Seattle Aquarium naturalists at Blake Island

When the weather in the Puget Sound starts to warm up and the tides go w-a-a-a-a-a-y out, the Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalists start to appear on local beaches!

A low tied on Blake Island in May.

A low tide on Blake Island in May.

On selected Tillicum Village trips in June and July, beach naturalists from the Seattle Aquarium will be available on the beaches closest the Blake Island marina to answer questions about the Puget Sound marine life at your feet.

Blake Island dates: 

Saturday, June 6: 12:30–2:30 p.m. (-1’9” tide at 2:15 p.m.)

Friday, July 3: 12:30–2:30 p.m. (-2’7″ tide at 12:27 p.m.)
Saturday, July 4: 12:30–2:30 p.m. (-2’3′ tide at 1:12 p.m.)
Sunday, July 5: 12:30–2:30 p.m. (1’7′ tide at 1:57 p.m.)

You can book a trip to Tillicum Village with us right here. And you’ll get the full lowdown on the low tide because the naturalists ride our boat out there with you!

If you’re not able to make the trek out to Tillicum Village with us on the Blake Island dates, Beach Naturalists will also be at the north end of the Seattle Waterfront in the Olympic Sculpture Park pocket beach on these dates:

Olympic Sculpture Park pocket beach dates:

Saturday, June 6: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 7: 1:45–4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1: 9:45 a.m.–1 p.m.
Thursday, July 2: 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Friday, July 3: 10:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 4: 11:45 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday, July 5: 12:45–3:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 14: 9:30 a.m.–noon
Wednesday, July 15: 10 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 30: 9:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Friday, July 31: 10 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Saturday, August 1: 10:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
Sunday, August 2: 11:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

You can download the full schedule of Beach Naturalist dates here (288 KB PDF).

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.

Captain Sparrow, Is that You?

Nautical Star Dazzles Seattle Sightseers


We were pretty excited to spot the majestic tall ship, Lady Washington, on a Kirkland Lakes Cruise earlier this week. The Aberdeen-based replica ship was on a voyage to Grays Harbor in the Olympic Peninsula for maintenance. The Lady Washington sails up and down the Pacific Coast each year on educational tours. The ship’s 89-foot masts make navigating the locks and canals in the Seattle region a logistical challenge, so the unique craft rarely makes it to our waters.

Lady Washington has made her mark on big and small screens in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, several of the Star Trek television series and a recent award-winning Macklemore music video.

“Captain Tre got us up close and personal with the tall ships! In fact, he put us in between the Lady Washington and her partner ship, the Hawaiian Chieftain during a mock cannon battle. Most of us jumped and several of us (myself included) let a little scream escape when the cannon went off so nearby. It was an amazing way to experience the historical vessels, and our guests (and crew) loved it!”

-Crew Member Kaitlin

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.

Snow Train to Leavenworth

Argosy Fans get $10 off the December 3rd departure.

The Snow Train climbing up into the Cascade Mountains

Here in Seattle, we can only dream of snow mounded on windowsills and picturesque panoramas of snow-covered towns. But we are glad we don’t have to scoop our cars off in the morning. And its okay if we leave the house without a hat.

Here is an opportunity to experience all the beauty and cheer of snow without the hassle. For 15 years, local Alki Tours has been offering their Snow Train experience out to Leavenworth. Eat breakfast as you travel by rail (with onboard musicians and Santa!) through the Cascade Mountains covered in snow. The destination, Leavenworth, is decorated, snow-capped, and full of holiday lights. Carolers, bonfires, warm restaurants, sleigh rides, it’s all there to enjoy. At dusk, join the tree lighting to transform the town to an even more magical wonderland.  Then back onto the cozy train for the ride back to Seattle complete with dinner and entertainment.

For information and tickets call Alki Tours at 206-935-6848 or  

Mention you are a fan of Argosy Cruises and get $10 off the December 3rd departure. 

Susan Pascal and her Vibes

Susan at her vibes

Have you ever heard those old-fashioned radio intermission chimes? Those  relaxed smooth tones letting you know it’s commercial time? That’s a vibraphone. It kind of like an aluminum xylophone with a muting pedal. The aluminum gives it the mellow sound we like. It usually goes by the moniker ‘vibes’, so we’ll call it that so we feel knowledgeable on the music lingo.

Lionel Hampton was the first one to introduce vibes into the Jazz Music world, back in 1930. He had played around with the vibes backstage, and he found one in the studio where he and Louis Armstrong were recording. They added its sounds to a recording, and that sparked Lionel to go on to become ‘king of the vibes’.  Now it’s a slightly unconventional but still popular addition to the jazz music scene.

Susan Pascal (being featured on this Sunday’s Jazz Brunch) plays the vibes. Her quartet uses a guitar and vibraphone together. Susan says about that combo, “the combination of vibes with guitar makes a full, rich and sparkling sound–I love it!”

Susan Pascal's Quartet with Capt. Mike on a Jazz Brunch

Her quartet plays originals, great jazz tunes, and American classics as well, all making a wonderful listening experience.  Come aboard for a champagne greeting; and enjoy a brunch buffet while watching her perform on her unique instrument.  

Click here for more information on joining us.

We can’t wait.

Tillicum Village in Full Swing

After months of damp Seattle weather, it seems like the city is waking up, shaking off the water and getting ready to embrace summer. Tillicum Village is no different.

After spending the past 12 months revamping the show, enhancing the stage and lighting, summer at Tillicum Village is in full swing.

 In preparation for the summer season, the Tillicum Village dancers have been all over Seattle sharing a little piece of the experience at Tillicum Village. They recently appeared on KING-TV’s New Day Northwest, and on KOMO-TV where they performed on the 4:00pm newscast.

 Throughout the Northwest talk of the new show is everywhere. The Seattle Times and Journal Media Group featured us recently and Bellingham, Mercer Island and other publications such as Intertribal Times and Wheelchair Living have been talking about the new experience at Tillicum Village.

 On May 21st Tillicum Village kicked-off the summer season with an official opening weekend event.  We were very honored to have Che oke’ ten perform a tribal blessing.

There is nothing better than being on the water during the summer in Seattle en route to traditionally cooked salmon, fresh fruit salad, mouth-watering Tillicum Village bread. Check out the full menu and read more about what Tillicum Village has in store for you this summer.

Another Visit from Camp Goodtimes

Today, July 28th, is the second official National Cancer Sucks Day.  Argosy’s owners show their generosity year after year by donating a boat to the kids and their families of Camp Goodtimes who are diagnosed with cancer.  Captain Mooselips brings non-stop energy and smiles to all of the kids’ faces as they set sail on an Argosy boat as part of their time at camp while dancing, singing and doing choreographed moves such as “Ninja!” and the famous Choogie Dance!  Not to mention a new rendition of the Macarena, now called the “Mooserena.” 

When the boat pulled into Pier 55 this afternoon for a short visit, Red Robin joined in on the fun by throwing hundreds of French fries from their patio to the kids packed on the bow of the boat.  While most kids were successful at catching the fries in mid-flight, the seagulls loved swooping in to snag the leftover fries on the dock at the end of the day.  Camp Goodtimes is very near and dear to us at Argosy and we feel very fortunate to contribute to this organization each year.  Thank you to the American Cancer Society for all that you do.

The fireboat, Leschi (seen in the distance), even came out to greet the kids!

Meet Stewie the Kayaking Dog

Stewie The Kayaking Dog - Seattle

Stewie may look like an ordinary Seattle dog, but it is when he jumps in a kayak that his full character truly shines through.  Thank you to his owner, Rock, who sent us these great pictures, we now know who to call if we ever need an Argosy mascot.

Stewie loves kayaking and can usually be seen sitting in a crate on the back of the boat.  He even strategically placed himself in the middle of this picture (above) with Argosy’s Spirit of Seattle behind him.  According to Rock, “I put the camera over my shoulder and took the picture, not knowing that my dog was even “on alert.”   I had no idea it turned out so cool till I got home.”   Of course, we like to think Stewie planned it that way!


Stewie The Kayaking Dog - Seattle

Stewie truly is one photogenic little guy.  Just look at his left ear perked up in every picture.  How could you not think this dog was a superstar?

Camp Goodtimes: Kids Having Fun

Argosy loves being a part of Camp Goodtimes and the American Cancer Society.  Proven by the photo to the right, hundreds of kids also love being a part of this amazing organization.  According to Camp Goodtimes West, “The mission of Camp Goodtimes is to provide cost-free, medically supervised program for children with cancer, on or off treatment, and a sibling ages 7-17. The philosophy of our program is summed up in the name “Goodtimes”… for our campers to have fun.”

Every year, Argosy generously donates a boat to the campers for the sole purpose of having fun.  Deemed the National Cancer Sucks Day, an Argosy boat full of cancer kids and their siblings cruised into the dock at Pier 55 on Tuesday, June 29.  Captain Mooselips and the Mariner Moose jumped on board to join in on the singing, dancing and French fry throwing (thank you Red Robin!) on this beautiful sunny afternoon. 

There was not a kid without a smile on his or her face that day.  Moments like this are what we love here at Argosy.  Thank you Camp Goodtimes and the American Cancer Society for all that you do.

Rumor has it that July 28th is also National Cancer Sucks Day so if you’re down on the waterfront, don’t be surprised if you see or hear a boat full of kids singing and dancing to the YMCA!  And by the way, make sure you watch your back for flying French fries…