Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you cruise in the rain?
  • We generally cruise rain or shine. Both of our boats are covered and our passengers can get out of the rain. We may cancel a cruise if there is extreme whether; however, on average we have cancelled less than one cruise a year. In Philadelphia we can expect rain to be predicted at least 50% of the days we cruise. However, most of the time the rain doesn’t occur during our cruises.

  • Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
  • Advance purchase is highly recommended and tours often sell out in advance. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. We do sell walk up tickets.

  • What type of ticket should I buy if I’m bringing a very young child?
  • We have reduced price tickets for children 12 years of age and under. Due to Coast Guard regulations with regard to the number of passengers allowed aboard our vessels all passengers including infants need a ticket.

  • What exactly do we see on the tour?
  • We recommend that you review our cruise descriptions for more detail. Depending on the cruise you choose you will see the Delaware River bridges, the Battle Ship New Jersey and the SS United States. On the Schuylkill River most tours include all of the bridges on the Schuylkill River south of Walnut Street, Grey’s Ferry Crescent, the Navy Yard, the Camden and Philadelphia working waterfronts, and Penn’s Landing, plus many more attractions!

  • Is there any narration on the tour?
  • Please see a description of the specific tour to determine if there will be narration. If a cruise is not narrated, feel free to ask the crew questions.

  • Can we BYOB?
  • We are not permitted to offer BYOB during our cruises. We offer reasonably priced beverages during our cruises including beer, wine and mixed drinks.

  • How long is the cruise?
  • A majority of our cruises are one hour long. We do have several extended cruises that last between 1.75 hours and 2.00 hours. Please review the specific cruise you are interested in for the length of the cruise.

  • What kind of a boats are the Patriot and Liberty?
  • The Patriot and Liberty are reproductions of classic 1920’s commuter yachts built in 2001. The Patriot is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry up to 35 guests with two or three crew. The Liberty is certified to carry up to 45 passengers. Both vessels feature wrap-around seating, a restroom, and a bar fully-equipped for any type of party. The sterns are sheltered yet open and allow guests to take in all of the interesting sights along the Philadelphia waterfront.

  • Are the boats covered?
  • Yes, the aft deck of both boats is covered.

  • What happens if it rains?
  • The cruises take place rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions.

  • Can I buy food or drinks on board? Are both cash and credit cards accepted?
  • Both boats have a bar and offer soda, bottled water, wine, beer, and mixed cocktails. Please feel free to bring you own food. We accept cash and cards.

  • Can I bring my own food on board?
  • You are permitted to bring your own food aboard our cruises.

  • Do the tours run year-round?
  • No, our tours run from May through October. If the weather cooperates we may extend the season into November or early December. Please check the calendar for the most up-to-date schedule information!

  • What should I wear?
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Keep in mind that the temperature on the water is significantly lower than on the land, so you may want to bring a jacket in the cooler months or for our evening tours. Flat soled shoes are best on the boats.

  • Are there any stops along the way?
  • No, there are no stops. On most tours we are cruising for the entire trip.

  • Are the boats safe for children?
  • Our boats are certified by the U.S. Coast Guard and meets all safety requirements. Children do great on the boats.

  • Will I get seasick?
  • The Delaware and Schuylkill rivers are considered protected waters and you should not expect much movement aboard the vessel. The vessel is also open to the breeze, which should minimize any potential problems with the motion. However, if you often feel seasick, you may want to consider some light medication before beginning the trip. However, we cannot officially advise you to take any medication.

  • Is the trip handicapped and wheelchair accessible?
  • We do our best to accommodate disabled people to the extent that our vessel, staff, and docking space will allow. However, our boats are not wheelchair accessible. At our Delaware dock it is necessary to take one step up on to the boat. On the Schuylkill there are two steps up.

  • Are there other companies that offer cruises in Philadelphia?
  • There is a limited number of companies offering harbor tours in Philadelphia and we are the only company that cruises the Schuylkill.

  • Is parking available near the departure point?
  • Yes, parking lots are available nearby our dock. However, there is very limited free parking in the City of Philadelphia. We always recommend taking public transportation.

  • Is there a restroom on the boat?
  • Yes, each boat is equipped with a clean restroom.

  • Can I stow anything during the cruise?
  • We have very limited storage space aboard the vessel so we do not recommend bringing anything large that may need to be stored.

  • Is smoking allowed on board your boats?
  • Smoking is prohibited during our cruises.

  • Are dogs allowed on board?
  • No, Department of Health regulations prohibit animals on board with the exception of service animals.

  • Are gift certificates available?
  • Yes, gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays, or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please inquire with us directly by clicking the “Gift Certificate” button on the lower part of our home page.

  • Can I book a private trip?
  • Yes! We can accommodate a variety of special requests. Please click “Contact PhillyByBoat” to inquire further.

Patriot Harbor Lines
(267) 908-3076

211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19096