Our crew is trained to help guests navigate both our docks and our vessels and are prepared to assist. Certain vessels in the fleet have more mobility limitations, so recommend calling ahead for specific concerns at 206.623.1445.
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:
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.
Our docks and vessels do move around on the water, so we recommend our guests wear low or no heels when joining us. We also recommend having a coat or light jacket should you want to stroll the outer decks of our vessels. If you are attending a private event through an individual or company, we recommend you check with your host as to the appropriate attire for your function.
Due to space/weight restrictions and the safety of our passengers, bicycles are not allowed on board any public sightseeing cruises.*
*If you booked Transportation to Blake Island Camping, you may bring your bicycle if space permits. Please call ahead to confirm 206.623.1445.
“Opening time” is the earliest our guests may board the boat. We begin boarding 20 minutes prior to the “cruise time.” Certain special events may board earlier. Please check your ticket for the time that your boat will be open.
Our public cruise tickets are non-refundable once purchased. Please be sure you have selected the correct tour, the correct date, the correct departure time and the correct number of tickets before completing your purchase. While tickets are non-refundable, with 72-hours notice we will do our best to accommodate your request for a new cruise date within six months of your original cruise date. We do not compensate for no-shows or late arrivals.
Special events and theme cruises are non-refundable, all sales are final and no refunds or date changes will be made. We do not compensate for no-shows or late arrivals.
Yes, Argosy Cruises is a CityPASS attraction. Save 42% or more on
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Yes, buy a Seattle CityPASS booklet and UPGRADE your Harbor Cruise voucher to any of our other public cruises. Learn More
All CityPASS Harbor Cruise reservation must be made IN PERSON at our Ticket Booth on Pier 55 or at our Visitors Center on Pier 56. View hours of operation
Harbor Cruise reservation using a CityPASS cannot be made over the phone.
Children of all ages are welcome on all of our public tours with a few exceptions: Occasionally, we offer special event cruises that are for adults 21 and older. These are indicated on the specific event description.
Tours all have set sailing routes, which may change slightly due to conditions. You can view all our tour routes here, as well as the individual routes on their respective tour pages. If you are on a private cruise, your ship’s captain will generally make sailing route recommendations to the group leader.
Our Parking & Directions page has addresses and Google Map links for our main docking points as well as many other locations across Puget Sound and the lakes. We leave from many different ports depending on the cruise. Please feel free to call if you need clarification.
Gift Card purchases are currently unavailable, please check back at a later time.
Our boats and our event space on Blake Island can host parties of 2 to 800 guests. Parties can make their reservation online or by calling 206-623-1445. We also offer private charters aboard our other boats, please ask for our Sales Department if they can help you with any event from weddings and corporate events to holiday parties and school functions.
Restaurants in the Seattle area charter our vessels for Husky Game Day transportation. Tickets are available for purchase through these restaurants. Our vessels are also open during the game for beverage and snack service. Visit our Husky Football Sailgating page to learn more.
Click here for the current Tillicum Excursion Menu. Menus for special events (such as Easter or Mother’s Day) often vary, and are posted on our Special Events page at the appropriate time of the year for those cruises.
Parking varies depending on the boat departure location. Please click here to get directions.
Payment is required in full at the time of the reservation. We accept major credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Union Pay, Diner’s Club. We also accept traveler’s checks and cashier’s check. (No personal checks please).
Yes, your mobile phone will have reception on our vessels, on the majority of our cruising routes. For the comfort of other guests, we ask that cell phone conversations be held on the outside decks.
Sales tax and a booking fee are additional on all ticket prices at the time of booking. Visit our Booking Fees & Service Charges Overview page for more information.
You may purchase tickets online for all of our tours and special events, or feel free to call us directly to book a cruise at 206-623-1445.
No. We are no longer operating the Royal Argosy.
It is highly unlikely. Our boats sail in the calm waters of the inner harbor of Elliott Bay as well as the protected waters of Lake Union and Lake Washington. We do not go out into open ocean water. Weather conditions and the wakes of large vessels can move our boats about, something which our captains are prepared to accommodate for during sailings.
For sightseeing cruises, all indoor and outdoor seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For the Tillicum Excursion, the cruise portion is a first-come, first-served basis. Once you arrive at the island our hostess will seat your party. Guests are pre-seated for the show and meal cabaret-style.
Per Washington State law, all of our vessels are non-smoking, including on the outer decks.
All travel on any Argosy LP vessel is subject to the Terms of Conveyance, binding upon you as a passenger, expressly including limitations upon claims that may be brought relating to the conveyance, such as any claim of injury. By seeking and accepting passage, you agree to be bound by the Terms of Conveyance. Click here to read the Terms of Conveyance (487 KB PDF).
After making your booking you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to your boarding passes. These are e-passes and you have the option to:
For the safety of all guests, weapons (concealed or otherwise) are not permitted on Argosy Cruises’ property, including our visitor center, boats, and the Tillicum Excursion on Blake Island. The only exception to this is law enforcement personnel in the performance of their official duties. The presenter of a boarding pass consents to a reasonable search for weapons before entering. If you are unable to comply with these conditions, then we will not allow you access to Argosy property. This is in adherence to Washington State law (RCW 9.41.300)(d).
Absolutely. 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.
Blake Island State Park was an ancestral campground of the Suquamish and Duwamish Indian Tribes and is believed to be the birthplace of Chief Seattle. The island was named after Captain George Blake, commander of the US Coast Survey vessel in 1837. Blake Island is located between Vashon Island and Bainbridge Island, eight miles west of Seattle in Kitsap County.
Blake Island is not only home to the Tillicum Excursion, but it is also the perfect place for hiking, camping and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest. The entire island is a Washington State Park and is densely wooded with many forested walking and hiking trails and 5 miles of beaches. There are 15.5 miles of both hiking and biking trails, as well as many recreational options such as diving, fishing, clamming, crabbing, beachcombing, bird watching and mountain biking. There are 51 campsites for overnight campers. Wildlife on the island includes deer, chipmunks, otter, squirrels, mink and many types of birds.
Tillicum was named from the Chinook Indian jargon meaning “friendly people.”
Your 4-hour adventure begins with an Argosy cruise on Puget Sound to Blake Island. Here, you’ll enjoy an appetizer of clams and nectar before entering the Longhouse for your buffet meal. Guests can watch a spectacular demonstration as whole fish are cooked on cedar stakes over an alder-wood fire in the traditional way. As you finish your meal, you will enjoy a show of live dance and storytelling in the spirit of the Northwest Native Americans. After the show, you have time to browse through the longhouse featuring artwork of local artisans, visit with the native dancers, or stroll along the pleasant beaches and forest trails.
The cruise from Seattle’s Pier 55 to Blake Island State Park and the Tillicum Excursion takes about 45 minutes.
Blake Island is accessible only by tour boat or private boat. The park offers 1,500 feet of moorage and twenty-four mooring buoys, which are available for overnight boaters. Moorage fees are charged year round for mooring at docks, floats and buoys from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. For information, call Washington State Parks at (360) 902-8844 or the information line at (360) 731-8330, or visit the Washington State Parks Boating Moorage website.
Yes, tickets are available for the boat ride only to Blake Island. Please be aware that frequently there is only one boat per day, or per week, that returns back to Seattle so if you miss the boat then you are stuck on the island until the next scheduled trip (space permitting). It is your responsibility to catch the return boat at your reserved time. Please call Argosy Cruises at 206-622-8687 for pricing and availability.
If you plan on bringing your own private boat to Blake Island and have reserved moorage through Washington State Parks, you can still purchase tickets for the buffet meal and show only at Tillicum Excursion. Please call Argosy Cruises at 206-623-1445 for pricing and availability.
A children’s menu is not available at the Tillicum Excursion; however, there are many dishes in the buffet so there are lots of options. See our menu section in the website for full menu options.
For individual campers, we kindly ask that you bring only camping gear that fits in a backpack or in your hands as there is limited space available on the boat. Please be considerate to those guests around you and place your camping gear out of the walkways. Explosives, weapons, firearms and propane tanks are not permitted.
No. With the exception of service animals, dogs and other pets are not allowed on the Argosy Cruises boat ride over to Blake Island and the Tillicum Excursion. Animals clearly not meeting the definition of a service animal are not permitted on an Argosy vessel or facility regardless of the business location or time of day, 24 hours, 7 days a week. This would include, but are not limited to: dogs, cats, rabbits, reptiles, rodents, birds, etc.
For those providing their own transportation to the island, please observe State Park rules regarding pets.
Flash photography is not permitted during the dance show.
Please click here for our menu page.
Yes. If you will not be purchasing a ticket inclusive of the 4-hour experience including the boat ride, meal and show you will need to reserve a specific departure back to Pier 55 at the time of making your reservation. Please be aware that frequently there is only one boat per day, or per week, that returns back to Seattle so if you miss the boat then you are stuck on the island until the next scheduled trip (space permitting). It is your responsibility to catch the return boat at your reserved time. To purchase tickets for the boat only, please call Argosy Cruises Guest Services at 206-623-1445.
Yes. There are 51 campsites for overnight campers at Blake Island State Park. This is a first-come, first-served park. No reservations are available. For camping information, call (360) 731-8330. For group camping requests, please contact Washington State parks at (888) 226-7688 or visit them online at Blake Island State Park.
Yes, you may upgrade your CityPASS to the Tillicum Excursion for $50 per adult, $25 per child. Please call Argosy Guest Services at 206-623-1445 for additional information and availability.
The Lead Boat is the official Christmas Ship™ and leads the Christmas Ship™ Festival fleet of boats each sailing. When the Christmas Ship™ arrives at the designated parks, the choir onboard sings a 20-minute concert which is broadcast to the surrounding boats and people onshore. Santa rides along to entertain, and a cruise director will guide you through the evening and contests to win great prizes. The Christmas Ship™ has a kids’ craft area available and snacks, chowder, and beverages for purchase, or you can also pre-order boxed meals.
A Follow Boat is another fully decorated Argosy Cruises boat that follows the Christmas Ship™ along the night’s cruise route. It stops with the Christmas Ship™ to hear the choir sing to those on shore as broadcast from the Lead Boat. Santa* will be onboard along with a cruise director guiding you through the evening and contests to win great prizes. The Follow Boat offers kids craft bags and has snacks and beverages onboard for purchase, or you can pre-order boxed meals.
*Santa’s appearance on a Follow Boat is NOT guaranteed.
Guests who cancel AT LEAST 72 hours before their departure date and time will be offered a 50% refund on the total amount paid for their booking (inclusive of taxes/fees and recommended add-ons). Cancellations less than 72 hours in advance will NOT be refunded. Future open credits will not be offered for any cancellations.
Tickets for Christmas Ship™ presents Caspar Babypants are covered by Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Refund Policy. In the unlikely event of artist injury or illness leading to the cancellation of artist’s appearance, Argosy will make every effort to find alternative onboard entertainment. In the event of cancellation, tickets will be refundable via the original method of purchase.
If you are part of a group that has booked under separate reservations, check your confirmation letters for which vessel you are booked on (Spirit of Seattle, Goodtime II, etc). You can also call to confirm that all parties are on the same boat as there are often multiple Argosy boats in the parade.
There is no outside food or beverages allowed onboard. There are snacks and beverages available for purchase, or you can pre-order boxed meals or chowder.
Unfortunately we can’t keep the scheduled performances and hundreds of people waiting. Please arrive with plenty of time to find parking and complete the boarding process. We pull the boarding ramp up promptly at the scheduled departure time.
We recommend wearing warm, comfortable clothing and footwear (we recommend flat shoes that are not smooth-soled, stilettos are very strongly discouraged). Most guests enjoy both the indoor heated decks as well as the outdoor spaces. Please dress accordingly for both. Festive holiday attire is always encouraged!
We recommend flat shoes that are not smooth-soled. While the boats are warm and comfortable, they do rock with the waves they are floating on. If it is raining, the dock and the boat deck can be slippery. Please watch your step and be aware of rainy docks and the motion of the waves.
Tickets will be available for pick up at your boarding location 45 minutes prior to departure. A ticket “will call” area (look for the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship tent) will be designated at your departure location. Tickets will NOT be mailed out.
If the mayor or governor declare a state of emergency due to weather or other causes.
There will be only one Santa on board your boat. We do like to warn parents that there may occasionally be more than one Santa on the dock during the boarding times. We have often told our own children that they are Santa’s helpers who dress up and carry his messages, as he cannot be everywhere at once.
*Santa’s appearance on a Follow Boat is NOT guaranteed.
A full list of our departure locations and parking options can be found on our Christmas Ship™ Departure Locations Page.