A Hudson River Cruise - There are few better opportunities to draw in the vistas of the Hudson Valley, or hear a local expert tell the rich colorful history of this American Heritage region.
Now, before you whip out your compass and captain's hat...
Let's find out which Hudson River Cruise company will best serve your needs and interests.
Many tour operators are similar in that...
But, you will find that each can deliver a unique experience to you as well.
Learn to sail with Captain Jerome and the Tivoli Sailing Company, or take your main-squeeze out on a private full moon cruise.
Boogie Down to local live bands on Friday nights in July and August when Hudson River Cruises opens up their boat to the 21 and over crowd.
Strap on your hiking boots and explore the ruins of Bannerman's Castle on Pollepel Island and visit the deepest part of the Hudson, "Worlds End," with Hudson River Adventures Inc.
Hop off the train and directly board the Mystère with Empire Cruise Lines. After your cruise take a stroll over "Walkway over the Hudson;" the rivers highest pedestrian bridge!
Throw a huge party aboard the historic Commander vessel as you journey through canyon river gorges with Hudson Highlands Cruises Inc.
For quick answers visit our FAQ section here.
Captain Jerome Hollick wants to make sure of one thing: That you have a heck of a time aboard his sail boats.
The Tivoli Sailing company offers a 10 week sailing course, personal tours with two person minimums, and private charters for groups up to 20.
Gain important life skills (and have plenty of stories to tell) after racing sail boats, mastering man overboard drills, learning about weather patterns, and how to tie knots. Perfect for kids during summer vacation!
Rekindle the romance on a Mid Summer Night Moonlight Sail. "[The Full Moon Cruise]... is one of my favorite things," says Captain Jerome, "It's like being in outer-space. You have the whole river to yourself."
Their popular Champagne Sunset Cruise for Two goes for $150 and lasts two hours; a deal you won't find anywhere else.
Celebrate your Honeymoon or Anniversary at the luxurious Madalin Hotel and then take off for an afternoon cruise the next day.
No car? No Worries!
The Rail Sail Getaway deal will pick you up at the Rhinecliff Amtrak station and sail you away for 4 hours. Do whatever you want. Want to stop for a drink in Kingston? Go for it. Or just enjoy a stylish ride to your B&B in Tivoli.
You will also eat like a king while riding the winds. Their menus are so good you might want to hire them for your next get together on dry land. "Simple, elegant, and delicious" is the philosophy.
Choose their catering option and you get two appetizers to share, one entree per person, plus dessert. Chow down on Swordfish, Rack of Lamb, and London broil, and many other mouth-watering meals.
They'll grill your grub right there on the boat using fresh food from local suppliers. The Captain says, "It's kind of like sport cooking. The crew really gets into it."
The crew will also entertain the kids, showing them the ropes of working a sailboat while you and your partner can enjoy each others company.
Speak to Captain Jerome and you will know that the Tivoli Sailing Company is all about the love. They love the Hudson. They love sailing. And they love sharing it with you.
Board the Rip Van Winkle at Rondout Landing along Kingston’s charming waterfront and prepare for an exciting two hour journey from Rondout to Hyde Park.
Scenic highlights include decadent riverfront estates such as Mills Mansion, Wilderstein, and the Vanderbilt Mansion; the historic Esopus and Rondout lighthouses, and the Catksill Mountains.
Besides their popular sightseeing tour, Hudson River Cruises provides kids cruises with a DJ and magician, Murder Mystery Dinner Cruises, and Music Cruises with live bands.
Wine, beer, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages are all served on board during sightseeing tours and dinner cruises are buffet style.
Stroll through Rondout (downtown Kingston) after your voyage. The historic neighborhood has plenty of top notch restaurants, unique shops, and art galleries.
Hudson River Adventures will take you on a journey through river's most historical and dramatic part; The Hudson Highlands.
The company operates two vessels; the Pride of the Hudson, and the Pollepel.
The sleek looking Pollepel takes you to the Bannerman Castle ruins where you will get off and explore the primitive and legendary Pollepel island.
Pollepel leaves from Newburgh, but will also pick you up at the Beacon Train Station in the city of Beacon.
This exclusive cruise is offered with the help of Bannerman's Castle Trust, and half of the money with this ticket goes to preservation efforts of the site.
On their other boat, Pride of the Hudson, a sightseeing tour will reveal excellent views of Mt. Beacon, Storm King Mountain, and Breakneck Mountain.
You will visit the deepest part of the river known as World’s End, see the West Point Military Academy, and pass between the highlands at Cold Spring.
Climate-controlled indoor seating on both their boats ensure relaxation and relief on those less than perfect days.
Treat yourself to one of many great restaurants on Newburgh's Waterfront. Walk a few blocks to General George Washington's Headquarters.
Or travel across to Beacon and visit DIA:Beacon. On Sundays visit their Farmer's Market on the water. Also consider visiting nearby Hudson Valley wineries.
Take Metro North to the Poughkeepsie train station and walk right on the boat! The cruise boat Mystère departs from Victor C Waryas Park. Remember to get reservations in advance.
If you have time, stroll the nearby Walkway Over the Hudson. It’s the highest pedestrian bridge over the river. Or visit the Mid Hudson Children’s Museum.
You can catch three sightseeing cruises everyday, one for lunch, one for dinner, and one in between. Theme cruises are also available. Go for a Dinner Theater Cruise, High Tea Cruise, or a Sunset Wine Cruise.
With tours leaving from Haverstraw, Peekskill, and West Point, the historic Commander vessel is quite busy.
From Haverstraw, take a full day tour from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays, or a 2 hour Sunday tour from 1:30 to 3:30pm. $33 for children and seniors. $35 for adults.
Their Hudson River Cruise leaving from Peekskill are three-hours and leave from Riverfront Green Park. $20 for kids $30 for seniors 62+ and $35 for adults.
West Point tours leave on weekdays only and last from 12:30 to 2:00 pm. $16 for seniors and children, $18 for adults.
How Do I Buy Tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online through each companies website. Most companies prefer that you reserve tickets in advance. However, Hudson River Cruises Inc. operates on a first come first serve basis, and doesn't except reservations for groups under 10.
What Will I see on my Hudson River Cruise?
The major attractions are Bannerman's Castle, Mt. Beacon, Storm King, Break neck, and the Catskill Mountains. Millionaire's Row, Esopus, and Rondout Lighthouse, World's End, West Point Military Academy, Constitution Island, Rhine-cliff/Kingston Bridge, and Bear Mountain Bridge. Besides these there are a ton of other points of interest.
How much does it Cost?
Regular Sightseeing tours costs typically cost between $19-$35. Theme Cruises with dinner cost upwards of $40. Private charters average $700-$900 per hour.
What Should I bring?
Warm clothes, a poncho in questionable weather, sunblock, and you might want to have something to protect your ears from the wind. Tivoli Sailing Company encourages you to bring food and drink if not choosing the catering option.
What happens if it rains?
The show goes on! However, cancellations can occur if there aren't enough passengers.
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