Philadelphia Dinner Cruises
You'll enjoy this celebrated 3-hour dinner/dance cruise along the magnificent Philadelphia waterfront. Why go to a land-based restaurant when you can get so much more on this exciting cruise?
Feel right at home as you cruise in climate-controlled comfort. You'll be seated at your table where attentive servers will take your drink orders and invite you up to the buffet. Enjoy a bountiful meal as you gaze at an endless stream of riverfront sights. Listen to talented entertainers dazzle you with song. Unlike a restaurant or banquet hall, the cruise ship brings an ever-changing view of the Philadelphia skyline to you.
|Dinner Cruise in Philadelphia - Saturday
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||72 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. This tour does not include a hotel pick-up. Rate is for Saturday dinner cruises. Prices include gratuity on food service. Bar service (beverages, tax and gratuity) not included. There is no child discount for this cruise, but children 2 and under cruise free. Reserve online, or call us toll-free at 888-478-1479.
There is a $5.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order.
There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown includes any and all taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
Sightseeing on the Cruise:
Your cruise departs from Penn's Landing where Columbus Boulevard meets Lombard Circle. Your excursion covers the Delaware River with spectacular views of the Philadelphia and Camden Skylines. No trip to Philadelphia is complete without a view from the deck of our festive ship. And while you're enjoying all the highlights, you can dine, dance and have a great time, too.
1. Penn's Landing
The place where William Penn, Philadelphia's founder, first touched ground. Today, Penn's Landing is a riverside park and the place where Philadelphians gather in the summer to hear music and on December 31 to usher in the New Year.
2. Delaware River
Originally named after Lord Delaware who was the first governor of the Virginia Colony. An important body of water to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is used for commerce as well as pleasure.
3. Shot Tower
It looks like a smoke stack with a lid on top, but it's really America's first shot tower built in 1808. Shot towers revolutionized the making of musket balls and other solid projectiles based on the principle that molten lead will form perfect round balls when poured from a high place.
4. Old Swedes Church
This church hosts the oldest, active congregation in the country. It was founded in 1643, and it presently known as Gloria Dei Church.
5. S.S. United States
This huge ship (990 feet long - 80 feet longer than the Titantic) still holds the record for speed crossing the Atlantic. Passengers over the years have included Philadelphia's Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and presidents of the United States. This was the ship used in the movie "An Affair To Remember" with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Norwegian Cruise lines are purchasing her and bringing her back to full glory as a modern cruise ship.
6. Gazela and Tugboat Jupiter
The Gazela is a 177-foot-long square-rigged vessel built in 1883. In her first incarnation, she was a Portuguese fishing boat still operating as recently as the 1960's. She was the oldest tall ship to participate in the OpSail Tall Ship Festival in 1976, and also took part in the Statue of Liberty's 100th birthday celebration in New York Harbor in 1986. The Jupiter played a significant role in the development of commerce and transportation in the Delaware Valley. She is believed to be the oldest tug still active that represents Neafie and Levy's work. The tug's mechanical systems are a good example of the evolution of a typical workboat from 1900 to the 1950's. Currently, she takes part in educational programs, festivals, and boat parades. Jupiter is also used as a functioning tug, moving the Ship Guild's other vessels. The operation and maintenance is performed by a volunteer group of active and retired tugboat professionals and enthusiasts.
7. Old Christ's Church and Burial Ground
The church is one of America's most historic shrines and as such Philadelphians have always revered it. The church's steeple, at 196-feet high is to this day a visible landmark from many parts of the city. It is referred as the "200-foot steeple" by their guides. One can only wonder then, at what it meant to those ships of two centuries past coming up the Delaware river after months at sea.
8. Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges
The Ben Franklin Bridge was the largest single-span structure in the world when it opened in July 1926, and is still the largest suspension bridge in the United States. It is brilliantly illuminated at night, with special laser lights that "perform" as the high speed line train crosses over from one city to the other. The Walt Whitman Bridge is named after Philadelphia's famous poet, the dynamic bridge boasts a 2,000-foot span. The only way to cross this bridge is by car, truck, bus, or motorcycle.
9. Independence Seaport Museum
Located on Penn's Landing, the Museum captures the region's maritime heritage with family-oriented, interactive exhibits, magnificent ship models, artifacts and art! They maintain two historic landmarks along the Delaware that you are invited to climb aboard - Admiral Dewey's 1892 cruiser OLYMPIA and the WWII submarine BECUNA. After your cruise, if you have time, you can search for treasures in their nautical gift shop. The Sub Becuna was Commissioned in 1944 to serve as the submarine flagship of the Southwest Pacific Fleet under General Douglas MacArthur, the guppy-class Becuna was credited with destroying thousands of naval and merchant ships including a battleship. The Becuna became a training submarine at New London, Connecticut, and was decommissioned in 1969. The Flagship Olympia is the oldest steel-hulled American warship afloat, the U.S.S. Olympia served as Commodore George Dewey's flagship during the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898.
10. Sports Complex
A large complex used for sporting events, concerts, and other entertainment. This Sports Complex is comprised of 4 large stadiums. These are home to the 76ers Basketball, Flyers Hockey , Philadelphia Eagles Football along with Phillies Baseball Team. Philadelphia supports 10 professional sports teams! If you go there, look for the "Rocky" statue.
11. Naval Shipyard
The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard was the first Naval Shipyard in the Nation. It ceased operations on September 27, 1996. Many decommissioned ships are still docked there to view. More recent, this is the new site for Cruise Philly!
12. Camden Waterfront
The Camden Waterfront is a bustling area with many major attractions. Camden, New Jersey is home to Campbell's Soup, who built the beautiful new baseball stadium where the River Sharks play. The Aquarium, Tweeter Center, and the U.S.S. Battleship New Jersey make this an exciting place to come back and visit.
13. Philadelphia and Camden Skyline
As we come back to dock, don't miss the breath taking view of history blended with modern times. Be amazed at the transformation on the New Jersey side of the river, and, on the Pennsylvania side, amidst all the new tall buildings, don't forget to look for William "Willy" Penn who still stands on top of City Hall today? At one time it was the rule that no buildings could be any taller than this one.
The ship is alive with entertainment. Enjoy your favorite tunes woven into an interactive "Solid Gold" live musical revue. Then get moving as the DJ picks up the beat for non-stop dancing. While you relax and have fun, every window displays an endless stream of city sights. Whether you want to dance in the moonlight or gaze in wonder at the Philadelphia skyline, you'll find a different experience every minute.
As irresistible as the view is our menu, which offers you a satisfying array of choices and flavors. Whether helping yourself to our lunchtime buffet or enjoying your buffet dinner, attentive servers cater to your every request so you can relax and enjoy the entertainment and sights.
Relax with a refreshing beverage. Then our host will invite you to a buffet of popular favorites featuring several entrees, vegetables, salads and side dishes. You'll finish off with your choice of dessert and coffee or tea. Cocktail service is available throughout the cruise at your table or from one of our bars.
Dinner Cruise Menu
(subject to change)
Garden-Fresh Salad Station - Mixed Greens, ripe Tomatoes and crisp Cucumbers, dried Cranberries, Garbanzo Beans, Sunflower Seeds, shredded Cheese, Croutons, Bacon, served with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Ranch dressings
Chef’s Daily Salad Selection - Fresh and creative salad from our chef
Roasted Rosemary Beef - Slow-roasted tender Beef hand-carved to order and served with a rich Demi-Glacé and Horseradish Cream
Herb Marinated Pork Tenderloin Pork Loin carved to order
Chicken Fontina Pan-seared boneless breast of Chicken stuffed with Fontina Cheese and fresh Spinach in a light Garlic-Sherry Cream Sauce
Salmon Mediterranean Fresh Wild Alaskan Salmon* fillet sautéed and drizzled with Citrus, White Wine and Dill, served with a savory Chutney
Pasta Primavera - a la Vodka Imported Pasta in a light Vodka Cream Sauce with sautéed Broccoli, fresh Pea Pods, Mushrooms and Red Peppers
Garlic Smashed Potatoes Red Potatoes mashed with roasted Garlic and light Cream
Local Harvest Vegetable Medley Seasonal medley of locally-sourced steamed Vegetables
Buttered Green Beans
Sweet Dessert Duo:
Chocolate Mousse Truffle Silky Chocolate Mousse, covered in a decadent Chocolate Ganache, topped with a drizzle of White Chocolate
Lemoncello Cheesecake - New York-style Cheesecake, layers of Lemon Cake and tart Citrus Ganache
A variety of Breads including Freshly Baked Rolls, Demi-Baguettes, Artisan Breads, Crispy Flatbreads, Cracker Assortment will be offered.
*Wild Alaskan Salmon is certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Rates do not apply for special event cruises such as Valentines, July 4 or New Year's Eve.
Boarding time 30 minutes prior to departure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the ship go?
Your cruise departs from Penn's Landing where Columbus Boulevard meets Lombard Circle. Your excursion covers the Delaware River with spectacular views of the Philadelphia and Camden Skylines.
Are there any age requirements?
Anyone may sail on our lunch and dinner cruises. However, there is no child discount on Saturday dinner cruises. Children ages 2 and under are free.
What type of entertainment is offered?
The emcee plays a variety of lively dance music from the '40s through today. In addition, our lunch and dinner cruises feature a professional cast of performers who provide lively entertainment throughout the trip. Our lunch cruise also includes a narration.
What is your smoking policy?
All interior areas of our ship are non-smoking areas. Passengers who enjoy smoking may do so on the outdoor observation decks.
Will my cell phone work on the cruise?
Yes, your cell phone will work on the cruise. For the comfort of other guests, we ask that cell phone conversations be held on the outside decks.
Do I need a reservation?
What number should I call to make reservations?
Please call 888-478-1479 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm every day of the year.
How far in advance should I make reservations?
If you're planning for a large group, call us as soon as possible. A few months will make it easier to accommodate all of your preferences. Individuals should try to book within 30 days of their planned cruise. Of course, reservations can be made right up to the day of the cruise, provided there is space available. We recommend calling as early as you can, especially for special event cruises such as July 4th weekend and New Year's Eve.
Which credit cards are accepted?
We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
Can I make reservations by phone and pay at the ship?
No. For individual parties, payment is required in full at the time of the reservation.
What should I wear?
For evening cruises, appropriate attire is casual to dressy. Men traditionally wear slacks and sport coats, with or without ties. Women wear dresses or nice pants. We do not recommend T-shirts, jeans, shorts or sneakers in the evening. Afternoon cruises are generally more relaxed, and casual attire is fine.
Is parking available at the ship?
Do you sail in inclement weather?
The ship is fully enclosed and climate-controlled for your comfort and cruises rain or shine. If for any reason the ship does not sail, the event will be held dockside.
How early should I arrive for my cruise?
You may pick up your tickets one hour before the cruise time. We generally board the vessel one hour prior to the cruise.
Will I get seasick?
It's unlikely. The ship is one of the largest and most stable cruise ships on the waterfornt. On rare occasions when the water is very rough, our Captain will sail the vessel within the breakwater area.
What kind of food is served?
Our cruises feature all-you-can-eat buffets with delicious choices prepared on board by our executive chefs and their galley staffs. Selections include beef, poultry and seafood with fresh vegetables, salad, rolls with butter, and dessert. With advance notice, we can accommodate requests for kosher meals, and we can arrange special meals for guests with allergies. Other specialty menus are available for deck or full-ship charters.
What do drinks cost?
Mixed drinks start at $6.75 for standard brand liquors, $7.75 for premium drinks. All beer is sold by the bottle, with domestic beers for $5.50 and imported for $5.75. Wine begins at $8.00 per glass. Soft drinks are $3.00 each and juice is available for $3.00 each. These prices do not include tax and gratuity.
How is seating arranged on board?
Our ships feature cabaret-style seating. The majority of our tables accommodate four to eight people and guests are sometimes seated with other parties. Please speak to a sales representative about details and pricing. Please understand that we cannot guarantee specific seating on the deck.
72 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. This tour does not include a hotel pick-up. Rate is for Saturday dinner cruises. Prices include gratuity on food service. Bar service (beverages, tax and gratuity) not included. There is no child discount for this cruise, but children 2 and under cruise free. Reserve online, or call us toll-free at 888-478-1479.