The tour takes a close-up view of parks, businesses, industry, and neighborhoods from Bellingham Bay. It travels down waterways, sailing past historic points of interest, shipyards, and fishing activities, as well as work boats, pleasure boats, freighters, and tugboats in the harbor. Harbor seals and water birds are regularly seen—it’s a memorable evening!

Our history cruises are narrated by either Brian Griffin or Doug Starcher, local historians who tie their knowledge of local history with up-to-date facts about bay activities. Their narrative of history, trivia, and current events makes cruise guests feel like they are becoming experts on their community, and gives new understanding of the place they live in, or are visiting.

Guests travel aboard the 100-foot Victoria Star, which leaves from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. The boat has indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, an on-board snack bar, and a full bar with a selection of Northwest beers, wines, and cocktails. Restrooms are available on board. Guests can bring their own picnic dinner, snacks, and beverages (non-alcoholic) for a picnic-style dinner while cruising.

What are the dates of the Sunset History Cruise? The cruise departs every TUESDAY beginning July 11th and ending August 29th: July 11, 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.

What time does the cruise begin and end? The cruise boards at 6:15 pm, departs promptly at 6:30 pm, and returns to the dock around 8:30 pm.

Where can we buy tickets? Tickets go on sale June 1, 2017. You may purchase tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, by calling 800.838.3006 ext. 1, or in-person, Wed.-Sun., noon-5pm, at the Museum Store located at 250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. Ticket sales end at noon on the day of sailing. Walk-on tickets may be available at the dock prior to sailing, but are not guaranteed.

How much are tickets? Whatcom Museum member ticket: $30; Non-member ticket: $35; Groups of 8+ per/person: $28; Children 5 and under free (Please let us know if children 5 years old or younger are boarding with you when you purchase tickets as we need to include them in the head count) Proceeds benefit Whatcom Museum exhibitions and educational programs.

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