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St Johns Rivership Company

Sanford, FL, USA
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About St Johns Rivership Company
Our ship, the "Barbara-Lee", is an authentic paddle-wheeler, hosting lunch, dinner and specialty cruises. She travels across Lake Monroe and up the beautiful St. Johns River. Live entertainment, full table service and an entree selected from a menu are part of every cruise. All meals are prepared fresh in the galley. Included are appetizers, salad, dessert, and your choice of coffee, tea and iced tea. A full cash bar is also provided onboard. With three dining levels and the flexibility of table setting, it is the perfect setting for anniversary and birthday celebrations, reunions, weddings, business meetings and private charters.
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B C wrote a review Apr 2021
12 contributions1 helpful vote
We enjoyed this and were impressed with the service. Was a little surprised with the cut of prime rib. It was only about 1/4" thick.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Adrian wrote a review Mar 2021
Orlando, Florida2 contributions
My fiancée and I wanted to do something different for date night and we found the dinner and dancing cruise to be an amazingly awesome time! Neither one of us knew what to expect so when we arrived and saw mostly retirees we figured it would be an older crowd with probably soft music playing for dancing. That would’ve been fine, however, that was far from the case. The crowd ended up being diverse and there was a two person band that was extremely talented and fun. I’m getting ahead of myself....let’s talk about the food. When you’re seated you are brought your drinks and fruits/veggies. I was hoping for bread but that didn’t come until later. Alcoholic beverages are very cheap and the waitstaff was very attentive. An announcement comes on at around 7:45pm (cruise starts at 7:30pm) saying dinner will be in an hour so feel free to walk around the ship. There aren’t a whole lot of places to walk and with the pandemic maintaining social distancing was a challenge. I’m not complaining though as it was still nice to go above deck and see the beautiful sky. A lot of guests on our cruise were smokers (we aren’t) so they took up various places on the deck. We didn’t particularly mind but it was apparent that others did. Before dinner they bring you rolls that hit the spot! Immediately upon boarding the ship you are required to choose your meal. I got my favorite which was prime rib and it was by far some of the best I’ve ever had! It came with mashed potatoes and green beans. I’m not a fan of green beans and would’ve preferred the option to get double mashed. They brought a nice salad and the dessert was the best red velvet cake I’ve ever had! I don’t even care for cake much and I couldn’t stop eating it. After dinner the real party started. Everyone got up to dance and the band knew all sorts of songs from the Cha Cha Slide to songs from the 50’s. Everyone was happy. The boat itself was older but that’s what gave it more charm. For $75 per person we had a great meal and an awesome time! Would highly recommend. Only thing I really didn’t like was how late dinner was (9pm) but if that doesn’t bother you, enjoy yourself. We will do the lunch cruise next!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Nancy H wrote a review Mar 2021
Mount Dora, Florida385 contributions103 helpful votes
We love these kinds of excursions! This was so organized with our tables preassigned, it made it so easy. Groups sat together for lunch and we had a big table to ourselves. Our server Ginger was so efficient and friendly. We ordered from the menu, prime rib, which was delicious. Everyone received the same appetizer, fruit and veggies with dip plus delicious sticky buns. It was a beautiful day so we really enjoyed the scenery along the river. There was live music too. Everything was great!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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AV8VA wrote a review Dec 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio7 contributions
Went on the Thanksgiving dinner cruise with my brother and his girlfriend. Everything was absolutely first class in every respect. The food was excellent and the portions were generous (they even came around with platters of turkey, offering seconds). The staff was outstanding in every way - they were friendly and welcoming and seemed to know what we needed before we could even ask. The entertainment was excellent, with a good choice of music and a volume level that didn't overpower conversation. There was even a presentation on the history and geography of the river, with some great stories - highly entertaining. I later told a friend about it and he and his girlfriend also did a dinner cruise several days later; they raved about it as well. This is something I definitely want to do again on my next trip to Florida!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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jkarenwms55 wrote a review Nov 2020
Tampa, Florida250 contributions74 helpful votes
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We visited for my 65th Birthday and we had a fabulous time. The food was delicious and our Server Sarah was very attentive. I highly recommend this luncheon cruise!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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