Harbor Cruises in Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington, is a city surrounded by water, both fresh and salty. With Elliot Bay to the left, Lake Washington to the right, and Lake Union in the middle, Seattle has plenty of H2O for anyone looking for nautical entertainment. A harbor cruise on Seattle’s waters is a popular way to experience the city’s deep connection to the sea, and do a little sightseeing as well.

The Seattle Waterfront

The Seattle Waterfront

Argosy Cruises

Argosy Cruises offers sightseeing and dinner cruises on its fleet of ships. You can choose from a variety of itineraries, including tours of Elliot Bay, South Lake Union and Lake Washington. Argosy’s Harbor Cruise is a narrated tour that lasts one hour and sails a circular route around Elliot Bay. The cruise affords many opportunities for taking quality photos of Seattle’s waterfront, its famous city skyline, and the peaks of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges.

Argosy Cruises

1201 Alaskan Way

Pier 55/56

Seattle, WA 98101

888-623-1445

argosycruises.com/

Waterways Cruises and Events

Waterways Cruises and Events company operates a trio of luxury yachts that sail Seattle’s waters. The company offers a two-hour, narrated sightseeing cruise around Lake Union and Lake Washington. In addition to sights of the city, the Space Needle and Mount Rainier, the tour includes a view of the famous houseboat from the movie “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Waterways Cruises and Events

1201 N. Northlake Way

Seattle, WA 98103

800-979-3370

waterwayscruises.com

Emerald City Charters

If you prefer a quiet sail around the harbor, rather than a motorized ship, you can take a ride on one of Emerald City Charters’ sailboat cruises. Choose between a one-and-a-half-hour sailboat cruise around Seattle’s harbor or a two-and-a-half-hour sail that views the sunset on the harbor.

Emerald City Charters

1001 Alaskan Way

Pier 54

Seattle, WA 98104

206-624-3931

sailingseattle.com

Ride the Ducks

The most unusual way to tour Seattle’s waterways is to travel by Duck. Ride the Ducks of Seattle is a tour company that uses a fleet of deactivated, amphibious, military landing craft, familiarly called “Ducks.” Passengers board the Ducks on land and view Seattle’s waterfront sights from the street before plunging into Lake Union for the water-based segment of the tour. The Ducks tour runs throughout the year.

Ride the Ducks of Seattle

516 Broad St.

Seattle, WA 98109

206-441-3825

ridetheducksofseattle.com

REFERENCES

  • “Frommer’s Seattle 2010”; Karl Samson; 2010
  • “Fodor’s Pacific Northwest with Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver”; Eric B. Wechter, Editor; 2008
  • “Hidden Pacific Northwest”; Eric Lucas; 2009

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