Daytona Beach, Fla., offers visitors and tourists many outdoor recreational activities that take advantage of the year-round moderate climate and stunning seaside environment. Some travelers choose to partake in dinner cruises, which are charter boats that typically serve evening meals. Many area dinner cruises take place on the Halifax River and St. John’s River, according to the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce.
This 107-foot authentic paddle-wheel boat features cocktail parties and sit-down dinners. It has a Victorian décor, complete with plush seating, brass and wood accents, and chandeliers. This dinner cruise charter can accommodate up to 236 guests for dinner and up to 350 guests for cocktail-only events. The StarLite Princess also offers a full-service bar, live music and dancing. From Wednesday through Saturday, the cruises run from 7 to 10 p.m., while Tuesday and Sunday cruises run from 6 to 9 p.m. The restaurant-style menu features entrees such as chicken marsala, fresh seafood, pasta, beef bourguignon and sirloin steak. The paddle boat may be reserved for private events as well.
StarLite Princess 721 Ballough Road Daytona Beach, FL 32114 386-562-5550 800-444-4814 starlitediningcruises.com
Winsome Sloop Charters
The Winsome is a private charter yacht that offers dinner cruises on a 36.5-foot Pearson sailboat. The dinner cruises typically take place on the Halifax River or in the ocean through the Ponce Inlet. Guests may schedule sunset cruises, and even request to drop anchor to explore local beaches. The private vessel has a gas range oven and refrigerator. Dinner may be prepared onboard, or guests can request to have dinner catered from an outside vendor, depending on the occasion and guest preferences. This is the type of dinner cruise that can be planned to exact guest specifications, preferences and needs.
Winsome Sloop Charters Hendricks Marine at Halifax Harbor Marina 450 Basin St. Daytona Beach, FL 32114 904-631-7074 sailingwinsome.com
This romantic dinner cruise takes place on the St. John’s River in nearby Sanford, Fla., which is located about 30 miles from Daytona Beach. On Saturday evenings, the Moonlight Dining and Dancing Cruise occurs. It features an appetizer buffet, full-service bar and seated dinner, as well as scenic river views and live entertainment. Some dinner menu items include baked tilapia, mango pork tenderloin, citrus chicken and vegetable gratin. The Rivership Romance may be reserved for private groups and events throughout the week.
Rivership Romance 433 N. Palmetto Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 800-423-7401 rivershipromance.com