DJ Dance Cruise aboard the Rip Van Winkle

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Date(s) - 09/15/2017
7:30 pm

Hudson River Cruises


At night, it’s another world! Warm summer evenings bring together music, romance and fun as our vessel glides under a canopy of stars. Our summer DJ Dance Cruises feature a DJ for the listening and dancing pleasure of our passengers. Celebrate any occasion with our Dance Cruises!

The price per ticket is $20 for the Friday night DJ cruises. Our beverage service and snack bar will be open and available for you and your friends throughout the evening. Please keep in mind that this event is for adults, ages 21 or older only, so please don’t forget to bring a valid ID.

Night sightings on our fun-filled 2½ hour cruise may include:

• Hudson River lighthouses
• Waterfront mansions
• the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge

Celebrate any event on the Rip! Our evening cruises offer a unique locale for all types of different events! We have hosted:

• Birthday parties
• Bachelorette parties
• Employee Appreciation events
• Family reunions
• Class reunions
• And a variety of other events!

Please check our FAQ page for additional details!

Not Included:
• Food and drinks are not included in the ticket price, but are available throughout the evening from our beverage and snack bars. Please note that we do not accept credit cards on board the boat. However, there is an ATM on board for your convenience. No outside food or beverge is allowed.
• Gratuity is not included in the ticket price but it greatly appreciated.
Meeting Location:
East Strand Street (Kingston, NY)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


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 with Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

Are children allowed? What type of ticket do they need?

Yes! This cruise is great for all ages. We offer a reduced price ticket for children 4-11 years old and children 3 and under are free. Please note that due to US Coast Guard regulations, all passengers are required to have a ticket, even a free one, so be sure your entire group is accounted for.

What will we see on the cruise? Where does the boat go?

The boat will cruise south on the Hudson River to about Hyde Park, before doubling back to Kingston. Along the way, we will see Hudson River lighthouses, waterfront mansions, the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge and scenic and historical sights.

Is the cruise narrated?

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

What happens if it rains?

The cruise will run regardless of weather. There is an indoor lower deck and the upper deck is partially covered so you can enjoy the sights in all types of weather!

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 wraps. Please note that we do not accept credit cards on board the boat, so be sure to bring some cash if you’d like to enjoy something to eat or drink on your cruise.

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.

How many passengers can the boat hold?

The Rip Van Winkle is US Coast Guard certified for up to 300 passengers across the two decks. The lower main deck can hold up to 150 passengers and the upper deck can seat 150.

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.

Will I get seasick?

Our 125 foot vessel is very stable on the water and the waters we travel are calm, so seasickness is generally not an issue. If you know you are especially prone to seasickness, please take the necessary precautions and consult a doctor.

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 someone in your group is in a wheelchair or has limited mobility, we recommend clicking on the “Contact HRCruises” link to check with us directly before buying your tickets.

Is tip included in the ticket price?

Tip for the crew is not included in the ticket price. While they are greatly appreciated, tip 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.

Can I bring personal items on board the boat? How much room is there?

Unfortunately, there is limited storage space available on board and those with luggage or large bags will be required to leave them securely stowed on the dock. Please note, however, that parents with small children can bring strollers on board.

Is smoking allowed on the boat?

No, smoking is not allowed on board.

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately, we do not allow pets other than service animals.

Do you offer a group discount?

Yes, we do offer a discount for large groups of 10 or more adults (anyone 12 and over) when they are purchased in advance. If you have a group of 10 or more adults or seniors (anyone 12 and over), please click on the “Contact HRCruises” link get in touch with Hudson River Cruises directly about this discount.

Are gift certificates available for the cruise?

To redeem gift certificates, please walk up to the ticket booth on the day of the cruise and present it in exchange for a boarding pass.

Can I booked a private charter?

Yes! Please contact Hudson River Cruises for more details and to schedule your special event.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).

Other Policies

Everyone is required to have a ticket in order to attend this event.
Due to US Coast Guard regulation, all passengers are required to have a ticket in order to attend the cruise. This includes free tickets for infants and toddlers.

Boat much reach minimum capacity (12%) in order to cruise.
If minimum capacity (35 people) is not reached, Hudson River Cruises will cancel the activity. In this case, customers who bought tickets ahead of time will be offered a reschedule or refund.