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“We steered the classic "African Queen". Neat cruise experience....”

African Queen Canal Cruise
Ranked #6 of 71 things to do in Key Largo
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Owner description: In 2012 the iconic boat the African Queen was restored for her 100 year centennial celebration. In May 2012 she once again began plying the waters of Key Largo and currently offers canal and dinner cruises. We go out daily at 10am, 12am, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. On Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm we offer a dinner cruise to the Pilot House Marina where passengers disembark and enjoy dinner in the restaurant before boarding the vessel once again to return to the Marina Del Mar. Dinner and lunch cruises are also available on request for groups of at least 4 people.
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“We steered the classic "African Queen". Neat cruise experience....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

The cruise is on the "African Queen", from the famous 1950's movie boat of the same name. This steamboat was originally built in England over 100 years ago. The boat is operational with a boiler and steam engine. Pretty amazing, in our opinion. Congratulations to Lance and Suzanne Holmquist on the work they did to rescue and restore this boat.
The cruise was good fun, even on a hot-humid June day in Florida. The boat was stocked with cold bottled water.
The captain permitted us to steer the boat. He was very informative on the history and operation of the African Queen.

Visited June 2014
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“The Real Deal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

We didn't go out on her... raining and getting late. She has been brought back to life and it was great to actually see her in all her ragged old glory. I swear you could see Katherine H sitting there! If you are a film buff you will like this reconnection with the classics. It is kinda sad seeing her docked there amid all the bright pretty fancy boats... contrast made me sad for her.

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“Cinematic Antiquing Thrills!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Like Antiques? Bogart? Fine old wooden boats? Uncertain death on the high seas? This attraction may be exactly what you're looking for! When touching the fine refinished wood of this old boat I had visions of Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart braving the wilds of WWII Africa. With the sound of the two stroke antique steam engine clopping away in the hot Florida sun we headed out to sea! The wind was up that day and there was more than a slight chop as we exited the canal into the ocean for a quick turnaround in its mouth. I held my breath, thankful for the presence of life jackets, as the fine old steamboat African Queen smoothly navigated back into the canal. Way cool, amazingly seaworthy, the captain appropriately garbed as 'Charlie', permitted us to steer the actual African Queen! The Union Jack fluttered gaily at the stern and pelicans dove about us as we cruised through the canal back to the slip.

Cold H20 and empty gin bottles provided. Bring hat, camera, good spirits.

Visited May 2014
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North Palm Beach, FL
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“The best money spent in Key Largo!!! Love Love Loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014

This cruise was the highlight of our long weekend. The boat is positively amazing - it'a 102 years old, but the smoothest ride ever. The dinner cruise is worth every penny! The cruise was very relaxing and everyone who sees this boat stares in awe! The Captains Jorge and Joe were very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. The meal that was included at the Pilot House was very good and your a treated like a VIP! Also,, if you choose you can buy very reasonable and potent cocktails for the trip back! I can't say enough about this dinner cruise, since we only live 2 hours away we are defiantly going to do this again!

Visited May 2014
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“I felt like Humphrey Bogart !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2014

On April 25, 2014, a friend (Clint Ledford) and I took a trip to Key West, Florida and stopped to see "The African Queen" boat that was used in the movie staring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. The boat was cool to look at because of its fame. The captain of the boat even allowed me to drive the African Queen, yes we took the ride on it. He takes you out thru the canals of Key Largo and out into the ocean for about a mile. Now this little steam engine pushes the boat at a fast 5 mph, lol... It was an interesting trip as the captain breaks out binders of photos and tells you all about the locating and repairing the boat for the movie. I would reconmend that you stop to take a ride on it if your passing by. Trip takes only 1-1/2 hrs.

Visited April 2014
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