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Address: 29 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone Number: 315-934-4157
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The Mystère is the first passenger boat to call Poughkeepsie homeport...

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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High School class trip

After a delicious lunch at the Culinary, we enjoyed a very pleasant cruise with our class of high school seniors. The crew was most accommodating and the ride was relaxing and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
Greenwich, Connecticut
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

After a delicious lunch at the Culinary, we enjoyed a very pleasant cruise with our class of high school seniors. The crew was most accommodating and the ride was relaxing and enjoyable.

Thank 123lsc
Wappingers Falls, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This cruise was a big disappointment for me and my friends. We were told the staff was short handed - we did not realize that would mean getting our own drinks, being served 2 out of three of the advertised courses, cold food. I have emailed and called Empire Cruises but have received no response back. Very disappointed; will not... More 

Thank jsalvado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Took the 11:30 cruise, buying tickets through Trip Adviser was very easy. They had our names when we got there but print out the purchase just in case. The boat was nice, nothing fancy. There was a birthday party aboard with many little kids. The captain announced at the beginning of the trip to mind your children and be respectful... More 

Thank Katherine S
Hyde Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

My husband and I had our anniversary dinner cruise on Empire . For starters we were greeted by Captain , Jeff Pyle and his crew . Such a friendly and professional staff . The boat was clean , the food was awesome ! The wait staff was prompt , polite and fast ! As we cruised up the Hudson the... More 

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Hopewell Junction, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

My family and I have been treated better at fast food restaurants. First let me start by how RUDE the staff was to my elderly disabled parents who could not make it to the top of the ship of this dinner cruise. 8 of us went for a 50th birthday party, however, the party they had upstairs was more important... More 

2 Thank bride2be598
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38 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We did a dinner cruise last year. Cruise was great, but the food wasn't that great. I just think its hard to have food that was prepared ahead of time and delivered to the ship and then served later on.

1 Thank Cooperstown
Berne, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Ok but not great. Everything struck me as average. Commentary was mostly canned. We waited a half hour for another tour bus to arrive which shortened our trip a bit. Didn't think that was fair. Great river. Must be something better to do.

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

Good morning, Thank you for coming with us. We appreciate the feedback on the narration and will work on improving it. What date did you go on the cruise. We strive to leave on time and wish to look at the vessels departure logs to see what time they left. Thank you again. You may write to us directly att... More 

Jersey Shore
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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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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 

2 Thank The_Concierge_8
Brooklyn, New York
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2 reviews
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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