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Empire Cruise lines

29 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
315-934-4157
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Owner description: The Mystère is the first passenger boat to call Poughkeepsie homeport in more than 2 generations. Her new homeport is located in the heart of New... more » Owner description: The Mystère is the first passenger boat to call Poughkeepsie homeport in more than 2 generations. Her new homeport is located in the heart of New York’s Hudson River Valley at the City of Poughkeepsie’s Victor C. Waryas Park. The dock is within walking distance to Metro North’s train station, the Walkway Over The Hudson, which is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world, and only minutes from the FDR Home and Library, Vanderbilt Mansion and so much more!We excel at group cruises and because we are a family run business you can be assured of the personalized service that is our hallmark. With our flexibility in service, attention to detail and our wide range of cruise options we can create a cruise package to suite your groups needs and our planner will work with you personally to create an itinerary that is sure to please all of your guests.For those lucky passengers who select a lunch or dinner cruise, our food service is the finest you will find on any tour boat on the Hudson. Meals are created by chefs from the Culinary Institute of America, and served by white gloved staff that will tend to all of your needs.So come aboard the 60 ft, double decked Mystère and experience the excitement of cruising under towering bridges spanning the storied Hudson River, glide past Gilded Age mansions and feel the cares and pressures of our hectic world melt away as we depart from the new homeport in Poughkeepsie. « less
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Wappingers Falls, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Our church senior group recently spent a lovely two hours on the Mystere, cruising north past many stately homes and interesting sites and turning around at Staatsburg. Captain Jeff was very knowledgeable and good-humored, and we all enjoyed his very informative narrative. The price was very reasonable and it was no problem moving around between the upper deck, with beautiful... More

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Kingston, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We held our annual company picnic on board the Mystere with a luncheon cruise on August 23, 2013. Jeff and Stepanie made the planning process seemless. Our entire staff raved over the trip: the food, the staff's attentiveness. We usually search for a different venue each year for our picnics, but staff is already saying they want to return to... More

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LaGrangeville, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

We booked the cruise online 1 hour before boarding time. Printed out our family pack ticket and we were off. The weather was perfect! The two hour tour north and back was comfortable. The captain informed us of sights such as the Vanderbilt mansion, Marist college, the monasteries and other historic sights along the Hudson River. The crew was fantastic,... More

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EmpireCruiseLines, General Manager at Empire Cruise lines, responded to this review

Tina V, Thank for the lovely comments! We are happy that you enjoyed your afternoon and look forward to having you aboard again! More

Plainview, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

My wife and I took a boat ride on a stifling hot day where the indoors downstairs with the sweaty smell was just as bad, if not worse than the heat on the top deck. Not much to see along the Hudson, so just sat back and relaxed and tried desperately to hear and understand what the captain was telling... More

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Syracuse
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

My friends & I heard about a Cinco de Mayo cruise leaving out of Brewerton from a college at work. We had been looking for a fun night out for the event but due to scheduling issues were having a hard time finding something. This cruise was a perfect fit for us! Personally, I don't generally care for boats, but... More

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EmpireCruiseLines, General Manager at Empire Cruise lines, responded to this review

Corrin N, We are happy that you enjoyed our celebration of Cinco De Mayo! We hope to see you aboard next year! More

wallkill, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We took the kids on a 4th of july boat cruise on the hudson river and had a great time. The staff of Empire cruise lines are friendly and courteous. My kids want to go back

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EmpireCruiseLines, Manager at Empire Cruise lines, responded to this review

Thank for your leaving such a nice review. We are happy that you enjoyed your time aboard and we look forward to having you back in the future! Stephenie Pyle More

Poughkeepsie, New York
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
12 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

My wife and I are happy not to have to go up to Kingston for a cruise on the Hudson mainly because the ship did not view the sights by my home town of Poughkeepsie. Although the ship is not as large as the Kingston one, it is still comfortable. There were 7 of us and we all enjoyed the... More

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EmpireCruiseLines, Manager at Empire Cruise lines, responded to this review

Thank you for being our guest and leaving such a lovely review. We hope you will visit us again to see the fall foliage! Best Regards, Stephenie General Manager More

Wappingers Falls, New York
Top Contributor
194 reviews 194 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We tried to take a river cruse with this company. Difficult, difficult, impossible. Phone calls not returned, told that it was sold out, but lo and behold, we did a lunch in the area, and there sat the boat, not leaving the pier when they were "sold out". They lost a group of 4, that were looking to bring a... More

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EmpireCruiseLines, General Manager at Empire Cruise lines, responded to this review

We apologize for the confusion you experienced with your reservation. Unfortunately, we need a minimum number of passengers for the vessel to depart and periodically the time slot is cancelled. Please feel free to contact me so we can make it right! Best Regards, Stephenie General Manager More

Rhinebeck, New York
Top Contributor
230 reviews 230 reviews
38 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

The show itself wasn't very good and I really struggled to hear part of it. :(. I did however keep myself occupied greatly when I couldn't hear or understand the show by enjoying the great views :) I will say however, if I had read their previous reply to another guest who had not been happy with the cruise that... More

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EmpireCruiseLines, General Manager at Empire Cruise lines, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know about your experience. We apologize that you were having a hard time hearing the actors. Please let us know if you are coming onboard in the future so that we can make sure you have an enjoyable time! Best Regards, Stephenie General Manager More

Rome
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

We enjoyed our boat ride,but from where we were sitting, we could not hear the commentary from the skipper. We chose to sit in the shade, on the first level, in the very front of the boat. Ideal seating , except for the hearing problem. Our choice..we could have gone inside or up top in the sun. We enjoyed it.

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EmpireCruiseLines, General Manager at Empire Cruise lines, responded to this review

Thank you for coming aboard with us and leaving such a nice review. We apologize that you were not able to hear the Captain on the first floor bow deck, though it is a wonderful spot to enjoy the views. The Captain or crew will gladly answer any questions you may have about the area, please do not hesitate to... More

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