Seattle Locks Cruise

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Enjoy beautiful views of Seattle from the water on this relaxing cruise along the Ballard Locks, connecting Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington. Watch a parade of sailboats, tugboats and yachts passing through the complex Seattle locks system, and snap photos of the stunning city skyline and surrounding mountains. You'll also pass the floating houseboat community famously featured in the film 'Sleepless in Seattle.'

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Your Seattle locks cruise departs from Pier 56 on the Seattle Central Waterfront. After hopping on the boat, cruise out along the Ballard Locks, formally the Hiram M Chittenden Locks, built in 1911 to provide a link for boats between the salt water of Puget Sound and the fresh water of the Ship Canal, which connects to Lake Union.

Learn about the complex locks system from the live onboard commentary. You'll be treated with views of the stunning Seattle skyline, Elliot Bay, Puget Sound, Lake Union, the surrounding mountains and a parade of sailboats, motorboats, tugboats, barges and yachts passing through the locks. Watch as the locks' water levels are adjusted to allow their safe passage, and spot the fish ladder, built to allow salmon to pass between the fresh water and salt water.

You'll also cruise past the iconic floating houseboat community that was featured in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. Take advantage of great photo opportunities here. When you disembark the cruise, you'll be taken back to Pier 56 by coach.

Inclusions for Seattle Locks Cruise

  • Live commentary on board
  • Local taxes

Exclusions for Seattle Locks Cruise

  • Food and drinks (available for purchase on board)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This cruise must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of your travel date

Confirmation for this cruise will be received at time of booking

Should you need an ADA accessible motor coach, please advise local supplier prior to travel date so that they can arrange for appropriate transportation.

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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  • Great tour. I just came from Seattle and it was nice and wintry outside. That fresh air combined with the beautiful sites along with learning about the Seattle culture was an awesome experience. I'd recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area!

  • Great way to spend part of an afternoon. We really enjoyed this tour! Our guide was very informative and it was a great way to see Seattle. We loved seeing the locks.

  • Fascinating

  • I think the tour was wonderful. Personnel good. Seattle is a beautiful city.

  • The ad was misleading, saying that we would see Lake Washington and Lake Union on a two and a half hour cruise leaving from Pier 55. We got there and were asked to board a bus that drove us to Lake Union. Then the tour went straight out the locks and around to Pier 55. The tour was nice but since the main reason for buying this package was to see Husky stadium from the water it turned out to be a bust for me and my out of town guest.

  • Really worth it.....great views ot Seattle and surrounding area from the water

  • Nice way to spend a few hours and see Seattle from the water. The boat was clean and comfortable. The narration during the trip was excellent. The locks were very cool, glad we got to experience them. The Sleepless in Seattle houseboat community was really interesting to see. I would absolutely recommend this tour.

  • Of all the tours in Seattle, this is one of the very best. The scenery is spectacular and the guide
    is terrific. It was highly educational and the guide could not have been better. There were probably
    35-50 people on this boat, but it never seemed like you were crowded, and the length of the tour
    was somewhere in the 3 hour range which was perfect. I highly recommend this tour!

  • The Panama Canal is on my bucket list. If I don't make it, I've now done the next best thing! It was so much fun seeing one gate close and the other open. I ran back and forth so as not to miss anything. Good narrative too.

  • I took my 2 adult daughters on the Chittenham Locks cruise, 2 1/2 hours of education and entertainment, for our annual Girls Weekend! It was delightful. First of all the Seattle weather was at it's best! The boarding was efficient and on time. Seating was available for everyone on board. The food service was well designed and seemed to go on without a hitch. Cocktails were available making the cruise even more fun. The young woman doing the commentary had a clear voice and was easy to understand. She was extremely well versed in the views of the Seattle waterfront and about the history of the Locks which was celebrating it's 100 year anniversary. Our Captain was entertaining. He added to the uniqueness of the cruise by performing an original song which he had composed for the Centennial Celebration of the Locks. He played it twice...once for us a little early as property owners along the beach called for his performance. The second performance was as we proceeded thru the Locks, entertaining all the weekend Locks watchers!We all agreed it was the highlight of our weekend together.

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