Whereas tattered ragamuffins with gambling hands are prone to dining with the fishes, it's the esteemed members of land-society who dine atop the fishes. Today's Groupon merges seafaring and supping proclivities with dinner cruises that supply gourmet, three-course meals for four people from Edelweiss Cruise Line. Choose from four cruise options, all departing nightly at 7:30 p.m. from the Wells Street Port of Call Bistro:
- $130 for a Wednesday cruise (a $260 value)
- $100 for a Thursday cruise (a $200 value)
- $130 for a Friday cruise (a $260 value)
- $150 for a Saturday cruise (a $300 value)
Sail into a night of delicious dinner courses and romantic scenery aboard the Edelweiss I or Edelweiss II. Each premier vessel morphs into a floating banquet hall once dinner begins, featuring outdoor viewing decks and climate-controlled, indoor dining cabins. Menus vary slightly by cruise, each beginning with a dinner salad and ending with a seasonal dessert. Thursday dinners have Italian roots, with lightly breaded ricotta and herb-stuffed chicken breast followed by homemade pasta, whereas Wednesday and Friday's classic menu features grilled steak and garlic mashed potatoes with fresh vegetables, along with grilled chicken breast on Wednesdays and grilled salmon on Friday. Saturday dinners resemble the classic menu wearing a crown of crab-cake appetizers. The vegetarian dinner, available during all cruises upon request, consists of a grilled vegetable stack, hand-rolled baked pasta, charred tomato sauce, and smoked mozzarella.
The views from the vessels are some of the best from Lake Michigan, including the evening glow above the historic Third Ward, lakeside panoramas of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Pier Wisconsin, the beautiful lakeside beaches, and Milwaukee's famous breweries and lighthouses. Take care when viewing the magnificent sights to avoid accidentally jamming a fork into a neighbor's top hat.
The Edelweiss's fleet of luxurious vessels sail passengers around the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan on intriguing tours of historic landmarks, elegant dinner cruises, and festive party cruises throughout the year. During cruises, guests are treated to amenities such as cocktails, champagne, and gourmet buffets while enjoying activities such as dancing and live entertainment. The Edelweiss also boasts a collection of 10-passenger pontoon boats, which groups can rent by the hour to explore the river at their leisure or use as landing vessels to go marauding on the lakefront.
Port of Call Bistro and Beer Garden
106 W Wells St.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203Get Directions