Taking a cruise—sightseeing, dinner or themed—is a great way for any group to enjoy the outdoors and tour from a new perspective.

Get your group off the road and into the water to add a refreshing break in your itinerary. Whether you’re looking to learn about the area, dine and dance the night away, or simply sit back and relax, these excursions will make waves with your group.

NY Waterway

New York City

Since its first launch in 1986, NY Waterway has carried more than 65 million passengers. It has the largest ferry and excursion fleet in New York Harbor, but provides private and customized experiences. NY Waterway offers 149-passenger, double-deck catamarans and single- and double-deck boats accommodating up to 399 passengers. Choose from several departure points in New York and New Jersey. Guests have the option of receiving customized catering and beverage service. (nywaterway.com)

New York Water Taxi

New York City

Board the 600-passenger Zephyr luxury yacht for the “Statue of Liberty Express” cruise, which glides past Lady Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building and other Big Apple landmarks. The “All-Access Pass” on the bright yellow water taxis

grants hop-on, hop-off privileges at five piers (including the Statue of Liberty), or do the complete ride alone in 90 minutes. Other options include eco-tours, happy hour cruises and private charters. (nywatertaxi.com)

Yorktown Sailing Charters

Yorktown, Virginia

Just a short ride from Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown is a quaint riverfront village where you can set sail for a tall-ship adventure aboard the Yorktown Schooners. The 49-passenger Alliance and 26-passenger Serenity offer daily two-hour cruises on the York River. Sail past the battlefield where our country won its independence; keep an eye out for dolphins; observe working watermen; or even lend a hand at setting sail. Private charters can include Yorktown history, Chesapeake Bay ecology, wine tasting or pirate themes. (sailyorktown.com)

Goodtime III

Cleveland

Goodtime III, family-owned and -operated since 1958, is Cleveland’s largest excursion boat. On Lake Erie/Cuyahoga River sightseeing cruises aboard the quadruple-deck, 1,000-passenger luxury ship, see the panorama of Cleveland’s skyline and Flats area while learning the city’s history from a tour guide. Other options include happy hour or dinner and dance cruises. Private charters with full catering can be arranged, or snacks and beverages are available from the ship’s galley, lounge and captain’s pub. (goodtimeiii.com)

Savannah Riverboat Cruises

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah Riverboat Cruises is Savannah’s only riverboat tour, waterfront restaurant and event venue. Guests enjoy a leisurely cruise up the Savannah River and back down to historic River Front and Old Fort Jackson. Go aboard the Savannah River Queen (capacity 600) or the Georgia Queen (capacity 550) for narrated harbor sightseeing, dinner entertainment, Saturday luncheon, Sunday brunch, moonlight, gospel dinner entertainment and murder mystery cruises. Holiday and other specialty cruises are also offered throughout the year. Staff event planners create an ideal group experience. (savannahriverboat.com)

Celebration Belle

Moline, Illinois

Cruise the Mississippi River, the No. 1 attraction in the Quad Cities, aboard Celebration Belle. The 770-passenger riverboat offers all-day, narrated lunch, narrated sightseeing, and “Captain’s Dinner and Dance” cruises. Your group will also enjoy such music-themed outings as the Big Band, classic oldies, Broadway, holiday and new Fiesta cruise. All meals are freshly prepared onboard. To celebrate 30 cruising seasons, special group rates are offered on all-day cruises from June to August this year. (celebrationbelle.com)

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