Take an exciting 3 hour sea cruise on an historic tall ship!

Board & tour a tall ship at the dock. Great family fun!

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If a sailing adventure is more to your taste, tickets are available for either morning, afternoon or evening sails on more than 15 ships. Sailing adventures offer a unique opportunity to experience the romance and adventure of the high seas. Climb aboard!  Cruises make great gifts!!
Some sailing adventures will include mock cannon battles with other vessels.
Evening adventures on July 4 will include viewing of the fireworks in Commencement Bay. However, tickets are limited, call us for best pricing and options!
During your adventure you will be considered a “sail trainee” and must abide by all boarding regulations (see below).
All sail trainees must be present at least 30 minutes before sailing or their passage will be canceled without refund. Standby tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis and are sold for cash only to those who are in line at least 30 minutes before departure.
Make your sailing adventure even more memorable with one of our tasty boxed meals.

A variety of breakfast and lunch meals are available to sate everyone’s palate.

Only boxed meals provided by Tall Ships® Tacoma are allowed on sailing vessels. You can add your boxed meal to your order when you purchase your sailing adventure.

Scroll down for pricing and details. Yum!

Cruises start at $40. Buy a cruise!



To tour our beautiful tall ships you need a boarding pass.  Passes are available for purchase now and good for July 4, 5, 6 and 7 to tour more than 30 ships while they are moored in the Thea Foss Waterway.  At any given time about 50 percent of all the ships will be available for tours.
FREE TOUR ALERT!:  No boarding pass is needed to tour the USCG Eagle. She was taken as a war prize by the United States, and was commissioned in 1946 into the Coast Guard and is still in active service!
Boarding passes are date-specific and must be exchanged for a wristband at the festival before boarding. 
Children aged 10 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Ships will be available for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but lines for boarding will close each day at 5 p.m.
Guests must abide by all boarding regulations to visit the ships (see below). Discount coupons for General Boarding Passes and Premium Boarding Passes are available from all State Farm insurance agents in the Puget Sound area for Centralia to north of Everett.  A complete list of State Farm offices is available on the website.
Discount coupons can be redeemed online, at the Tall Ships® Tacoma Ticket Office or at the festival.
In addition, Monday July 7 will be Military Appreciation Day.  All active-duty members of the military and their families will receive 50 percent off any General Boarding Pass or Premium Boarding Pass purchased at the festival that day.
Please note that boarding passes are to tour vessels only, they do not include access for sailing adventures.  If you want to go on a sailing cruise on one of our tall ships call us for availability and pricing, 253-272-1372 Mon-Fri, noon to 6 p.m. | Sat, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General Boarding Pass    $10 per day
Allows access to all of the General Class vessels (approximately 25 ships) as well as access to a special viewing area for the Premium Class vessels.  Great day out with the kids! 

Premium Boarding Pass   $20 per day
Allows access to ALL vessels plus the Premier Class Niña, HMS Bounty and Kaisei.  

Missing the Premier Class vessels is like getting an ice cream sundae without the cherry on top – no one wants to miss that!!  

BEST VALUE: Treasure Pass     $60 (Four-Day Pass)
The Treasure Pass is like the Premium Pass but it is good for FOUR DAYS OF FUN!  This pass allows access to all vessels including the Premier Class Niña, HMS Bounty and Kaisei.  Tour at your leisure and save $20 over buying individual day pasess. One wristband will be issued for all four days and must be worn to tour the ships.

BONUS: Combine your Tall Ships® Tacoma day with a visit to Tacoma’s Museum District (within walking distance of the festival).  Anyone wearing a Tall Ships® Tacoma wristband only pays $5 for admission to either the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum or the Washington State History Museum during the festival.  Crew members with crew wristbands get in free.