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Erie Canal Cruises

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Address: 800 Mohawk Street, Herkimer, NY
Phone Number: 315-717-0350
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Calm and relaxing 90 minute historically narrated cruise on the Erie Canal...

Calm and relaxing 90 minute historically narrated cruise on the Erie Canal in beautiful upstate New York. Experience traveling through a lock. Cruising Memorial day through Columbus day.

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What A Great Cruise

Everyone learns about the Erie Canal when they're in school. But, how many people have the opportunity to cruise on the Erie Canal? There happens to be this wonderful riverboat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Everyone learns about the Erie Canal when they're in school. But, how many people have the opportunity to cruise on the Erie Canal? There happens to be this wonderful riverboat call the 'Lil' Diamond' that offers tours on the Erie Canal and you have the opportunity to listen to Captain Jerry narrate as you travel eastward on the canal through... More 

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Oneonta
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The cruise was excellent it was more than we expected with the knowledge of the Captain telling the history of the canal. Plus it was a beautiful day very calm and relaxing. There were eight people in our party and everyone enjoyed the cruise, no one was disappointed and would recommend the cruise for a relaxing outing.

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Kingston, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting and informative cruise. The captain was knowledgeable and entertaining. The crew were friendly and helpful. We sat on the upper deck and had great views of the canal and the lock. Amazing to be in the lock and watch as our ship was lowered on the way out and raised on the way back.

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John C, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review and we are glad you enjoyed the cruise! More 

Hamilton, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The cruise was excellent and the comedy show was great. We went on the inaugural comedy cruise in June 2016 and were not disappointed. The opening act was not as good as the headliner, but they usually aren't. He will get better - he said he was new at it. The headliner was very funny - and he involved the... More 

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John C, Public Relations Manager at Erie Canal Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review and we are glad you enjoyed the comedy cruise! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

History lovers will love this ride on the Erie Canal. The company's employees were friendly, polite, and informative. Not only did we get a history lesson listening to an educational CD, the captain gave us even more historical information and local lore. There is also a very nice restaurant and gift shop where you catch the boat....again, employees very polite... More 

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Thank you for your thorough review and we are glad you enjoyed the cruise! More 

Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had wanted to do this for quite sometime and were not disappointed. We books on Zerve in order to preserve a time which made it two dollars per person more expensive (21 instead of 19). The cruise lasts about 90 minutes. About half the narration is bt CD with the Capatain filling in. You basically cruise down to lock... More 

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Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed the cruise! More 

Howard Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its one thing for someone to explain how a canal lock works, but its another thing to experience it first-hand! We never cruised through a lock before so we were very impressed. The entire ride was about 90 minutes, but the lock is the definite highlight and worth experiencing. Very easy to find - just get off exit 30 on... More 

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Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed the cruise! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The boat was clean and the staff very helpful. The captain was very knowledgeable about the Erie Canal and the history of the region. We cruised the canal to lock 18 and went through the lock. It was neat to see how the lock works. Be sure to get upfront and watch as the boat lowers and gates open and... More 

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Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed the cruise! More 

Ilion, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I live local but never took this cruise before. I decided to try it out and do not regret it. The captain was very informative. The trip along the the canal was very pretty and the trip overall was something I would recommend to others.

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Thank you for your great review and we are glad you enjoyed the cruise! We are happy you visited us. More 

Hamilton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Slowly cruising down the Erie Canal during a comedy show. Nice boat and a good comedian along with the beautiful sights of the canal. The Captain would point out the historic sites after the Comedian was done.

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Thank you for your great review and we are glad you enjoyed the comedy cruise! More 

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