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Blake Island Historical Excursion

From Seattle, WA

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Enjoy a live narrated cruise to Tillicum Village, learn about the Native American culture and history, watch a live performance, and indulge in a delicious buffet during this Tillicum Excursion from Seattle!

  • Top-rated tour provider and recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • 4.5-hour experience with a buffet meal and a live show with storytelling demonstration and dancing 
  • Northwest-flavors inspired buffet featuring traditionally-prepared alder fire roasted fish
  • Take in the spectacular views on the 45-minute cruise to Blake Island State Park and back!  
Pier 54 - Seattle, WA
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    Essential Information
    • Please bring a valid form of ID on the day of the experience
    • Full bar service is available on the island, with both walk-up and table service
    • Fountain sodas, hot tea, and drip coffee are complimentary with your meal
    • Please notify Virgin Experience Gifts at the time of booking if you have any food allergies or restrictions 
    • Children under the age of 3 are free, please notify Virgin Experience Gifts at the time of booking if you are planning to bring children on the excursion
    • Special pricing available for children ages 4-12, please contact Virgin Experience Gifts for pricing 
    This experience will last approximately 4.5 hours.
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    Maximum Participants
    You will be accompanied by other tour participants, the maximum number of participants per cruise is 350 people. For groups larger than 6 please contact Virgin Experience Gifts directly for pricing.
    This experience is only for those on the cruise.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience runs rain or shine. In the rare event the Coast Guard prohibits cruising because of weather or there are extreme high winds, the experience provider will reschedule your experience.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather conditions.

    For this experience, our partners are taking extra measures to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19. These measures include making their business completely cashless - including tips. They will be requiring employees' temperature to be checked before every shift. All staff and guests will be required to wear face coverings at all times. Guests will be required to bring their own face covering before their experience. All vessels will be disinfected with disinfecting foggers between every tour and staff will increase cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Our partners will have 6 ft of distance visibly marked for guests and staff to follow. They will be taking additional food safety protocols with their experiences that provide catering. These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

    When does boarding start?

    Boarding will start 30 minutes prior to the start time of the experience. 

    How long is the live performance?

    The live performance featuring traditional song and dance is approximately 25 minutes long. 

    How much time will we have to explore the island?

    You will have approximately 30 minutes to explore the island and gift shop before boarding the boat to depart. A ship horn will blow 15 minutes prior to departure from the island. 

    Are children welcome on this tour?

    Yes, children are welcome. Children under the age of 3 are free and there is special pricing available for children ages 4-12 years. Please contact Virgin Experience Gifts for pricing. 

    What is Blake Island?

    Blake Island State Park was an ancestral campground of the Suquamish and Duwamish Indian Tribes and is believed to be the birthplace of Chief Seattle. The island was named after Captain George Blake, commander of the US Coast Survey vessel in 1837. Blake Island is located between Vashon Island and Bainbridge Island, eight miles west of Seattle in Kitsap County.

    Is there a special children's menu?

    A children’s menu is not available at the Tillicum Excursion, however, there are many dishes on the buffet so there are lots of options. 

    Is the cruise wheelchair accessible?

    The crew is trained to help guests navigate both the docks and the vessels and are prepared to assist. Certain vessels in the fleet have more mobility limitations, so it is recommended to contact Virgin Experience Gifts before scheduling your cruise to check on the vessel. 

    What does Tillicum mean?

    Tillicum was named from the Chinook Indian jargon meaning “friendly people”.

    What food can we expect on the buffet?

    Menu (please note this menu is subject to change)

    Traditional Alder Fire Roasted Fish: Fish cooked on cedar stakes around open alder wood fires, slowly baked to perfection. Clarified lemon butter and our signature Juniper Berry Seasoning are added at the end of cooking. Gluten-free and nut-free. If you would like your fish dairy-free and/or seasoning-free, please notify Virgin Experience Gifts at the time of booking.
    Signature Northwest Stew: This thick meaty stew of beef and venison is full of flavors married together in a rich savory stock, combined with root vegetables and potatoes for a mouth-watering dish. Dairy-freeGluten-free, nut-free.
    Wild Grain Harvest Rice: Try this wonderful combination of wild and basmati rice, cooked to perfection with onions, garlic and a fragrant vegetable stock. Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegan.
    Warm Whole Grain Tillicum Bread: This rich, dark, slightly sweet bread is made with a hint of molasses, served warm with butter on the side. Loaves to take home are available for purchase in our Gift Shop. Dairy-free, nut-free, vegan.
    Field Greens Salad: Seasonal greens, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and Oregon blue cheese. With rosemary stone-ground mustard dressing, raspberry vinaigrette, or ranch dressing served on the side. Gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian.
    Mustard and Raspberry dressings are gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan. Ranch dressing is gluten-free, nut-free, and includes dairy.
    Polenta with Wild Mushroom Ragout: A collection of wild Northwest mushrooms stewed with white wine and herbs, served over creamy polenta. Gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian.
    Fresh Fruit Salad: Assorted melons, grapes, strawberries and pineapple, served with a strawberry honey dipping sauce. Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, vegetarian/vegan without dipping sauce.
    Blackberry Crisp: Local blackberries from Remlinger Farms, baked with a crispy topping of butter, oats, and brown sugar. Topped with whipped cream. Nut-free, vegetarian.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

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    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given but rescheduling your cruise is allowed up to 72 hours prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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