Southern Empress

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In a Nutshell

  • 19th-century riverboat replica
  • Victorian-era décor
  • Choice of two entrées
  • Entertainment & dancing

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 30, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to weather. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Not valid for Sunday brunch. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Dining atop a lake is preferable to dining beneath one, since scuba tanks make it difficult to eat soup politely and submarine captains are known for their ability to ruin a romantic moment. Dine above the water with today’s Groupon to Southern Empress Cruises, whose boat is docked at the Sunset Harbor Resort in Willis. Children aged 5 years and younger are free. Choose between the following options:

  • For $32, you get a two-hour lunch cruise for two people (up to a $64.84 value).
  • For $54, you get a three-hour dinner cruise for two people (up to a $108.14 value).<p>

Reservations can be made starting May 15, 2012.

Southern Empress Cruises transports passengers to a bygone era aboard a 19th-century riverboat replica as they dine, dance, and gander at the shimmering waters of Lake Conroe. Beneath scintillating chandeliers, waterborne riders savor a scenic meal with a choice between two succulent entrées served alongside salad, bread, two sides, and a variety of dessert options. Once appetites are sated, entertainers electrify the dance floor with music from modern eras, contrasting elegantly with the Victorian surroundings, like text messages sent by telegram. Later, dance-drained sea legs can explore the elegantly adorned enclosed decks framed with polished brass and solid-oak carvings, or venture into the open areas to survey the natural surroundings, smell the lake breeze, or hear the subtle harmonies of pelican barbershop quartets.

Southern Empress Cruises

Floating across the surface of Lake Conroe, the Southern Empress might as well be drifting back in time. The ship perfectly resembles a nineteenth-century sternwheeler riverboat, with two 18-foot paddles churning the water behind it. Inside the three sprawling decks, chandeliers gleam against embossed tin ceilings, and accents of brass and velour flaunt the same Victorian style as the floral carpets.

The boat does boast some modern amenities, however—two of its decks are climate-controlled, which means that its signature cruises can run year-round instead of stopping during iceberg-mating season. They can also head outside to the split-level third deck, which affords the best view of the lake and surrounding forest. Hosts for special engagements, such as weddings or corporate parties, can even reserve this scenery for themselves during private charters.

Customer Reviews

boat is old and not very well maintained - would not be worth full price - but the deal was worth it.
Laura A. · April 29, 2013
This was for our anniversary. It was an enjoyable evening. The food was good, nothing fancy, but they had decent sized portions, and it was tasty.We made new friends on the dance floor. Romantic moonlight boat ride on the lake. Will do it again this year for our anniversary.
Andy R. · April 12, 2013
I've done the dinner cruise multiple times. The food was recently updated. Kudos. filling and fresh. The boat has new rails and a new look. Safety a must. Keep up the good work as I hope to return with guest.
Lisa H. · August 14, 2017

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