River cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding mermaids equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one ticket to a Taste of the Belle Fridays cruise aboard the Philadelphia Belle riverboat (a $31.19 value including taxes and fees). Guests begin boarding the ship at 5:30 p.m., with the vessel departing at 6:30 p.m. and returning at 8 p.m.
The artfully renovated Philadelphia Belle, one of the largest vessels of its kind on the East Coast, delights guests during the Taste of the Belle Fridays cruise along the Philadelphia waterfront, setting off from Penn's Landing. The ship's DJ keeps the tempo lively as guests woo taste buds with a sampling of small servings from the Belle's Philadelphia–inspired menu, including such items as philly cheesesteak, spring rolls, duck confit, imported fruit, and cream-cheese-filled Liberty Bells. During the two-hour excursion, temporary shipmates can promenade the vessel's covered strolling decks or take a gander at breathtaking city views from the observation deck. Though not included with today's Groupon, river adventurers can also partake in a whistle-whetting libation from the ship's bar or purchase a beverage package ($8–$20) to quench their thirst without waiting for water-spouting dolphins to swim by.
Boasting an open-air top deck and three lower decks for dining and entertainment, the ship makes an ideal venue for seeing the city for the first time, rediscovering favorite sights, or scouting locations for upcoming knighthood ceremonies. On the inner decks, peruse locally inspired artwork in large, stately rooms boasting tin-style paneled ceilings, marble columns, and wide windows.