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Spirit of Seattle
Argosy Cruises Team Member since 1987
Built by: Freeport Shipyard, Freeport, Florida
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
The Spirit of Seattle joined the fleet in 1987, when Argosy Cruises was still operating as Seattle Harbor Tours. And in her first year, the Spirit became the Christmas Ship -- taking over for the Spirit of Alderbrook (Christmas Ship from 1984 through 1986).
In 2001 Argosy joined with CityPASS, and added our Harbor Cruise to five other popular Seattle attractions in one booklet. And in 2002, the Spirit of Seattle became the principle Harbor Cruise vessel for Argosy.
Built in Florida as she was, the Spirit arrived in Seattle via the Panama Canal in August of 1987. At 28 days, her first tour was by far her longest ever -- she traveled almost 6,700 miles!
The Spirit of Seattle has enclosed first and second decks and a open deck at the top. She can accommodate a maximum of 400 guests for receptions or 240 guests for table seating. This vessel has a galley for catering set-up and two full-service bars on board, a coat and bride/groom room on the second deck, as well as ample area for dancing.
In 2009, the Spirit underwent a major remodel: Already existing stairwells were made less steep and safer to navigate, and two more stairways were added to the bow of the vessel -- the new curved staircase on the bow adding to the spectacular views onboard passengers can enjoy while underway.
The Spirit of Seattle calls Pier 55 on the Seattle waterfront home, but she is able to travel all over the Puget Sound and dock in a wide variety of locations thanks to her small draft (six feet from the water line to the very bottom of the boat).
Vessel Fun Fact
In 1994, during his visit to Seattle, Russian President Boris Yeltsin rode the Spirit of Seattle during a tour of the Port of Seattle.
To view a 360° virtual tour of the Spirit of Seattle, click here.