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Spirit of Ethan Allen

1 College St, Burlington Boathouse, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
+1 802-862-8300
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Cruise gets you out on the beautiful lake

Went on the sunset cruise. The weather was clear and the sunset over the lake was very pretty... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
AZMerrie
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Tucson
Pleasant boat ride on Lake Champlain

Great views of the Adirondacks, Green Mountains , the narration explained the geology The natural... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
FilmGuyTO
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Toronto, Canada
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Vermont's largest cruise ship and floating restaurant on Lake Champlain. Daily tours offered, May - October.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch cruise” (55 reviews)
“scenic cruise” (33 reviews)
“the wait staff” (18 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 College St, Burlington Boathouse, Burlington, VT 05401-5215
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on the sunset cruise. The weather was clear and the sunset over the lake was very pretty. Lots of photo opportunities. It was dinner time, and the wait staff seemed overworked. Very nice and friendly, but too many tables for them to attend to.More

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SOEAVT, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the review! We are sorry to hear that our staffed were a little overworked. A lot of people want a closer look at Lake Champlain, and we do our best to accommodate everyone! We are so glad you enjoyed the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great views of the Adirondacks, Green Mountains , the narration explained the geology The natural history and theimportance of the Lake during the war of independence. Neat stuff about Benedict Arnold. Good seating. Nice beverage and food service.More

Thank FilmGuyTO
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SOEAVT, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for such a lovely review. We are so happy that you had such a good time and enjoyed the wonderful views that Lake Champlain has to offer. We're proud of our narrated cruises, so we're so glad to hear that you found it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an incredible bargain this turned out to be. The tour was wonderful and the lunch was great. It makes a great way to have lunch in Burlington.

Thank WalterStewart1952
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SOEAVT, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Walter! Thank you for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your cruise with us! We hope you can join us again sometime soon!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food cruise if you're going to be hungry otherwise take the standard cruise. Sort of different to hear the narrative on the trip. We were eating and some groups were loud which made it tough to hear.

Thank TomP413
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SOEAVT, Public Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sorry you were not able to hear the narration too well due to the other groups on board. We hope you enjoyed the dining portion of the cruise! Thank you for submitting a four star review for us!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the 4pm cruise. Very hot on land,cooler on the water. A great way to check out the lake. Informative narration throughout the cruise without being overdone. Comfortable accommodations. Would like to do again,maybe sunset.

Thank Cang87
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SOEAVT, Public Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your review! Glad to hear you beat the heat on the ship - and yes, please do come back for our Sunset Cruise! One of our favorites, and a totally different experience and view! :)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend this cruise. We went on the 2 hour cruise in the afternoon and had a blast. The views are amazing. I think everyone in our party said this was their favorite part of our trip to Vermont.

Thank James282988
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SOEAVT, Public Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So happy to hear this, @James282988! Glad you enjoyed our gorgeous views and the beautiful state of Vermont! :)

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The cruise is a 90 minute boat ride. Talks about the history of how the lake got there. Plenty of room to move around. Nice and relaxing with beautiful scenery.

1  Thank Cindy B
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SOEAVT, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Cindy! We are so glad that you enjoyed your cruise with us! Lucky for us, Lake Champlain always provides beautiful scenery! Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We hope you can join us again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cruise was a nice way to see the lake and to learn about it's history and geology. The boat is comfortable and serves food and beverages to compliment the sightseeing. It is rather expensive and does not offer senior discounts and the cut-off age...More

1  Thank jolene M
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SOEAVT, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so sorry that our cruise wasn't up to par, Jolene. We try to keep our prices down keep the Spirit of Ethan Allen afloat in hopes that everyone can enjoy Lake Champlain. But we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your cruise...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Weather was great. Ticket price was reasonable. I even had both a beverage & a bite to eat onboard (that was a bit pricey). Not crowded, so folks could walk around & get different views. Sounded like pre-recorded narration. Having speakers throughout the ship made...More

Thank Joanne R
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SOEAVT, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Joanne! We are so glad you had such a wonderful time on board! If you are looking for a longer cruise, our Sunset Cruise and our dinner cruises are an hour longer than our day cruises, and will offer you a broader view of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The cruise was fine but the pizza served on board was terrible and the views were not that inspiring. I would skip it and just take in the lake from the shore.

Thank lthomas175
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SOEAVT, Guest Relations Manager at Spirit of Ethan Allen, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so sorry that the pizza was not up to your standards. Would you please contact us at guestservices@soea.com? We would love to try and make your next experience with us a good one!

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Susan R
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Response from jolene M | Reviewed this property |
Did not see any. I would call.
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Teresa D
4 May 2018|
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Response from SOEAVT | Property representative |
Hi Teresa, Our cruises range in price from $25.75 to $59.75. We would need to know the age and what type of cruise you would like to go on! Please give the office a call, as we are fully staffed and can answer your... More
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Gwen C
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Response from j0m4r | Reviewed this property |
i think u will be cold in october. it wasnt that warm when we went either , it just doesnt get very warm there it seems. a daytime cruise would be just as lovely i believe and u can always eat at the restaurant right there... More
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