Waterways Cruises was founded in 1994 by Hilton Smith and grew from a small family operation into Seattle’s most upscale cruise and event company. Originally starting with one yacht for private charters, Waterways successfully expanded its operations to three luxurious vessels (Emerald Star, Olympic Star, and Destiny), accommodating upwards of 30,000 guests per year in the last 16 years.

In 2010 Waterways Cruises launched Seattle Lakes Dining Cruises, departing from the South Lake Union Park in Seattle and from the Kirkland Marina Park. Featuring new menus, cruise routes and exciting entertainment options, Seattle Lakes Dining Cruises bring fine dining experience and sightseeing opportunities to the new departure ports.