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“Lovely ride but disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Northern Lights Lake Champlain Cruises

Northern Lights Lake Champlain Cruises
1 King Street, Burlington, VT
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Ranked #8 of 21 activities in Burlington
Type: Boat Tours
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“Lovely ride but disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

I agree with Lupo1985 that the tour of the Lake was really pleasant and informative though it wasn't always easy to listen to the narration, but I must disagree wholeheartedly that it "was worth every penny". I found the buffet lunch to be embarrassing. It is not easy for me to write a critical review, but we planned our day around this cruise, made the trip into Burlington from another location in Vermont and we were really surprised by the experience. From the plastic covering the linen tablecloths, to the paper cups served with the drinks, we knew the "buffet" was going to be less than our expectations. Upon seating we were offered soup which came in regular restaurant soup cups placed directly onto the table without saucers and then we were invited to go up to the buffet table in the center of the room. 4 curved tables were formed into an 'S' and there, looking lonely in the middle, were a basket of sandwich bread, a plate of cold cuts and cheese, a bowl of salad greens and a bowl of cut fruit. Basically, sandwich fixings laid out ... NOT a buffet. If "make your own sandwiches" was what had been advertised, it would be fine. But it was not. For $2 less you get a "bountiful buffet" on the Ethan Allen, a true luncheon cruise experience - my mother has done that cruise many times. We took this cruise because it was given as a gift. It's a shame. The boat is in good shape, the dining room has potential, but it fell far short. On a positive note, the staff were very nice and attentive.

Visited July 2013
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice cruise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We enjoyed our 1.5 hour cruise on the Northern LIghts. We took the noon cruise. I would not recommend this one when it's hot. The boat cruises very slowly (not sure if this is due to people eating lunch below) and there is no breeze on a hot day. Would have enjoyed the sunset cruise much more.

Visited July 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Nice tour of lake champlain with lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Although the narration was at times difficult to hear clearly, the cruise itself was very relaxing and informative. About an hour and a half in all, we toured some parts of Lake Champlain and were given a cold buffet lunch ( make your own sandwiches - cold cuts, cheeses, tomatoes and onions), as well as some pasta salad, lettuce salad. Coffee and tea as well as brownies and cookies also! Soft drinks and alchohol are not included in the lunch service but can be purchased on board. This was in the main room closed in, but with windows overlooking the lake. Picture perfect. After lunch we went on the main deck outside ( upper level ) and admired the lake froma different angle and taking in some sunshine on a bench as we at about the midpoint in the cruise. for 26.99$+ tax for the tour and lunch it is definitely an activity that is worth every penny and a must for first timers to Bulrington. I hear they also have dinner sunset cruises but these were all booked when we arrived :(. maybe next time.

Visited July 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Seeing the Lake/hearing about its history is magical.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

A tour of be Lake, outside on the deck or inside looking out the windows while you hear the narrative if the Lake's history, is an easy, comfortable way to learn about the region. Food and beverages are available and often discounts can be found online.

Visited August 2012
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Milton, Vermont
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“Best view of the sunset is from a boat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I love taking friends and family on these cruises. I've also been to a few weddings and receptions. food is always good and even had fun in rainy weather. Sunset dinner cruises are a great way to spend an evening with friends.

Visited July 2012
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