St Johns Rivership Company
St Johns Rivership Company
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
About
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.
Sanford, Florida

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Adrian
Orlando, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
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!
Written March 28, 2021
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Lina I
Jacksonville, FL6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Wonderful experience! This 3-hour lunch cruise on the beautiful St. Johns River was relaxing, enjoyable, and fun. The cruise director Bill narrated part of the way and told stories about the area. We loved listening to Jimmy's music upon arrival and following lunch. Lovely plate of fruits and veggies served upon arrival along with delicious sticky buns. Lunch was great! Several entree choices served beautifully with accompaniments and dessert. Alcoholic beverages are available. Our servers - Ginger, Robin and Debbie were very friendly, attentive and prompt. Beautiful views along the water. All good. Good value.
Written October 15, 2020
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Lina I
Jacksonville, FL134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This was our second cruise; we thoroughly enjoy the relaxing cruise on Lake Monroe, part of the St Johns River system. Friendly staff greeted us as soon as we were seated. We were served drinks and their special gooey cinnamon rolls; wine, beer and cocktails are available. One of the owners shared a few interesting stories about Lake Monroe, and singer Jimmy serenaded us throughout the cruise. We made our meal selections from a menu of about 6 choices. The full course meal was prepared in the galley and tasted great, especially the red velvet cake. There were opportunities to walk around the boat, sit on deck with or without umbrellas. Well worth the trip from Jacksonville. The lunch cruise is 3 hours.
Written October 15, 2021
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Stephanie J
Titusville, FL18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This rivership tour is appropriate for people of all physical abilities. Depending on the day you choose to sail, this is a three or four hour journey aboard a climate controlled paddle wheel ship. The main deck requires no stair climbing, and has big windows allowing you to see the river in air conditioning, comfortably seated at your reserved table. Your main meal is served about mid-journey, with your choice of entrée, and is preceeded by a crudité plate and delicious pecan sticky buns shortly after leaving the dock. Water, tea and coffee are included for the duration of the journey, and a cash bar is available. For those who choose to view the river from indoors, you can also enjoy music and dancing. There are three levels of outdoor observation opportunities to see the flora and fauna of the St. John's river, along with some views of beautiful riverfront homes. The staff is what makes this tour special! They are very attentive and informative, making sure your time with them is memorable.
Written June 4, 2021
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Dorothy L
33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The food was excellent; the service at first was fabulous. Starship Yacht in Tampa could take some lessons from them to improve their cruises. Unfortunately, once the entree was served the service got way less . . . it was like the crew was wrapping up and they forgot the guests were still there. If the same level of service had been delivered throughout the cruise (yes, we were still on the boat) I would have given them a 5 star rating. But since it wasn't, it's a 4. Also, the desserts are not made by the chef as the rest of the food is, and it's noticeable. It would be nice to have the dessert be in the same category as the rest of the food (not so tasty dryish red velvet cake- the icing was fine, though). Thanks for listening.
Written December 26, 2021
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btouro
Oak Hill, FL273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The lunch, cruise, entertainment and enjoyment of the overall luncheon cruise was a home-run!
The overall experience was wonderful and although we received the trip as a gift, the value of the trip, meal and overall experience makes this a wonderful value, and you get more than your money’s worth.
We plan to visit regularly, and this will be on our list to introduce family and friends to when visiting us in Florida. Our enjoyment never ebbed from start to finish. I forgot to mention that an entertainer sings and plays guitar through most of the cruise and our servers seemed to know the song list since both sang and danced around to the songs, adding another element to the overall fun of the cruise.
Highly recommended, six stars!
Written May 26, 2021
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Ed E
West Orange, NJ4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We were seated on the upper deck which is like being seated in an attic. The entertainment on the main deck was shown on a dark screen for us and with all the noise we could hardly hear the singer. The atmosphere for us was just a fraction of the main floor’s decor. All interaction with the singer took place on the main floor. It was as if we weren’t there, even though we paid the same price. For four hours we froze with very cold air conditioning and were told they could not warm it up. Most people had their jackets on while they ate. The chicken parmesan was the worst I’ve ever tasted. Any wine or drinks were excessively expensive and the coffee was the worst we ever tasted.
Written March 2, 2024
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Jan marie L
Canton, MI58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
As a repeat customer the lunch cruise on the Barbara Lee never disappoints. We were seated on the mezzanine level and had John as our server. What an excellent employee and worker kind courteous pleasant took time to answer questions and interacted well with all guests and co workers. He made the entire trip so enjoyable and will undoubtedly be a success in whatever field he chooses. His dedication to his job showed in all parameters of his work as busy as John was he was quick to refill drinks get drinks from bar and accommodate any needs or requests from guests in the mezzanine section outstanding job done by an outstanding young man thank you John for adding to our onboard experience
Written February 19, 2022
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Lina I
Jacksonville, FL134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
This is the third time my sis and I took the St Johns Rivership cruise; it's a relaxing cruise on the river complete with full course meal - either lunch or dinner. We like the 3 hour lunch cruise; dinner cruise is 4 hours. Inside the paddlewheel boat is air-conditioned for comfort. Plates of fresh fruit and veggies as well as the signature sticky buns greet cruisers at their tables. Food servers are cheerful and efficient. The meals are first rate, prepared in the galley kitchen and include Prime Rib, chicken dishes, vegetarian and more. Cruisers are free to walk out on deck and enjoy sun and scenery. Windows all around provide scenic views while eating. There's music from Jimmy who sings while we cruise, but breaks during the meal. Cocktails are available to purchase. We noticed that a large group that included teens - they got a bit "antsy" during the last hour of the cruise. But hey, let them chill for awhile without electronics.
Written June 6, 2023
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Gary R
The Villages, FL1,405 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Friends
This entertainment package was sold by Lamers out of Wildwood, FL. Day trip on Mother’s Day to take ride on the Barbara Lee. Excellent package of entertainment,food and beverages for the 3-hour tour across Lake Monroe and part way up the St. John’s River before returning to Sanford to disembark. Staff was on top their game throughout the trip and we had excellent weather. I highly recommend the trip and it is an excellent value for entertainment.
Written May 11, 2022
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