Click above to buy one $49 ticket for a holiday dinner cruise on Friday, December 11, at 8:30 p.m. Click the links below for other cruise dates:
- Buy here for the holiday dinner cruise on Friday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m.
- Buy here for the holiday dinner cruise on Saturday, December 5, at 8:30 p.m.
- Buy here for the holiday dinner cruise on Sunday, December 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Jump to: That’s the Spirit!
Hit the harbor with a fistful of sunsetty sunsets and shimmier shimmies. Today’s Groupon gets you three hours of breathtaking views, bountiful buffets, and the sense of superiority one gets from dining and dancing on a boat with a dinner cruise from Spirit Cruises onboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. Take in the city lights on the wintery water as you cruise through an evening of succulent feasts for the ears, mouth, nose, eyes, and dancebuds. Show your city off to visiting in-laws, or take your sweetie out for a romantic night under the stars and finally reveal which one you’re visiting from.
Your dinner buffet lays out enough fine food to satisfy an appetitive pack of longshoremen with culinary degrees. You’ll get your pick of salads, carving stations (meat only, no ivory), and hot entrees, sides, and desserts, such as smokehouse carved ham, wild Alaskan salmon, pasta primavera, fresh seasonal local vegetables, and cheesecake. Panoramic windows show the Delaware River unfolding before you as your friendly waiters don their singing caps and prove their serving skills match their melodic mastery. Sit back and enjoy your coffee and cake before strolling the upper deck or cutting a boatrug as a live DJ keeps the hits coming.
Boating is a make-believe game for adults; it allows you to imagine your life as an adventurous business tycoon, high-class pirate, or boat-dwelling showman. Like Cleopatra being carried on a litter, the sea will smoothly transport you and your vessel on its back while the public envies and adores you from afar. Many say the gentle sway of a boat is a return to the whoosh of the womb, where you can finally be yourself again, eating with abandon until thoroughly nourished and letting your hair down in the amniotic flood of music and dance.
That's the Spirit!
Although Spirit Cruises are free of actual spirits or other paranormal apparitions, the harbor itself, like all New England waterways, is rife with spectral spooks and pushy polterghosts. Unlike their portrayals in popular media, most ghosts have normal appetites and are harmless if viewed from a distance. Print out this handy checklist to see which of these harbor-haunters you can spot:
Captain Bonnie Barnacles: In an era when most women were relegated to sitting at home by the fire knitting children to help with chores, Bonnie Barnacles dreamt of more. Stowing away on the S.S. Anti-Authority in 1778, she quickly organized a mutiny, dazzling her crusty shipmates with her cutlass juggling and partial memorization of the alphabet. Today, she and her forsaken crew still haunt the harbor, turning a pretty pence with their home jewelry-making workshops and inspirational cassettes.
Ghastly Greg Philkins: Decked out in the sweetest duds 1975 had to offer, this lingering victim of a disco radon leak can still be seen after-hours, effortlessly dancing across the surface of the water in platforms and phantom flares. If you see this literal boogieman, beware, for he'll try to lure you onto his watery dance floor with his siren song, which is the admittedly catchy "The Night Chicago Died" by Paper Lace.
Transparatops: A transparent triceratops. This rare dinosaur ghost proves that, contrary to scientific "evidence," at least some dinosaurs are, indeed, extinct.
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