Recently my family and I had the unique opportunity to go on a lunch cruise on the Spirit of Philadelphia. We decided to do this at the very end of August as a sort of last hurrah and celebration of both the end of summer and back to school starting for both of our girls. We headed down to Penn’s Landing on a Sunday morning as boarding for the lunch cruise started at 11:30am. Despite some lousy and unexpected Sunday traffic, we still made it in plenty of time to board. We parked at the lot adjacent to the pier on Penn’s Landing so it was very convenient and easy to park. We had our family photo taken before we boarded and then we walked up and into the ship. On our way we were greeted by the captain and co-captain out on the walk in. Once inside the boat, it was a beautiful and happening party atmosphere. It was like we were going to a wedding without the family drama and obligation to bring an expensive gift. We were seated at our table which ended up being right by the dance floor. At first, we thought that might be a problem for our fairly noise sensitive older child. We even asked the waitress about the possibility of moving to another table a little farther away from the dance floor. She was more than accommodating and would have happily moved us if we had pushed for it. I’m glad we stayed where we were because it eventually did get a bit quieter and we were right next to all the dancing and fun.
My husband and I ordered some rare (for us) Sunday brunch cocktails – I had a mimosa and he had a Bloody Mary. The girls got settled in with their apple juices and we took in the views and waited for our turn to be called to the buffet. We got called up fairly quickly and got our lunch plates. The food was overall pretty good. They had chicken, fish and pork loin. Plus, there was salad, vegetables (mashed potatoes and green beans, I think). And there was also a fancy macaroni and cheese type dish. My picky eaters did not eat much but I think they were also too excited about everything to really sit and eat. After we ate, we decided to wander out on the deck. What a view!! It was a perfect sunny and not too hot day and all of us loved seeing such unique views along the Delaware. We got some great pictures and stayed out just taking it all in for a while until the girls wanted to go check out dessert. Desserts were brought around by our wonderful waitress and were really yummy with a sampling of several different goodies per plate. The girls of course gobbled those all up (go figure, right?).
After dessert it was time to dance! The girls were moving out on the dance floor with the rest of the cruise passengers and had me out dancing with them as well. I loved watching them enjoy themselves so much by dancing and watching the other guests dance, too. There was a great DJ who kept things going with fun songs and even by taking requests. Earlier in the cruise the DJ had also given us some interesting trivia and fun facts about various Philadelphia attractions and the attractions we were passing as we cruised.
Overall the experience was just awesome! The service was fantastic and all four of us had such a fun and memorable time. It will surely go down in my family’s memory as a fantastic and unique family fun day in Philadelphia. Thank you Spirit of Philadelphia – we can’t wait to do it again!
If you go:
Spirit of Philadelphia offers Lunch, Dinner, and even Gospel cruises!
Lunch cruise base ticket: $39.90 – $44.90
Dinner cruise base ticket: $67.90 – $84.90
Order tickets online at http://www.spiritofphiladelphia.com/ or by calling 1.866.455.3866
Disclosure: I received four complimentary tickets to try out a Spirit of Philadelphia lunch cruise. This is not a sponsored post. As always, all opinions expressed about loving new and super fun ways to enjoy Philadelphia are our own.