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Empire Cruise lines

29 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
315-934-4157
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Type: Ships, Sightseeing Tours
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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 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.

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Jersey Shore
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Cruised an hour up the Hudson from Poughkeepsie and an hour back. Captain and crew told us about the highlights along the way, regaled us with fun stories and generally made sure we had a great time. Boat is clean and up-to-date. Sit outside on the upper deck for the best views and a good tan. Had a ball.

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Trinidad
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310 reviews 310 reviews
104 attraction reviews
239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We only had two and a half days in Poughkeepsie so we booked to go out on the cruise on our last morning. Unfortunately due to a lack of bookings, the time slot we booked was cancelled so they emailed in advance and we rebooked for Thursday morning instead. Captain Jeffrey was very accommodating and helpful in this respect. We... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Enjoyed an afternoon sightseeing cruise on the Mystere with my hubby this past Sunday. Being first ones on board, we took position of the only 2 chairs on the bow of the boat - perfect spot for privacy (felt like we had the boat to our own) and if you don't like to be out on the sun too much... More

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Tranquility Nj
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Wonderful ship & crew takes you on a two hour cruise North past the Culinary Institute of America,(CIA), Vanderbilt Mansion and under the Walkway over the Hudson (also a must-do in the area). Serves drinks & snacks - highly recommend.

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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
16 helpful votes 16 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

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