FAQ

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Advanced purchase is highly recommended. To maximize the chance of getting the day and time you prefer, be sure to book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased online through Fareharbor. Tickets can also be purchased with cash or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or Amex) at the ticket booth starting 1 hour prior to departure. Tickets for Dinner Cruises must be purchased in advance. They can be purchased online or through our business office by credit card.

Where does the boat go?

The boat will cruise south on the Hudson River to about Hyde Park, before doubling back to Kingston.

Is the cruise narrated?

Yes, the cruise is narrated and throughout the cruise we will point out the historic sites as well as their history and other highlights as we approach them.

What happens if it rains?

The cruise will run regardless of weather. However, if the Captain deems the weather dangerous, we will cancel the cruise. In the event that we cancel a cruise, you will receive a refund or the option to reschedule.

Is there shade or air-conditioning on the boat?

The Rip Van Winkle has a lower enclosed deck and the upper deck is partially covered, providing shade. Please note the lower deck does not have heat or air conditioning but on warmer days we open the windows for comfort.

Can I purchase food or beverages on board?

Yes, on our lower main deck we have a fully stocked bar including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as a snack bar that includes light fare such as burgers, hot dogs and snacks. Please note that we do accept credit cards and cash on board the boat.

Can I bring my own food or beverages on the boat?

No, outside food and beverages are not allowed on board the boat.

Do cruises run year round?

No, our season runs from mid-May through the end of October.

Are there any stops along the way?

We will be viewing all of the beautiful sights from the boat and will not be stopping to get off the boat at any time during the cruise.

Is the boat safe? Is it US Coast Guard certified?

The Rip Van Winkle is a US Coast Guard certified boat and we follow all USCG regulations, including having enough life jackets for all passengers on board. Please pay attention to the safety announcement at the start of the cruise for details on where the life jackets are located. Please note that you are not required to wear life jackets during the cruise.

What type of seating is available?

There is plenty of seating on the boat, both inside as well as on the upper deck. The upper deck consists of mainly bench-style seating and the main lower deck has chairs. Seating is on a first come first serve basis, so be sure to arrive early if you’d like to sit in a particular area of the boat.

Is the boat wheelchair accessible?

We will do our best to accommodate disabled people to the extent that our vessel, dock and tides will allow. The boat has an upper deck and a lower deck, and the only way to get between the two is by stairs. Though we normally board and disembark from the lower level, there are some days when the tides force us to board the upper level or create a situation where climbing a few steps may be required. However, there is a handicap accessible restroom located on the main deck. If you or someone in your group is in a wheelchair or has limited mobility, contact us to discuss accessibility.

Is tip included in the ticket price?

Tip for the crew is not included in the ticket price. While they are greatly appreciated, tips are completely up to guests.

Where should I park at the departure location?

There are two small free parking lots located nearby. One is directly in front of our booth and the other is located across the street. If both lots are full, there is also metered street parking available in the area.

Is there a restroom on the boat?

Yes, there are two bathrooms available on the main lower deck of the boat, one of which is handicap accessible.

Is smoking allowed on the boat?

No, smoking is not allowed on board.

Can I bring my pet?

Only service animals are permitted on board.

Do you offer a group discount?

Yes, we do offer a discount for large groups of 10 or more adults (anyone 12 and over). Group tickets must be purchased in advance. Call the office at 1-800-843-7472 for more information or to book your group reservation.