Monday, August 18, 2014

Food, Laughs and a Look at How the Rich Live - Jungle Queen River Cruise

The Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise
If you think you've done all there is to do in Miami and are looking for something a little bit different to do with the family, jump in the car and drive North to Ft. Lauderdale (it's only about a 45 minute drive). There, you'll find the Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise.

First off, let me tell you what this cruise isn't. It's not a luxury cruise ship, it's not air conditioned and it's not serving gourmet food with Broadway style entertainment. If you're looking for that, get aboard a real cruise ship for $100+ per person per day.

If you're looking for a casual night of fun for the family, where you can laugh, eat a family style barbeque and see the homes you only wish you could afford, this four hour trip is for you!

Cruising down New River, the Jungle Queen's captain will point out all sorts of interesting sights along the way, making very corny jokes that are not all too unexpected from riverboat tour captains. The river backs up on some of the homes of the richest people in America. You are so close, you can even see into some of the houses (that is, if their yachts aren't blocking your view). And, of course, you'll undoubtedly see some of Florida's natural critters in the water.

After passing through downtown Ft. Lauderdale and the marina, the Jungle Queen stops at their own little tropical island. On the island, you will get a chance to see various different caged birds and small animals and be treated to a comedy show while feasting on all you can eat barbequed ribs, chicken and peel and eat shrimp. A variety of side dishes are also available and the food is served family style. Tea, water and soda comes complimentary with the meal but be prepared to pay at the bar for alcoholic beverages.

After the dinner and show, you head back - this time at night. It seems like a whole different trip at night with the city lights sparkling in the night.

The cost of the night cruise is $44.95 for adults and $23.95 for children 3-12 years of age. The cruise leaves promptly from the Bahia Mar docks at 6:00 PM.

Tip: Since you'll be outdoors the whole trip and on or near the water, you will definitely encounter your fair share of mosquitoes and gnats. Bring some bug spray - you'll be glad you did!

There's a Day Cruise, too!


If dinner and a show aren't your thing, the Jungle Queen offers 3 hour day cruises, as well. You'll still get to see the houses of the rich, listen to the captain's corny jokes and stop by the island for a gator wrestling show and to look at the animals. Daytime sightseeing cruises depart from Bahia Mar at 10:00AM and 1:45PM daily and cost $23.95 for adults and $13.95 for children.

You can reserve the day or night cruises by clicking here or simply give them a call at 954-462-5596.

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