that continues to define the tradition and heritage of the Northwest.

Tillicum Village longhouse at dusk

For a limited time to commemorate this 50th anniversary, the Tillicum Village salmon bake adventure is now just $50.00 (regularly almost $80). Come enjoy the delicious food and show, and see if you just might find the totem of a certain Raven spreading the light.  This special rate ends the end of April, so call now for details and booking.

By: Pamela Mohn

Celebrating 50 Years of Tillicum Village for a Special $50 Rate!

Opening day of Tillicum Village’s 2012 season marks the 50th anniversary of the historical Blake Island tour.

Argosy Cruises invites you to experience Tillicum Village at specially discounted rate in honor of the tour’s anniversary! The 2012 opening of Tillicum Village is Saturday, March 3rd. In 2011 we revamped the experience and have since made even more changes.  Whether it’s your first time taking the trip from Seattle to Blake Island or you’re returning for another visit, all departures between March 3 and April 29, 2012 are eligible for a special rate of $50 per adult – that’s a $30 savings!

To make reservations, call Argosy Cruises and mention the “50 for 50 rate” at Tillicum Village 206-623-1445 or 888-623-1445

Offer valid on new reservations only. Easter Sunday (April 8th) excluded.