Day Cruises: Summer On The Sound

What better way to enjoy a sunny day in the Pacific Northwest than spending it on the water?

Most of us would love to take a week-long cruise, but when does one find the time? Luckily, Seattle has plenty of affordable options when it comes to Puget Sound day cruises. Take an evening or the whole day to enjoy historical landmarks, an excellent meal on the water, or a scenic trip around Elliott Bay and up to Victoria with these excursions that won’t cost you an expensive overnight stay.

Queen of Seattle Paddle Wheel Cruise ($32/adult)

Bask in the summer sun by time-traveling back to the 1890s on the Queen of Seattle. The steam-powered paddle wheel cruise boat is the largest this side of the Mississippi, and the two-hour afternoon cruise features breathtaking views of Fisherman’s Terminal, the Hiram Chittenden locks, Lake Union scenery and downtown Seattle. All the while guests are entertained by tales of Gold Rush-era Seattle, expertly related by the storytelling guide.


Victoria Clipper ($135-156/adult)

Seattle is just a stone’s throw from beautiful Victoria, British Columbia, so why not take advantage of the rich culture and enchanting scenery just north of us? Victoria Clipper has the perfect trip for viewing the islands, waterways, and natural beauty of the Puget Sound with their day trip package. This extensive tour of the city of Victoria — including its renowned Butchart Gardens —  is the perfect way to play tourist in your own backyard.


Emerald City Charters ($30-48/adult)

If you’re looking for a more hands-on boating experience, Emerald City Charters offers short day and sunset sailing trips on their yachts that were built to race. You’ll get to relax for a more lazy summer experience, or get more involved with the actual process by taking the helm or trimming the sails. Group reservations are also available; each boat can fit at least 35 people, so bring along some friends for a fun summer sailing trip!


Argosy Murder Mystery Cruise ($76/adult)

Forget dinner-and-a-movie for a date night option this summer – Argosy Cruises is hosting a murder mystery series throughout their summer dinner cruise calendar. The themed dinner cruise isn’t just limited to a fun date night because groups will have a blast as well — thanks to an interactive format that allows guests to ‘plot’ against one another as the mystery is unraveled. In addition, guests will enjoy a three-course seated dinner or buffet that features local Pacific Northwest seafood, vegetables and other delicious options.