Event Spotlight - Royal Cruise

Updated: Apr 28

Our most popular event - our Royal Argosy Cruise Ball is finally back after 2.5 years!


Join us on April 30th, 2022 from 12:00-2:00pm, 3:00-5:00pm, and 6:00-8:00pm. This event will only happen once each spring going forward to allow us to feature other special events during the rest of the year so be sure to get your tickets now so you don't miss out!


Families who have attended in the past are always eager to attend this event again, but it you haven't been before, it can be hard to know what to expect so we're here to answer some of your questions about this one-of-a-kind event!

Our Royal Cruise takes place on the Argosy Ship Spirit of Seattle. This large boat features two indoor levels, one outdoor level, and two small outdoor decks on the second level. The ship will leave from the Kirkland Marina *changed to Carillon Point* at the designated event start time, will cruise around Lake Washington, allowing you to enjoy beautiful views of the PNW, and will return to the Kirkland Marina at the end of the event.


Have questions about the event?
Check out our FAQs below!

How many characters will be there?

This event features 17+ characters, more than any other event we offer! You can be sure that favorites like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Mirabel, Tiana, Ariel, Moana, and more will be onboard, excited to make special memories with you and your family.


How many guests will be there? Will it be crowded?

We only sell our cruises at 75% capacity at the very most to ensure that guests have plenty of space to move around and plenty of time with the princesses!


Is there food on board?

We will have a special dessert buffet with cookies and other sweet treats for you to enjoy while onboard. We recommend eating before attending so that your little ones have a full belly and so that they enjoy the treats without overfilling on sugary snacks!


What should we wear?

We recommend wearing something special since we know you'll want to take tons of photos! Most little ones choose to wear a favorite prince or princess outfit or something fancy and we most often see adults in sundresses, slacks, gowns, cocktail attire, or a fun costume. We recommend ensuring that dresses are easy to walk in and don't drag on the ground to make it easier to move around the boat.


What happens during the cruise?

When you first board the ship, you will be able to explore the entire ship and say hello to all of your Royal Friends who will be spread out around the boat. After 30-45 minutes, we will feature live vocal and dance performances by some of your favorite characters before giving you more time to spend with the characters, enjoy the desserts, and socialize. To wrap up this special event, we will have even more performances and a big dance party/sing along!


Will we get seasick?

Due to the size of the Argosy ships and the generally smooth waters of Lake Washington and Lake Union, seasickness is rare but is possible. If you are prone to seasickness, we recommend taking any precautions you need before boarding the boat to ensure that you enjoy yourself.


What if it rains?

We will set sail rain or shine! The Spirit of Seattle features plenty of indoor space with large windows so you can still enjoy the views regardless of weather,


Who needs a ticket?

All guests need a ticket to board the boat regardless of age. Due to the nature of this event being aboard a boat, we are not able to make exceptions to the policy that every guest needs a ticket to board for this event, however, we do offer many other events where adults and/or babies do not require a ticket.


Do we need to wear masks?

Masking requirements for Argosy ships are determined by Washington State as well as the United States Coast Guard. If either party requires masks, then masks must be worn by everyone when indoors onboard the ship. Masks may be removed when eating/drinking and when outside. An email will be sent out to all registered guests one week prior to the cruise with updates, including mask policies. I


Are there any other covid precautions being taken?

All of our staff members are fully vaccinated. In addition, we are reducing capacity on our April 30th, 2022 cruises to allow for more social distancing while onboard.


What should I bring?

Just your family and a camera! We recommend bringing as little with you onboard as possible so that you don't have to worry about your belongings and can focus on the fun! We ask that you leave strollers or any large possessions in the car or at home when possible, to allow us to make the most of the space that we have. If you have medical equipment, accessibility needs, or other larger items you will need while onboard, we encourage you to email us in advance so we can coordinate with you as needed.


Where do I park?

The Kirkland Marina *changed to Carillon Point* features a large parking lot, however, it can get crowded on sunny weekend days so we recommend planning extra time for parking. If you can not find parking in the marina lot, there are other parking lots and street parking within a short distance.


If you have any additional questions please email us at info@paintedpalaceparties.com or call us at 425-889-5100 and we would be happy to assist.


To purchase your tickets, visit: Royal Argosy Cruise | The Painted Palace (paintedpalaceparties.com)


We can't wait to cruise with you all soon!




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