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Island Princess Cruises

Island Princess Cruises
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Island Princess Cruises offers sightseeing cruises and private charters aboard the 82-foot Island Princess passenger boat on the Indian River, St. Lucie River and Jupiter Sound.
Stuart, Florida

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TravelingJen23
Palm City, FL49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Going out on the Island Princess was a spur of the moment trip, but we are so happy we did it! Although there was a large crowd gathered to board, we were able to easily walk up and get a reservation for the sunset cruise.
Pulling away from the Hutchinson Island Marriott, the wind had a slight chill to the air, but the water was calm. As the boat took us south, we saw the beautiful scenery as the sun was starting to set. Gorgeous colors of orange and pink filled the sky as music played in the background.
As we made our way down into the Manatee Pocket, the full moon came out and reflected against the clouds.
The bartenders Marissa and Alexis kept the delicious drinks flowing and engaged passengers in great conversations. Captain Pat maneuvered that large boat with ease and impressed many passengers with his skill!
Having lived in the area for over 35 years, I have taken for granted some of the amazing sights and activities we have. I was quickly reminded of the beauty that is all around us. The Island Princess, Captain Pat, Marissa and Alexis gave hubby and I an amazing night on the water.
Written February 24, 2020
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We appreciate your time spent to write such a glowing review of your cruise! Appreciate the positive feedback and hope you all can cruise again soon!
Written February 25, 2020
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Happy_501
Dayton, OH9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Great way to spend a couple of hours. You can choose the sun on the upper deck or some shade in the enclosed main area, which has plenty of tables and chairs and a beverage station. The main area is totally enclosed and can accommodate weather. Friendly and happy staff. I took my 92 year old mother and they helped us get up and down the one step to get on/off the boat. They also used the golf cart to get us back to the car. They run a recorded guided narrative with interesting facts about the Stuart area, residents, and fabulous homes. There is so much more to see and discover when you're on the water, as opposed to just driving around. A beautiful and biodiverse area for locals and visitors to discover! Glad we went. Want to do the Jupiter Island cruise next.
Written October 25, 2020
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Thanks for your review and hope to sea you again soon!
Written October 25, 2020
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Sara H
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
What a great river cruise! We made it a family affair with my mom, husband and daughter. The houses really are incredible. The narration is fun and I learned a bunch of fun facts, but it really Needs to be updated. The boxed lunch was really good. The cushioned seating around the boat really needs an upgrade. It looks very old. The crew was great, there’s plenty of snacks and they will keep the drinks flowing. Its an odd thing to float by and watch people golf on one of the most exclusive golf courses in the world, and you’ve paid to see it, lol. We did wave to a group playing and they did wave back, so that was fun. Oh, to be insanely rich. And bring sunscreen! If you stay on top of the boat and don’t continue to reapply, the sun will get ya. And I’m from Florida. Whoops. Thank you for a fun day!!!
Written March 24, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your day on the water and found the narration informative and enjoyable. We appreciate your suggestions for improvement and will certainly take them into consideration as we continue to strive to provide the best possible experience for our guests. We are glad to hear that our crew provided great service and kept the snacks and drinks flowing. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on board again soon and provide you with an even better experience.
Written April 2, 2023
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connie
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The crew and captain were very accommodating .this particular night there were approximately 28 people on the boat.. i understood there was no narration and because of that i almost missed the sunset .it would have been more appealing had there been at least several comments as we passed points of interest. In reading reviews of other excursions, i realized this cruise was not for us. It appeared too long .The music was not audible to me and the drinks were expensive. My next visit to Stuart will include the island princess however i would choose a cruise with narration food and points of interest.
Thank you,
C
Written August 31, 2021
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Reading your comment, like you expressed, it does seem like one of our many other narrated cruises would have been a much better fit for you. The fact that the cruise does not have commentary is widely published in the Cruise description on our website and again on the calendar prior to purchasing a ticket. Sorry you almost missed the sunset because it was not announced. Not researching the cruise ahead of time does not seem to warrant two stars. We appreciate your narrative. Thanks!
Written September 3, 2021
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Joe K
31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
Bad scene. Be careful during covid. Our family was the only one with masks coming in and coming out. None of the crew members were wearing masks despite CDC guidelines. Music was mediocre. I gave 2 stars mainly because bar tender made a good pina colada. If you are worried about covid please avoid them. We went for the sunset cruise and the route was not designed to see the sunset. I could see a better sunset from my backyard.
Written April 24, 2021
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Thank you for bringing this to our attention. As this pandemic drags on it is regrettable to slip up and be complacent. We will review this with the crew who operated your trip. As to your other concerns we are glad you mentioned backyard as folks around here treat the ICW as an extension to their backyards so of course a wonderful place to see the sunset. The crew take music requests throughout the trip so it seems you must have not been able to take advantage of this or perhaps didn’t enjoy the musical whims of your fellow passengers. Each trip is unique in that sense, so perhaps another time, thanks!
Written April 27, 2021
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Solverteam
Zurich, Switzerland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The 5 h lunch cruise was a great experience, which we would repeat anytime. Thanks to weather conditions (partially some, but not too much rain) it was probably not crowded at all. The explanations by the guide were clear and also understandable without any problems for guests whose mother tongue is not English.
Easy contact and interesting talks with other guests.
Written January 24, 2020
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We are pleased you enjoyed your cruise. Our Jupiter Lunch always seems to be a favorite. Guests love the nature preserves and large estates. A great way to showcase of course is by water!
Written January 25, 2020
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Bullybug
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I wanted to express how extremely professional and empathetic the Island Princess crew was for helping our family through such a terrible time. They were very accommodating and helpful with setup and during the ceremony. Captain Rich was so kind and patient. He guided us through the ceremony, giving us plenty of time to say our goodbyes and then gave the traditional horn blow. On our return to the dock, he did his best to make it as pleasurable and fun for the younger kids as he could. A true gem you have working for you. We will definitely be coming back to take a tour cruise.

Written September 9, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your experience. We are pleased to hear our crew was able to help navigate this difficult time. We appreciate the feedback and hope to sea you again for one of our public cruises.
Written September 17, 2021
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Jean H
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
We did the 4.5hr lunch cruise

Easy to find the departure location, lots of parking. Lunch was a nice croissant with ham, turkey and cheese. Tomato, lettuce, mayo, salt and pepper came on the side. Fruit and cookie as well. Great views of the river and the homes along the river.

The taped commentary needs updating they talk about Olivia Newton John in the present and she is past.

The boat could use some TLC, paint and polish. This is very noticeable while boarding.

The reason for three stars is there was a foul smell in the main cabin area. When we asked about it we were told they didn't know what the smell was maybe diesel, it was not diesel is smelt like backed up sewer.

Suggestions to those that book this tour: Arrive early get in line (30 mins) go to the back of the boat and go up top. Be prepared to be outside because the smell on Feb 25, 2023 was unbearable. Unfortunately there is not enough room for all outside (on a busy Saturday)

I would bring out of town guest and go again I'd just make sure to get there early to get outside!
Written March 3, 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, jeanhC829HD. We're sorry to hear that we weren't able to provide you with a 5-star experience - we'll take your feedback on board and use it to improve our service going forward. We're sorry that our taped commentary wasn't up-to-date; sadly Miss Olivia Newton-John has passed and we are in the process of having the narration updated. We are concerned about the smell you experienced in the cabin area, however please rest assured that upon investigation there were no issues with back up sewerage nor diesel fuel. Unfortunately a technical space ventilation fan had failed and has subsequently been repaired. Thank you once again for your honest feedback - we hope that despite these minor issues, you had an enjoyable time aboard the Jupiter Island Lunch Cruise!
Written March 4, 2023
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jonnymac71
Port Saint Lucie, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The cruise was a great time. It was raining at the beginning but that didn’t hold anything up. The food was done quite well considering it was prepared and served banquet style and the service was very good. I would recommend this experience to anybody looking for something different with fresh air and natural scenery. Thanks again everyone.
Written February 15, 2020
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Very pleased you were enjoyed your cruise! Hope you can sail again in the future.
Written February 18, 2020
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genmasjoy
West Palm Beach, FL160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
My husband and I took the all day cruise from Hutchinson Island to the Jupiter Inlet and return. The cruise was narrated from the start to the half way out, and the narration included interesting facts about the area and its residents. Lunch was served (light, picnic type) and there was optional bar service. There was an open top deck where most people chose to sit, or an air conditioned lower deck. We enjoyed it.
Written August 28, 2021
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It was a pleasure having you onboard the boat and thank you very much for taking the time to write a review! Hope we can welcome you back soon!
Written August 28, 2021
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