Sequim a new excursion for cruise-takers

Paul Schiefen explains the distillation process to the cruise ship passengers. - Submitted photo
Paul Schiefen explains the distillation process to the cruise ship passengers.
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When the federal government shutdown left the Olympic National Park closed to visitors last fall, Connecticut-based American Cruise Lines looked to find new excursions for passengers traveling on its popular Puget Sound cruise.

Two local Sequim attractions stepped in to help entertain passengers during the cruise line’s stop at Port Angeles.

Jardin du Soleil Lavender Farm and the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park were added as “temporary” excursions. The new locations proved to be so popular with the passengers that the cruise line has added both locations to its 2014 itinerary.

The cruise ship passengers arrive by bus twice a week in the spring and fall and are first treated to a personal tour of Jardin du Soleil before heading over to the Audubon Center for another informative presentation.

“I give a brief history of the farm, show them the distillation process, and then let them explore the farm on their own. Most have never experienced a lavender farm and they have tons of questions,” said Paul Schiefen, owner of Jardin du Soleil.

“Similarly, at the Audubon Center, staff and board members greet the guests in the River Center with a small presentation about the Natural History Museum and Railroad Bridge Park,” explained Vanessa Fuller, of the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

“We spend some time answering questions about the displays and then get them out into the park, where they are left to discover and admire the beauty of the bridge and the Dungeness River. It is our honor to be able to show off one of Sequim’s most peaceful beautiful locations.”


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