Half-price sunset cruises in northeast cities

What’s more glamorous than spending the evening drinking, dining and dancing while gliding down a river, watching a city transform from golden sunset to glittering skyline?

No wonder this tradition has lasted more than a century! Moonlit river floats were the rage in many cities by 1900, when an evening steamer ride for 50 on the Schuylkill River cost a dollar a head and covered a five-piece orchestra and fireworks.

River excursions are bit pricier now, but they come in every flavor – from floating happy hours with DJs to elegant dining with live bands. Click on “sign up here” to experience one at half price this summer:



Sip cocktails as you cruise the Inner Harbor aboard the Spirit of Baltimore. Then enjoy a dinner buffet as the sun drops and the Baltimore skyline lights up, and dance to top 40 hits played by a DJ.

WHERE: Spirit Cruise Ships, Inner Harbor, 561 Light Street, Baltimore

DEAL: Sign up here for $58 tickets (normally $97)



Climb aboard the Spirit of Boston for a memorable cruise of the historic Seaport District, a buffet brunch, lunch or dinner. Then dance to music played by one of the city’s best DJs, enjoy Broadway-style entertainment, and take in views of Boston landmarks and glittering skyline as the sun drops and the lights come on.

WHERE: Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd. Boston

DEAL: Sign up here for $65 to $73 tickets (normally $109 to $122)



Buffet cruise aboard the Spirit offers a buffet served by singing waitstaff, dancing to a DJ, and views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, South Street Seaport, and the Financial District.

WHERE: The Spirit of New York, Spirit Cruises New York Dock, Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, NYC

DEAL: Sign up here to get $72 – $76 tickets (normally $120 – $126)



Dinner cruise on the Delaware River aboard the newly-renovated Spirit of Philadelphia lasts three hours and includes a dinner buffet, carving station, singing waitstaff, and views of Philadelphia’s skyline. After dinner, DJs play dance music, the cash bar opens, and you can relax on the largest outdoor deck in the city.

WHERE: Spirit of Philadelphia, Penn’s Landing Dock, 3 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

DEAL: Sign up here to get $63 tickets (normally $104)



Cruise the Potomac River as the sun sets, enjoying cocktails on the observation deck, then sit down to a leisurely four-course dinner prepared by a master chef and dance to a live band as those famous monuments light up.

WHERE: Odyssey Cruises, Sixth and Water Street, SW, Washington, DC

DEAL: Sign up here for $82 to $92 tickets (normally $137 to $153)