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.
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