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“Relaxing, informative cruise with a delicious meal”

Raquette Lake Navigation Co
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Owner description: Cruise and dine or just cruise on Raquette Lake aboard the WW Durant. Breath-taking scenery, fascinating history and delicious food combine to create an experience you can't wait to do again. Choose a luncheon cruise, intimate or traditional dinner cruise, Sunday brunch, sightseeing excursion or moonlight cruise. Cruising daily in July and August through Labor Day. Full public schedule weekends in Sept through Columbus Day weekend. Midweek in the fall individuals may piggyback with a preformed group. Nurture your mind, body and soul with a cruise aboard the WW Durant! Special events on the Durant are our specialty! If history is your thing, then be sure to sign up for one of our Pine Knot guided tours. Wine and beer tastings and pairings sell out, so reserve early! A Jimmy Buffet-themed cruise on Sat of July 4th weekend will celebrate our independence Margaritaville-style. There's also a Murder Mystery Who Done It Cruise and a Comedy Cruise. Have I tickled your curiosity bone? Check us out online! We are ready to welcome you aboard the WW Durant!
Reviewed May 24, 2013

If you are near Raquette Lake this is a must do! My family has a camp on the lake and we cruise at least once a year for the past decade. There are multiple cruises a day and on most cruises dining is included. We typically start the cruise on the upper deck and make our way down to the heated dining room for the meal. During the cruise the captain gives a narration of the history of the lake and points out the great camps on the shore. This is a treat for the entire family.

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MadonnaUpstate_ny, Owner at Raquette Lake Navigation Co, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2015

So sorry for the delay in responding to your kind words. I was reviewing our Trip Advisor reviews and was horrified to see reviews I hadn't acknowledged! Please accept my apologies. Also my thanks for your kind words. We love being appreciated! Can't tell from your picture or profile who you are, but love hacing the support of the local seasonal and year-round residents.


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"wonderful cruise"
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"culinary institute"
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"informative cruise"
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"beautiful scenery"
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"interesting tidbits"
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

This ship built by the owners in 90/91 does a number of cruises of the lake in season which depending on weather can include Winter sailings. Most include meals (lunch, dinner, champagne Sunday brunch, etc.) as well as 2 hour tours of the lake. The captain is knowledgeable about the history and buildings around the lake including churches, summer camps, lodging properties, etc.) Well worth a detour from Lake Placid or other Adirondack destination. Combine it with a tour of Great Camp Sagamore and save a few dollars. Check out the web site for special events.

Thank MeaganLeigh
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

The Captain built this boat himself, and is a native of the area. He also knew one of the care-takers of one of the great camps (Huntington's) and unloads a wealth of information about how things came about in the area. Food was excellent. Wish it hadn't rained, the first half of the trip was dry and we enjoyed being upstairs. On the lower deck, a large group came in, ate dinner and gabbed the whole time ignoring the Captains descriptions of what we were passing. They were so loud I couldn't understand. But we made the most of it. We met our neighbors who were newlyweds on honeymoon.

Very relaxing. Lovely way to see some of the old "Great Camps" that WW Durant created.

1  Thank Matthew G
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Reviewed September 26, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed our cruise in late September during the peak of the fall foliage season. Wow!!! The scenery was simply breath-taking.

The cruise on the boat --WW Durant, named for the rich Gilded Age developer in the late 1800s-- was very relaxing. The dining room is heated so we enjoyed the sites in there most of the trip. We went to the upper deck, too, where the views are stunning.

Included in our cruise was lunch, a wonderful meal! The chef is the son of the captain, who studied at the Culinary Institute of America before cooking up dishes for the cruise. Excellent food.

During the cruise, the captain quietly relays local history over the PA system. The dining room was filled with noisy seniors so I missed some of the stories. You can hear the captain on the upper deck, which is nicer.

If you go, bring a jacket, even if it's quite warm on land. The cool breeze descends across the large lake and it's very chilly if you are unprepared.

The trip is excellent and the cost of the hour-long cruise is worth it just for the lunch alone.

Thank mrsmecomber
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Our good friends raved about the dinner cruises by Raquette Lake Navigation Company so we tried their lunch cruise - it was a fantastic finish to our Adirondack vacation!

1  Thank RLAMyers
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