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The Spirit of Ethan Allen II

Burlington Boathouse, Burlington, VT 05401
802-862-8300
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Ranked #14 of 21 activities in Burlington
Type: Tours
Owner description: A relaxing cruise on this three-level ship provides gorgeous mountain views and an introduction to the history of the region by your ship's captain.... more » Owner description: A relaxing cruise on this three-level ship provides gorgeous mountain views and an introduction to the history of the region by your ship's captain. Also very popular are dinner cruises with themes ranging from a Hawaiian luau to a murder mystery. « less
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New England - USA
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209 reviews 209 reviews
72 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I have actually sailed on the Spirit of Ethan Allen II many times. I have been to a wedding, several fundraising cruises, several dinner theater cruises, a graduation cruise, and special cruises like theme nights over the course of several years. The food is certainly acceptable, but I wouldn't say five star. The real reason I go is for the... More

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Holliston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We took the dinner cruise on Wednesday evening upon arriving in the Burlington, VT area. We found the cruise pleasant, the wait staff attentive and the food was good. There was a variety of items to choose from on the buffet for all flavor palettes and dietary needs. Our weather was wonderful and the sunset breathtaking. It rained off in... More

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Merrillville, Indiana
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111 attraction reviews
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I enjoyed my relaxing cruise aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen II. Reservations were easy to make and the harbor was easy to find. The cruise takes about 90 minutes on Lake Champlain. Very good narration by the ship's captain. I learned plenty about Lake Champlain and the area. I wasn't bored at all. Plenty of comfortable seating both in... More

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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Wow what a wonderful tour of the Lake. Go for Lunch it is only 10 dollars more and the food was very good. The narration of the Lake History was wonderful. After Lunch sit on the upper deck and enjoy the weather and the view of a beautiful part of our country.

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Our office staff recent did a lunch cruise and had reserved and paid in advance for our lunch. Once we got on the boat for lunch they handed us a bill for 15% mandatory gratuity. It was not disclosed when I booked the event, I even book in person and they made no mention of a mandatory tip. I'm all... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Excellent cruise great narration great food. Cruised around Burlington, VT, Shelburne and Mallett's Bay.

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Toronto, Canada
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Skip the lunch and enjoy a cruise. As others have said, the food is underwhelming. The boat is smooth and the narrative points out the best stuff. If it is a hot day, expect a giggle when you approach the rocks nearing the end of the ride. Our cruise was not an hour and a half. We were horrified that... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

The sunset cruise had an option...murder mystery dinner theatre..Turns out there is not much mystery and very little theatre. You are also seated on the first deck inside at long tables and you might end up on far from a window. The best part of the dinner was the waitstaff, they were pleasant and efficient. The best feature of the... More

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Waterford, NY
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The snack/food items are pretty limited and quite pricey ($9 for a frozen cocktail, $7 for the kids' virgin daquiri) but was still a nice trip.

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Costa Mesa, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Took the 10 AM cruise on Oct.. 14, the last day of the season. Avoided the noon cruise because I was told the food is not worth the extra $. Website gives you a $2.00 off coupon. The cruise itself was informative and relaxing. The big problem was that there were a number of adults on board who thought the... More

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