More than just a ferryJuly 14th, 2011 by ed friedrich
SoundRunner is trying to be “More than a Ferry!” so it can
remain a ferry.
The Port of Kingston is putting more emphasis on marketing and special events since it resumed service on May 31. It has hired Christine Conners as a part-time event coordinator.
General manager Meisha Rouser hopes to attract commuters and non-commuters alike to the passenger-only ferry through events like Friday happy hour cruises and monthly midday trips.
The happy hours, on 5:20 p.m. trips back from Seattle, have had themes such as Mexican fiesta and Orient Express. This Friday it’ll be an ice cream social. People can hop the 4:20 sailing from Kingston to get in on the fun on the ride back.
The first Thursday of the month there’s a midday run that leaves Kingston at 11 a.m. and departs Seattle at noon, great for somebody who wants to shop or goof around downtown.
SoundRunner filled the Spirit of Kingston at $25 a pop for a fireworks cruise July 3 to Poulsbo.
Another cruise is planned for July 21, stopping to pick up folks at Port Ludlow and then tooling around for a few hours. to A sunset cruise to Point No Point and back is planned for August.
The events can only put a good light on the service that turned some people off during a bumbling first try in November. It also shows that you don’t need to be a commuter to benefit from the ferries.
“The community owns these boats,” Rouser said of the Spirit of Kingston and Kingston Express. “A big priority is the commuters, but there’s so many other things you can do with the boats.”
Boat rides to Mariners and Sounders games are also being planned.