Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

Seattle, United States
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From USD 99.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy the sights and sounds of Seattle from the water on this comfortable, 2-hour, cocktail cruise along Lake Union. Watch seaplane arrivals and departures and see landmark Seattle locations like the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Great Wheel, the Fremont Bridge, Gas Works Park, the University of Washington and much more — plus a plethora of floating homes, including the one from the popular movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ Choose from a morning, midday, afternoon or evening cruise. The first round of drinks is included.
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • See the sights illuminated at night
  • Small group ensures personal service

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Sightseeing cruise with narration
  • Vessel is equipped to be comfortable in any weather
  • First round of drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1341 N Northlake Way
    1341 N Northlake Way, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

    Departure Point: North side of Lake Union in Fremont. Address: 1341 N. Northlake Way Seattle, WA 98103 Directions: VERY IMPORTANT: Parking in Seattle is extremely limited. For the most enjoyable and stress free experience, Uber, Lyft, Taxi or bus services are strongly recommended. The address for is 1341 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA, 98103. Please walk around to the left side of the Divers Institute building.  (Face the front door, go left) Please DO NOT go into the Divers Institute. Go down the ramp into the parking lot, the boat will be waiting for you at the end near the picnic tables and plants. Feel free to bring along any food and nonalcoholic beverages as desired.

What To Expect

Your cocktail cruise begins at the south tip of Lake Union — aka the South Lake Union neighborhood — where Seattle’s major industries have thrived. Climb aboard the ship led by your Captain (who also serves as the resident bartender). See an impressive display of boats and floating homes, including the one from the movie ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ Travel from Westlake to Portage Bay and the Montlake Cut, located at the easternmost section of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Enjoy a cocktail (the first round is included) and the scenic view of popular Seattle points of interest like the iconic Space Needle, Seattle Great Wheel, the Fremont Bridge, Gas Works Park, the University of Washington, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral and much more. On a clear day, notice the Olympic Mountains with majestic Mount Rainier rising over 14,000 feet in the distance.

Space Needle (Pass By)

Gas Works Park (Pass By)

Lake Union (Pass By)

University of Washington (Pass By)

Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral (Pass By)

Husky Stadium (Pass By)

Candere Cruising (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of six people per booking
  • No animals allowed on board
  • Cruise runs rain or shine, the boat can be enclosed
  • Captain reserves the right to terminate any cruise before or during if unsafe conditions arise. 'Unsafe condition' includes, but is not limited to, the weather, mechanical failure, intoxication of passengers, unsafe or inappropriate behavior of passengers
  • Bring any food and nonalcoholic beverages as desired (including coolers or picnic baskets). Beer, wine, and cocktails are available for purchase on board (first round is complimentary)
  • Smoking is prohibited
  • Boat is equipped with bathrooms
  • Consult a physician if suffering from motion sickness
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

I highly recommend this tour for anyone looking for a relaxed way to see the city and water homes.


92 reviews
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Great water tour!
Cynthia_H, May 2023
This tour was a great way to tour Seattle by water. The captain was able to share details all along the route while also maintaining a safe passage on the water. The trip to Seattle was a first and this tour definitely added to the enjoyable experience! Thank you Capt!
Great, relaxing, and fun boat ride
Michael_D, May 2023
Great experience, great host, there is a great view of the city skyline and lots of other things around the lake. 10/10 recommend.
Smooth cruising
Tracie_G, May 2023
My family had a wonderful time. Beautiful weather, smooth boat ride, enjoyed the intimate setting I recommend it highly.
Fun and entertaining boat cruise
Jessica_G, May 2023
My husband and I booked this boat trip during our stopover on a Pacific Northwest Cruise in April. We got really lucky with the weather and had a beautiful day seeing the sights around Lake Union. Our captain (Kurt) was very friendly, knowledgeable and always chuckling. We loved seeing all the houseboats (and other varieties of living vessels) and learning about so much of the area. We ended up being the only couple to book that day so it was a private tour which was nice, but being a cocktail cruise, would have been more fun with extra people we think. As it was, it was a lovely day on the water with a very congenial guide. Hot tip, arrive early and sit at the top of the hill at Gasworks Park for glorious views of the city and Lake Union. It's just adjacent to the marina.
Response from Host, May 2023
You got good weather in April, had a great time, enjoyed the company of your guide. But you left 4 stars because you lucked out and got the boat to yourselves??
Fun Saturday night cruise!
Sheri_K, Apr 2023
We had so much fun! Dillon was a great captain and a wealth of information about Seattle’s history. Thanks for a memorable evening!
Frances_S, Nov 2020
Amy was very accomodating & knowledgable. Learned so much about the Seattle waterfront & it's history. Highly recommend this experience and Amy!
Gorgeous and Relaxing,
cindy_p, Oct 2020
Amy made it great!! Relaxing and beautiful, one of the best tourism things I have ever done anywhere. Being on the water to view the city and surroundings was unique.
Family trip
Raysa_M, Oct 2020
Madeleine was an amazing captain!! She was knowledgeable, funny, energetic she made our experience so much better!
Angelo_M, Oct 2020
This was absolutely one of the best things we did while in Seattle. It was way better than we could have imagined. I would highly recommend. The Captain was fantastic, knowledge, and very funny. Loved it.
Boats, booze, and B words
Sav, Sept 2020
If you told me 2 years ago that I would be on a boat with Amy, I would say- you’re crazy. Wow what an amazing two hours. As soon as I boarded the vessel, I knew that future me was about to be jealous of past me. I highly recommend this excursion, Amy was the best captain we could have asked for. 10/10!!
Fun and friendly
Laura_T, Aug 2020
Amy was fantastic! Charismatic and very knowledgeable! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend for a more intimate and covid-friendly Seattle experience!
A must do!
Paige_L, July 2020
What a great xperience! Only had 1 day in Seattle so decided to see it from the water with 6:30 cocktail cruise. Took our own dinner. Captain Bryan was friendly, informative and informal. Had boat to ourselves. A must do!
Highlight of our trip
Anne_C, July 2020
So much fun - perfect thing to do while visiting. Madeline was great! She was fun, knowledgable and very accommodating. I highly recommend!
Great day
Samih_F, July 2020
Excellent trip with an excellent captain Amy. Great boat and sightseeing. Loved it and the entire family loved it too
Fun trip
Kassandra_H, June 2020
Had a great experience on the 11am trip! First drink free! We got mimosas :) We saw some cool wildlife and one of the water planes taking off! Captain Madeline was a great tour guide, very friendly, fun, and informative! Would def recommend!
Worth it
Jeff_W, June 2020
Our tour guide was fun, interesting and knowledgeable. We took a 2 hour tour, that was about perfect.
Captain Amy was awesome
Heather_B, June 2020
A beautiful way to see Seattle from the water. We thoroughly enjoyed the two hour tour. It rained but we were warm and dry.
Highlight of our trip 10/10
Kelly_D, Mar 2020
This was my boyfriend and I’s favorite thing we did on our trip in Seattle last weekend! Mark was absolutely amazing and so knowledgeable. I highly recommend doing this. It’s also very close to the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture and the Fremont Troll.
Great time on the water
Don_R, Feb 2020
Despite cold rainy weather, we had a great time. Boat was covered and very comfortable inside. Captain Madelaine was awesome.
What an amazing trip! Captain was friendly and knowledgeable. Boat and gear was in perfect shape. Book this trip!
rgeracitano, Oct 2019
I was pleasantly surprised by the excursion and would highly recommend the trip to anyone from family to friends to a fun romantic night out. Like I said, the captain was friendly and knowledgeable and made us feel right at home. The home made drinks were the best and everyone had a wonderful time getting to know each other while cruising Lake Union and Lake Washington. I look forward to heading out again on my next business trip up and even plan on taking the family.

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