Riverboats harken back to a kinder time, evoking great memories of Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer sitting near the river watching the wonderful paddle-wheelers flow by. Pennsylvania riverboat cruises operate some of the most historic waterways of the nation, which will include Susquehanna or Delaware rivers. Cruises will mostly range from short sightseeing cruises to longer ones that include lunch or dinner.
Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat
The Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat operates on the Susquehanna River with a few public trips every year from May through October. Sightseeing tours will last for about one hour and leave the Hiawatha docks in Susquehanna State Park, Pennsylvania. Travelers are able to enjoy the lush green river banks which are in fact unchanged from those days when boats ruled the waterways of this country. Longer Sunday brunch, karaoke or concert cruises that will last from ninety minutes to over 3 hours are available as well. Sunday brunch cruises will feature a lavish buffet which will consist of a large selection of meats (bacon, ham and sausages), egg dishes as well as a lot of sorts of sweets, such as muffins or pastries. Hiawatha Paddlewheel also provides private charter cruise trips.
Pride of the Susquehanna
The Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society will provide public river cruises on the Susquehanna River on a daily basis from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Cruises will take place on board The Pride of the Susquehanna, a genuine stern paddle-wheel ship. Sightseeing cruise trips will last only forty five minutes and provide panoramic views of the Harrisburg skyline as a recorded program will talk about the history of the area. Specialty cruises will be available as well, like dinner, fall foliage, Italian festival or fireworks cruises. On board the murder mystery cruise, passengers will take part in an interactive theater production and will try to decipher various clues to find out who is the murderer; it may even be one of the guests. The Italian festival cruise will feature a sumptuous buffet of ravioli or lasagna, but also wine and music. The Pride of the Susquehanna will be available for private charter reservations as well.
Riverboat Queen Fleet
The Riverboat Queen Fleet, a replica of the nineteenth century paddle-wheeler, is only available for private charter cruise trips on the Delaware River. The itinerary length or duration of this tour is mostly of to the customer, as will be the menu for extended dinner cruise tours. The Riverboat Queen Fleet has two decks, which will include a dance floor on the top deck. The lower deck will be air-conditioned and also heated. Guests will be able to enjoy panoramic view of downtown Philadelphia. The river is steeped in history; it has the sight of Washington`s hasty riverboat crossing on Christmas Day to stage a surprise attack close to Trenton on German troops.