Want to see Savannah from a different view? Take a cruise on the Savannah River Queen, a replica 19th century stern-wheel ... More
Savannah Riverboat Cruises
Want to see Savannah from a different view? Take a cruise on the Savannah River Queen, a replica 19th century stern-wheel riverboat. Daily one-hour sightseeing cruises are offered from River Street. Lunch, Sunday brunch, and dinner cruises are offered nightly. Some evening cruises have special themes, such as a gospel cruise with live music and a murder mystery cruise. It is also available for group events. No reservations are needed for the sightseeing cruise.
Just so happens the Moonlight cruise I took also had a Wedding reception in the same area, ie "dance Floor" and there was barley room for that not party, the Moonlighters were also kept out of the warm area except to go to the bath room, So a MoonLight Dance was pretty much out of the question so 60 some odd Moonlight Cruisers got to watch the Wedding Reception party down in the area they were suppose to be in, what a rip off, The Cruiseline NEVER should have double dipped with too different partys in one place, Vast majority of the "MOONLIGHTERS" just got out of the way and sat in silence waiting for the "WORST" Cruise possible to become a part of "HISTORY" better off forgotten....
We booked the Savannah Riverboat Dinner Cruise as part of my mom's birthday celebration weekend. I ordered the tickets online with no problem. It includes many options: sightseeing cruises, lunch cruises, dinner cruises. They also have theme cruises like for Thanksgiving or Mystery Murder Cruises. They also offer discounts when you book the cruise with a Savannah tour.
I easily picked up the tickets from outside a store directly across waterfront street and the riverboat. The ladies were courteous. The boarding time was an hour before leaving shore. The line went quickly and they even took a picture of us (all 12 :-) in front of the riverboat for purchase later. We ended up having two separate reservations and they quickly accommodated us to sit together.
There were three levels. We were on the second level and the one above us was having a wedding. Apparently the captain could marry people. The third level had benches where you could sit outside. The life vest chests were clearly marked and accessible. Be aware that there is a gap at the bottom of the railing where small children could slip through and fall off the deck into the water.
The river is a shipping waterway, so there is a small amount of debris int he water and many large cargo ships that use it. But it did not smell.
Inside was well air conditioned, so bring a light sweater. The tables and chairs were nice but sturdy. The servers bring you water, tea or lemonade with the meal price. But they do have a bar for an additional charge which does include fruity drinks. They use glasses, linen napkins and plates inscribed with a picture of the riverboat. Dinner is served as a buffet, but was well organized by the servers. The food was excellent. Fresh and well seasoned.
We ordered a cake from the local bakery and was able to have it delivered to the boat before we arrived. We inadvertently left one of the two tiers on the boat thinking the crew had packed both in one box. But the tier we did get was on one of the riverboat plates so my mom got a cool souvenir.
The DJ was great. He was able to get everyone up and dancing in the space set aside as the dance floor.
The cruise goes relatively slow with a smooth ride, so there should not be an issue with sea sickness. But I get sick looking down in the car so I wore my sea bands. The view was nice. It's mostly trees, but the boat does go by the waterfront street and you can see the shops, restaurants and hotels as well.
This was my second cruise on the riverboat. I went for Thanksgiving about six years ago. I enjoyed it and would go again. I recommend this to anyone and everyone. Savannah is a great place to vacation.
Reviewed by Cherese C.
I should have read the reviews before I went. This was me and my husband's first anniversary and we really wanted to have a great time. I have to admit that the cruise wasn't a complete bust but the food was the worst. I never had such bad food in my entire life. The chicken was dry, bread was dry, and the shrimp was over cooked. There was not enough choices for the amount of money we paid. We got the anniversary package which includes cake, flowers, and wine. Well the cake was a little bigger than a cupcake, the wine was cheap and flower(s) turned out to be (flower). Our server John was very nice but we won't be going back.
After reading many lukewarm reviews about the riverboat I was a little apprehensive, since I had already purchased tickets for my family. We took this boat ride for my daughter's birthday, and decided to forego the meal to eat at a local restaurant, so this was strictly for sightseeing. We live locally but recently moved here, and I was still enthralled with the local scenery. I was not expecting much, after all this is a RIVER boat tour. I enjoyed seeing the ships, bridges and the narrator had the perfect voice for the job. The crew was kind also. I was surprised that there was a snack board on the top deck where we could purchase drinks, as it was extremely hot out that day. The water kept a nice breeze blowing onto the top deck and we sat and took many photos of the passing barges and tugboats.
Overall it was an enjoyable hour spent with my family and my daughter really enjoyed it, as well as the rest of us! As long as you aren't expecting to see Italian or French scenery you will enjoy this tour.
. Last week my husband and I and my sister took a long weekend in Savannah. We enjoy the history and culture of the city .We made the horrible decision to go on the Gullah cruise on Thursday Night. The back ground music was loud you could not hear yourself or anyone else talk. We thought there would music, dancers and storey tellers, what they had was 2 ladies with straw hats, 3 bored teenagers and one loud woman that after about 10 mns you wished would go away. Most guests left the dining area and went on desk, which was the only way to enjoy this cruise! The food was on the level of a bad school lunch room. Pork chops were burnt, cabbage wasn’t cook, shrimp in brown gravy ….. Save your money, your hearing and your time. Go on a Ghost Walk.
My husband and I came to Savannah for our 1 year anniversary. We enjoyed every bit of the city...except this dinner cruise. We wanted to do something special on the night of our anniversary so we bought tickets. It started raining right around boarding time and it went downhill from there with these NON refundable tickets. We boarded the boat and the two of us got seated in the middle of a 6 seat table? The "live music" they claimed to have was actually a man with a keyboard, boom box, and some shakers. It sounded like a joke, but sadly it wasnt. We noticed most people around us looked just as uncomfortable as we did! We could not take the environment and ended up throwing the $110.00 and getting off the boat before it departed. THANK GOD. Getting off that boat was the best idea we had! SAVE YOUR MONEY! Go to The Olde Pink House or anywhere else and please do NOT attempt to do this for a special occasion!
We had our wedding reception aboard the vessel. We couldn't not have expected anything more! Our group charter consultant Christie was simply phenomenal! She answer every single one of my millions of questions with a professional and prompt reponses. When aboard the ship the crew was simply a pleasure. They were helpful, professional but most of all kind. Being the bride, they helped calm my nerves and allowed me to simply enjoy the day. Several of our guests left the ship saying "This is the best wedding I have ever attended!" Wow! That is a tribute to the crew of the Savannah Riverboat. I would defintely recommend booking this ship for your next wedding or special event!!
I don't know what these ppl are complaining about, I loved the cruise sooo much. The food was great, the entertainment was awesome!!! Had the time of my life, I highly recommend this trip for all people who love to have fun dancing and dining the night away!! Totally worth the time and money! Thank you savannah riverboat cruises!
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