2013 Christmas Ship cruises begin this Friday

The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival is billed as the largest holiday floating parade in the world. Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival is billed as the largest holiday floating parade in the world. Photo courtesy of Argosy Cruises

With Thanksgiving 2013 about to be a memory and Christmas on deck, it’s time again for the annual Christmas Ship Festival from Argosy Cruise Lines. The first of the series of colorful cruises kicks off this Friday, November 29, from Kirkland.

In a tradition dating back to 1949, each year Argosy loads up one of their big tour boats (the “Christmas Ship”) with merrymakers and local choirs and cruises past waterfront communities along Puget Sound and the lakes. This year, the Christmas Ship will visit 45 different locations on 24 different nights between November 29th and December 23rd.

The Christmas Ship is often accompanied by various parade boats, which are other Argosy vessels providing a sea-going viewing platform for the floating festivities on board the Christmas Ship. Private vessels sometimes also tag along, providing additional color and audience. But the whole spectacle is as much a treat for lubbers as sailors, and folks who don’t feel like getting out on the water this time of year can easily catch one of the many appearances from shore. Each choral performance lasts about twenty minutes at each of the designated locations.

As well as being a generally good time, going along on one of the Argosy vessels for the cruise is also a charitable gesture: Argosy donates a portion of each ticket sale to the Seattle Times’ Fund for the Needy charity.

Tickets are $35.50 for adults for the Christmas ship itself, and $25.25 for a spot on the parade boat. Discounts are available for seniors and kids under 12.

Several of the cruises have already sold out, so booking soon would be a good idea if you want to go. Visit the Argosy website for tickets. A list of scheduled appearances follows:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29
KIRKLAND OPENING CEREMONY
CHOIR: Master Chorus Eastside
Performances: 7:10-7:30 Kirkland Marina Park , 8:25-8:45 Gas Works Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland Marina Park
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:40pm, SOLD OUT
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:40pm SOLD OUT
Parade Boat #2 following the Christmas Ship, 7-10pm
Royal Argosy Departure Location: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7-10pm

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
SEATTLE OPENING NIGHT CEREMONY
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 7:15-7:35 MOHAI (SLU), 8:15-8:35 Seattle Yacht Club /W Montlake Park
Christmas Ship departs: Lake Union Park
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:15pm SOLD OUT
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:15
Royal Argosy departs: South Lake Union Park
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship,
Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1
CHOIR: Northwest GirlChoir – Amore
Performances: 5:40-6:00 Ferdinand Street Park , 6:15-6:35 Stan Sayres Memorial Park , 6:45-7:05 Mt. Baker Beach Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Leschi Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 5-7:20pm SOLD OUT
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 5-7:20pm Limited Space Available

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3
CHOIR: The Everett Chorale
Performances: 8:00-8:20 Seattle Tennis Club (Private), 8:30-8:50 Park Shore Retirement Home (Private)
Christmas Ship Departs: South Lake Union Park
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:45pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4
VALUE NIGHT
CHOIR: Snoqualmie Valley Girls Choir
Performances: 7:50-8:10 Pritchard Beach Park , 8:25-8:45 Seward Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Leschi Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:30pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:30pm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5
CHOIR: Seattle Ladies Choir
Performances: 8:00-8:20 Mercer Island Beach Club (Private), 8:50-9:10 Newcastle Beach Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Leschi Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:50pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:50pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise (not part of the Christmas Ship Parade) 7-9:30pm
Dinner Dance Cruise (not part of the Christmas Ship Parade) 7-9:30pm

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 8:00-8:20 Gene Coulon , 8:50-9:10 Newport Yacht Club (Private)
Christmas Ship Departs: Leschi Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:45pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm SOLD OUT
Royal Argosy departs Pier 56
Holiday Lunch Cruise with the Dickens Carolers, 12-3pm
Dinner Dance Cruise (not part of the Christmas Ship Parade) 7-9:30pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
FIRST SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 4:20-4:40 Lowman Beach Park , 5:10-5:30 Alki Beach Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Pier 55
Christmas Ship with Choir, 3:30-5:50pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-5:50pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6pm SOLD OUT
Santa Brunch Cruise 11am-1pm

SATURDAY , DECEMBER 7
SECOND SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 8:15-8:35 Seattle Aquarium /Seattle Great Wheel, 9:35-9:55 Winslow Waterfront Beach
Christmas Ship Departs: Pier 55
Christmas Ship with Choir, 8-10:45pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, SOLD OUT

Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 8-11pm SOLD OUT
Santa Brunch Cruise 11am-1pm,

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8
CHOIR: Jet Cities Chorus
Performances: 5:00-5:20 Museum of Glass , 6:20-6:40 Gig Harbor
Christmas Ships Departs: Tacoma
Christmas Ship with Choir, 5-7:40pm SOLD OUT
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 5-7:40pm SOLD OUT
Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Santa Brunch Cruise 12 – 2pm, Limited Space Available

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
CHOIR: Choir of the Sound
Performances: 7:10-7:30 Edmonds Fishing Pier , 8:20-8:40 Richmond Beach
Christmas Ship Departs: Edmonds
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:10pm SOLD OUT
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:10pm
Royal Argosy departs Pier 56
Dinner Dance Cruise (Not part of the Christmas Ship Parade) 7-9:30pm

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
VALUE NIGHT
CHOIR: North Kitsap Northern Lights Choir
Performances: 7:00-7:20 Poulsbo , 7:45-8:05 Keyport, 8:20-8:40 Lemolo
Christmas Ship departs: Poulsbo
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:05pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:05pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Dance Cruise (not part of the Christmas Ship Parade) 7-9:30pm
Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise (not part of the Christmas Ship Parade) 7-9:30pm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
CHOIR: Emerald City Voices
Performances: 8:00-8:20 Brown’s Point, 9:00-9:20 Redondo Beach
Christmas Ship Departs: Des Moines Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:45pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Dance Cruise (not part of the Christmas Ship Parade) 7-9:30pm
Holiday Lunch Cruise with the Dickens Carolers 12-2pm

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 7:15-7:35 Shilshole Bay, 8:00-8:20 Blue Ridge, 8:35-8:55 Carkeek Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Shilshole Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:15pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:15pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7-10pm SOLD OUT

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
FIRST SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 4:20-4:40 Medina, 5:30-5:50 Houghton Beach
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 3:30-6pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6pm
Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm,

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
SECOND SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 8:55-9:15 Sheridan Beach Club , 9:45-10:05 Matthews Beach Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 8-10:30pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 8-10:30pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship SOLD OUT
Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15
CHOIR: Kirkland Choral Society
Performances: 5:15-5:35 Carillon Point , 6:25-6:45 Meydenbauer Bay
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 5-7:40pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 5-7:40pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 5-7:45pm SOLD OUT
Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm
WARM 106.9 Christmas Ship Event, 5-7:45pm.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16
CHOIR: Pacific Sound Chorus
Performances: 8:05-8:25 Manchester City Park , 9:15-9:35 Salty’s on Alki
Christmas Ship Departs: Pier 55
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:45pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm SOLD OUT

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 8:10-8:30 Hiram M Chittenden Locks , 9:05-9:25 Golden Gardens Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Shilshole Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:45pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
VALUE NIGHT
CHOIR: Rainier Youth Choir
Performances: 7:20-7:40 Des Moines Marina Park , 8:20-8:40 Dash Point
Christmas Ship Departs: Des Moines Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:30pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship 7-9:30pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Dance Cruise (Not part of the Christmas Ship Parade) 7-9:30pm

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 8:00-8:20 Beaux Arts , 8:35-8:55 Luther Burbank Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-10pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-10pm

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 7:55-8:15 Lake Forest Civic Club (Private), 8:50-9:10 Magnuson Beach Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:30pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:30pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:30pm Limited Space Available

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
FIRST SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 3:40-4:00 Kirkland Marina Park , 4:40-5:00 Madison Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 3:30-5:40pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-5:40pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6pm
Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
SECOND SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 9:00-9:20 Covenant Shores (private), 9:45-10:05 Madrona Beach Park
Christmas Ships Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 8-10:55pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 8-10:55pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 8-11pm Limited Space Available
Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
FIRST SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 4:00-4:20 O.O.Denny Park , 5:00-5:20 Laurelhurst Beach Club(Private)
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 3:30 – 5:45pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-5:45pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6pm
Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22
SECOND SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 9:00-9:20 Log Boom Park, Kenmore , 10:00-10:20 Juanita Beach Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 8-10:40pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 8-10:40pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 8-11pm
Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23
FIRST SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 3:50-4:10 Yarrow Point Park, 4:30-4:50 Waverly Beach Park
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship with Choir, 3:30-5:25pm
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-5:25pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6pm

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23
PARADE FINALE
CHOIR: Seattle Girls Choir – Prime Voci
Performances: 8:45-9:05 Portage Bay (W. Montlake Park), 9:45-10:05 Gas Works Park, Grand Finale
Christmas Ship Departs: Kirkland City Marina
Christmas Ship Finale with Choir, 8-11:05pm SOLD OUT
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 8-11:05pm
Royal Argosy Departs: Carillon Point

Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 8-11:05pm

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