Have you ever wanted to be one of those people out on a boat on Lake Union in Seattle? So picturesque, sailboats in the sun, and boats of all sizes cruising around the shimmering waters just off downtown Seattle. While I don’t know anyone who owns a boat, I was able to enjoy a dinner cruise for a company Christmas party last December aboard the historic Virginia V steamship. What stunning views! The city shines at nighttime and you get a completely different vantage point as you cruise around on the lake.
Boating season officially starts in May, and the Viriginia V will be offering lunch time cruises open to the public. While there are a few other lunch cruises available, I particularly enjoy the historic 125′ ship, in service since the 1920s.
The views of Seattle are spectacular from the ship. If you are familiar with Seattle, during a daytime cruise it is probably a lot easier to get your bearings as to where you are in Seattle. But you don’t have to be a local to enjoy the views or the experience. And such a nice experience it is! A catering company provides the meals, you eat at tables with white tablecloths, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. You depart from the docks on Terry Avenue on the south end of Lake Union.
If you are unable to book the lunch cruise, they also have the boat open for free tours while docked, and can give you guided tours if you like where you can learn the history of the steam ship and Seattle’s maritime history.
In May they celebrate the official opening day of boating season with the first lunch cruise of the summer season, open to the public. I highly recommend a trip aboard the Virginia V if you have a chance. Such a fun and memorable way to spend a weekend day!
Tour the boat while docked:
THURSDAYS, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
FRIDAYS, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
SATURDAYS, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
SUNDAYS, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM