Northwest NEWS

August 28, 2000


Amazing Cruises offers cruises in Puget Sound, lakes

* Many area residents and businesspeople are enjoying the hot, summer days by cruising on the waters of Puget Sound.
   For those without their own boats, Amazing Cruises, a division of L.W. Entertainment, Inc. of Kirkland, provides a wonderful, carefree experience on either the Sound or the lakes of Seattle.
   With two chartered yachts, the company caters to individuals on public cruises, as well as groups planning events such as corporate parties, fund-raisers, reunions or birthday parties.
   Each year the company offers selected times for those who want to go on a special three-hour cruise featuring reggae, jazz, R & B, salsa and country music, and special events like the Christmas Parade of Lights.
   Started in 1966, the company is owned and operated by Leslie Williams.
   "Tickets are normally $50 per person, but to develop word of mouth advertising, we offer a package of eight tickets for only $54.99. That includes everything except for a $10 departure fee and a two-drink minimum," said Williams.
   Amazing Cruises serves nonalcoholic drinks on the Lulu Belle, and a choice between alcholic and non-alcholic drinks on the Captain Cook.
   The cruises are scheduled on one of the two yachts. The LuLu Belle departs from Shilshole Bay Marina and takes passengers through the famous Hiram Chittenden Locks into Lake Union.
   A narrator explains how the locks operate. Spectacular downtown skyline and mountain views are seen, as well as the "Sleepless in Seattle" houseboat district in Portage Bay, Husky Stadium and amazing waterfront homes including the Bill Gates mansion.
   The Captain Cook leaves from Everett heading south past the Naval Shipyards with views of the gigantic aircraft carriers, to Mukilteo and the famous lighthouse, into the lower San Juan Islands circling beautiful Hat Island.
   Many times, sea lions are visible basking in the sun or there may be a gray whale sighting.
   The three-hour cruise includes an hors d'oeuvres buffet compliments of Larry's Market and CD music and a chance to win prizes at the Fantasy Casino.
   Passengers receive $3,000 in fantasy casino money to play at the black jack table. The dealers show people how to play.
   At the end of the cruise the "high rollers" receive prizes from the sponsoring companies, which include SAVI shopper. com, Hooters, The Spa at the Woodmark, BB McGraws and Rhythms Dance Studio.
   "We make a limited amount of discounted tickets available each year," said Williams, "and distribute them from Bellingham to Olympia."
   The company has received accolades from its customers.
   A real esate broker from John L. Scott recently wrote "The cruise received rave reviews from all who attended. Thank you for the outstanding customer service and hospitality that was extended to us that evening."
   A Pro Golf Discount employee said, "I'd like to be the first one to fully recommend it; we had a great, great time."
   And a branch manager at Washington Mutual writes, "I really appreciate your extra efforts...we enjoyed the cruises, music selections, food and beverages."
   Information and reservations can be made at 425-825-0771 or by visiting their website at