Got a Question?
We get some common questions and hopefully this will help with anything you need to know.
Our senior citizen rates are available to those 60 years old and older on lunch cruises Monday through Friday.
Child priced tickets include ages 4 to 12 years old. Infant tickets are for children under 4 years of age.
It is best to purchase your cruise tickets ahead of time. You can do this on the website 24/7 or by calling our sales office, open 6-7 days a week during our cruise season. This will reserve your spot on the boat and allow us to better plan for your time on board.
No problem. As long as you have your ticket number or can verify with the name or email on the purchase, we can find your reservation.
We always recommend purchasing tickets as far in advance as possible. Tickets are always on a first come first serve basis, and once a party is sold out there is no wiggle room, as we have a strict capacity set by the United States Coast Guard. If you want to be sure to have a spot on the boat, get your ticket now!
We offer a variety of packages with menu, cruise length, guest capacity and bar options, etc. to choose from for an unforgettable experience! Contact the sales office to have our team assist you with pricing and details. Use the email or phone number below for a quick response!
As soon as you are confident that you want to host your event on the Detroit Princess Riverboat you should call one of our team members right away to put a deposit down. Prime dates sell out very quickly and sometimes groups book the entire boat. To be sure your group has a spot on the vessel, put down a deposit as soon as possible. Once you have paid the deposit (we accept credit card, debit card, cash, check, or money order) and signed and sent back a charter contract you and your group will be ready to set sail!
Easy! Fill out a form under the group events page so our team has more information about what you are looking for and we will reply as soon as possible. Or, call our sales office during business hours for fast, friendly assistance.
Our smallest room, on the 4th deck, works best for groups of 50 or more. Our premier and shared banquet room on the 2nd deck offers reserved seating at fully dressed tables in a preferred area of the room, if you are the first to request. Contact our sales office to discuss, choose and lock in your best option!
Yes, we do not have any shuttle service. There are many parking lots within a close distance from the boat. These parking lots are not affiliated with the Detroit Princess Riverboat and they are subject to availability on the day of your cruise.
Many parking lots and garages are a short walk to and from the boat. Like all other downtown cities, you pay to park in Detroit at a very reasonable price per vehicle. You can also utilize public transportation including the People Mover, QLINE, taxi, Uber or Lyft as well as the bus system. You will find best driving and parking information using the Getting to the Boat link on our website or by calling our sales office before your cruise date.
Yes, in the event of an emergency we have more than enough life jackets for everyone on board. Life jackets are stored on every level of the vessel. The Detroit Princess crew will assist passengers in locating and donning life jackets, if an emergency arose that required their use.
Yes, we cruise in most weather conditions! However, it is up to our Captain to make the final call on the day of the cruise. We have to act with the safety of our passengers and crew in mind. Our boat is fully enclosed for climate controlled dining rooms, so that even if it does rain, you can stay dry!
We recommend business casual, but you are more than welcome to go above and beyond that! Nothing is too fancy for a night on the Detroit Princess.
We do not accept foreign currency.
The boarding time for your cruise is listed on your ticket, and that is when the doors to the vessel will open. We do not allow early entry due to strict maritime regulations.
The Detroit River is an international waterway that we share with Canada. It is illegal to carry a firearm (openly or concealed) even if you have a valid CPL. We ask that you do not attempt to bring weapons of any kind onto the Detroit princess due to the severity of these laws. This includes off duty law enforcement officers, as well as retired officers. All passengers are subject to search upon boarding as proper precaution.
The Detroit Princess Riverboat is family friendly, so children are welcome during our public lunch and dinner cruises. Late-night cruise events we schedule will be clearly stated for adults only and private banquet room events set their own age limits for attendance.
We have a limited number of highchairs available for use during our cruises. Feel free to ask a team member if one can be brought to your table. Although we cannot reserve highchairs in advance, every person in your group will have a standard dining chair at your reserved table(s).
A celebration cake or cupcakes, disposable plates and forks and balloons can be brought on board for a birthday, anniversary or other special celebration!
The Detroit Princess is a federally registered vessel, so is required to be handicap accessible. Passengers can use either an elevator or stairs between the four enclosed levels, with outer viewing decks and restrooms on multiple levels also fully accessible. The fifth deck is reached by stairs only, is completely open other than our secure Captain's Wheelhouse.
No, we do not offer wifi onboard the Princess.
Our photographer takes pictures at boarding time and during our cruise, with 5x7 photos printed and placed in folding frames available for purchase that same day. For group photos-family or class reunions, etc.- call our sales office for more information!
Of course you can! Take photos of the amazing skyline and take in the scenery.
Smoking is allowed only on outdoor areas of the boat. Marijuana is not allowed on board.
The Detroit Princess Riverboat is a federally registered vessel, so all four banquet room levels are accessible to everyone, via elevator or stairwells. Restrooms are handicap accessible as well.
We are able to cruise in most weather conditions. However, our Captain makes the final decision on the day of the cruise, keeping the safety of our passengers and crew in mind. Our fully enclosed and climate-controlled dining rooms will keep you dry if it does rain, with buffet and entertainment enjoyed dockside if we cannot get underway due to the weather.
No, we do not.
We have a limited number of tables for 2-4 guests. We suggest purchasing your cruise tickets online in advance and recording in the special instructions that you want a table for two. Or call our sales office during business hours for fast, friendly assistance!
Trained service dogs that meet the ADA definition and are kept under control by their owner at all times are allowed on board. Please call our sales office if you have questions or would like additional information about this topic.
The Detroit Princess has full-service bars featuring call and premium liquors, craft and domestic beers, quality wine and champagne, with local favorites included. For special events we often set up beer and wine stations outside, for your convenience and enjoyment!
Guests dine comfortably in our climate-controlled banquet rooms!
Our lunch and dinner menus include multiple entrees and hot sides, with salad and addons, on a self-serve buffet with non-carving station items protected by a clear acrylic cover. Yes, a second pass through the buffet is allowed!
Our buffet menus include vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options, although the number of food items in each option may be limited. Please call our sales office for more information concerning your dietary needs!
A halal menu will be available only for a private banquet room event. We are able to prepare, or you may choose to have an outside caterer provide the meal.
If you eat through a tube or are on a medically prescibed liquid diet, you can bring that restricted meal type on board. For questions about general food allergies, please call our sales office for more information.
No, unfortunately as we researched the options regarding purchasing, refurbishing, and opening a restaurant in Detroit, the conclusion was made that it was not financially feasible to purchase an old Boblo Island ferry. Although they were beautiful boats in their prime, they fell into disrepair and no longer exist. In addition, the Detroit Princess is fully enclosed with air conditioning and heating to provide a comfortable environment on board any time of the year!