Argosy Cruises

★★★☆☆
  • 110 Alaskan Way S # 55

    Seattle, WA 98104

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1101 Alaskan Way Pier 55 Seattle, WA

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This is high on my list of recommendations when friends come to visit. It takes an entire evening ?? but well worth the effort. The fish is superb and exposure to local tradition interesting.

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★★★★☆

This is high on my list of recommendations when friends come to visit. It takes an entire evening ?? but well worth the effort. The fish is superb and exposure to local tradition interesting.

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One of those Things To Do With Out-of-Town Guests. The trip over and back on the boat is relaxing. Once you get to the island everything is staged beautifully and generally stops short of crossing the line to overt tourism commercialism. They do a nice job of respectfully presenting the heritage of the original people of this area, even if the plank smoked salmon won't be the best you've ever eaten.

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★★★★☆

One of those Things To Do With Out-of-Town Guests. The trip over and back on the boat is relaxing. Once you get to the island everything is staged beautifully and generally stops short of crossing the line to overt tourism commercialism. They do a nice job of respectfully presenting the heritage of the original people of this area, even if the plank smoked salmon won't be the best you've ever eaten.

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Pros: Pleasant boat ride

Cons: Price, buffet, show, being rushed and crowded.

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If you really have nothing better to do, and money to burn, then this attraction is fine. You start with a ferry ride from Pier 55/56, which in itself is fine for the views of Seattle and the bay. But then, you're better off taking the ferry to Bainbridge.

You land at Blake Island where they ladle clams in incredibly hot water into paper cups. I like seafood in general, but after this experience, I can't stand the thought of clams. No doubt some people liked them - I saw a few empty cups.

Then you stand in line for the buffet. No way is the buffet worth what you pay for it. The salmon's fine, not great. Go to almost any well-recommended seafood restaurant in Seattle for better salmon. What I liked best was their bread made with molasses. At the table you get water, lemonade and iced tea, and some okay chocolate shaped like a salmon.

The dancing was amateurish - I've seen middle schools put on better shows. In my opinion, they do more of a disservice to Native American culture than anything else. Some of the dancers seemed like they'd been pressed into performing.

Then you get about a half-hour to wander along the beach. Most of us went to the beach, stood around for a few minutes, then returned to the ferry.

Overall, a very mild four hours. Not worth the $62-70, but maybe worth $30.

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★★☆☆☆

If you really have nothing better to do, and money to burn, then this attraction is fine. You start with a ferry ride from Pier 55/56, which in itself is fine for the views of Seattle and the bay. But then, you're better off taking the ferry to Bainbridge.

You land at Blake Island where they ladle clams in incredibly hot water into paper cups. I like seafood in general, but after this experience, I can't stand the thought of clams. No doubt some people liked them - I saw a few empty cups.

Then you stand in line for the buffet. No way is the buffet worth what you pay for it. The salmon's fine, not great. Go to almost any well-recommended seafood restaurant in Seattle for better salmon. What I liked best was their bread made with molasses. At the table you get water, lemonade and iced tea, and some okay chocolate shaped like a salmon.

The dancing was amateurish - I've seen middle schools put on better shows. In my opinion, they do more of a disservice to Native American culture than anything else. Some of the dancers seemed like they'd been pressed into performing.

Then you get about a half-hour to wander along the beach. Most of us went to the beach, stood around for a few minutes, then returned to the ferry.

Overall, a very mild four hours. Not worth the $62-70, but maybe worth $30.

Pros: ferry ride, molasses bread

Cons: clams, entertainment, time to sepnd on island

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This is a great way to see the Puget Sound, native Northwest landmarks, and a great boat ride. The Tillicum Village has been a part of the Seattle tourism industry for a long time. I remember going as a child and it seemed like one of the fun things you do whenever you visit Seattle. Seattle is full of rich Indian culture and this is a great way to get a taste of it. The people are very nice on the tour and it's great for kids. Just be aware of the weather before you plan to go.

PROS: Historical & Educational
CONS: Price

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★★★★☆

This is a great way to see the Puget Sound, native Northwest landmarks, and a great boat ride. The Tillicum Village has been a part of the Seattle tourism industry for a long time. I remember going as a child and it seemed like one of the fun things you do whenever you visit Seattle. Seattle is full of rich Indian culture and this is a great way to get a taste of it. The people are very nice on the tour and it's great for kids. Just be aware of the weather before you plan to go.

PROS: Historical & Educational
CONS: Price

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I can not possibly believe the bad reviews! This place is great for authenticity, good fresh traditional baked salmon, it is the best natural baked salmon around. There are real native dances, filled with 3rd and 4th generation employees. Tillicum Village is a phenomenal place to glance into history as well as taking a break from the stressful high paced monotony of life. It's a place to relax and enjoy. Try camping on the island.

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★★★★★

I can not possibly believe the bad reviews! This place is great for authenticity, good fresh traditional baked salmon, it is the best natural baked salmon around. There are real native dances, filled with 3rd and 4th generation employees. Tillicum Village is a phenomenal place to glance into history as well as taking a break from the stressful high paced monotony of life. It's a place to relax and enjoy. Try camping on the island.

Pros: SALMON, AUTHENTICITY, STAFF

Cons: PARKING

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We took 40 guests from out of town. The boat ride had old hotel stacking chairs and once we got there we were immmediately ushered into a buffet line that reminded me of a school lunch line. There were no alternatrives for veg. The dancing was not very good but the scenery was nice. The whole thing was an embarrassment to us as meeting planners - we should have tried it out first - this did not meet our expectations!

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★☆☆☆☆

We took 40 guests from out of town. The boat ride had old hotel stacking chairs and once we got there we were immmediately ushered into a buffet line that reminded me of a school lunch line. There were no alternatrives for veg. The dancing was not very good but the scenery was nice. The whole thing was an embarrassment to us as meeting planners - we should have tried it out first - this did not meet our expectations!

Pros: waterview, environment

Cons: buffet, show, boat ride

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I like our native heritage and I think everyone should try to take a trip to the village. It offers a great boat ride and so so food. If nothing else it is a good way to see the puget sound and listen to a little local indian folklore. The price is kind of steep and that is why I give it a 3 star and not 4.

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★★★☆☆

I like our native heritage and I think everyone should try to take a trip to the village. It offers a great boat ride and so so food. If nothing else it is a good way to see the puget sound and listen to a little local indian folklore. The price is kind of steep and that is why I give it a 3 star and not 4.

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Only take your out of town guests here if you want them never to return. I enjoyed many of the 10 ten tourists attractions listed on City Search but this was not one of them. It was overpriced, uninformative, and boring. The buffet consisted of a salad buffet, followed by two starches of potatoes and rice, followed by greasy, mushy salmon. The native dances lasted no more than 20 minutes and consisted of overweight men walking around a fake fire. I learned nothing of the Native American culture and would rather have donated my money to the village than have wasted the 4 hours there. Take your money and spend it on a nice seafood dinner on the Seattle waterfront.

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★☆☆☆☆

Only take your out of town guests here if you want them never to return. I enjoyed many of the 10 ten tourists attractions listed on City Search but this was not one of them. It was overpriced, uninformative, and boring. The buffet consisted of a salad buffet, followed by two starches of potatoes and rice, followed by greasy, mushy salmon. The native dances lasted no more than 20 minutes and consisted of overweight men walking around a fake fire. I learned nothing of the Native American culture and would rather have donated my money to the village than have wasted the 4 hours there. Take your money and spend it on a nice seafood dinner on the Seattle waterfront.

Pros: boat ride, bar on the boat, stage set

Cons: buffet, native dances, gift shop

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fTop 10 things to do in Seattle? You mean Top 10 tourist traps! Nothing like a beautiful boat ride to end with mushy, greasy salmon, dull dancing and an overpriced gift shop. Didn't think you could make the incredible NW Native American culture seem so dull! Tillicum succeeded.

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★☆☆☆☆

fTop 10 things to do in Seattle? You mean Top 10 tourist traps! Nothing like a beautiful boat ride to end with mushy, greasy salmon, dull dancing and an overpriced gift shop. Didn't think you could make the incredible NW Native American culture seem so dull! Tillicum succeeded.

Pros: boat ride, bread

Cons: everything else

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The real deal, not a Hollywood version, of NW Indian culture. A must for anyone wanting to know the "First People" of Seattle.

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★★★★★

The real deal, not a Hollywood version, of NW Indian culture. A must for anyone wanting to know the "First People" of Seattle.

Pros: boat ride, native food, native culture

Cons: too short

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My family had a boat growing up, and we used to spend just about every summer weekend camping on Blake Island. Many great memories of that small, quiet island with its acres of shoreline and forest waiting to be discovered. Always a very safe place for us kids to hangout, and many group BBQ's were held.
The tour boat that takes you to Tillicum is a relatively short and uneventful ride. But once you get to Tillicum, you are greeted to a show the minute you set foot. A cup of hot, fresh clams is presented to you and after you eat the clams...just toss the shells on the ground and stomp on them to provide new groundcover.
Inside the building, there is a small, interesting museum you can wander until the theatre starts.
The show is wonderfully entertaining for everyone, and the salmon and bread are out-of-this-world.

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★★★★★

My family had a boat growing up, and we used to spend just about every summer weekend camping on Blake Island. Many great memories of that small, quiet island with its acres of shoreline and forest waiting to be discovered. Always a very safe place for us kids to hangout, and many group BBQ's were held.
The tour boat that takes you to Tillicum is a relatively short and uneventful ride. But once you get to Tillicum, you are greeted to a show the minute you set foot. A cup of hot, fresh clams is presented to you and after you eat the clams...just toss the shells on the ground and stomp on them to provide new groundcover.
Inside the building, there is a small, interesting museum you can wander until the theatre starts.
The show is wonderfully entertaining for everyone, and the salmon and bread are out-of-this-world.

 

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