Insiders Guide to Argosy Cruises Seattle

March 2, 2022

A buzzing coffee culture, a boatload of bountiful natural attractions, and plenty of Pacific Northwest charm make the Emerald City a destination on everyone's lips.

Soak in more of the sublime sights of Seattle, when you take to the sea for a thrilling Argosy Cruise. Follow along to discover everything you need to know about the Argosy Harbor and Lock Cruises.

Argosy sightseeing cruises offer unique opportunities to revel in the beauty of the Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, and the Space Needle from the comfort of Seattle’s largest fleet.

Kick back on the Lady Mary and indulge in a glass of wine from the full-service bar, or marvel at the area’s ubiquitous houseboats and sparkling city skyline from the Lock Cruise.

Argosy Cruises provide endless ways to absorb the energy and iconic landmarks of Jet City. Read on, as we spill every last tip and trick on how to make the most of your Argosy excursion.

About Argosy Cruises

Since 1949 this family-owned and Seattle-operated company has delighted visitors and locals alike with their engaging cruise journeys.

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Originally known as the Spring Street Water Taxi Company, this small ferrying service would one day grow into the Northwest’s premier cruise company. More than 70 years later Argosy Cruises has cemented both its reputation and place in Seattle history, with its commitment to honesty, safety, and responsibility.

Offering a variety of routes that range from Lake Union to the Seattle Harbor, and feature many must-see tourist attractions, Argosy Cruises are a ‘can’t miss’ for any adventurous traveler. 

close up of dinner cruise boat in harbor in Seattle Washington USAArgosy Cruises and COVID

Safety will always be a top priority at Argosy Cruises, and in order to protect the health of our employees, guests, and community they are requiring proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for all patrons ages 12 and older.

Full vaccination means that by the time of your ticketed departure, it must have been at least two weeks since your second dose in a two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna, or 14 days if you received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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If you are unvaccinated and/or require a negative COVID-19 test, it must be taken within 72 hours of your ticketed departure. For further details on what to bring along to provide proof of vaccination click here.

Masks on Board

In order to minimize risk and preserve the safety of their crew and guests, Argosy Cruises asks that you wear your face mask when indoors on all vessels, except when actively drinking or eating, as per U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Masks will not be required when outdoors on the vessels if you are fully vaccinated.

What to Know Before You Go

Ahoy mate! Are you all packed and primed for your Argosy Cruise adventure? Listen up as we spill the tea on everything you need to know before you go:

Argosy Cruise Tickets

We highly recommend pre-purchasing your Argosy Cruise tickets online ahead of time. Please note that both senior citizens and children are eligible for discounted tickets, and lap children (ages 0-3 years old) can ride for free.

Refunds and Trip Protection

Sometimes the best-laid travel plans run amok, and Argosy understands this. Enjoy 100% peace of mind when you purchase your cruise tickets when you spring for Trip Protection.

Simply add on Trip Protection for each guest in your booking during checkout and relax knowing you are eligible for a full refund if you cancel at least 48 hours prior to departure.

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Need to cruise at a later date? Trip Protection also affords you the opportunity to reschedule your cruise to any future cruise time slot with availability within one year of the original purchase date.

Without the purchase of Trip Protection, no refunds will be granted. However, you will be able to reschedule your cruise date for another time slot. 

Wide shot of an Argosy Cruise Boat on the water on a sunny day with the city behind it in Seattle, Washington, USABoat Boarding 

No one likes a belated boat! Get your sea legs moving, because Argosy Cruises begin boarding their ships 20-30 minutes prior to the official cruise time.

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At five minutes prior to the cruise time, the boarding gate will officially close and its anchors away.

Food and Drink

Something about that sea air always seems to stir up our appetite. Luckily, Argosy Cruises has taken the guesswork out of what to eat and is proud to provide a bevy of mouthwatering snacks, as well as both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase.

Argosy Cruise Seattle with CityPASS

Why stop your Seattle sightseeing at Elliot Bay? Uncover even more of the Rain City, and soak up serious savings when you purchase an Argosy Cruise with Seattle CityPASS.

Witness the towering Space Needle, the wild creatures of Woodland Park Zoo, and the excitement of an Argosy Harbor Cruise when you purchase a Seattle CityPASS.

Your key to unlocking the enchantment of the Emerald City saves you up to 46% off admission to Seattle’s top five attractions.

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Easily redeem your pass for a Harbor Cruise date online, by entering your unique CityPASS number, which can be found beneath the barcode or QR code on your mobile ticket or ticket card. Enter this number at checkout and enjoy your cruise!

Argosy Cruises Offered

Seattle Locks Cruise

Boat elevators, bridges, and Ballards, oh my! Prime yourself for over 120 years of Seattle history in two hours. Speed through charming neighborhoods and floating home communities. Even catch a glimpse of the infamous Hiram M. Chittenden Ballard on your Seattle Locks Cruise.

For over a century, the Locks have served as a barrier between Puget Sound and the freshwater beyond. In addition, this ‘boat elevator ' aids vessels in traveling between the two areas. The water levels are routinely at different heights.

Whip out that camera as you won't want to miss a moment of legendary landmarks such as:

  • Gas Works Park
  • the Great Wheel
  • Olympic Sculpture Park

Snag a first-hand look at the Kenmore seaplanes and large fishing vessels that dot this area. Movie buffs will be in rom-com heaven as they spot the famous houseboat from ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ as well as the historic Fremont and Ballard bridges.

Please note that this is a one-way cruise. Starting at Pier 54 on the Seattle Waterfront or AGC Marina on Lake Union and ends in a new location. While return transportation is not provided, we encourage you to utilize this opportunity to explore vibrant areas like South Lake Union and Downtown Seattle. 

Wide shot of Gas Works Park, a giant industrial structure surrounded by grass and walking trails in Seattle, Washington, USA

photo credit: Epicenter Apartments via Facebook

Seattle Harbor Cruise

Why mess with a classic? Dive into the fascinating history of Seattle’s past and present when you reserve your spot on the original Seattle Harbor Cruise.

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and unique heritage of the Rain City as you spend an hour sailing past the shipping port, the Space Needle, and the Seattle Great Wheel.

Listen up, as you are regaled by intriguing facts and live narration that paint a vivid picture of the city’s journey from an industrial town to a cosmopolitan metropolis.

Linger over local wine or beer, as you capture jaw-dropping vistas of the Seattle city skyline and the Puget Sound. Those lucky enough to reserve a late afternoon tour might even be privy to the glittering city lights and magic glow of golden hour. 

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A bustling waterfront complete with a giant 175 foot tall Ferris wheel, the quiet majesty of Mt. Rainier, and forest framed views of the Aurora bridge. Seattle is truly a place where both architecture and outdoor lovers can expect to be impressed.

Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time visiting the Emerald City, there’s no more unique way to soak in the sights and searing attractions than an Argosy Cruise.

Learn all about this coastal city’s thriving houseboat scene, or marvel at the massive container ships that pepper their port. 

From the Space Needle to golden-hued views of Elliot Bay at sunset, there are endless memories to be made.

Don’t wait! Book your very own Argosy Cruise today!

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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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