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The Christmas Ship™ Festival Program

Holiday traditions in the Northwest start on the water with Argosy Cruises. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, around 65 in total. Choirs on board give 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via our state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship.

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Giving Back to the Community

Argosy Cruises is proud to donate a portion of all ticket sales to benefit The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, an annual program that raises money for several charitable organizations in the Puget Sound area. 

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2nd Annual Parade of Boats Night, Dec. 16

The 2nd Annual Christmas Ship™ Parade of Boats Night will add a special twinkle to Lake Union on the evening of Friday, December 16 between 7pm and 9pm. More than 65 boats registered to participate in the inaugural parade in 2015. The brightly-decorated boats will convene in Lake Union and begin their promenade westward through the Fremont Cut around 8:30 pm.  Check back later to learn more about the viewing party or how to register your boat for the parade.  

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Grand Finale Night, Dec 23, 7pm

Be a part of the most dazzling nautical holiday spectacle in the Pacific Northwest. In the tradition of Grand Finale Night, decorated boats from all over the region convene in Lake Washington and join Argosy as we cruise west through the Montlake Cut to Portage Bay, and on to Lake Union for the final choral performance offshore from Gasworks park. 

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LEAD BOAT and FOLLOW BOAT Features

Christmas Ship LEAD BOAT includes:

  • A 2+ hour cruise exploring various festive waterfront locations throughout Puget Sound
  • A choir onboard performing throughout the night
  • Meet Santa Claus and listen as he reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
  • Ho, Ho, Ho Contest and other holiday activities
  • Holiday Gift Shop on board with a wide variety of holiday options available
  • Kids holiday craft area
  • Full-service bar available for the purchase of specialty cocktails, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks

Christmas Ship FOLLOW BOAT includes:

  • A 2-3 hour cruise following the LEAD Boat exploring various festive waterfront locations throughout Puget Sound
  • Meet Santa Claus*
  • Holiday Gift Shop on board
  • Kids holiday craft bag available
  • Full-service bar available for the purchase of specialty cocktails, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks

*While Santa's attendance is guaranteed during the boarding process and on board the Lead Boat, Argosy cannot guarantee Santa will be present on the Follow Boat during the cruise.

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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

 Quickly see the entire Christmas Ship™ Festival Schedule by date, departure time and location.
Explore below under DETAILED Schedule to see each night's specifics.  

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Schedule subject to change.

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 DETAILED SCHEDULE BY NIGHT

 Explore each night in full detail: See which choir is performing on board the Christmas Ship™ LEAD BOAT,
find the different departure points, and map the performance locations.

 

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Kirkland Choral Society

DEPARTS: Lake Union Park (near MOHAI), 6:30-9:15pm
1st Performance: 7:30-7:50 Seattle Tennis Club (private)*
2nd Performance: 8:00-8:20 Park Shore Retirement Home (private)

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
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Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Lake Union Park (near MOHAI), 6:30-8:50pm
1st Performance: 6:35-6:55 MOHAI*
2nd Performance: 7:30-7:50 Seattle Yacht Club (West Montlake Park)
3rd Performance: 8:05-8:25 Ivar’s Salmon House

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

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Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Master Chorus Eastside

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 4:00-6:55pm
1st Performance: 4:10-4:30 Kirkland Marina Park*
2nd Performance: 4:45-5:05 Windermere Beach Club (private)*
3rd Performance: 5:45-6:05 Gas Works Park*

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1

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Adult
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Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$35 $31 $21 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Song of Seattle

DEPARTS: Leschi Marina, 7:00-9:40pm
1st Performance: 8:05-8:25 Mercer Island Beach Club (private)*
2nd Performance: 8:55-9:15 Newcastle Beach Park*

 

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 - FIRST SAILING

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Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 2:30-4:30pm
1st Performance: 3:00-3:20 Medina Beach Park*
2nd Performance: 3:50-4:10 Houghton Beach Park*

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 - SECOND SAILING

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(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00-9:30pm
1st Performance: 7:55-8:15 Sheridan Beach Club (guests OK)*
2nd Performance: 8:45-9:05 Matthews Beach Park*

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 - FIRST SAILING

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Adult
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Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Rainier Youth Choirs

DEPARTS: Leschi Marina, 2:30-5:00pm
1st Performance: 3:20-3:40 Pritchard Island Beach*
2nd Performance: 3:55-4:15 Seward Park*

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 - SECOND SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
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(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Seattle Girls' Choir

DEPARTS: Leschi Marina, 7:00-9:20pm
1st Performance: 7:40-8:00 Ferdinand Street Boat Launch*
2nd Performance: 8:15-8:35 Stan Sayres Memorial Park*
3rd Performance: 8:45-9:05 Mt. Baker Park*

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
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Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$35 $31 $21 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: City of Des Moines Marina, 7:00-9:30pm
1st Performance: 7:20-7:40 Des Moines Beach Park*
2nd Performance: 8:20-8:40 Dash Point Park

 

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$35 $31 $21 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: North Kitsap Northern Lights

DEPARTS: Poulsbo Marina, 6:30-9:10pm
1st Performance: 6:30-6:50 Poulsbo Marina
2nd Performance: 7:45-8:05 Suquamish Dock*
3rd Performance: 8:30-8:45 Keyport/Lemolo (rolling performance)

 

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Choir of the Sound

DEPARTS: Seattle Waterfront - Pier 55, 7:00-9:45pm
1st Performance: 8:05-8:25 Pomeroy Park (Manchester)*
2nd Performance: 9:25-9:45 Myrtle Edwards Park

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 - FIRST SAILING

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Youth
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Child
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$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Seattle Waterfront - Pier 55, 2:30-4:50pm
1st Performance: 3:25-3:45 Lowman Beach Park*
2nd Performance: 4:10-4:30 Alki Beach Park*

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 - SECOND SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Youth
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Child
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$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Seattle Waterfront - Pier 55, 7:00-9:45
1st Performance: 8:00-8:15 Duwamish Waterway Park
2nd Performance: 9:05-9:25 Salty’s on Alki*

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 - FIRST SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Youth
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Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Olympic Youth Choir - Cantabile

DEPARTS: Tacoma (Dock Street Marina), 12:30-2:30
1st Performance: 12:30-12:50 Museum of Glass
2nd Performance: 1:30-1:50 Owen Beach

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 - SECOND SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Olympic Youth Choir - Cantabile

DEPARTS: Tacoma (Dock Street Marina), 5:00-8:00pm
1st Performance: 6:15-6:35 Gig Harbor (Maritime Pier)*
2nd Performance: 7:15-7:35 Jack Hyde Park

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
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Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$35 $31 $21 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Snohomish County Children's Choir

DEPARTS: Port of Edmonds Marina, 7:00-9:30pm
1st Performance: 7:20-7:40 Edmonds Fishing Pier
2nd Performance: 8:20-8:40 Richmond Beach Saltwater Park*

 

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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SAVE $4 PER TICKET

Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$35 $31 $21 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: CSL Celebration Choir

DEPARTS: Seattle Waterfront - Pier 55, 7:00-9:45pm
1st Performance: 8:15-8:35 Winslow Waterfront Beach Park*
2nd Performance: 9:35-9:55 Seattle Great Wheel

 

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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SAVE $4 PER TICKET

Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$35 $31 $21 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Pacific Sound Chorus

DEPARTS: City of Des Moines Marina, 7:00pm-9:45pm
1st Performance: 8:00-8:20 Browns Point*
2nd Performance: 9:00-9:20 Redondo Park*

 

 

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16 – PARADE OF BOATS

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$52 $52 $52 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Fishermen’s Terminal, 7:00-9:20pm
1st Performance: 7:40-8:00 Westward and Little Gull
2nd Performance: 8:40-9:00 Fremont Cut (rolling performance)

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 - FIRST SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Shilshole Bay Marina, 2:30-4:45pm
1st Performance: 2:55-3:15 Carkeek Park*
2nd Performance: 3:25-3:45 Blue Ridge Club (private)*
3rd Performance: 4:05-4:25 Commodore Park

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17 - SECOND SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Emerald City Voices

DEPARTS: Shilshole Bay Marina, 7:00-9:45pm
1st Performance: 8:10-8:30 Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks)
2nd Performance: 9:05-9:25 Golden Gardens Park*

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 - FIRST SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 2:30-4:40
1st Performance: 2:40-3:00 Kirkland Marina Park*
2nd Performance: 3:35-3:55 Madison Beach Park*

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18 - SECOND SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00-9:20
1st Performance: 7:25-7:45 O.O. Denny Park*
2nd Performance: 8:15-8:35 Laurelhurst Beach Club (private)*

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 19

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00-9:45pm
1st Performance: 7:25-7:45 Juanita Beach Park*
2nd Performance: 8:25-8:45 Tracy Owen Station at Log Boom Park

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00-9:45
1st Performance: 7:55-8:15 Beaux Arts (private)*
2nd Performance: 8:45-9:05 Madrona Park*

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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(13-64)
Senior
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Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00-9:45pm
1st Performance: 7:55-8:15 Lake Forest Park Civic Club (private)*
2nd Performance: 8:55-9:15 Warren G. Magnuson Park*

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 - FIRST SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 2:00-4:45pm
1st Performance: 3:00-3:20 Mercerwood Shore Club (private)*
2nd Performance: 3:35-3:55 Covenant Shores (private)

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22 - SECOND SAILING

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:10-10:00pm
1st Performance: 7:25-7:45 Carillon Point*
2nd Performance:8:35-8:55 Meydenbauer Beach Park*

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 - FIRST SAILING

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(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$39 $35 $25 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 2:30-4:25pm
1st Performance: 2:50-3:10 Waverly Beach Park*
2nd Performance: 3:30-3:50 Yarrow Point (Road End Beach Park)*

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23 - GRAND FINALE

LEAD BOAT with Choir
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Adult
(13-64)
Senior
(65+)
Youth
(4-12)
Child
(3 and under)
$62 $62 $62 FREE

 

 

CHOIR: Dickens Carolers

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00-10:05
1st Performance: 7:45-8:05 Portage Bay
2nd Performance: 8:45-9:05 Gas Works Park*

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* = confirmed bonfire/special lighting sites
(private) = bonfire site closed to visitors on land, but still visible from boats

 

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ADD-ON OPTIONS

Consider adding these cruise enhancing add-ons to make your Christmas Ship™ Festival even more of a memorable experience!

Add-ons are available to pre-purchase during the booking process.

SCARF BOXED MEALS SANTA BOARDING PHOTOS


Inaugural Christmas Ship Festival Scarf

This Christmas Ship™ Festival season, we asked YOU to help design a scarf that commemorates this grand Puget Sound tradition! Designs were submitted and three finalists were put to public vote -- the winning design is now available to purchase with your Christmas Ship tickets!

PRE-PURCHASE the Limited Edition Inaugural Christmas Ship Festival Scarf (actual design pictured). Quantities are limited, and we cannot guarantee onboard selection, so pre-ordering is highly recommended! $5 from each scarf sold will go directly to The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy. Scarf MUST be ordered by Friday, October 7.

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Boxed Meals

PRE-PURCHASE A BOXED MEAL FOR YOUR CRUISE! Boxed Meals are prepared fresh daily by Ingallina's and include:

  • Drink ticket for a coffee, tea, or soda, or $2 off any alcoholic drink (boxed meals only)
  • Tim's chips (salad selections include a salad roll with butter), satsuma, and cookie
  • Utensils and a napkin

A limited number of boxed meals may be available for purchase on board, at a higher rate. Sales Tax is added during checkout.

 

A LA CARTE

Argosy's Clam Chowder (available on the LEAD BOAT only) $4.75
Enjoy a cup of hot clam chowder, made fresh daily, with traditional oyster crackers.

Ingallina's "Snack Plate" - Recommended for all ages! $10.00
Selection of Turkey, Ham, Cheddar, Swiss, crackers, grapes, and apple slices. Contains gluten.

Ingallina's "Veggie Snack Plate" - Recommended for all ages! $10.00
Selection of baby carrots, cucumber sticks, red and yellow peppers, pita bread and Ingallina's house made hummus. Contains gluten. 

BOXED MEALS - Sandwiches, Wraps and Salads

Ingallina's Roast Turkey Sandwich Boxed Meal $15.00
Roast Turkey on whole wheat with cranberry cream cheese, greens, Granny Smith Apples, craisins & walnuts with a side of cranberry sauce.  Served with roll, satsuma, and cookie. Contains gluten.

Chicken Club Sandwich Boxed Meal $15.00
Chicken breast on ciabatta bread with avocado, Cheddar, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Served with chips, satsuma, and cookie. Contains gluten.

Classic Cobb Salad Boxed Meal $15.00
Lemon & herb chicken breast, avocado, bleu cheese, bacon, tomato, scallions and hard-boiled egg on mixed greens with creamy vinaigrette. Served with roll, satsuma, and cookie. Contains gluten.

Asian Noodle with Chicken Salad Boxed Meal $15.00
Vermicelli pasta tossed in soy sauce with snow peas, cilantro, green onion, marinated chicken breast and cashews, with Asian Vinaigrette dressing. Served with roll, satsuma, and cookie. Contains gluten, nuts.

Mediterranean Wrap Boxed Meal (Vegan or Vegetarian) $15.00
Hummus, mixed greens, eggplant, tomato, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese served on the side (cheese packed separately -- leave off for the Vegan option). Served with chips, satsuma, and dessert. Contains gluten.

 

Tax is additional. All sales final.  Boxed meals must be ordered a minimum of 48 hours in advance by calling Argosy at (206) 623-1445.  A limited number of boxed meals may be available for purchase on board the boat at a higher rate; however, only advance orders include a beverage ticket.  

 


Santa Boarding Photos

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PRE-PURCHASE your boarding photos with Santa before your cruise! On select nights, photos are delivered to your vessel before returning to your departure location. Photos can also be viewed and purchased on-line after your cruise.

 


Private Charter Holiday Party

Thinking about hosting a truly unique and memorable holiday party? Argosy Cruises can accommodate up to 250 guests either on a boat cruise along the beautiful Seattle waterfront, on Lake Union or Lake Washington, and/or as a part of our Christmas Ship™ Festival following the Christmas Ship.

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