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Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise

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Key Highlights

  • Sumptuous buffet spread
  • Live entertainment
  • Enjoyable narration
  • Fabulous fun from beginning to end
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    3 hours (including boarding time)

    Start time

    Brunch Cruise (Sunday):
    01 Apr - 27 May: Boarding: 11:00am; Sailing: 12:00noon
    28 May - 31 Mar: Boarding: 11:30am; Sailing: 12:30pm
    Lunch Cruise (Monday - Friday):
    01 Apr - 11 Apr: Boarding: 11:00am; Sailing: 12:00noon
    12 Apr - 11 Jun: Boarding: 10:00am; Sailing: 11:00am
    12 Jun - 31 Mar: Boarding: 11:30am; Sailing: 12:30pm
    Lunch Cruise (Saturday):
    01 Apr - 08 May: Boarding: 11:00am; Sailing: 12:00noon
    09 May - 31 Mar: Boarding: 11:30am; Sailing: 12:30pm

    Meeting Point

    Cruise departs from Navy Pier, where ample parking is available. Directions for reaching Navy Pier are given in Additional Information.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the boading time. This is mandatory to ensure time to obtain boarding passes.

    Ending Point

    The cruise ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Eat, drink and be merry on this sensational lunchtime cruise along Chicago’s magnificent waterfront.

    Enjoy exceptional service, plus fun and frivolity. Tuck into a delectable Grande Buffet full of the finest, freshest foods while you admire stupendous views of the city skyline.

    Sit back and enjoy the vibrant on-board entertainment or hit the dance floor and rock till you dock. From line dances to Top-40 hits, the DJs know how to get everyone up and dancing, right to the end of the trip.

    Perfect for an afternoon escape, this fabulous cruise is also a great way to celebrate a birthday, hold an office party, or entertain out-of-town guests.

    Itinerary

    Your luxury Spirit of Chicago Lunch Cruise promises a delightful and memorable experience. There is no hotel pick-up for the cruise, which starts from Navy Pier, where there is ample parking. Details of how to reach Navy Pier are given in Additional Information.

    To receive your boarding pass please present your voucher and photo ID at the activity operator’s ticket kiosk at Navy Pier.

    As you board the boat, a keepsake photo of you and your party will be taken, so go ahead and pose for the camera! (You can decide to purchase or not, when you dock.)

    Once on board, friendly staff will greet and seat you, and take your drink orders (payable direct). Feel free to get up and explore the ship, especially the outdoor strolling decks.

    As the ship pulls away from the dock, grab your streamers and your drinks and join the entertainers in a festive Bon Voyage toast.

    You will be invited up to the Grande Buffet, where the lavish lunch spread will include the following:

    Download the sample menu

    Menu subject to change.

    Help yourself to as much as you like. You can even go back for seconds and thirds as long as the buffet is open!

    While you dine, you can listen to a fascinating narrated tour as you watch Chicago’s breathtaking skyline appear through the huge panoramic windows.

    You will also be treated to some live entertainment. Throughout the cruise, Spirit’s staff will dazzle you with impressive renditions of your favorite tunes. Sit back, relax and enjoy the talent.

    Or hit the dance floor where the DJs know how to play music that you can’t resist. Expect everything from traditional sounds to up-to-the-minute hits.

    Whenever you feel like stretching your legs, head topside for the largest outdoor patio deck in Chicago and catch a breath of fresh air and amazing views of Lake Michigan.

    Your 2 hour cruise ends at the starting point at Navy Pier.

    Watch the video!

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 2-hour cruise
    • Onboard entertainment
    • Onboard narration
    • Buffet Lunch
    • Tea, coffee and water
    • Taxes and Fees
    • Fuel surcharge

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Drinks from the bar or wine list
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please contact the activity operator Spirit of Chicago within 5 days of booking or at least 72 hours prior to your arrival into Chicago to confirm your cruise reservation. You will not be guaranteed a place on the cruise until you have contacted the activity operator to confirm.
    You must print and present your voucher in order to redeem services purchased. Please present your voucher and photo ID at the activity operator’s ticket kiosk located at Navy Pier. You will be issued boarding passes at this time. Boarding begins one hour prior to cruise departure time.
    Cruises go ahead rain or shine all year long. In the rare event the Coast Guard prohibits cruising because of weather conditions, your activity operator will contact you to make other arrangements.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Ample parking is available at Navy Pier where the cruise starts. Alternative parking is available at 460 E. Illinois and 403 E. Grand (one block from Navy Pier). Free Navy Pier Trolley Service runs continuously from parking lot to Navy Pier along Illinois & Grand.Directions for reaching Navy Pier:From the South:Take the Dan Ryan Expressway West to Lake Shore Dr. NorthExit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Southwest:Take Interstate 55 North (Stevenson) to Lake Shore Dr. NorthExit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Far Southwest:Follow Interstate 57 North to the Dan Ryan Expressway WestGo to Lake Shore Dr. North Exit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Southeast:Take 90/94 West (Dan Ryan Expressway) to Lake Shore Dr. NorthExit Grand Ave./Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the North:Take 90/94 East (Kennedy) to Ohio St. ExitTurn right on Fairbanks/Columbus Dr.Turn left on Illinois St. to Navy PierFrom the Northeast:Take Lake Shore Dr. South to the Grand Ave./Illinois St. exitTurn left on Illinois St. to Navy Pier