Detroit River Cruises

Information on Detroit River cruises. You can find many Detroit River Dinner Cruises for your enjoyment during the summer and winter months. Besides the River Walk and other things to do in Detroit, many people do not know that there are other river activities like these cruises. During the wintertime, the cruises do decrease of course, but you you can still check the schedule of the cruises to see if you happened to come at the right time to catch a cruise down the river.

If you are traveling to the area during the spring and summer months, taking one of the Detroit River cruises down the river could be a great way to relax, enjoy some good food, and see the amazing skyline from the river.

The Diamond Jack

The Diamond Jack
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The Diamond Jack
If you are looking to just take a scenic tour of the river and all the landmarks along the way, the Diamond Jack is perfect. The tour is two hours which is not too long but it's not too short either.

I remember my first time on the Diamond Jack when I was a youngster. It was a such a fun experience and a great way to relax during the day by taking a boat cruise down the river. My best memory of my first time taking the cruise is probably going under the Mac Arthur Bridge (the bridge that connects Belle Isle to the city) and hearing the horn tooted loudly by the captain.

It's actually been awhile since I've been on a cruise, but I hope to do it again soon. If you're bored during a hot summer day in the D, definitely think about taking a Diamond Jack cruise! There are three tours for you to chose from:

  • - The Detroit Tour takes you past downtown Detroit and Windsor, down past the Ambassador Bridge, then down towards Belle Isle, and back to dock again.
  • - The Boblo Island Tour takes you around one of the areas most famous attractions which now lies in the memories of many.
  • - The Wyandotte Tour gives you a tour of the southern part of the river.
There are two docking stations for you to get on. One is in Hart Plaza in downtown, and the other is in Wyandotte. The tours usually run from June until the early days of September. The days of the tours are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays


- Adults $17
- Seniors over 60 $15
- Children between the ages of 6-16 $13
- Children 5 and under can ride for free when accompanied by an adult
- You cannot use credit or debit cards to purchase tickets. You must use cash only
- You can use your AAA or AARP card for a $2 discount (only up to 4 passengers per card)

Click here to find out more about schedules and admission information.

The Detroit Princess
Detroit Princess Image by femaltetrumpet02

The Detroit Princess

The Detroit Princess is one of the newer dinner cruises in the city. It is very popular for it's dance parties and old school jams on many weekends. During many weekends (especially during the summer), you will frequesntly find that there is a popular event happening on the Detroit Princess.

Cruising down the river while listening and jamming to some good music is the pefect way to spend the summer night. It is also popular for its lunch and dinner cruises.

Public cruises and charter cruise options are available to anyone. Unlike the Diamond Jack, The Princess does run a few Detroit river cruises during the winter months, but not many. Although you won't like the cold breeze outside, it can still make for a fun time out on the river with good food and music.

Be sure to check their website for schedule information and tickets. If you want to attend an event, make sure you do so weeks in advance, because tickets can sell out fast!

Also keep an eye on my Event Calendar page for info on special Detroit River cruises that may come about.

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