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Lunch Cruise in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Lunch Cruises
This special lunch cruise delivers a unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and spectacular views.
Savor the sensations of Philadelphia on the new, completely-renovated interior dining decks of the Spirit of Philadelphia. Begin by going through the Grand Lunch Buffet for a wide variety of delicious foods sure to please all taste buds.
While you dine, enjoy a fascinating narrated tour of Philly's most spectacular sights such as Penn's Landing, Moshulu, Flag Ship Olympia, Gazela, Ben Franklin Bridge, USS Becuna, Adventure Aquarium, Philadelphia Skyline, Naval Shipyard, Walt Whitman Bridge and much more seen from huge panoramic windows. Throughout the cruise talented DJs will create the perfect musical vibe.
Please Note: Rates for this cruise vary by date, time or day of the week. When you choose your specific date on the availability calendar, the rates for that date will be displayed.
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.
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. You won't find such an array of attractions anywhere else.
Sightseeing on the Lunch 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 this 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.
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.
While you dine, you’ll enjoy a fascinating narrated tour of your city's most spectacular sights, seen from the huge panoramic windows. Throughout the cruise the DJs will create the perfect vibe.
As irresistible as the view is the menu, which offers you a satisfying array of choices and flavors. Attentive servers cater to your every beverage request so you can relax and enjoy the entertainment and sights. A host will invite you to a buffet of popular favorites featuring several entrees, vegetables, salads and side dishes. You'll finish off with dessert and coffee or tea. Cocktail service is available throughout the cruise at your table or from one of the bars.
Lunch Cruise Menu
(subject to change)
Please click here for a sample menu for this cruise.
Rates do not apply for specialty cruises such as Easter, Mothers Day or Fathers Day.
72 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. This tour does not include hotel pick-up. Prices include gratuity on food service. Bar service (beverages, tax and gratuity) not included. Please order online or call to order or for more information.
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