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Spirit of Puget Sound by Jeff Switzer
   The Spirit of Puget Sound harbor cruises are bringing back the floor shows of Hollywood's Golden Age, immortalized by names like Ginger and Fred.
   Singing and dancing waiters and waitresses, a live band, a large buffet, and dancing are all part of the popular night out on Puget Sound, a convenient getaway to an atmosphere not unlike a toned-down Caribbean cruise.
   The 175-foot-long Spirit has been casting off from Pier 70 next to Myrtle Edwards Park since 1990, offering a tour of Elliott Bay with above-deck sightseeing and below-deck music and food. Tours last three hours for dinner, two hours for lunch, or two-and-a-half hours for a moonlight cruise ending at 2 a.m.
   Lunch and dinner buffets offer different preparations of salmon, chicken, beef, pasta, steamed vegetables, a Caesar salad starter, and dessert.
   Many on board celebrate company dinners, anniversaries, and birthdays, or are visiting from out of town. One recent cruise was made even more memorable, arriving at Pier 70 just as the Olympic torch was lit at Seattle Center, triggering a barrage of fireworks launched from the top of the Space Needle.
   Lunch cruises, daily from noon to 2 p.m., begin at $25.50; three-hour dinner cruises are more, but offer a daytime, dusk, and nighttime view of the skyline (7 to 10 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 6 to 9 p.m. on Sundays). Moonlight Cruises from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. offer dancing, snacks, and drinks on Fridays and Saturdays on selected dates for $16.50. Group rates are also available for company gatherings, conventions or tours coming to town.
   For more information or reservations, call (206) 443-1442.