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Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise™ 

A Harbor Cruise is a unique and fun way to enjoy Seattle from the water! During this 1-hour narrated cruise, you’ll see all of the beauty and history of the Emerald City. From the skyline to the shipping port, there’s views and history everyone will enjoy.

Your experience includes:

  • Live narration with facts and history of Seattle’s past and present
  • Panoramic and up-close views of the Seattle skyline and shipping port
  • Sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound
  • Full-service bar on board with cocktails, local wine and beer, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available for purchase

First to Board: Upgrade your Harbor Cruise experience! Skip the line and be first to board, first to the bar, and first to pick the perfect seat. Plus, receive 15% off drinks your entire ride.

Groups of 20 or more: Purchase group tickets (Minimum 20) on the Harbor Cruise and save

Trip Protection/Refund Policy: Receive a full refund on the value of your cruise until 48 hours before departure when you add on Trip Protection. Learn more

CityPASS® reservations: First, purchase CityPASS® online for immediate mobile ticket delivery. Next, redeem CityPASS® online to reserve your visit date & time and receive your Harbor Cruise boarding pass. LEARN MORE about saving 48% off a Harbor Cruise plus 4 more top Seattle attractions with Seattle CityPASS®.

Washington state residents: Save up to $4 on your next visit! Reservations can be made online or in person. A valid, state issued ID must be shown during boarding.

Key Attractions and Sights

Explore the city’s most engaging attractions from a unique vantage point on the water! Passengers will enjoy a blend of historical landmarks, natural beauty, and architectural marvels, all narrated with insightful commentary about their significance and history.

This cruise not only provides panoramic views of the city’s skyline but also close-ups of the bustling shipping port and serene vistas of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

Historical Landmarks

The cruise offers unparalleled views of historical landmarks, including the iconic Space Needle and the bustling Pike Place Market. As the boat moves along, passengers can gaze up at the Space Needle, a symbol of Seattle’s innovative spirit since the 1962 World’s Fair. 

The voyage also passes by the historic waterfront, where old piers and warehouses tell the story of Seattle’s maritime past. Knowledgeable guides on board narrate the stories behind these landmarks, enriching the visual experience with historical context, making the cruise not just a scenic trip but a journey through the heart of Seattle’s heritage.

Natural Beauty

Beyond the rich history and iconic landmarks, the cruise also showcases Seattle’s stunning natural beauty, offering views of the Olympic Mountains and the expansive Puget Sound. As the boat glides through the waters, passengers are treated to a breathtaking panorama that includes lush, evergreen coastlines and the distant, snow-capped peaks of the Olympics.

The interplay of natural light, especially in the evening as the sun set, casts a magical glow over the scene, enhancing the serene experience. Wildlife sightings, such as seabirds diving for fish or the occasional seal basking on a buoy, add an element of surprise and delight.

This harmonious blend of sea, sky, and land invites passengers to fully immerse themselves in the tranquility of the Pacific Northwest.

Planning Your Visit

When planning your visit, selecting the best time for your excursion is essential for experiencing the city’s charm from its waters.

Preparing for the cruise involves some simple steps, including reservation confirmations and familiarizing yourself with boarding time to enhance your overall experience.

Best Time to Go

Choosing the ideal time to tour the arbor depends largely on your personal preferences for weather and crowd sizes.

Summer months, particularly from July through September, offer the warmest weather and are perfect for enjoying clear views of the Seattle skyline and surrounding natural beauty. However, these months also attract the largest crowds.

Spring and early fall provide a quieter experience with mild weather, though you should be prepared for occasional rain.

Winter cruises are less crowded and can offer a unique perspective of the city’s lights and misty ambiance, but it is essential to dress warmly.

Each season offers distinct charms, making any time a good time to explore the wonders of Seattle from its waters.

Ticketing Options

To optimize your experience on Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise, various ticketing options are available to accommodate your needs and preferences.

You can choose standard tickets, which offer access to all the cruise amenities including indoor and outdoor seating, live narration, and the full-service bar.

For those looking for a more exclusive experience, the ‘First to Board’ option guarantees early boarding, allowing you to select prime seating for the best views.

Discounted group tickets are also available, making it a great option for larger parties.

Booking in advance is recommended to secure your preferred departure time and to take advantage of any advance purchase discounts.

All tickets can be conveniently purchased online and can be presented digitally or printed at home.

Preparing for the Cruise

Preparing for your cruise on Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise involves several key steps to guarantee a smooth and enjoyable experience. First, make sure you book your tickets in advance to secure your preferred departure time. Remember to check boarding time and plan to arrive early. This will give you ample time to park and find the boarding area without stress.

Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately; layers are recommended as conditions can change quickly on the water. Finally, review the cruise’s policy on outside food and beverages, as these are not permitted on board. Instead, enjoy the full-service bar and local snacks available for purchase.

Onboard Experience

Once aboard, guests can enjoy a range of amenities designed to enhance their experience on the water. The cruise offers a full-service bar where passengers can sip on local beverages while taking in panoramic views of the Seattle skyline, the Olympic Mountains, and the expansive Puget Sound. Alongside the drink offerings, a variety of local snacks are available to complement the journey.

The vessel is equipped with both indoor seating and ample outdoor space, allowing guests to choose their preferred viewing experience. Whether nestled inside away from the elements or out on the deck breathing in the fresh sea air, every spot on the cruise offers a unique perspective of the city’s bustling waterfront and historic landmarks.

For convenience, restrooms are accessible on board, and the facilities are ADA compliant, ensuring all guests, regardless of mobility, can enjoy the cruise comfortably. The thoughtful layout and amenities of Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise cater to families, solo travelers, and groups alike, making it a premier choice for anyone looking to explore Seattle from its beautiful waters.

Before You Disembark

As the tour approaches its conclusion, it is important to revisit the safety procedures provided at the beginning of the tour. Ensuring that you follow these guidelines closely will facilitate a smooth and secure disembarkation for all passengers.

Safety Procedures

For a safe and orderly disembarkation, please follow all crew instructions and signage when preparing to leave the vessel. Make sure you have all personal belongings with you, checking your seating area and overhead storage.

Remain seated until the crew gives the signal that it is safe to stand and move towards the exit. It’s important to keep aisles and exits clear of any obstructions to facilitate a smooth egress for all passengers.

Children should be accompanied and closely supervised to avoid any accidents. If you require special assistance, inform a crew member before the vessel docks to guarantee help is readily available.

Concluding Your Tour

After completing your tour on Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise, make sure you collect all personal items before getting ready to disembark. As you prepare to leave, remember to check your seating area and any onboard storage compartments. This guarantees you leave nothing behind, from cameras to souvenir purchases.

Additionally, take a moment to dispose of any trash in the provided receptacles to help keep the vessel clean for future guests. If you have any questions or need assistance, the crew is available to help. They can provide directions, suggest nearby attractions, or assist with any mobility needs.

Harbor Cruise Harbor Cruise + First to Board (Seasonal)
Adult (13+)$39$54
Senior (65+)$35$50
Youth (4-12)$22$22
Kid (3 and under)FreeFree
Harbor Cruise Harbor Cruise + First to Board (Seasonal)
Adult (13+)$39$54
Senior (65+)$35$50
Youth (4-12)$22$22
Kid (3 and under)FreeFree
  • Full-service barSip on local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages like a margarita in the summer and hot cocoas in the winter. No outside food or beverage allowed onboard.
  • Variety of local snacks – Purchase from a menu of delicious pre-packaged sandwiches, salads and snacks
  • Indoor seating/Outdoor space – Whether you enjoy the breeze through your hair or like to stay cozy, you have the choice of indoor seating or the spacious outdoors
  • Restrooms – All of our vessels are equipped with gender specific, gender neutral or single stall restrooms
  • ADA accessibility – Our crew is trained to help guests with wheelchairs, strollers, scooters, etc. to navigate our docks, vessels and facilities. For specific ADA questions, please call our office at 206.623.1445

Yes, private events and parties can be accommodated on the cruise. It offers a unique venue with stunning views, onboard amenities, and group discounts, making it an ideal choice for special occasions. Please visit Group Tickets or Private Charters for more information.

Due to our various food preparation permits, we are unable to invite pets onboard with the exception of service animals. If you bring a service animal you may be asked:

  1. Is the animal required because of a disability? This is a yes or no question. You are not required to, nor can you be asked to, disclose the nature or details of the disability. If the animal is not required because of a disability, then it will not be permitted.
  2. What is the nature of the work or task(s) that the animal is trained to perform? This question will not be asked if the nature of the work or task is readily apparent, such as a Seeing Eye dog. If the animal is not trained to perform specific work or tasks to assist the individual because of a disability, then it will not be permitted.

You cannot and will not be required to provide any sort of certification or documentation proving that the animal is a service or assistance animal. Nor will you be required to pay a fee to bring the animal onto an Argosy Cruises vessel.

The service or assistance animal must be housetrained, and must be kept under control at all times while on board an Argosy Cruises Vessel. Argosy may ask that a service or assistance animal be removed from the property if it is not housetrained, if it is acting out of control and no effective action is being taken to control it, or if it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. The threat of an allergic reaction is not a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

Yes, the cruise typically operates in inclement weather, adhering to safety standards. Our ships are fully enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort. We sail rain or shine all year long. Captains may adjust routes to best manage conditions during sailing.


Your Harbor Cruise departs from Pier 55 on the Seattle Waterfront – 1101 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101.

Parking Info

Map Legend: Blue = Cruise Route 

Additional Details
Cruise route is approximate and can change based on each sailing’s weather patterns, vessel traffic, and other non-predictable factors, and based on our experienced captains’ discretion. Boarding begins about 20 minutes prior to departure and onboard seating is first-come, first-served.

Purchase First to Board for first access to board, visit the bar, and find a seat. Vessel available on the day of your sailing may vary.

No outside food or drink allowed onboard.

Before you depart:

1Book your reservations

2E-pass or print at home

3Board your vessel