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On the Horizon: Cruises at Navy Pier

February 10, 2015

One of the best things about living in Chicago is Lake Michigan. And with this Great Lake, it can feel like vacation all year long, especially if you book a dining or specialty cruise leaving from Navy Pier! From romantic to fun and from Valentine’s Day to St. Patty’s Day, and even the Chinese New Year—there’s something for everyone!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and a cruise on the lake with your special someone is sure to spell romance.

Spirit of Chicago offers Valentine’s Day cruises with not one, but two Valentine’s Day cruises to choose. Be ready to find Laughs on the Lake – Valentine’s edition on Friday, February 13 where the comedic stylings of Jay Washington, Grace Lush and headliner Dave Helem are sure to tickle your funny bone. Live DJ entertainment, a cash bar, and late-night snacks keep you and your company satisfied. Boarding begins at 8:30 p.m. and the cruise sets out from 9-11p.m. This cruise only costs $29.90 per person and all guests must be 21 or older with a valid ID. If you’d rather start Valentine’s Day on a more serious note, Spirit of Chicago is also offering a buffet-style dinner cruise on the big day. Roses and champagne are just the start of this romantic evening for two.

Valentine’s Day is all about the right setting with that special person. Aboard the Odyssey, fine dining,  a Special Valentine’s Day menu and dancing promises to be that perfect setting, with Chicago’s stunning skyline as your backdrop. It’s the chance to pause, connect and share an unforgettable experience. Boarding for the ship begins at 6:00 p.m. and the cruise sets out from 7-10 p.m. This cruise only costs $119.90 per person and includes a rose for each couple and a champagne toast for adults age 21 or older. You can also enhance your cruise with the Odyssey’s Gold or Platinum package. The Odyssey will also have Valentine’s Brunch and Dinner cruises with alternate times.

Love the Odyssey? Well guess what…the Year of the Goat is here and the Odyssey is celebrating! Enjoy the views of the Chicago skyline, an exclusive three-course menu featuring delicious Chinese dishes, traditional decorations, and festive entertainment. Boarding for this special cruise begins at 6:00 p.m. and the cruise sets out from 7 -10 p.m. on Saturday, February 28. Cruise admittance is only $72.90 per person. Come celebrate Chinese tradition the best way aboard the Odyssey!

St. Patty’s Day is almost amongst us, lads! What better way to enjoy the holiday afternoon than cruising on the green Chicago River aboard Shoreline Sightseeing? There will be a traditional Irish buffet, cash bar, and guided 90-minute tour of all three branches of the green Chicago River. A Shoreline Sightseeing St. Patrick’s Day Lunch Cruise is one of the most popular things to do in Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day. Grab the family; friends, and co-workers and reserve your spot now! Tickets are $49 for all ages. The two departure times are available; one before and one after the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14. The early cruise departs 10:00 a.m., returning at 11:30 a.m. and the later cruise departs at 2:00 p.m., returning by 3:30 p.m. Both cruises depart from Shoreline’s dock at the southwest corner of Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier. Boarding begins 15 minutes before the departure time. These cruises are on open-air boats, so please dress for the weather lads!

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