Hudson River Cruises, Inc.
Hudson River Cruises, Inc.
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore the majestic Hudson River aboard the M/V Rip Van Winkle. Enjoy narrated cruises past quaint lighthouses, great estates, and a magnificent view of the Catskill Mountains. Weekends in the summertime offer sunset cruises, live music and DJ Dance Cruises as well as dinner cruises and special theme events. The Rip Van Winkle makes the perfect venue for cocktail receptions, weddings, family events, corporate outings and anything in between!
Kingston, New York

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2024

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GrandTour822357
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The cruise in the fall is lovely with the leaves turning such beautiful colors. The crew was very nice and the ship very clean...and appropriate Covid procedures were in place. The only drawback was that we were seated on the top (outside) in the back and it was hard sometime to hear the captain's narration so I think we missed a lot. Also, one of the crew members sang "sea chanties" which were hard to hear, didn't add to the voyage and many times drowned out the captain's narration. We took a 2:30 pm cruise on a Friday. We would recommend this cruise highly (very relaxing) but it does have some room for improvement.
Written October 12, 2020
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Shelli M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The staff for the cruise was welcoming and friendly. The boat was clean and we were able to be socially distanced. Using the website to make the reservation was easy glitch-free. The route we took was beautiful; it helped that we had great weather, too. I would recommend this for everyone! It is a 2-hour trip, so really young children (toddler-7) might have difficulty with the length of time.
Written August 19, 2020
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susanbourletos
Carmel, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This boat ride was a welcome change from driving around each weekend to just fill out the day. It wa a beautiful day. Everyone on board wore their masks and kept their distance. It was a relaxing 2 hours. A few more events like this from time to time would be welcome.
Written September 15, 2020
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560passenger2
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
On the same day the Fire Boat was cancelled due to + COVID cases, this one boarded with hardly anyone wearing a mask. Man taking photos asked us to "get closer and hug" (to each group boarding.) People with health risks or unvaccinated should probably avoid this for now.
Unable to make out a single word of "narrated tour" over the speakers. Engine too loud, people talking...I think I heard the word "Vanderbilt" at one point...*very poor* speaker narration. Pretty ride. It was our 2nd attempt, because the sunset tour the week before was canceled due to mechanical failure that mysteriously went away the next day...I called for refund on that the next day and they said they couldn't find anything wrong with the boat. People traveled for miles around for that sunset ride only to be turned away on the boarding line last minute.
Written August 18, 2021
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Zuzana M
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The cruise (leaving from Poughkeepsie) got on the way about 20-30 minutes late, due to a tour bus full of passengers that arrived late. It was very nice for the captain to wait for all the bus passengers (most were elderly) to board the ship, however that resulted in the actual boat tour being cut short. The reason we booked this tour was to see the Esopus Meadows and Roundout Lighthouses (as advertised we would) but the cruise turned around before we reached these and many other sights listed in the tour. We were really looking forward to seeing these and it is a shame that they shorten the tour for all the paying customers. This was the last cruise for the day, they could have gone the full route.
Also, the cost of the drinks on the boat is not listed and I was charged two different amounts for the exact same drinks.
Written June 15, 2021
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sarahkK8178MM
Rochester, NY1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
As someone who has purchased and taken several boat/river cruises, I did not think that this one stacked up as well as others. The boat was large and clean and the staff were friendly enough; but the experience lacked. The narration was pre-recorded and rather cheesy. The sights along the cruise were minimal and not very interesting. We were also charged a fuel surcharge on top of the ticket price per person which was the inflated "weekend price" on a Friday. With a large family comprised of all ages who like boat rides, this was not very entertaining and I thought it was expensive for what you got in return. Considering it was not so exciting, the kids all wanted snacks. Again, the girl was nice, but ran out of some foods (and this was the early cruise of the day) and was not able to give me a receipt for items purchased which were not cheap either. When back at port, suddenly every staff person was inline at the exit to exuberantly thank the guests in hopes of a tip. Lastly, despite it being prime summer boating time, there were only about 25 people on the boat; which was reported to hold over 350 people. I guess that should have been a clue. Though the area is very pretty, I would not do this trip again and would probably not recommend it to others.
Written August 16, 2023
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lvg4vaction
New York City, NY3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Be very careful before clicking the buy button. These guys wil not in any way refund your tickets if you made a mistake on the date or time, even in the same day. Be careful when booking sunset cruise , it defaults to September calendar.  I didn't realize that when I went to the  website  under the sunset cruise it was showing the next  availability was not the Friday  August 13 but on September 17 and booked it accidentally.

See the response from them below.
"Let’s refrain from ever apologizing for a mistake that a customer made.  It doesn’t do any good and makes it sound like we did something wrong.  Instead, we can say sorry you made a mistake.  "

DREW K. YOCHUM
VP Sales & Marketing

Written August 18, 2021
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Expedition756651
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
The two hour tour of the Hudson River and its surroundings was delightful. Fun stories about Lighthouses and their occupants were woven in between the history of the river and it inhabitants .
The staff was helpful and courteous. The yachts and sails we passed made the scenery come alive.
There's nothing like the fresh air out on water to lift one's spirits.
Written August 3, 2021
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dwalc0604
Cheektowaga, NY5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We enjoyed ourselves on the Hudson River Cruise. The crew was great and interjected bits of history along the way about the Hudson and surrounding areas. I particularly enjoyed the history provided about the many mansions on the shoreline. To top it off it was a beautiful sunny day.
Written October 18, 2021
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stellaaa2023
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The entire cruise took 1 hour and 20 minutes, even less than the advertised 1.5 hours. The outward journey is fast and noisy, making it difficult to hear the guild's narration. The return trip is slow, but with minimal narration. Not worth it for the price.
Written August 2, 2023
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