Victorian Princess
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3.5
121 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Emily
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
I'm sure there will be negative reviews from our Thursday night cruise simply because we didn't go out on the bay. The winds were too high after the storm and it was simply deemed too unsafe to be out on the water. THIS IS NOT A BAD THING. I am incredibly grateful that the captain was more concerned about our safety than the money having to be refunded to those who chose the no-dinner option. They kept apologizing the whole time, and we tried to tell them it truly is okay. Even docked, the waves made it feel like we were actually out cruising 🙂 We witnessed a small boat struggling to come to port and loved that the crew helped them tie up to the Princess until the winds could die down. I will say the food was mediocre, and the dining area could use some cleaning as there were a lot of cobwebs. But other than that we had a great time!
Not sure if some history of the area is given when the boat goes out on the bay, but if not, that would be a neat feature to think about adding 🙂
Written June 11, 2022
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erijade
Barcelona, Spain7 contributions
Jul 2020
We did the Sunset Cruise from 7-9. It was the perfect time weather wise in terms of heat, it was beautiful to see the sunset, and it was relaxing! Felt so nice to have our own table and enjoy the sights. Everyone was very friendly, the crew, the bartender, the waitstaff. The only thing we would recommend is to use something other than styrofoam for distributing the food..we understand it's normally a buffet and Covid and all but the styrofoam was very weak and broke on us when we tried to lift it and got some food on us. Also, you guys put on such a classy evening, it takes away from it! Otherwise, we highly recommend this cruise.
Written July 13, 2020
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Patricia Y
Lancaster, PA232 contributions
Aug 2020
I would have given a much high score, but unfortunately the weather did not cooperate that evening. There were gale force winds and rain that night, so no cruise, moored to the dock for the dinner, very rocky. The food was pretty good; however, mine was barely lukewarm, I can eat cold pizza, but cold chicken park not so much, that didn't bother my Husband who ate all of his plus both of my meatballs. Virtually everyone on the boat ate quickly and debarked because of the weather.
Written August 5, 2020
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Devon W
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Couples
My fiance and I got engaged on this boat August 2018. It was great then! We went in October 2022 and it was also really good! We did the sightseeing part only. There are so many other places in Erie to eat. People writing all the bad reviews come on its lake Erie not the ocean what do you expect? This boat ride is so worth it. It's a boat on water it's not gonna be spotless. You get to go on a calm sturdy boat with your other person. We did sunset cruises both times and eat time it was beautiful! The staff are so friendly! Drinks are sooo cheap and if you have 2 or 3 you are feeling great by the end. The ONLY negative thing I can say is the music is HORRIBLE. They need to turn it down some and put on some slow country music so it's more romantic. It's a short ride and it's so cheap so it's worth it. We will return here often as we have a great time and are able to enjoy each other's company. I don't recommend taking children under 10. It's more of an adult thing but they could be alright with good parenting. It's a boat not a playground
Written October 30, 2022
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Debbie H
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
We took a "Happy Hour" cruise on a Wednesday, and had a great time. The drinks and "specials" for the day were great - loved "The Lake Erie Monster " (like a blue Long Island Tea!!). We ordered a cheese tray for $15, was 3 types of cheese and 2 types of crackers. Enough for 4 people.
The boat has 3 levels, and the upper deck was packed. That's where the DJ was too. There was a private party on the 2nd deck, so that wasn't ideal, but still had plenty of room.
The 2 bartenders worked non-stop - my only suggestion would have been to have the bar on the 2nd deck open so those guests didn't have to come down and stand in our line, which just made it take a bit longer.
Love Lake Erie though!!
Written August 12, 2021
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Mrs C
5 contributions
Sep 2021
The music play list was horrible! The captain gave a brief safety annoucement at the beginning of the boat ride and then there was no history or details about the sights during the evening...just the awful music.
We purchased just the sight seeing ticket because we didn't care for the menu choice of the night. We were glad that we decided to skip the food when we seen it. It didn't look very appitizing and we heard some of the dnner guests complaining about it. I watched the staff fix the dessert plates as we were waiting to board and they did it without gloves, so that turned me off.
We did enjoy being able to move around the boat as we wanted and the upper deck was outfitted with lights and plenty of tables and chairs to enjoy a drink at. You can buy sodas at a reasonable price with free refills.
We did not go far into Lake Erie at all. You only go past the edge of Presque Isle and then you circle back around into the Bay. We were in the Bay just ideling for about a half hour at the end of the tour. The lights on the bay side were pretty but it was disapointing to not go out a little farther.
We have three grown children that were with my husband and I and they had an even worse opinion of the tour than this revew.
The boat is NOT clean. Cobwebs and plenty of spiders in the windows. It needs a major update as well.
I enjoyed being with my family on the water and most of the staff was nice so that is why I didn't give it a Terrible rate and just Poor.
Written September 9, 2021
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Allen R
1 contribution
Sep 2021
Monday Sept 13th 2021 Dinner Sunset Cruise

The cruise itself was very nice and relaxing.
We booked the evening for 10 guests.
When I purchased our tickets online (Sept. 2nd) menu stated we would be served the following:
Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya with Jasmine Rice.
Sweet Barbecue Country Style Pork Ribs.
Three Cheese Macaroni and Cheese.
Brown Sugar Glazed Baby Carrots and rolls
What we received instead was:
A soggy salad, a roll, frozen vegetable medley, potato wedges,
over cooked stuffed shells, and one piece of chicken.
When one of the guests asked for an additional tab of butter they were told one per person.
The food served was subpar at best and not worth $29.00 per plate.
After we disembarked, several of us were still hungry and went to get pizza.
Very disappointing end to otherwise beautiful evening.

NEVER again!
Written September 23, 2021
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Gina Blue
Conneaut Lake, PA2 contributions
Sep 2020
The weather looked ideal for our 9/12/2020 dinner cruise on the Victorian Princess...and it was! The three of us were warmly greeted and welcomed aboard to the second deck in a timely manner. Although our original plan was for my SO, myself and another couple to attend and share a memorable evening of fun together, unfortunately one person had to renege. When I apprised Betty (the registration agent) of the situation, the cost of one ticket was immediately refunded! Pandemic protocol was strictly enforced both by patrons and employees which made for a worry-free evening.

The meal prepared by Colony Bar and Grille was superb as was the catering expertise of caterers Dominique and Kathleen. I couldn't say no to any of the food choices: the presentation of braised beef, stuffed chicken breast and pasta was that good! I'm not excited about chicken BUT this dish was like eating chicken gravy over biscuits. I even asked about the recipe! And I must add that according to the guys, the braised beef was "The best I've ever eaten!"

And what can I say about the quiet, efficient service of Dominique and Kathleen? They were available at every turn. When I spilled my iced tea, they were there with napkins for moping up and, without having to ask, offered to replace my drink.

Yes, our dinner cruise is now a fun-filled memorable event. We shall return!
Written September 22, 2020
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c j
133 contributions
Sep 2020
We have been on several paddle wheel boats for dinner cruises. This is one was the worst so far. Was there on Sept 6th Italian night. The boat ride was okay. The food not so much, The boat was very dirty. Had spider webs on the lights close to the tables, the windows you couldn't hardly see out of. Not impressed at all. The food, the menu said Chicken Parm. Not any there. Didn't see any meatballs. Lasagna was decent (not great) but okay. There seemed to be 2 young ladies running their behinds off, not sure how many people actually work during on of these cruises. But, they could have used some more people working. Also you pay a gratuity charge on you ticket. At the end of night the young lady's had a tip jar. So, don't know who gets the gratuity from the tickets. But, those two young lady's worked their tail off. Would not recommend the Italian dinner cruise maybe just a sight seeing cruise.
Written September 15, 2020
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marcinda f
Hartville, OH32 contributions
Jun 2020
My husband and I were celebrating our 26th anniversary and went on the dinner cruise. It was the first time out for the boat since the new rules of Covid-19. They served everything in take out containers and the food was very good and it seemed to go very well for everyone.It was half capacity to keep everyone at a safe distance.We had a very relaxing ride and the sunset was beautiful! We would definitely go again.
Written June 29, 2020
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