if you're looking for a nice night out with family, this could be the place
if you're looking for a nice night out with family and decent food, avoid 'spirit of sacramento'
last night my family and i went on the 3 hour long dinner cruise (it was my idea) if it were any ordinary night, it would have been a bad experience. but it was my parents' 27th anniversary dinner and so the experience was dreadful. upon boarding, we were told to go inside and the servers would tell us were to sit, i had to ask the servers who were sitting and chatting to each other where our party was supposed to sit, one of them then pointed to a table. we were not told that we would be called up table by table to the buffet. so when we went up for the food, we were sent back to our table. the food was cold and tasteless, it was akin to airplane food. the water glasses were clear 8oz plastic cups that were gathered up and thrown away. the music was extremely loud to the point where it made it difficult to hear my mom who was sitting across the table from me.
it was an experience i could have done without.
Sunset Cruise Delight. Well - my Mom and myself signed-up for the 2 hour Sunset Buffet Cruise. We paid $45.00 each, which was suppose to be a group rate. The Boat left just a few minutes after 6:00 pm and the Buffet was being served table-by-table. A large group of over 100 people on a Sunday afternoon. They set out salad, bread and butter, potatoes, roasted chicken and roast beef. The Boat was mello and you were not aware of the water - real smooth. After an hour the boat turned around and we headed back a slow, steady pace. After a tour upstairs with the cool wind in the hair the servants were setting out pre-cut pieces of cake and get your own coffee. I think the staff was friendly and kind and the trip was well worth the price. SLO
Under New Ownership.
I am writing yet another review. I feel like this place has a bad rep. So let me tell you about my experience.
We celebrated our son's rehearsal dinner on the Spirit of Sacramento. The staff from the sales office all the way down to the bus boys treated us like royalty. We were a little skeptical from a past event when the boats showed a lot of wear. From our understanding the company in under new ownership, and a lot of upgrades have been made. The whole event was very memorable we will definitely be booking future events.
We paid $40 for a buffet lunch cruise that did not include a cruise or even a soda. You had to serve yourself coffee or water. The boat was run down, small, and dirty.
After we finished the lousy lunch, we were told to leave. The river was running too high for the boat to leave dock. We went to the office to get our money back, the woman there said that the cruise was subject to weather. She did offer tickets on another boat for the river cruise, an hour and a half later. If we wanted to try to get a refund we would have to come back in two hours and talk to the owner.
The whole thing was overpriced. We could have eaten in a nice restaurant for less. The river cruise, which consists of going down to a freeway and back, was overpriced.
Rundown boat, inedible food, high prices. A 70th Birthday celebration should be something special! Instead, our party of 15 was not seated together (no tables, only booths), was served truly tasteless, inedible food (the microwave must have been working overtime - I thought I was eating dried salmon!) with very questionable service (the hostess reached INSIDE the water pitcher to retrieve it when refilling). You could smell the diesel engine, and the waterwheel was only for show. It started and ended a half hour late. All this for an outrageous price! Thank goodness you only turn 70 once, Grandma! So Sorry!
Go back in time on a historic riverboat cruise on the Sacramento River..
Leaving from Old Town Sacramento, couples and families embark on a nostalgic tour while exploring the lush shores of the river. The two 19th-century riverboats make their way past historic landmarks. Passengers can sign up for a number of cruises including a short sight-seeing cruise, a long, lingering dinner cruise or a Captain's Brunch cruise. Specialty event cruises include Murder Mystery and karaoke nights. The sunset cruise is perfect for romancing couples.
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