Enjoy your special holiday the Sound View Cruises way. You’ll cruise aboard the Rainbird on Lake Union and see the city in all its wonder from the vantage point of the water, and create life-long memories for you and your loved ones. At Christmas, seeing Seattle’s boats, floating homes, and city buildings lit up is a sight we never get tired of, but seeing it from the water gives it a special sparkle. At New Years, the fireworks displays are closer and larger and more thrilling—watch them in awe from the comfort of the Rainbird.

Valentines Day

Make this an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with a romantic cruise on Lake Union! It will make a wonderful memory for you and your loved one. This cruise is always sold out so get your reservation now. We offer wine or Champagne, flowers, nice chocolates and even Chocolate covered strawberries. Reserve your spot now.

4th of July

The 4th of July is always a very fun night on the water! We pride ourselves on always positioning the Rainbird in the best place on the Lake to observe the incredible Fireworks Show that Seattle puts on at the Space Needle. We always offer a variety of beverages for this festive evening event. This is alway a very popular cruise. Reserve your spot now.

Christmas Lights

On our Holiday Cruises aboard the Rainbird on Lake Union, you will see Seattle lit-up and shining bright! Cruise past boats and floating homes with their holiday lights ablaze, and at New Years watch fireworks as they explode over the water from your own private front row seat.

This cruise will take you around Lake Union allowing you to see all of the creative lights and Christmas decorated boats and floating homes as well as the Seattle’s Christmas lights.

Christmas Lights Parade
Get in line and join the parade! We’ll follow the big Argosy Ships with their carolers being broadcasted as we travel around the lake. We’ll have our own Christmas music, when we can’t hear the Christmas Ship, and get into a festive spirit in this special and unique way to celebrate the holiday season. Reserve your spot now! More information about the parade.

New Year’s Eve Cruise

We pride ourselves on positioning the Rainbird in the best vantage on the lake to observe Seattle’s New Year’s Celebration and fireworks display at the Space Needle. We offer a nice glass of champagne for this unique and wonderful event. This is always a very popular cruise. Reserve your spot now.

What You Can Expect

Your 2-hour, Special Events Cruise begins by heading to the south side of Lake Union, toward the heart of downtown. Just relax and take in the views as we set out on our leisurely cruise in the comfort of our beautiful custom and classic wooden yacht. We offer a complimentary glass of wine and a snack tray, and more wine and drinks are available for purchase.

Your Captain

A skilled pilot with 50 years of experience on the water, Captain Kelley Marriott will make you comfortable and keep you safe—all the while sharing fun Seattle insights, stories, and local history! Captain Kelley was raised in Edmonds on the shores of Puget Sound and Lake Washington, and is also a part-time bartender.

Available Options

Make your experience even better by adding a picnic lunch to your cruise. We feature award winning, delicious hot sandwiches, which we’ll pick up fresh from the bakery at Fisherman’s Terminal – nestled amongst Alaskan fishing vessels, including those featured on “the Deadliest Catch” (hint: ask your Captain about his 10 years in Alaska as a skipper).

Details and Policies

Local guide
Sightseeing cruise with narration
Vessel is equipped to be comfortable in any weather
First round of drinks
Private Tour, Just your group!

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Gratuities (recommended)

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to departure time and plan for traffic accordingly. While parking is available, public transportation or Lyft / Taxi services are strongly recommended
A maximum of six (6) people per booking, private tours available All passengers must pay the adult price
Not wheelchair accessible
Pregnant women can attend
No animals allowed on board
Cruise rain or shine, the boat is fully enclosed
Captain reserves the right to terminate any cruise before or during if unsafe conditions arise. “Unsafe condition” includes but is not limited to weather, mechanical failure, intoxication of passengers, unsafe or inappropriate behavior of passengers
You may bring any food and nonalcoholic beverages that you like (including coolers or picnic baskets). Beer, wine, and cocktails are available for purchase on-board (first round complimentary).
Smoking is prohibited
Paid parking is available (details provided at time of booking)
Boat is equipped with bathrooms
It is recommended you consult your doctor if you suffer from motion sickness
Voucher info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.