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The MV Skansonia

Seattle , WA
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LOCATION

205 NE Northlake Way, Dock A
Seattle, WA 98105 US (map)

PHONE

206-545-9109

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ABOUT US

A History in Elegance THEN
The story of the Skansonia begins at the Skansie Brothers Shipyard in Gig Harbor where the keel for a brand new ferryboat was laid on July 9, 1929. This... Read more
A History in Elegance THEN
The story of the Skansonia begins at the Skansie Brothers Shipyard in Gig Harbor where the keel for a brand new ferryboat was laid on July 9, 1929. This was to be the Skansonia which was built for the run between Point Defiance and Gig Harbor. The Skansonia was built and ready for her engines in only six weeks time. After her fitting out, she began to ply the waterways of Puget Sound. She stayed with her route for ten years until the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was constructed at which time she began the Tahlequah to Tacoma run. But her destiny was not to remain on this run for long. In November of 1940, strong winds caused the collapse of the newly constructed Tacoma Narrows Bridge and a call went out for ferryboats to return to the narrows run. As a result, the Skansonia returned to the narrows run.

In June of 1951, the Skansonia became a part of the Washington State Ferry Fleet. Her route did change, however, becoming the Tahlequah to Point Defiance run. She continued on this route until 1967 at which time she was retired from active service.

In 1971 the WSF decided the Skansonia was surplus and she was listed for sale. In May 1971, the Skansonia was sold to Norm Volotin of Seattle who moored her on Lake Washington.
NOW
The MV Skansonia was sold and given a new life to become a premier private event facility, specializing in outdoor or indoor weddings and receptions. She sits on the North shore of Lake Union with an unsurpassed view of Seattle and the Space Needle. While her outside look remains the same, she now boasts many improvements such as forced air heat, large bay doors that open up to the patio, fireplaces upstairs and downstairs, oversized furniture from a 16th century castle, and vintage light fixtures from the Seattle Music Theatre.

Beginning in 2009 she had a complete interior redesign from head to toe. The new re-designed bathrooms, carpets, and freshly painted ceilings and walls keep her as a favorite venue for people seeking a truly historic piece of Pacific Northwest history. Perfect for any season, and accommodating to Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and Holiday Parties of all sizes, her maximum guest capacity is 300, reception style. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht, Historic
Describe the style of your venue
Nautical, Vintage, Waterfront
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Cake, Catering / Bar, Event Planning, Lighting / Sound, Outside Vendors OK
What food and beverage items are available?
Linens

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
50
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Exclusive Venue Use

REVIEWS

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Wedding:
3/21/2015
5.0/5.0
Had an incredible experience on the skansonia. VERY affordable and provided guests with an authentic Seattle experience. The staff was very helpful, professional, and easy to work with. The day-of went off incredibly smoothly and everyone loved it!
Had an incredible experience on the skansonia. VERY affordable and provided guests with an authentic Seattle experience. Read more...
Had an incredible experience on the skansonia. VERY affordable and provided guests with an authentic Seattle experience. The staff was very helpful, professional, and easy to work with. The day-of went off incredibly smoothly and everyone loved it! Read less
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The MV Skansonia responded with the following comments:

I had such a wonderful time helping create such special memories for the bride and groom! Thank you for allowing Skansonia to be apart of that special day!

-Vicki
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Kathleen
Wedding:
3/15/2015
5.0/5.0
The Skansonia was a beautiful venue! It was raining - a downpour really - on my daughter's wedding day, but the Skansonia was warm and cozy. Not stuffy and humid at all, which was my greatest fear. Everyone involved was very professional - friendly - and accommodating. We have awesome pictures and awesome memories from our special day on the Skansonia. Thank you!
The Skansonia was a beautiful venue! It was raining - a downpour really - on my daughter's wedding day, but the Skansonia Read more...
The Skansonia was a beautiful venue! It was raining - a downpour really - on my daughter's wedding day, but the Skansonia was warm and cozy. Not stuffy and humid at all, which was my greatest fear. Everyone involved was very professional - friendly - and accommodating. We have awesome pictures and awesome memories from our special day on the Skansonia. Thank you! Read less
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The MV Skansonia responded with the following comments:

Kathleen, Thank you so much for allowing us to help your daughter create such special memories on her special day. She was so beautiful. We are sending many wishes of endless smiles to the new bride and groom! :) -Vicki
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
The MV Skansonia team is amazing! The venue is outstanding, not only in historical value, but location location location. What's more NW than a ferry boat?!

Jen and Kristen walked my husband and I through the whole process and our wedding went perfectly. When we worked with the Skansonia team, we felt like their top priority and they were clearly focused on our needs.

Make sure to take time to check out the venue, if you're looking for views of Seattle and a waterfront wedding this is the place! You won't be disappointed! (oh ya, and it is affordable!)
The MV Skansonia team is amazing! The venue is outstanding, not only in historical value, but location location location. Read more...
The MV Skansonia team is amazing! The venue is outstanding, not only in historical value, but location location location. What's more NW than a ferry boat?!

Jen and Kristen walked my husband and I through the whole process and our wedding went perfectly. When we worked with the Skansonia team, we felt like their top priority and they were clearly focused on our needs.

Make sure to take time to check out the venue, if you're looking for views of Seattle and a waterfront wedding this is the place! You won't be disappointed! (oh ya, and it is affordable!) Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
11/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Worth every penny! For a flawless event with a professional staff this is where you should be married. Rain or shine, both of which happened on my wedding day, you couldn't go wrong with this timeless Seattle venue location.
Worth every penny! For a flawless event with a professional staff this is where you should be married. Rain or shine, both Read more...
Worth every penny! For a flawless event with a professional staff this is where you should be married. Rain or shine, both of which happened on my wedding day, you couldn't go wrong with this timeless Seattle venue location. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Excellent Affordable Venue and Team!
Food was amazing, everyone raved about the butternut squash raviolis afterwards. The mini cheesecake bar was delicious.
The team was excellent to work with, responsive with any questions we had, willing to work with us to make our day special and memorable. The day of we didn't have to worry about one thing. James was our coordinator that day and really went above and beyond.
The whole ambiance of the venue is so romantic and unique. I fell in love the minute we stepped foot on it to see it. I recommend stopping by to check it out.
Excellent Affordable Venue and Team!
Food was amazing, everyone raved about the butternut squash raviolis afterwards. Read more...
Excellent Affordable Venue and Team!
Food was amazing, everyone raved about the butternut squash raviolis afterwards. The mini cheesecake bar was delicious.
The team was excellent to work with, responsive with any questions we had, willing to work with us to make our day special and memorable. The day of we didn't have to worry about one thing. James was our coordinator that day and really went above and beyond.
The whole ambiance of the venue is so romantic and unique. I fell in love the minute we stepped foot on it to see it. I recommend stopping by to check it out. Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Kala
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
The Skansonia was the perfect place to have our wedding. Their prices were reasonable compared to other waterfront venues we looked at. They were also very friendly and available for meetings to discuss details. They made all of the arrangements for cake, food, and wine tastings since we worked with them and their partner Lake Union Cafe and Bakery for the catering and cake. They also have a pretty good partnership with downtown spirits where they will deliver your alcohol for free and you get buying in bulk discounts with no cork fees with the Skansonia bartender. The day of coordinator is also part of the package and they make sure everything goes smoothly with the DJ, alcohol service, floral, and food. I didn't have to think about much on my wedding day other than saying the right words at the ceremony and having a good time. The Skansonia made the whole process seamless and wonderful.
The Skansonia was the perfect place to have our wedding. Their prices were reasonable compared to other waterfront venues Read more...
The Skansonia was the perfect place to have our wedding. Their prices were reasonable compared to other waterfront venues we looked at. They were also very friendly and available for meetings to discuss details. They made all of the arrangements for cake, food, and wine tastings since we worked with them and their partner Lake Union Cafe and Bakery for the catering and cake. They also have a pretty good partnership with downtown spirits where they will deliver your alcohol for free and you get buying in bulk discounts with no cork fees with the Skansonia bartender. The day of coordinator is also part of the package and they make sure everything goes smoothly with the DJ, alcohol service, floral, and food. I didn't have to think about much on my wedding day other than saying the right words at the ceremony and having a good time. The Skansonia made the whole process seamless and wonderful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
For our wedding we researched a few places around Seattle and the Skansonia was by far the most beautiful and romantic. At first we thought we cannot afford it, but once we run the numbers in Excel it was much cheaper than all the other places combined so we went for it.
Jen was our wedding coordinator and she was amazing! Actually that would be an understatement. She was extremely professional and she went way beyond to make sure everything was very good and exactly the way we planned it.
We would say, if it wasn't for Jen maybe we wouldn't have chosen this place. She made the whole difference in having the wedding exactly how we imagined it. We highly recommend her if you want your wedding to be a positive and enjoyable experience and most of all, stress free!!!
We loved the food and the vintage feel of the boat. Our guests from out of state and out of the country, enjoyed the beautiful view of Seattle and South Lake Union.
All in all the pictures were great, the day was gorgeous and sunny and the boat is extremely romantic.
For our wedding we researched a few places around Seattle and the Skansonia was by far the most beautiful and romantic. At Read more...
For our wedding we researched a few places around Seattle and the Skansonia was by far the most beautiful and romantic. At first we thought we cannot afford it, but once we run the numbers in Excel it was much cheaper than all the other places combined so we went for it.
Jen was our wedding coordinator and she was amazing! Actually that would be an understatement. She was extremely professional and she went way beyond to make sure everything was very good and exactly the way we planned it.
We would say, if it wasn't for Jen maybe we wouldn't have chosen this place. She made the whole difference in having the wedding exactly how we imagined it. We highly recommend her if you want your wedding to be a positive and enjoyable experience and most of all, stress free!!!
We loved the food and the vintage feel of the boat. Our guests from out of state and out of the country, enjoyed the beautiful view of Seattle and South Lake Union.
All in all the pictures were great, the day was gorgeous and sunny and the boat is extremely romantic. Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
7/25/2014
5.0/5.0
I absolutely loved having my wedding at the Skansonia!!!! They made it so easy and beautiful. There were so many places to take pictures, hang out and celebrate. The food was phenomenal, the service was amazing and the setting was oh-so romantic and pretty. I highly recommend The Skansonia if you want a stunning, worry free wedding on Lake Union!
I absolutely loved having my wedding at the Skansonia!!!! They made it so easy and beautiful. There were so many places to Read more...
I absolutely loved having my wedding at the Skansonia!!!! They made it so easy and beautiful. There were so many places to take pictures, hang out and celebrate. The food was phenomenal, the service was amazing and the setting was oh-so romantic and pretty. I highly recommend The Skansonia if you want a stunning, worry free wedding on Lake Union! Read less
Services Used: Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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Alison
Wedding:
7/18/2014
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding and reception at Skansonia this past summer. It's hard for me to put into words just how much we loved our experience! To start with, the view is amazing (it's hard to beat being right on Lake Union with a view of downtown) and the venue itself is beautiful with so much character. The food is excellent, we still have guests talking about how much they enjoyed the food at our wedding. Also, you can bring your own alcohol with no corkage fee (this is a great deal for a wedding reception in Seattle). The whole process from initial planning to the day of our wedding was completely stress free thanks to Jen, Kristine and the rest of the staff at Skansonia! I highly recommend Skansonia, on top of being everything that we wanted and more, it was a great value! I just wish we were having a party there again this summer! :)
We had our wedding and reception at Skansonia this past summer. It's hard for me to put into words just how much we loved Read more...
We had our wedding and reception at Skansonia this past summer. It's hard for me to put into words just how much we loved our experience! To start with, the view is amazing (it's hard to beat being right on Lake Union with a view of downtown) and the venue itself is beautiful with so much character. The food is excellent, we still have guests talking about how much they enjoyed the food at our wedding. Also, you can bring your own alcohol with no corkage fee (this is a great deal for a wedding reception in Seattle). The whole process from initial planning to the day of our wedding was completely stress free thanks to Jen, Kristine and the rest of the staff at Skansonia! I highly recommend Skansonia, on top of being everything that we wanted and more, it was a great value! I just wish we were having a party there again this summer! :) Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
SO WONDERFUL. The venue is beautiful and the best part was that it is all-inclusive! We didn't have to organize bringing chairs, tablecloths, or anything like that. They even had table runners and electric tea lights (classy ones) to rent for decor. They have an on-site caterer, and day-of planner, who was indispensable.
When we looked at the boat for the first time, I thought "wow! This place is going to be way out of our budget!" I was pleasantly surprised. They charged us like a caterer! It was awesome!
Jenn and Kristine are very nice and professional, and they really made our day special and just how we wanted.
SO WONDERFUL. The venue is beautiful and the best part was that it is all-inclusive! We didn't have to organize bringing Read more...
SO WONDERFUL. The venue is beautiful and the best part was that it is all-inclusive! We didn't have to organize bringing chairs, tablecloths, or anything like that. They even had table runners and electric tea lights (classy ones) to rent for decor. They have an on-site caterer, and day-of planner, who was indispensable.
When we looked at the boat for the first time, I thought "wow! This place is going to be way out of our budget!" I was pleasantly surprised. They charged us like a caterer! It was awesome!
Jenn and Kristine are very nice and professional, and they really made our day special and just how we wanted. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue

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