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Argosy Cruises adds augmented-reality experience

How to make wait time go faster by playing with the kraken

Argosy Cruises is adding a high-tech, augmented-reality experience to its Seattle cruises.

Using their own smartphones, guests will be able to play with a giant, color-changing kraken atop the Argosy ticket booth and watch orcas splash by in Elliott Bay. (Pro tip: If you’re lucky enough to see real sea life — and you might be — put down the phone.)

Argosy says the new feature “will add to the fun and adventure of the guest experience.”

How it works: Passengers will see signs and QR codes on the boat and while waiting in line on Pier 55. Scanning those will let guests interact with deep-sea creatures, from the safety of their own handheld technology!

“This project was an exciting way to enhance the guest experience as we welcome tens of thousands of visitors to Pier 55 and the waterfront this summer,” said Joanna Mumford, Argosy Cruises marketing manager. “Now, the unique experience of cruising with Argosy can begin before our passengers step aboard.”

Argosy offers sightseeing cruises in Elliott Bay and through the Ballard Locks multiple times daily, as well as offering corporate and special events.

Sadly, the popular trips to Blake Island/Tillicum Village have been discontinued.


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Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.