Locks Cruise

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2016 LOCKS CRUISE RATES
  ROUND-TRIP
*BOAT + BUS*
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ONE-WAY
55-AGC

*BOAT ONLY*
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ONE-WAY
AGC-55

*BOAT ONLY*
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Adults (13+) $40.75 $35.75 $35.75
Youth (4-12) $19.00 $14.00 $14.00
Seniors (65+) $35.00 $30.00 $30.00
 Kids (3 and under)  FREE FREE FREE
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ROUND-TRIP
 
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ONE-WAY
 
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ONE-WAY
 
Sales tax is additional on all ticket prices at the time of booking.
Cancellation/Refund policy

 

2016 LOCKS CRUISE SCHEDULE
  ROUND-TRIP ONE-WAY*
 Jan 1 – May 5   Fri-Mon: 11:30  
 May 6 - May 26   Fri-Sun: 11:30, 3:00  
  Mon-Thurs: 11:30  
 May 27 - Sept 8   Daily: 11:30, 3:00  Daily: Pier 55-11:30,
AGC-3:30
 Sept 9 - 29   Fri-Sun: 11:30, 3:00   Fri-Sun: Pier 55-11:30, AGC-3:30 
  Mon-Thurs: 11:30    Mon and Wed: Pier 55-11:30
Tues and Thurs: AGC-12:00
 Sept 30 – Dec 31   Fri-Mon: 11:30 Mon and Sat: AGC-12:00,
Fri and Sun: Pier 55-11:30

*NOTE: ONE-WAY schedule subject to change.
Please confirm departure times and locations during the reservation process.

 

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LOCKS CRUISE DESCRIPTION

          ROUND-TRIP          
2 1/2 HOURS
Departs: Pier 55
ONE-WAY
2 HOURS
  Departs: Pier 55 OR AGC Marina

 

Travel through the beating workboat heart of Seattle, take in the spectacular views and experience the transition from salt to fresh water. This fully narrated tour provides you with knowledge, fun facts, and the chance to become the attraction to those on shore as your vessel raises up or lowers, due to the ever-changing tides of Puget Sound. Between Elliott Bay and Lake Union you’ll be surrounded by floating homes and houseboats, large fishing vessels, seaplanes, majestic city parks, and more.

Your experience includes:

  • A cruise through Elliott Bay, the Lake Washington Ship Canal, and Lake Union including live narration.
  • A trip through the Chittenden Locks where your vessel is raised or lowered to travel between the salt water and the fresh.
  • Close-up views of workboats in Tugboat Alley, Seattle’s floating home communities, marinas, urban parks, seaplanes, and more.
  • Full-service bar available on board for the purchase of specialty cocktails, local wine and beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks.
  • Boarding photos of your group available for purchase upon your return.

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LOCKS CRUISE TOUR PACKAGES

LOCKS CRUISE ROUND-TRIP

ROUND-TRIP always begins and ends at Pier 55 on the Seattle waterfront, and includes:

  • 2-hour Locks Cruise
  • An approximately 20-minute narrated motor coach ride through Seattle (dependent on traffic conditions on the day of your sailing)

Purchase this tour package online, at our Ticket Booth on Pier 55 or our Visitors Center on Pier 56, or call us at 206-623-1445.

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LOCKS CRUISE ONE-WAY

ONE-WAY departs from Pier 55 and/or AGC marina depending on the day (see the sailing schedule for details).

  • 2-hour Locks Cruise ONLY - motor coach transportation to or from these location is NOT included in this package
    • Cruises that begin at Pier 55 will end at AGC Marina on South Lake Union
    • Cruises that begin at AGC Marina will end at Pier 55 on the Seattle Waterfront

Please note this package requires the guest to transport themselves to departure point and back from landing point.

Purchase this tour package online, at our Ticket Booth on Pier 55 or our Visitors Center on Pier 56, or call us at 206-623-1445.

BOOK NOW 55-AGC Departs the Seattle Waterfront, ends at South Lake Union

BOOK NOW AGC-55 Departs South Lake Union, ends at the Seattle Waterfront

 

Extend your Seattle sightseeing around the docking locations! 

ONE-WAY from Pier 55, Ends at AGC Marina in South Lake Union:

ONE-WAY from AGC Marina, Ends at Pier 55:

 

Seattle CityPASS UPGRADE

Want to see even MORE of Seattle for a fraction of the cost? Purchase a Seattle CityPASS booklet and enjoy FIVE favorite Seattle destinations for 50% savings over purchasing tickets individually. Every booklet includes a voucher good for our 1-hour Harbor Cruise. Use your CityPASS Harbor Cruise voucher to UPGRADE to a Locks Cruise.

Purchase this tour package online, at the Argosy Cruises Ticket Booth on Pier 55, or call us at 206-623-1445.  Then let us know you want to UPGRADE to a Locks Cruise when you make your reservation for your sailing -- ​you pay the upgrade cost when you book​ the cruise.

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LOCKS CRUISE MAP

Route is approximate and can change based on each sailing's weather patterns, vessel traffic, and other non-predictable factors, based on our experienced captains' discretion.

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HOW TICKETING WORKS

1. Make reservations. 

By phone: 206-623-1445

Walk-up: Purchase at Pier 55 Ticket Booth, the Pier 56 Argosy Visitor Center, or the AGC Marina Ticket Booth in Lake Union

Online: BOOK NOW ROUND-TRIP BOOK NOW ONE-WAY 55-AGC BOOK NOW ONE-WAY AGC-55

**Upgrading from a Seattle CityPASS Harbor Cruise? Be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time! 

 

2. Pick up boarding passes.

Arrive at least 30 minutes before departure.

Upgrading with a Seattle CityPASS? Exchange your voucher for one of our boarding passes at the Ticket Booth.

Special boarding needs? Ask our Guest Services staff for assistance.

 

3. Board your vessel. 

Guest Services staff will tear your boarding passes for your group.

Boarding photos are taken, and available for purchase at the end of your trip.

Watch your step as you board your vessel, and HAVE FUN!

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THE LOCKS CENTENNIAL

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks were completed in 1917, and so in 2017 will celebrate 100 years of service. To help commemorate this event, the Corps of Engineers Foundation has launched a fundraiser to update the visitor education facilities on the grounds around the locks.

Argosy Cruises (as Seattle Harbor Tours) started giving public cruises through the locks in 1990, and we are a proud supporting sponsor of the upgrading projects being planned for shore-side visitors:

  • Expanding the fish ladder plaza into a theater-like learning center with year-round educational programs.
  • Creating a visitor center welcome gallery to connect the existing historical structures.

If you are interested in supporting the Locks' centennial campaign, we encourage you to visit BallardLocks.org to learn more. Contributions are tax deductible, as the Corps of Engineers Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.

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OTHER DETAILS

  • Directions and parking information for our Ticket Booth at Pier 55.
  • Book at least FIVE days in advance and save with our EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT.
  • Reservations recommended -- sailings can sell out!
  • Please call to verify sailing schedules during 4th of July, Seafair Weekend, and UW Husky Football home game days. No cruises on Christmas Day.
  • Vessels available on sailing day may vary, as may the tour routes based on weather and nearby vessel traffic.
  • Cancellation Policy

Join us on our other live-narrated tours: Harbor CruiseLake Union CruiseTillicum ExcursionLake Washington Cruise.

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