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  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“dinner cruise”(14 reviews)
“captain lance”(12 reviews)
“lower deck”(6 reviews)
The River Lady is a 150 passenger, authentic reproduction of a paddle wheel riverboat which splendidly captures the ambiance of a 19th century Mississippi paddleboat. She is the only stern-wheeler in the state of New Jersey. We offer sightseeing...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1 Robbins Pkwy, Toms River, NJ 08753-7683
+1 732-349-8664
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All reviews dinner cruise captain lance lower deck cheesecake food was great barnegat bay salad salmon service was excellent highly recommend this cruise scenic tour boat ride looking forward delightful lunch paddle wheel alcoholic drinks view is amazing
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

The River Lady is great if you're a "tourist" but even better if you're a "local". We lived in Pine Beach for over 20 years and sailed the Toms River and the Barnegete Bay. We would take a River Lady cruise usually once a year....More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Stupid boat ride to see nothing it's probably just a good day out for the old people not for young people

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Reviewed 17 September 2018

The ride on the Riverlady is smooth and the views are nice. If you want to experience a relaxing atmosphere and have dinner, this is a perfect way to achieve that.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank N8087ITsharonr
Barbara C, Public Relations Manager at River Lady, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Thanks for your review!

Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Went with other-couples a few times and after a few times here is what we found: -the food was always consistently tasty even-though the meal-cost doesn’t include the beverages (but you can get a souvenir beverage glass (etc.) with your Beverages! -we eventually chose the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

It's been two years since my last voyage on the river boat and if anything it's gotten better. Food was excellent and the service was top notch. Our captain was knowledgeable as others here say and he didn't overdo the information.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 2019johnn
Barbara C, Public Relations Manager at River Lady, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

We appreciate our returning customers! Thanks for your kind words. There's nothing like spending time on the water.. hope to see you again!

Reviewed 18 October 2017

My husband and I went on the cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was an amazing evening! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was romantic, and the DJ was fun and kept the evening moving along. We had a wonderful time and can't wait...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Heather B
Barbara C, Public Relations Manager at River Lady, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2017

Thank you! We're so glad you enjoyed celebrating our milestone with us. Come again!

Reviewed 16 October 2017

We enjoyed the trip , even though the weather was cloudy and cool. since the boat did not have many passengers we were allowed to go inside, even though we did not pay for lunch. This was helpful since the weather was cool and I...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Barbara C, Public Relations Manager at River Lady, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2017

You're certainly welcome. We look forward to seeing you again next season.

Reviewed 13 October 2017

Ocean Partnership for Children, a nonprofit organization serving troubled children, took the agency's staff on an historical cruise on October 10, 2017. The agency had just moved to Toms River, NJ and we wanted staff to get to know the area better. Because the job...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Barbara C, Public Relations Manager at River Lady, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Welcome to Toms River! We are sure glad you enjoyed your cruise - being on the water is great therapy for stress. We hope to see you all again next year!

Reviewed 13 October 2017

It was a wonderful day! Sun was out, the food was excellent, and the crew were marvelous! Everyone in my party enjoyed themselves thoroughly! The captain was very nice! We went in October and the Hurricane glasses were not available. I would have liked that....More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Barbara C, Public Relations Manager at River Lady, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

We're glad you had a great experience on the River Lady. We order enough glasses and cups to get us through the season, so we do run out at the very end - but by then, it's usually too cold for frozen drinks anyway. If...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017

Nicely done! We were pleasantly greeted by the crew, the local history given by Captain Lance was very informative, met really fun people and the food was quite delicious! Yes, highly recommended for all to enjoy The River Lady and her crew! We are looking...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank F C
Barbara C, Public Relations Manager at River Lady, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

You're welcome! Thank you for your review - looking forward to having you on board next year - we sail from May 1 to October 13. :)

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21 September 2018|
Response from 2019johnn | Reviewed this property |
Lunch ones are pretty casual. The evening ones folks get more dressed up that I have seen.
Joseph G
22 August 2018|
Response from 2019johnn | Reviewed this property |
If you dine, obviously you are down but you can move freely after the food. I'd say let the weather determine your viewing area. I've gotten better pictures upstairs of course rather then thru the not so clean windows.