• Tuesday , 20 February 2018

Book a Boat Booze Cruise, Private Tour and More with Patriot Harbor Lines

by Cassie Hepler

Don’t judge Patriot Harbor Lines by the website alone.

“It cannot do justice for what we do at the Patriot. The owners, myself and crew strive to put the best tour in Philly for our guests. It’s not just a ‘one time deal,'” said Captain Walt Bohn, General Manager of Patriot Harbor Lines.

Not surprisingly, his favorite song to jam to while your hair is whipping through the Delaware River air is The Lonely Island’s “I’m On A Boat” featuring T-Pain.

A veteran boat cruiser by now, it is obvious customer service and creating a fun memorable experience is paramount to Captain Walt. The highlighted and hot tours are the Harbor Tours and Cocktail Cruises, which departs at Penn’s Landing Seaport Museum area, right next to the stellar Spruce Street Harbor Park (one of the best pop-up beer gardens in the city)… and a roller rink!

It really is a one stop destination for fun in the sun. As one Patriot boat lover said, it’s like a mini-vacation down the shore without actually leaving the city.

“We usually start at Penn’s Landing cruise to get up close and personal to the SS United States, then continue to the Walt Whitman Bridge, Battleship NJ, Ben Franklin Bridge and all the other sights in between,” said Captain Walt. “Our Harbor Tour is really the same route but we have a narrated version talking about the all the things mentioned above, yet we still have time to play music and pour drinks! The one thing we cannot take credit for is the views, we are just the boat that can provide them to you. Every trip, every day and night is different. After three years of being in business, I still find myself taking pictures like a tourist!”

And as you can see below, there is no shortage of amazing photos you can take – even with just your cell phone.

The boat has a regular schedule of trips this summer and are available for private charters. This year, numerous bachelorette parties, 30th birthday parties, corporate outings, private wine tastings and parties of just friends getting together for a night to remember make for perfect opportunities.

The private wine tastings are courtesy of Dan the Wine Man from Pinot Boutique in Old City and offer wine and cheese pairings while being lulled to relaxation by the waves. Whatever excuse you can come up with to go, experience your own private boat – it’s the only (legal) game in town!

And if you really are nautical by nature, you’ll love this memorable experience forever.

A lovely view of boat cruising to come.

A lovely view of boat cruising to come.

The Patriot awaits... and all aboard!

The Patriot awaits… and all aboard!

The Independence Seaport Museum ramp behind the Hilton at Penn's Landing to the boat beckons!

The Independence Seaport Museum ramp behind the Hilton at Penn’s Landing to the boat beckons!

Straight to the bow of the boat.

Straight to the bow of the boat.

You will never be lost at sea by looking up at the Hilton tower at Penn's Landing. Next stop, Spruce Street Harbor Park!

You will never be lost at sea by looking up at the Hilton tower at Penn’s Landing. Next stop, Spruce Street Harbor Park!

A boat named Gratitude greets us upon arrival and that we are for sure.

A boat named Gratitude greets us upon arrival and that we are for sure.

One my the many views that assures you, yes you are on a boat.

One my the many views that assures you, yes you are on a boat.

Just in case your ship bumps off the dock.

Just in case your ship bumps off the dock.

Hello Moshulu (also a great ship for dining).

Hello Moshulu (also a great ship for dining).

Heading back to shore, it's hard to collect your heart from the water's peaceful lull.

Heading back to shore, it’s hard to collect your heart from the water’s peaceful lull.

It's a lot larger up close than it looks from afar.

It’s a lot larger up close than it looks from afar.

A mighty steel ship in the water.

A mighty steel ship in the water.

Susquehanna Bank Center always has good shows - and a ferry ride across the river is a must.

Susquehanna Bank Center always has good shows – and a ferry ride across the river is a must.

Even Camden, N.J. looks good from the ship!

Even Camden, N.J. looks good from the ship!

Sunsets are photography golden hours and offer the most amazing photos.

Sunsets are photography golden hours and offer the most amazing photos.

The city of Philadelphia looks even more lovely from the boat.

The city of Philadelphia looks even more lovely from the boat.

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Wood peeks out from the Delaware River.

Wood peeks out from the Delaware River.

Waving to the Ben Franklin ship captains is always a fun time.

Waving to the Ben Franklin ship captains is always a fun time.

Postcard worthy views and photos await.

Postcard worthy views and photos await.

Philly PR Girl's 5th anniversary all started with a blog... and is now a female savvy business making waves.

Philly PR Girl’s 5th anniversary all started with a blog… and is now a female savvy business making waves.

People doing sunset yoga on shore were serenaded by our passing ship.

People doing sunset yoga on shore were serenaded by our passing ship.

A sailboat looks picturesque next to the bridge.

A sailboat looks picturesque next to the bridge.

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A lovely sunset silhouette shows a different side of Philly.

A lovely sunset silhouette shows a different side of Philly.

Ahoy! It's the Ben Franklin Bridge looking better by boat.

Ahoy! It’s the Ben Franklin Bridge looking better by boat.

Steady at the bow of the Patriot for a full photo story.

Steady at the bow of the Patriot for a full photo story.

Easy does it with a blow of the horn to let other ships know we're coming through.

Easy does it with a blow of the horn to let other ships know we’re coming through.

And we're off!

And we’re off!

Captain Walt Bohn, General Manager of Patriot Harbor Lines is ready to set sail.

Captain Walt Bohn, General Manager of
Patriot Harbor Lines is ready to set sail.

Straub was on board to taste this addicting and spot on hefeweizen.

Straub was on board to taste this addicting and spot on hefeweizen.

So make that our favorite three Paradocx wines... this red is wicked good.

So make that our favorite three Paradocx wines… this red is wicked good.

Two of our favorite white wines in paint cans (not pictured, the tasty tea wine).

Two of our favorite white wines in paint cans (not pictured, the tasty tea wine).

Paradocx wine in a paint can is always a hit (with captains hat) on the Pinot Boutique sunset wine cruises.

Paradocx wine in a paint can is always a hit (with captains hat) on the Pinot Boutique sunset wine cruises.

If you were the captain of this boat, where would you go?

If you were the captain of this boat, where would you go?

Where the captain goes.

Where the captain goes.

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