Jeff Whitaker grew up in the local area. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1968 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University. He was hired by Hudson River Cruises in 1998 following his retirement from the Kingston Police Department as a Detective. In 2000, he received his 100 ton Masters License. He is presently a Captain and the Operations Manager for the Company.


Capt. Peter Kelly started working on boats as a teenager. He worked on party boats during the summer and commercial fishing boats during the winter. He worked his way up from deckhand to first mate and soon became a Captain. He is a United States Coast Guard Liceneced Master who has held his license since 1984. Captain Kelly started working for HRC in 1999 and he currently serves as our Relief Captain and Vessel Security Officer. He also enjoys sharing his knowledge of the Hudson River with our passengers.