Seattle's Favorite Sightseeing and Cocktail Cruise

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Private 2 Hour Cruise on Lake Union
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From US$99.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours
  • 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)
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Smoking is prohibited
  • Boat is equipped with bathrooms
  • Consult a physician if suffering from motion sickness
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

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


116 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Excelent views of Seattle
CESARF_P, Sept 2023
We loved the boat trip, captain David was great host ! A great way to see Seattle from the water, will do it again !
Nice afternoon
Beth_W, Sept 2023
We had a wonderful time on the sightseeing cocktail boat tour with Dave! It was a great way to get oriented to Seattle from the water. Highly recommend!!
Megan_A, Sept 2023
Curt was awesome!! So knowledgeable and so fun!! It was a great little tour of the city! Highly recommend
Big fun
Martha_S, Sept 2023
Upclose and personal. Really nice. Cocktails and houseboats, can't beat that! Loved seeing how that community lives.
A Wonderful Experience for our 25th Anniversary.
RENEE_Y, Aug 2023
To be honest the whole experience was wonderful. We loved the intimacy of the 6-person max capacity. We loved the captain and all the unique information he shared. He was friendly we were relaxed and comfortable. We learn a lot and enjoyed the Beer and Margaritas. Captain Dylan is a great bartender as well! We will do it again for sure. Next time we will buy all 6 seats and bring our adult children. So much fun!!
Germans and Texans!
Ann_R, Aug 2023
This trip was amazing!! David was a wonderful captain! We made some great friends with our travel mates from Germany! Would definitely do this again!
Relaxing cruise
Nicholas_M, Aug 2023
Good views, good drinks, good company, and a guide as knowledgeable as he was witty. We went on a perfect sunny day, with lots of activity including sea planes landing. Definitely would do again.
Let the weekend begin
Hugh_g, Aug 2023
Great way to start the weekend and celebrate a birthday. Beautiful views, informative, and fun! Highly recommend.
Charming views, a fun must do activity.
Adrian_E, Aug 2023
Captain Genevieve was an excellent tour guide and host. We had a wonderful experience viewing Lake Union, Gas Works, several bridges and taking in the charms of House Boats, Floating homes and the like. Many great photo moments with the skyline and even Space Needle. Would highly recommend. Great way to spend an afternoon in Seattle.
Thumbs up!
John_T, Aug 2023
Genevieve was great! Experienced and knows the history of all surroundings!!! Highly recommend getting her
Enjoying the beautiful...
Anne_G, Aug 2023
Enjoying the beautiful scenery and having the driver share stories and history with us. It was also nice to have an adult beverage while taking the cruise.
Wonderful experience
Daveena_C, Jul 2023
Had amazing time with captain David he knows the history of Seattle like the back of his hand love it I would definitely go again
Lake life envy
Javier_C, Jul 2023
Was a relaxing boat ride around the lakes filled with lots of education. Had lots of beautiful views of the city and house boats around the lake. My wife and I enjoyed this experience very much.
Boat ride was nice as it...
Chrissy_C, Jun 2023
Boat ride was nice as it was a beautiful day! The trip description said we would view the wheel from the boat. That didn’t happen. Not sure if our guide was having a bad day but he was not engaged at all and generally pretty mosesrable. Barely saw him after the first 1/2 hr and seemed unhappy to have us on the boat. We all tried to not let it affect the trip tho since we paid so much!!
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!

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