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“Fabulous Night Out!!!”

Spirit of Philadelphia
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Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise with Buffet
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Owner description: Great Entertainment at a Great Value. That's the Spirit. Festive yet affordable, the Spirit of Philadelphia, conveniently located at Penn's Landing is alive with vibrant dining and entertainment, day or night. Come aboard for a brunch, lunch, sunset or dinner cruise and let us engage you with our unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and breathtaking views. And the best part? It's all included for one price. Welcome Aboard.
Monroeville, NJ
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fabulous Night Out!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

I took my boyfriend on a diner cruise aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Every single one of our experieince on board and off were exceptional. From checking in to disembarking, we were met with smiles, welcomes, thank yous and I think everyone on the boat wished my boyfriend a Happy Birthday!
The food was delicious. Excellent choices and all well done. PLENTY to eat for every taste and desire. The bar is pricey but if you book ahead of time you are given the option to pre-purchase drink tickets. Take advantage of this bonus. In fact, take advantage of pre-purchasing anything you can b/c it it much more expensive aboard the ship. Example: Boarding Photo Package...just over $18 if pre-paid, almost $30 on the ship. If you are celebrating something, don't bother buying their balloon packages, we saw several ppl bring their own aboard.
The entertain was so fun! The waiters/waitresses preform throughout the cruise. The DJ is engaging. The music is upbeat yet appropriate throughout the dinner "hour" (which is actually about an hour and a half) but once the dinner is over...the dance floor comes alive. Literally. Lighted floor and all. The DJ did an excellent job of old vs new with all the favorite line dances.
For us, the best part was the decks. There are three levels to go out and view the city from. The top deck (observation) deck is amazing. Couches and ottomans, high tables, regualr tables with chairs. Nothing better then to take your beverage up there and take in the sights. For those of you that gave a negative review about the views...please keep in mind in you cruising in a WORKING PORT. Industry is not commonly "pretty". Simply raise your eyes a bit higher and appriciate the Philadelphia Skyline. THAT is what is there for the viewing. We even got to watch a BIG storm move across the skyline. And if you're worried about the weather, don't. We watched this huge storm approach (which was stunning) and then it hit. That's ok, b/c simply went inside. Watched what nature's show from our window seat, did some dancing had a few drinks and throughly enjoyed ourselves.
It is pricey...but most attractions are and the memories we made will last a lifetime.

Visited August 2012
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Levittown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Ahh so relaxing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

You are greeted with a smile, get on the boat and sail away to entertainment and dining. For the price (check groupon!) a 3 hour cruise with a buffet, dancing, available drink purchase (coffee, water and iced tea are included) is an excellent way to relax or celebrate a birthday or anniversary. (I took my wife for our 2 year wedding anniversary) The staff sings for you (a valiant effort) the chef invites each table to the buffet so there is no ridiculous line, and there are 3 decks to relax on. The top deck has 3 sofas and high tables, and your waiter will find you wherever you are on the boat. The staff is friendly, the food is average but good enough and the beer menu is reasonably priced ($4 domestics and $6 *other), the DJ knows how to get people out of their chairs, the air conditioning works well and it is just an overall good time. (The scenery of the cruise is not great but what can they do about that?)

A definite steal at ~ 50 a person, why not make it a night out?

Visited July 2012
Thank Abe A
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Toronto, Canada
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106 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Great voyage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

My wife and I enjoyed the cruise. When we boarded we asked if we could get a window table. Our server said she would get back to us on this, although she never did. Still our table was beside the window side tables and we had a good view. The best view was topside. Would have been nice to have some narration as to what we were seeing. Entertainment was good. Was surprised dinner started before we left the port.

Visited July 2012
Thank Jeff R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“To Celebrate Anniversary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2012

We booked the dinner cruise for sundayafternoon ,we board at4:30p.m.The staff was very attentive and friendly, and performances talented singing waitstaff. The DJ was pretty good . The views off the naval ship oerall was very good . The buffet was out of this world. Great anniversary .

Visited July 2012
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

My son & his fiancee took her mother and I on the Spirit of Philadelphia as an early mother's day trip. We went on a lunch cruise. What a disappointment! The food was marginal, with dry chicken and stale rolls. The choices were blah, with nothing you couldn't easily make at home. The only bright spot was dessert, which was tasty but very small.
Though the entertainers were talented, the music in general was deafening and the dance floor way too small for the number of people who wanted to use it. It was hardly possible to move. Going out on the deck did give some nice views of the city, not to mention a chance to finally hear each other, but it would have been nice to have some narration or at least some posted pictures to tell us what we were seeing.
All in all, I would not really recommend this.

Visited May 2012
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