Cleveland's Nautica Queen Dinner and Lake Erie Cruises

The Nautica Queen on the river.
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The best view of downtown Cleveland is from just offshore in Lake Erie. There's no better way to enjoy that view than from the Nautica Queen, a romantic and charming ship that host luncheon and dinner cruises as well as Sunday brunch. It's also an ideal venue for a corporate party, a birthday party, or a wedding reception.

The Ship

The Nautica Queen is a sleek ship that can accommodate up to 400 passengers. It has two enclosed decks and a spacious open observation deck on the top of the ship.

The Nautica Queen moors on the west bank of the flats, near the FirstEnergy Powerhouse. Parking is available in the Powerhouse lot, though pricing depends on the day of the week and what other special events are going on at the same time.

Lunch on the Nautica Queen

The Nautica Queen departs on a luncheon cruise Monday through Saturday. The lunch menu includes such items as a green salad, roast beef or ham, an array of pastas, roasted potatoes, steamed vegetables, chicken du jour, fish du jour, rolls and butter, and a selection of delicious desserts. One price includes the unlimited buffet, coffee or tea, musical entertainment, and tax and tip. The ship offers full bar service at an additional cost.

Dinner on the Nautica Queen

Dinner on the Nautica Queen is romantic and elegant. The dinner menu is similar to lunch, but also includes peel and eat shrimp, a carved roast beef with au jus, pork loin with cranberry sauce, and pasta alfredo. Again, one price includes the unlimited buffet, coffee or tea, musical entertainment, tax, and tip. The spectacular downtown view is included at no additional charge. The ship also offers full bar service.

Brunch and Special Events

The Nautica Queen features a weekly Sunday brunch, which usually departs at 1:00 p.m. The menu combines the best of both the luncheon and dinner menus and features live entertainment.

The ship also hosts a number of special events each year, including an Easter cruise with the Easter Bunny, a special Mother's Day brunch, a Halloween night cruise, and various Holiday sailings.

Parties, Corporate Meetings, and Weddings

The Nautica Queen makes an excellent spot to host a corporate meeting, a birthday party, or a wedding reception. The ship can accommodate parties of 25 to 400 people. Getting married? Consider tying the knot on the Nautica Queen. The captain can officiate.