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Dinner Cruise in Philadelphia - Sunday thru Thursday
Philadelphia Dinner Cruises
This fun dinner cruise in Philadelphia is the perfect way to spend a night out. Enjoy the celebrated 3-hour dinner/dance cruise along the magnificent Philadelphia waterfront.
It has a magical setting enhanced by dazzling city sights and harbor lights. The evening will be filled to the For a party of two, a couple of couples, or a grand affair for up to 450 guests, this is the ultimate Philadelphia experience.
Make it a night to remember with family, friends or that special someone.
These rates are for Sunday through Thursday nights only.
Get ready for a special treat as you are escorted to your candlelit table. Many tables are designed for cruise style seating with other guests, reminiscent of ocean-going cruises. Order drinks, then feel free to explore the ship while the crew casts off.
Your waiter will invite you to the Grande Dinner Buffet where everything is freshly-prepared. Take as little or as much as you like. Savor your culinary selections over perfectly-paced dinner music and a never-ending views of Philadelphia.
Feel free to take your drinks topside and relax on the largest outdoor deck in the city. This cruise will also spotlight some of the hottest DJs in the city. For nearly two hours, they'll spin your favorite top 40 hits from various genres and styles and let you rock ‘til they dock - literally.
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. You'll get to see the city's most spectacular sights such as Penn's Landing, Philadelphia Skyline, Moshulu, USS New Jersey, The Navy Shipyard, Walt Whitman Bridge, Adventure Aquarium, USS Becuna, Ben Franklin Bridge, Flagship Olympia and much more, seen from huge panoramic windows.
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.
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.
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.
At night, Spirit comes alive with Entertainment. From line dances to Top-40 hits, the talented DJs know how to get everyone up and dancing and create the perfect vibe.
As irresistible as the view is the menu, which offers you a satisfying array of choices and flavors. Help yourself to the all you can eat buffet. Attentive servers cater to your every bar beverage request so you can relax and enjoy the entertainment and sights. Cocktail service is available throughout the cruise at your table or from one of the bars.
Please click here for a sample menu for this cruise.
Rates do not apply for special event cruises such as Valentines Day or New Year's Eve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any age requirements? --- Anyone may sail on our lunch and dinner cruises. Child rates apply to ages 3 through 12. Children ages 2 and under are complimentary.
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, please hold all cell phone conversations on the outside decks.
Do I need a reservation? --- Yes.
How far in advance should I make reservations? --- If you're planning for a large group, order online or 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 three days before the cruise, provided there is space available. We recommend ordering as early as you can, especially for special event cruises such as 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 men, appropriate attire includes slacks and a polo or button down shirt. For women, nice slacks, Capri pants or a sundress is recommended. Spirit strongly discourages collarless T-shirts, jeans, shorts or sneakers.
Is parking available at the ship? --- Yes.
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. Boarding the vessel begins 30 minutes prior to the scheduled cruise departure time.
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, the Captain will sail the vessel within the breakwater area.
What kind of food is served? --- These cruises feature all-you-can-eat buffets with delicious choices prepared on board by executive chefs and their galley staffs. Selections include beef, poultry and seafood with fresh vegetables, salad, rolls with butter, and dessert. With advance notice, requests for kosher meals can be accommodated, as can special meals for guests with allergies.
What do drinks cost? --- At the time of this writing - and subject to change - 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? --- This cruise features cabaret-style seating. The majority of tables accommodate four to eight people and guests are sometimes seated with other parties. Seating is pre-assigned by the crew. Sorry, but Spirit does not allow seating requests.
72 HOURS MINIMUM ADVANCE BOOKING REQUIRED. This tour does not include hotel pick-up. Rates are for Friday dinner cruises. Prices include gratuity on food service. Bar service (beverages, tax and gratuity) not included. Child prices apply to ages 3 through 12; children 2 and under are complimentary. Please order online or call to order or for more information.
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