Wine Cruises 2017

Wine Cruise

Wine Cruise

Enjoy Great Wines aboard a Classic Yacht!

Patriot Harbor Lines and Chaddsford Winery have partnered to bring you the ulitmate Wine tasting cruise. As our crew guides a classic yacht through the water of the Philadelphia waterfront on the Delaware River we will sample a variety of wines. We also offer a sampling of gourmet cheeses from DiBruno Brothers that pair perfectly with the wines.

A Chaddsford Winery Educator will guide you through a tasting of a select group of wines. With a tradition dating back to 1982 and an annual production of over 30,000 cases of wine, Chaddsford Winery is among the oldest, largest, and most acclaimed wineries in Pennsylvania.

Located in Chadds Ford, Pa (In Chester County), Chaddsford’s goal is simple: craft approachable, food-friendly wines for every palate. Winemaker Jim Osborn infuses creativity, artisanship, and technique into every bottle of their PA-Made wine, creating award-winning varietals and blends that truly celebrate our ‘Mid-Atlantic Uplands’ microclimate.

You will fall in love with our local wines!

Our wine cruises run throughout the summer on alternating Saturday afternoons from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. Tour dates:

  • June 3rd
  • June 17th
  • July 1st
  • July 15th
  • July 29th
  • August 12th
  • August 26th
  • September 9th
  • September 23rd

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Patriot Harbor Lines has awakened the Philadelphia waterfront with a variety of educational and fun cruises on both the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers.


Philadelphia’s Best Venue for Wedding Related Events

libertygallery20WEDDINGS – Say, “I DO!” while cruising Philadelphia’s two great rivers. Let Philadelphia’s iconic skyline act as a perfect backdrop to your perfect day! Tie the knot as the sun sets, casting its golden glow over the world’s first international city! Say your vows as you cruise aboard our 1920’s style, Great Gatsby-esque yacht, the Liberty. The Liberty is perfect for “smaller ceremonies” large amount of charm and uniqueness. We are the perfect venue for weddings of up to 45 guests. We can even provide the officiant for your wedding.


BACHELORETTE PARTIES – We have hosted hundreds of bachelorette parties and can honestly say we have the best venue in #Philly. What better place to host your friend’s bachelorette party than on a classic yacht. We have two vessels that offer an elegant way to go down memory lane and celebrate. Our unique yachts provide a peaceful time to reflect on the past and take in the thoughts of the future. With a private charter you can bring your own games, and your own music, enjoy time with friends! Dance the time away or sit back and relax while chatting with you your closest friends and family! We are located in the heart of Penn’s Landing with plenty of options where you can keep the party going.


BRIDAL SHOWERS – The Liberty is an ideal venue to host the traditional bridal shower! She is great for smaller, elegant, and memorable gatherings. Its spectacular glass observatory has plenty of cushioned seating and hand-crafted wooden mahogany tables to display your gifts, flower arrangements and food.

WEDDING RECEPTIONS – Complete your wedding with an elegant, comfortable and classic reception on the Liberty. Treat your friends and family to this the classiest yacht in town as you cruise PhillyByBoat! The Liberty is the only Philadelphia Yacht of her caliber that can smoothly cruise both of Philadelphia’s rivers — passing underneath all 21 bridges! Hors d’ oeuvres receptions can accommodate 45 guests. And don’t worry we have a great dance floor and music.

webpage3WEDDING WEEKEND – Brunches, Cocktail Parties, Afternoon Teas

Treat your guests that have traveled to Philadelphia to one of our world famous cruises. If they haven’t had time to see the sights, our relaxing, intimate, private brunch or afternoon of tea covers all the bases while you get to say ‘Thank You’ ‘Welcome’ or ‘Good Bye’. Guests sit back and relax with an open buffet and bar service. Our food menu is chocked full of local Philadelphia items. This climate-controlled space makes this venue a perfect environment to host your brunch reception during the Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter.




2017 Bartram’s Garden Cruises Start Mother’s Day

We are excited to announce our 2017 Bartram’s Garden cruises. We start the season on Mother’s Day – May 14th, 2017.

Patriot at Bartram's Garden Dock

During this cruise we explore the tidal Schuylkill as well as the deeply-rooted history of a National Historic Landmark. The focus of this 3-hour tour is the story of the Bartram family – botanists, explorers, and 18th-century pioneers.

Cruise to Bartram’s Garden and discover the home of America’s first great botanist, John Bartram. Take a 1/4 mile walk up the natural meadow to see amazing views of Philadelphia’s skyline and explore the historic garden, community farm, and recreational trail.

This tour includes a 2-hour stop at Bartram’s Garden with an introductory tour of the newley restored 1731 house and the recently restored Ann Bartram Carr garden.

Bartram’s Garden offers an opportunity to experience its rich past as it embarks on a journey towards a dynamic future. The major garden renovation and house conservation help to share the Bartram story in beautiful new ways.

2017 Tour Dates

  • May 14th, 2017 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • June 4th, 2017 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • June 18th, 2017 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • July 16th, 2017 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • July 30th, 2017 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • August 13th, 2017 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • August 27th, 2017 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • September 24th, 2017 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm
  • October 22nd, 2017 – 12:00pm and 1:00pm

2017-36Can’t make one of the above dates, but have a group interested in Bartram’s Garden. We can accommodate private cruises. Give us a call and we can discuss.





New Year’s Eve – Fireworks Cruises!!

fireworks1Two ways to Celebrate – Two time to Cruise! We will be cruising the Philadelphia waterfront for both the 6:00pm show the Midnight extravaganza! Ring in the New Year with Philadelphia’s Best Fireworks Cruises. Secure your spot for the best view of Philadelphia’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the River. Each cruise features music, cash bar, and an amazing fireworks show. We will also cruise the Delaware and view the amazing Philadelphia city skyline and lights. Each fireworks show will also be synchronized to an official soundtrack on KYW Newsradio.

Arrive early and make plans ahead of time because parking will be at a premium. We recommend parking in Old City and walking to Penn’s Landing or taking an Uber to the Hilton Hotel. We also suggest that you might want to make pre-fireworks or after fireworks plans (depending on which cruise you choose) at Keating’s Rope & Anchor, the Moshulu or the Chart House.

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Philadelphia Parade of Lights

parade-of-lightsDecember 10, 5:30 pm. – 7:00 pm

We are very excited to be participating in this year’s Parade of Lights hosted by the Seaport Museum.

We anticipate a record number of boats decorated for the season with beautiful lights. For the first time ever, the parade route has been extended to include Camden. The parade of boats will pass the Battleship New Jersey on the Camden Waterfront, then cruise by Winterfest on Penn’s Landing and loop back around to the Museum.

We have limited availability, but recommend you bring your family and friends to the Seaport Museum for an afternoon and evening of great holiday fun. Returning as emcee this year is Steve Nikazy who will also be announcing the winner of the parade. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Cutter DILIGENCE will be on the waterfront for the event to conduct FREE tours for the public. Tours take place from 10 a.m. to sunset.

Arrive at the Seaport as early at 11 a.m. to explore the Museum and participate in holiday activities, including a pop-up exhibit, arts and crafts, face painting, musical performances by The Philly Pops, a visit from Santa.

See you on the River!!


City Lights and Skyline Cruise – Our Newest Activity

Philadelphia’s skyline is incredible at night!

Sunset Clouds
While Philadelphia’s river sunsets are pretty spectacular and our daytime cruises are amazing, our best cruises happen at night. We have been racking our brains on how to get more guests out for cruises at night and we have come up with our City Lights and Skyline Cruise. Philadelphia’s unique skyline comes to life during this one-hour cruise on the Delaware. We even depart from Spruce Street Harbor Park and its enchanting multicolored lights.

With a tradition of constructing buildings with unique and interesting lighting features, Philadelphia’s skyline is experienced best by boat. During this evening river tour we explore the stunning Philadelphia skyline that has been known to throw its electric power behind a specific cause and related color. The Philly light spectacular includes:

  • A Center City skyline that has been known to turn yellow in support of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Lemon Ball.
  • The Ben Franklin Bridge’s lights that routinely change color in support of a variety of causes.
  • Leading up to the July 4th holiday, the bridges and skyline turn red, white and blue as the city celebrates Independence Day.
  • The Battle Ship New Jersey fully dressed in lights.
  • After a big win, a skyline transformed from emerald green for the Eagles, orange and black for the Flyers and red, white and blue for our Phillies.
  • And every October, in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our skyline turns pink in support of the cure.

Our yachts have fully stocked bars with a great selection of beer, wine and mixed drinks.

This is Philadelphia’s best night time cruise experience!

Meeting Location

We depart from the Seaport Museum dock at Penn’s Landing. The dock is attached to the Seaport boat shop at the North end of the marina adjacent to the Hilton Hotel. The Seaport Museum’s street address is 211 South Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Please plan to arrive at the dock at least 15 minutes before our scheduled departure time. We cannot wait for late arrivals.

Cruise Party Planing 101!

If you are planning a party we have a variety of options. We offer both the Patriot and the Liberty for private parties. Our private charters are a minimum of 2 hours, but they can be extended. The Patriot is great for parties of up to 36 guests while the Liberty is perfect for up to 46. If you are planning a private event give us a call so we can discuss pricing.


If your check book or debit card are a little light for a full charter we can taylor an event where you host and organize the party, but each of your guests can purchase individual tickets. With this option, as the host you can also pay down the price of your guests tickets to ease their burden and to pay for a larger share of your party. A final party option is to organize a group on one of our public cruises. If you decide to go that route, we recommend giving us a call so that we can let you know the number of tickets available and provide you with a code to track your guests.

Patriot Splashed and Ready for 2016!

April1No3Several months ago we set a goal of having the Patriot ready for the 2016 season by April 1st. It is no easy task getting a boat ready for an early season in Philadelphia with unpredictable March weather. We also had a variety of projects and upgrades scheduled for Patriot including lots of sanding, varnishing, painting and engine maintenance.

We are happy to report that we met our goal and Patriot was launched on April 1st. No fooling!!

We are looking forward to a great season of cruising PhillyByBoat and will soon be adding Liberty (Patriot’s Sister) to the lineup.

Here are a couple of photos to get you in the mood for cruising!













We are accepting reservations for 2016 cruises and the best dates and times are going fast! Contact us if you are interested in exploring a private event with Patriot Harbor Lines.

Patriot Harbor Lines is Expanding its PhillyByBoat Operation

Press Release: Patriot Harbor Lines Expansion Includes Adding a Second Boat (Liberty) to its PhillyByBoat Lineup!



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Since arriving in Philadelphia three years ago Patriot Harbor Lines has continued to expand its tour offerings and engage Philadelphia visitors and locals by boat. Due to expanding demand and strengthened partnerships, Patriot Harbor Lines will be adding a second boat to its lineup in early April. Both the Patriot and Liberty were built in 2001; however, in 2013 the Liberty was lengthened by 10 feet. Recently Liberty was further upgraded with a yacht finished interior and amenities that will allow it to cruise year round.

Contacts: Patriot Harbor Lines –

Patriot Harbor Lines creates and operates unique, rigorously-researched, engaging tours and public programs in partnership with non-profit organizations, cultural institutions and private companies that bring together out-of-town visitors, local residents, and people of all ages and interests. Current programs include several different theme-based public tours exploring the past and present of the Philadelphia waterfront and tours of the Schuylkill River with our partners Schuyulkill River Development Corp., the Water Works and Bartram’s Garden. We also have a variety of tours that explore wine, food, beer and spirits.

Patriot Harbor Lines offers an alternative to typical sightseeing and dinner themed boat tours with a focus on including educational context during our cruises. Operating on both the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers we offer unique programming as well as the opportunity for private charters. We are the perfect option for a corporate event, birthday party, bachelorette or family get together or even a wedding. Our public tour schedule and tickets are available at To inquire about a private charter please fill out a charter request on the home page of our website –

Master of the Schuylkill – Architect César Pelli



As we prepare to start a new season of cruising the Schuylkill River we look forward to exploring the changing skyline. When we first started cruises the Schuylkill, César Pelli’s Cira Center stood alone on the west bank of the tidal Schuylkill. Little did we know that Pelli had grand plans for the Schuylkill. With his latest projects rising to the sky we see the uniting of Center City with University City. Like the Seine in Paris, the Schuylkill River now intersects amazing new buildings on both banks of the river. If you take a cruise with us you will see why we call this amazing architect the Master of the Schuylkill.

César Pelli is an Argentine American architect known for designing some of the world’s tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) called Pelli one of the ten most influential living American architects. His many awards include the 1995 AIA Gold Medal, which recognizes a body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Perhaps his most famous work the Petronas Twin Towers, were for a time the world’s tallest buildings. He also designed the World Financial Center complex in downtown Manhattan. After studying architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Pelli completed his studies at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He started his career in the New Haven offices of architect Eero Saarinen. Pelli emigrated to the United States in 1952 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1964. Pelli served as dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University from 1977 to 1984. His firm employs about 100 architects, designers, and support staff in New Haven, Connecticut. For over a decade he has been commissioned for a steady stream of work that now completely dominates the tidal Shuylkill.

patriot attends diner en blancCIRA CENTER – Cira Centre was Pelli’s first venture on the west bank of the Schuylkill and it opened in January 2006. Cira has 29 floors and 1500 decorative LED fixtures on the exterior that are computer programmed for multiple light shows the celebrate major holidays, local events and sports teams. Cira is conveniently connected to the 30th Street Station for easy commutes along the North East Corridor. The architecture is unique in that there are no right angles on the outside of the building.

EVO at Cira Centre South – At 33 floors EVO is the tallest building dedicated to student housing in the United States. This housing is dedicated to University of Pennsylvania graduate and professional students. The building, a joint project of Brandywine Realty Trust, Campus Crest, and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, opened in August 2014. Architect Erdy McHenry in consultation with Cira master plan architect Pelli Clarke Pelli designed the tower. It was completed in 2014.

IMG_0237FMC TOWER – The final phase of Brandywine Realty Trust’s Cira Centre South development, FMC Tower is a 49-story, 730-foot tall luxury mixed-use skyscraper. The building combines iconic architecture with the latest in advanced engineering and LEED – based sustainable design. The tower has 622,000 square feet of trophy office space, 10’ ceilings and efficient floor plates encourage collaborative, light-filled workspace concepts for today’s emerging businesses. Anchor tenants in the office portion of the tower include FMC Corporation and the University of Pennsylvania. Cesar Pelli is the architect.

CHOP SCHUYLKILL AVENUE – Not ignoring the east bank of the Schuylkill Pelli also has his hand in the The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (“CHOP”) research and office facility South of the South Street Bridge on Schuylkill Avenue. It is estimated that the parcel owned by CHOP could eventually accommodate 2 million square feet of space. Phase I of the 4-phase master plan includes a 24-story office tower. Pelli Clarke Pelli and Cooper Robertson & Partners designed the metal and glass building and site. The plans include several public and green areas, and a pedestrian bridge is planned that would allow people to walk from those areas across the CSX railroad tracks and connect to the Schuylkill Banks trail. The building will be clad in a unitized, pressure-equalized curtain wall system with aluminum frames and high performance Low-E insulated glass units. The glass will have horizontal bands of ceramic frit, which will be denser at the spandrel shadowbox and gradually disappear towards the vision glass areas. The entire facade will feature a series of metallic tubes attached to the mullions. The project includes significant outdoor public spaces including a bioretention rain garden.