People naturally feel romantic when they're bathed in mood lighting, whether it's the twinkle of fireflies, a full moon in a starry sky, or a slow, glowing flow of lava oozing through a downtown thoroughfare. Heat up the mood with today's Groupon: for $80, you get one Eros VIP admission ticket to a Valentine's Day cocktail cruise from Affairs Afloat (a $160 value). The cruises depart from Pier 78 on West 40th Street on Saturday, February 12, at 8 p.m.
Affairs Afloat features frequent floating fiestas hosted aboard boats such as the Coast Guard–certified Queen of Hearts, a 500-passenger biodiesel-fueled party boat with a steamboat theme, a cash bar and cash buffet, and four flat-screen TVs. Eros VIP admission to the 21 and older Valentine's Day cruise reaps rewards for romantics, including an open beer, wine, and well-drinks bar from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., semiformal dance parties on two of the ship's levels, a complimentary cocktail, and a decadent dessert buffet. At Affairs Afloat's water-top bash, semiformal cocktail attire should be worn, meaning black ties and dinner jackets; Sherlock Holmes costumes and whoopee cushions are discouraged.
- If the company name doesn't give it away, perhaps the New Orleans vibe of the paddleboats will: Affairs Afloat is one of the City's most raucous floating party purveyors. – Colleen Clark, NYC & Company
- This is a great opportunity to take a relaxing cruise with the person you love the most, right in time for Valentine's Day. – Sharon Carter, Examiner.com
Bathed in the rosy glow of sunset, the Statue of Liberty seems eager to hop aboard the boat floating leisurely past her feet and take a turn about the packed dance floor. The joyful strains of merengue drift from the vessel, where a flock of well-dressed guests show off their moves and weave along the deck for a refreshing breath of night air. Dedicated to cultivating merry outings such as this, Affairs Afloat hosts a variety of cruises along the Hudson River and New York City Harbor aboard their two vessels, each Coast Guard certified for events accommodating up to 450 guests. Throughout the year, each themed cruise features live entertainment ranging from DJs to Brazilian bands and dance troupes, and a cash bar and cash buffet keep internal engines revved up throughout the evening. Guests unwind as they drink in unique views of the city, from glittering skyscrapers to the nesting King Kongs that call them home.