There’s nothing better than being on the water on a hot summer’s day. Better still — being on the water with a refreshing drink in hand, along with family and friends, would probably take it up a notch. Here are 5 cool cruises, based out of awesome cities you can visit this summer, that mix the two together quite well.
Classic Harbor Line
New York City
What better way to enjoy the Big Apple than from the water? Classic Harbor Line offers an array of cruises (with plenty of drink options) on a variety of different boats (including schooners and yachts) that take you on the Hudson River past NYC icons like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the One World Trade Center. Whether it’s a romantic sunset cruise, an architecture cruise, private charters, or their new “Brew of the Boroughs” beer sampling cruise, you’ll find the friendly staff and captain make sure that it’s all smooth sailing in the sun.
This legendary steamboat (built in 1975) is synonymous with New Orleans and offers dinner and daytime jazz cruises that run daily, year round on the Mississippi River. It prides itself on giving you some authentic steamboat hospitality, alongside some amazing New Orleans cuisine and some fiery cocktails from the bar. You’ll also get to visit the engine room to see how a steam engine works. Steamboat Natchez also offers other tailor-made cruise experiences for small groups, including for parties and weddings.
Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships
Sail on a historic and elegant tall ship (a sailing ship with a high mast) and check out the beautiful Boston Harbor with Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships. You can get hands-on on deck by helping the crew hoist the sails and even taking the helm. There are plenty of refreshments available on board and you can unwind and relax in style. You have a variety of sailing experiences to choose from, including brunch sails, sunset sails, and even “Rum & Revelry Sea Chanty Music Cruises” (rum + sea chanties? SOLD!).
Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
If you’re visiting the Windy City this summer, don’t forget to take the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. This educational and very entertaining cruise comes with a docent (a volunteer tour guide) who will give you the background stories on some of the most interesting buildings on Chicago’s epic skyline. But it’s not all just great info — you can also grab a few brews or a glass of wine to enjoy watching life go on in the city from the river.
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Cruise the beautiful San Francisco Bay in style with Hornblower. The cruise and events company’s fleet includes the 292-foot San Francisco Belle sternwheeler, the largest private charter yacht on the West Coast. You can take in spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and the city skyline. Throw in some great food, cocktails, champagne, and even live music, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect summer cruise.
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