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Hudson River Cruises, Inc.

Kingston, NY, USA
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About Hudson River Cruises, Inc.
Explore the majestic Hudson River aboard the M/V Rip Van Winkle. Enjoy narrated cruises past quaint lighthouses, great estates, and a magnificent view of the Catskill Mountains. Weekends in the summertime offer sunset cruises, live music and DJ Dance Cruises as well as dinner cruises and special theme events. The Rip Van Winkle makes the perfect venue for cocktail receptions, weddings, family events, corporate outings and anything in between!
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Experience New York state from one of the best vantage points possible—on the water—during this Hudson River sightseeing cruise. Not only does your boat provide two seating-area options, onboard restrooms, and live commentary, but you’ll also get the chance to purchase snacks and drinks from a stocked bar.
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Zuzana M wrote a review 15 Jun
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The cruise (leaving from Poughkeepsie) got on the way about 20-30 minutes late, due to a tour bus full of passengers that arrived late. It was very nice for the captain to wait for all the bus passengers (most were elderly) to board the ship, however that resulted in the actual boat tour being cut short. The reason we booked this tour was to see the Esopus Meadows and Roundout Lighthouses (as advertised we would) but the cruise turned around before we reached these and many other sights listed in the tour. We were really looking forward to seeing these and it is a shame that they shorten the tour for all the paying customers. This was the last cruise for the day, they could have gone the full route. Also, the cost of the drinks on the boat is not listed and I was charged two different amounts for the exact same drinks.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Jum wrote a review 10 Jun
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Informative cruise with beautiful Hudson River scenery. A little over 2 hours, sat in upper deck and had shade and breeze on a warm day.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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samster23 wrote a review 9 Jun
Larchmont, New York44 contributions33 helpful votes
I had never really sailed on the Hudson or had the viewpoint of actually being on the River, so this was a very special experience for me. It was a hot day and the cruising speed allows some very relaxing breezes. There is an automated narration during the 2 hour or so duration, which points out some of the more iconic landmarks you can spot along the way (the journey is southward and back). Some of these includes Esopus Light, Vanderbilt Mansion, Hyde Park (FDR) estate, etc. There is also a snack bar on board, although they were mostly selling beverages, including draught beer. The embarkation point is right next to the Maritime Museum in Kingston, so it's a good opportunity to combine the two experiences if you book a cruise. I would probably do this again if the opportunity arose.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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janemR2412CM wrote a review 9 Jun
Patterson, New York2 contributions
We were a large church group and enjoyed every minute of our excursion. The crew were very informative and helpful. We had some passengers who were handicapped and needed assistance, the crew stepped right up and helped. The boat, Rip Van Winkle ll, was clean and certainly sea worthy. Ample seating was provided along with food and snacks. Since this was my first time there,I would suggest a sign designating where boat docks. Also the walk from parking lots to dock was a little long, I would suggest more benches along the way. I would highly recommend this day cruise to anyone, who would like to see the Hudson River, up close and personal.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Mary M wrote a review 8 Jun
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The cruise brighten up a rainy Memorial Day weekend. My friend and I enjoy the views and the history of the Hudson River. The staff was helpful and friendly. The ship was warm even though it was cold outside. Plenty of room and I would recommend it to people of all ages.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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