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St Johns Rivership Company

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Address: 433 N Palmetto Ave, Lake Monroe Harbour, Sanford, FL 32771-1329
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+1 321-441-3030

Our ship, the "Barbara-Lee", is an authentic paddle-wheeler,...

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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Very nice day trip, Captain John was excellent and very entertaining. The entertainment was very good. The staff exceptional. Service was excellent. Dinner was good, sticky... read more

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Walter T
The Villages, United States
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The Villages, United States
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24 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very nice day trip, Captain John was excellent and very entertaining. The entertainment was very good. The staff exceptional. Service was excellent. Dinner was good, sticky buns themselves worth the trip. We had so much food we didn't get a chance to eat the shrimp we were all so full. Definitely do the 4 hour trip

Thank Walter T
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went on the three hour lunch river cruise today. Just a fabulous experience. The staff was extremely professional, organized, friendly, and suburb service from the initial loading of the ship, through the entire experience. The food was fabulous. We had Prime Rib with Mashed Potatoes, and Green Beans. My Sister had Salmon with Rice and Green Beans, Desert, Coffee... More 

Thank Susan M
Sanford, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a terrific experience, overall. Beginning with the food (which didn't seem to end), the appetizers were a welcome treat, the sticky buns were reason enough to take this cruise, the lunch/dinner was larger than expected with a variety of selections to fit any appetite, and cake to top it all off. The wait staff was outstanding. They were... More 

Thank junkitup2000
Leesburg, Florida
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a 3 hrs. trip down the St. John's river on a cute little riverboat. Not that little as it holds 350 people. It was delightful. Boarding the ship was done very smooth. Appetizers were wonderful and the luncheon which was more like a dinner was fabulous. Entertainment of the owner's jokes and the music topped everything off. I would... More 

Thank akcarter554
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended !! A must to see & enjoy the food & atmosphere as well as service !!! Brenda is awesome !!!

Thank 013lefty
The Villages, Florida
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38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took the Easter Sunday lunch cruise and everything was perfect. Outstanding wait staff, very attentive, cheerful and helpful. The food was delicious, the right temperature, and plentiful. A great day to be on the river with a history lesson from a "Captain Ron" look alike. Oh yeah, don't miss the sticky buns!!

Thank John P
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on the Barbara Lee Riverboat cruise with a group of people. This was one of the best days we have ever had. The boat is amazing, all the Crew were so nice, informative about the river, the meal was amazing, the scenery just so serene. The personalities of all the crew were fun, helpful. I could go on and... More 

1 Thank Kathy B
Orlando, Florida
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for a relaxing trip away from the noise of Disney and universal try a quiet cruise on the St. John's river. This boat is fun and historic. Relax, have a nice meal and wander on deck to see the beautiful waterway

Thank Patricia T
DeLand, Florida
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A day outing where you can feel close to nature while on a big paddle boat. The scenery is beautiful and the luncheon was done very well. It was great to be able to relax and enjoy a day out on the river.

1 Thank Janice R
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had an excelent trip on the river , viewing river birds and animals from the decks, courteous and helpful waitstaff makes the experience very special, great trip, food and entertainment, put this one on your list, i will go again for sure

Thank Dale S

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