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    It was a lovely day for an excursion on boat. That was about the only redeeming thing about my experience on the Portland Spirit. While the crew was certainly polite, the servers and bartender were overworked and it took considerable time

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    It was a lovely day for an excursion on boat. That was about the only redeeming thing about my experience on the Portland Spirit. While the crew was certainly polite, the servers and bartender were overworked and it took considerable time

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    I went on a lunch cruise and frankly, it was very disappointing. The short, chubby red-headed waitress that served us had a bad attitude. She would roll her eyes and take deep breaths when we asked for refills on our drinks. It's your job as a waitress!! We were allowed to enter the captain's wheel house and watch the captain in action. Well, there were a couple other employees up there, most likely deckhands and engineers, and when a passenger crossed a rope he wasn't supposed to cross, the captain (old man river) yelled at one of his employees for not telling the passenger to get back within 3 seconds. What kind of captain yells at his fellow employees in the manner he did? Grumpy old man he was! Shows you the lack of people skills he has. I hope all the other captain's don't act that way....especially in front of at least 5 passengers. Almost felt like I was being punked on the tv show "What would you do?". Management really needs to look at the type of people it hires. This is a customer service oriented business. If the employees can't be friendly, then they shouldn't be working on this boat! Learn some manners!

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    I went on a lunch cruise and frankly, it was very disappointing. The short, chubby red-headed waitress that served us had a bad attitude. She would roll her eyes and take deep breaths when we asked for refills on our drinks. It's your job as a waitress!! We were allowed to enter the captain's wheel house and watch the captain in action. Well, there were a couple other employees up there, most likely deckhands and engineers, and when a passenger crossed a rope he wasn't supposed to cross, the captain (old man river) yelled at one of his employees for not telling the passenger to get back within 3 seconds. What kind of captain yells at his fellow employees in the manner he did? Grumpy old man he was! Shows you the lack of people skills he has. I hope all the other captain's don't act that way....especially in front of at least 5 passengers. Almost felt like I was being punked on the tv show "What would you do?". Management really needs to look at the type of people it hires. This is a customer service oriented business. If the employees can't be friendly, then they shouldn't be working on this boat! Learn some manners!

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    You should take a look at it yourself. For some its amazing

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    You should take a look at it yourself. For some its amazing

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    Great place.

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    Great place.

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    What's with all these bad reviews? Unreasonable people in my opinion. You can buy a few packages in advance that involve pre paying for an entree which comes with bread, coffee/tea and water (which is what I did). Alcholic drinks are about 10 dollars and you have to pay for it in addition to the pre paid meal. Desserts and apitizers are extra. The service was average/good and the food was better than average. The coffee was great. The live piano music was soothing and the boat was not "dreary" in fact it was typical of a dining cruise ship. My boyfriend and I had a lovely time.

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    What's with all these bad reviews? Unreasonable people in my opinion. You can buy a few packages in advance that involve pre paying for an entree which comes with bread, coffee/tea and water (which is what I did). Alcholic drinks are about 10 dollars and you have to pay for it in addition to the pre paid meal. Desserts and apitizers are extra. The service was average/good and the food was better than average. The coffee was great. The live piano music was soothing and the boat was not "dreary" in fact it was typical of a dining cruise ship. My boyfriend and I had a lovely time.

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    Considering we are from Vancouver, BC, Canada we are use to eating food that is beyond good. The Portland Spirit's food was honestly like eating frozen dinner as one person put it. It is very bland, not fresh, and had tasted as though it was warmed up several hours before the cruise started. The interior was disappointing and the boat inside lacked any type of warmth or upgrade on design. Old, and rusty looking. We would not recommend and will not be coming back.

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    Considering we are from Vancouver, BC, Canada we are use to eating food that is beyond good. The Portland Spirit's food was honestly like eating frozen dinner as one person put it. It is very bland, not fresh, and had tasted as though it was warmed up several hours before the cruise started. The interior was disappointing and the boat inside lacked any type of warmth or upgrade on design. Old, and rusty looking. We would not recommend and will not be coming back.

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    I had made a reservation in advance for my wife's birthday. She had never been on the Portland Spirit and was looking forward to a nice meal on a beautiful cruise. Because she is celiac, I requested a gluten free meal. Two days before the dinner, I called to make sure that they could accomodate her dietary needs and was assured that the chef would provide a tasty alternative.

    When we arrived we told the bartender/waitress that we had prearranged a gluten free selection. Her response was that there were gluten free options on the meal and eliminated one of the four options, the Spinach and Ricotta stuffed pasta shells. The rice pilaf also had some flour in it, so she had to settle for the chicken with extra veggies which were heated frozen vegetables.

    Come dessert time, the standard dessert was a Sara Lee cheescake, which, of course, she could not eat. She was then offered a "fruit plate" as an alternative. A bowl of cut fruit arrived that looked as if it had been sitting in the refrigerator too long.

    When the bill came, we found that we were charged extra for the extra veggies and for the "upgraded dessert". All in all, this was a disappointing experience for her and an embarrassment for me. Regarding my meal, I was given a few slices of roast beef piled atop my rice pilaf and some microwaved frozen vegetables.

    This was the worst dining experience I had ever had in the United States or Europe (I had some MRE's in Vietnam that were worse). I could NOT recommend the Portland Spirit to anyone. They were obviously not educated in gluten free alternatives and their attitudes were quite surly. I felt like I was interrupting them with my concerns.

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    ★☆☆☆☆

    I had made a reservation in advance for my wife's birthday. She had never been on the Portland Spirit and was looking forward to a nice meal on a beautiful cruise. Because she is celiac, I requested a gluten free meal. Two days before the dinner, I called to make sure that they could accomodate her dietary needs and was assured that the chef would provide a tasty alternative.

    When we arrived we told the bartender/waitress that we had prearranged a gluten free selection. Her response was that there were gluten free options on the meal and eliminated one of the four options, the Spinach and Ricotta stuffed pasta shells. The rice pilaf also had some flour in it, so she had to settle for the chicken with extra veggies which were heated frozen vegetables.

    Come dessert time, the standard dessert was a Sara Lee cheescake, which, of course, she could not eat. She was then offered a "fruit plate" as an alternative. A bowl of cut fruit arrived that looked as if it had been sitting in the refrigerator too long.

    When the bill came, we found that we were charged extra for the extra veggies and for the "upgraded dessert". All in all, this was a disappointing experience for her and an embarrassment for me. Regarding my meal, I was given a few slices of roast beef piled atop my rice pilaf and some microwaved frozen vegetables.

    This was the worst dining experience I had ever had in the United States or Europe (I had some MRE's in Vietnam that were worse). I could NOT recommend the Portland Spirit to anyone. They were obviously not educated in gluten free alternatives and their attitudes were quite surly. I felt like I was interrupting them with my concerns.

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    I had made a reservation in advance for my wife's birthday. She had never been on the Portland Spirit and was looking forward to a nice meal on a beautiful cruise. Because she is celiac, I requested a gluten free meal. Two days before the dinner, I called to make sure that they could accomodate her dietary needs and was assured that the chef would provide a tasty alternative.

    When we arrived we told the bartender/waitress that we had prearranged a gluten free selection. Her response was that there were gluten free options on the meal and eliminated one of the four options, the Spinach and Ricotta stuffed pasta shells. The rice pilaf also had some flour in it, so she had to settle for the chicken with extra veggies which were heated frozen vegetables.

    Come dessert time, the standard dessert was a Sara Lee cheescake, which, of course, she could not eat. She was then offered a "fruit plate" as an alternative. A bowl of cut fruit arrived that looked as if it had been sitting in the refrigerator too long.

    When the bill came, we found that we were charged extra for the extra veggies and for the "upgraded dessert". All in all, this was a disappointing experience for her and an embarrassment for me. Regarding my meal, I was given a few slices of roast beef piled atop my rice pilaf and some microwaved frozen vegetables.

    This was the worst dining experience I had ever had in the United States or Europe (I had some MRE's in Vietnam that were worse). I could NOT recommend the Portland Spirit to anyone. They were obviously not educated in gluten free alternatives and their attitudes were quite surly. I felt like I was interrupting them with my concerns.

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    ★☆☆☆☆

    I had made a reservation in advance for my wife's birthday. She had never been on the Portland Spirit and was looking forward to a nice meal on a beautiful cruise. Because she is celiac, I requested a gluten free meal. Two days before the dinner, I called to make sure that they could accomodate her dietary needs and was assured that the chef would provide a tasty alternative.

    When we arrived we told the bartender/waitress that we had prearranged a gluten free selection. Her response was that there were gluten free options on the meal and eliminated one of the four options, the Spinach and Ricotta stuffed pasta shells. The rice pilaf also had some flour in it, so she had to settle for the chicken with extra veggies which were heated frozen vegetables.

    Come dessert time, the standard dessert was a Sara Lee cheescake, which, of course, she could not eat. She was then offered a "fruit plate" as an alternative. A bowl of cut fruit arrived that looked as if it had been sitting in the refrigerator too long.

    When the bill came, we found that we were charged extra for the extra veggies and for the "upgraded dessert". All in all, this was a disappointing experience for her and an embarrassment for me. Regarding my meal, I was given a few slices of roast beef piled atop my rice pilaf and some microwaved frozen vegetables.

    This was the worst dining experience I had ever had in the United States or Europe (I had some MRE's in Vietnam that were worse). I could NOT recommend the Portland Spirit to anyone. They were obviously not educated in gluten free alternatives and their attitudes were quite surly. I felt like I was interrupting them with my concerns.

    Pros: Beautiful scenery

    Cons: Surly uneducated staff, tasteless banquet food,

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    We went for a dinner cruise and the only merit for this evening was the pleasure of being out on the River. The boat is dreary and no effort has been made to make it cheerful. The dinner was mediocre, lacked flavor, poorly presented and reminded me of a large TV dinner! Even though dinner was (expensively) prepaid, they nickel and dimed the customer by charging extra for the appetizer and dessert. Apart from the cruise director, the service was surly and almost non-existent: we couldn't get a second drink with dinner and physically had to hunt down a server to bring the dessert. The only good thing was the warm, summer evening and this was outside their control! All in all, a very disappointing experience and I would not recommend wasting your money on the dinner cruise.

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    ★☆☆☆☆

    We went for a dinner cruise and the only merit for this evening was the pleasure of being out on the River. The boat is dreary and no effort has been made to make it cheerful. The dinner was mediocre, lacked flavor, poorly presented and reminded me of a large TV dinner! Even though dinner was (expensively) prepaid, they nickel and dimed the customer by charging extra for the appetizer and dessert. Apart from the cruise director, the service was surly and almost non-existent: we couldn't get a second drink with dinner and physically had to hunt down a server to bring the dessert. The only good thing was the warm, summer evening and this was outside their control! All in all, a very disappointing experience and I would not recommend wasting your money on the dinner cruise.

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    A family member passed away recently who had stated that he wanted to be cremated. He never liked funerals. He was a sports fisherman until arthritis crippled his hands so he could no longer hold a fishing pole. With that in mind we were looking for an inexpensive way to scatter his ashes in the river on a cool April day so he could rest near his favorite Willamette fishing spots, and celebrate his life with a few close friends.

    After a few calls I found out that the Portland Spirit was more than willing to accommodate our request and the cost was extremely reasonable. We booked just the sightseeing passages for our guests which was half-off in April, so it was $10 per person. We did not opt for the full brunch - instead we bought beverages at the bar after we were on board. The bar tender made us a pitcher of mimosas and another pitcher of plain orange juice for those who don't drink alcohol. We spent about $30 with a generous tip included.

    While we were enjoying a table by the window on the second floor of the ship - the lovely music of the piano from the brunch down stairs wafted up the open stair well and gave us the perfect soft background music. We enjoyed visiting and reminiscing about a dear friend and family member as we celebrated his life in a way he would have approved.

    The captain of the ship visited with us personally and explained that we would cruise one hour up the river and then the ship would turn around at which point he would position the ship so the wind was right for scattering the ashes. The ship's staff would clear other passengers from the bow (which is also on the second level) and our group would have the exclusive use of the bow area to pour the ashes over board and do a small ceremony. The captain then would blow the boat's horn for the traditional signal when remains are committed at sea - two short and one long which means "cast off".

    It went perfectly. We had enough time for a reading of some personal thoughts and a poem and then the ashes and some flowers went into the water. The ships bursar stood on the bow with us and signaled the captain to coordinate for us and then with our permission played a traditional burial tune on a little music pipe.

    We then enjoyed the hour cruise back. We had the fortune to have a sunny day so we stayed on the bow, but had it been raining we would have been snug inside and still enjoyed the view.

    The two hour cruise for 9 people with drinks - about $120.00 (plan on ticket prices of $20 a person during peak months). We got lucky and had a sunny day, but on a rainy day it would have worked as well.

    You do have to give up the tables on the second deck to people buying brunch if the downstairs fills up so check with the cruise people when you make plans as to whether your particular date looks crowded. Keep in mind that there is an alternate lunch cruise during the week that I would expect would be less crowded that would work as well.

    Many many thanks to the captain and crew that made it possible for us to have a pleasant memorial for our loved one, someone that they had never met but who they accepted as part of the maritime brotherhood and who they helped give a proper send off.

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    A family member passed away recently who had stated that he wanted to be cremated. He never liked funerals. He was a sports fisherman until arthritis crippled his hands so he could no longer hold a fishing pole. With that in mind we were looking for an inexpensive way to scatter his ashes in the river on a cool April day so he could rest near his favorite Willamette fishing spots, and celebrate his life with a few close friends.

    After a few calls I found out that the Portland Spirit was more than willing to accommodate our request and the cost was extremely reasonable. We booked just the sightseeing passages for our guests which was half-off in April, so it was $10 per person. We did not opt for the full brunch - instead we bought beverages at the bar after we were on board. The bar tender made us a pitcher of mimosas and another pitcher of plain orange juice for those who don't drink alcohol. We spent about $30 with a generous tip included.

    While we were enjoying a table by the window on the second floor of the ship - the lovely music of the piano from the brunch down stairs wafted up the open stair well and gave us the perfect soft background music. We enjoyed visiting and reminiscing about a dear friend and family member as we celebrated his life in a way he would have approved.

    The captain of the ship visited with us personally and explained that we would cruise one hour up the river and then the ship would turn around at which point he would position the ship so the wind was right for scattering the ashes. The ship's staff would clear other passengers from the bow (which is also on the second level) and our group would have the exclusive use of the bow area to pour the ashes over board and do a small ceremony. The captain then would blow the boat's horn for the traditional signal when remains are committed at sea - two short and one long which means "cast off".

    It went perfectly. We had enough time for a reading of some personal thoughts and a poem and then the ashes and some flowers went into the water. The ships bursar stood on the bow with us and signaled the captain to coordinate for us and then with our permission played a traditional burial tune on a little music pipe.

    We then enjoyed the hour cruise back. We had the fortune to have a sunny day so we stayed on the bow, but had it been raining we would have been snug inside and still enjoyed the view.

    The two hour cruise for 9 people with drinks - about $120.00 (plan on ticket prices of $20 a person during peak months). We got lucky and had a sunny day, but on a rainy day it would have worked as well.

    You do have to give up the tables on the second deck to people buying brunch if the downstairs fills up so check with the cruise people when you make plans as to whether your particular date looks crowded. Keep in mind that there is an alternate lunch cruise during the week that I would expect would be less crowded that would work as well.

    Many many thanks to the captain and crew that made it possible for us to have a pleasant memorial for our loved one, someone that they had never met but who they accepted as part of the maritime brotherhood and who they helped give a proper send off.

    Pros: Amazingly gracious for our private small event

    Cons: Boat has stairs so not handicapped accessible

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    I just recently went on one of the special cruises for the Portland Spirit, it was pretty much a disaster. Don't be confused, this was not the early escape cruise, just a party boat cruise. It was suppose to be from 10-2am It was freezing outside which didn't help anything. I was there a little before ten and the line was rather long, which actually got me excited that it could be a lot of fun. However the boat didn't get there until about 10:20. There was really no clear leader in charge. Boarding didn't really occur until about 11:25 I would say not everyone was on board until roughly 11:40, the cruise didn't actually start until about 12:00. It was absolutely chaotic whoever was running security needs to resign, to top it off the bar closed about a 12:45 on our way back to the harbor? Yes the boat was back in less then an hour, and everyone was being told to get off, that is until a large fight broke out involving approximately a dozen people. So essentially I paid $20 to wait in the cold for over an hour, to get on a boat that left over an hour late, to get onto a party cruise boat (with one bar to service approx 250 people, getting a drink was a nightmare several fights nearly broke out) that returned an hour early.

    In short, the party boat sucked, the execution was awful, and everything was 30% overpriced (a $10 drink that normally cost $7 max). No compensation was offered at all for the complete failure on their part to organize or control the situation.

    I will never attend another party on the Portland Spirit. Don't let this dissuade from going on the Friday early escape cruise, I've never been but heard good things.

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    I just recently went on one of the special cruises for the Portland Spirit, it was pretty much a disaster. Don't be confused, this was not the early escape cruise, just a party boat cruise. It was suppose to be from 10-2am It was freezing outside which didn't help anything. I was there a little before ten and the line was rather long, which actually got me excited that it could be a lot of fun. However the boat didn't get there until about 10:20. There was really no clear leader in charge. Boarding didn't really occur until about 11:25 I would say not everyone was on board until roughly 11:40, the cruise didn't actually start until about 12:00. It was absolutely chaotic whoever was running security needs to resign, to top it off the bar closed about a 12:45 on our way back to the harbor? Yes the boat was back in less then an hour, and everyone was being told to get off, that is until a large fight broke out involving approximately a dozen people. So essentially I paid $20 to wait in the cold for over an hour, to get on a boat that left over an hour late, to get onto a party cruise boat (with one bar to service approx 250 people, getting a drink was a nightmare several fights nearly broke out) that returned an hour early.

    In short, the party boat sucked, the execution was awful, and everything was 30% overpriced (a $10 drink that normally cost $7 max). No compensation was offered at all for the complete failure on their part to organize or control the situation.

    I will never attend another party on the Portland Spirit. Don't let this dissuade from going on the Friday early escape cruise, I've never been but heard good things.

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    So my boyfriend's birthday was coming up and he had mentioned he had always wanted to go on the Portland Spirit. It was pricey but the perfect present. I enjoyed the part about getting all dressed up and going on the boat. Ladies there is a steep ramp leading to the boat so do not wear too high of heels. People dress differently some dress up and some down but majority do dress nicely. The age ranges were from 20s-80s so it is a nice mix. You are greated by friendly staff who go into song when you are seated. Then you have a hearty meal and drinks if you would like accompanied by some songs and piano. Then you can wonder around the boat's decks in the moonlight for the remainder of the cruise and enjoy the scenery. It was the most romantic activity I have been on. Highly recomended in the romance department.

    PROS: Romance, fun, good time
    CONS: High price

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    So my boyfriend's birthday was coming up and he had mentioned he had always wanted to go on the Portland Spirit. It was pricey but the perfect present. I enjoyed the part about getting all dressed up and going on the boat. Ladies there is a steep ramp leading to the boat so do not wear too high of heels. People dress differently some dress up and some down but majority do dress nicely. The age ranges were from 20s-80s so it is a nice mix. You are greated by friendly staff who go into song when you are seated. Then you have a hearty meal and drinks if you would like accompanied by some songs and piano. Then you can wonder around the boat's decks in the moonlight for the remainder of the cruise and enjoy the scenery. It was the most romantic activity I have been on. Highly recomended in the romance department.

    PROS: Romance, fun, good time
    CONS: High price

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    This is a very romantic and fun thing to do for an evening. It is especially nice during the summer when the weather is favorable and the stars are visible. The food is above average and the service is good. I was surprised to find that all of the staff was musically talented, as well. They sang requested songs to evening guests throughout the night. Between their musical numbers, one can relax to live piano music on each floor. After dinner, the upper deck is opened and becomes a romantic spot to take in the beautiful scenery along the river. I highly recommend this trip for couples of all ages!

    PROS: Environment, scenery
    CONS: Price

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    ★★★★★

    This is a very romantic and fun thing to do for an evening. It is especially nice during the summer when the weather is favorable and the stars are visible. The food is above average and the service is good. I was surprised to find that all of the staff was musically talented, as well. They sang requested songs to evening guests throughout the night. Between their musical numbers, one can relax to live piano music on each floor. After dinner, the upper deck is opened and becomes a romantic spot to take in the beautiful scenery along the river. I highly recommend this trip for couples of all ages!

    PROS: Environment, scenery
    CONS: Price

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    The Portland Spirit is a beautiful passenger boat that has sightseeing and dinner cruises along the Williamette River in Portland--it's especially nice around Christmastime to take a cruise on the river with all of the boats decked out in lights!

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    The Portland Spirit is a beautiful passenger boat that has sightseeing and dinner cruises along the Williamette River in Portland--it's especially nice around Christmastime to take a cruise on the river with all of the boats decked out in lights!

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    Known as a "dinner ship," take it for a ride down the Willamette River or Columbia River and enjoy the views of downtown Portland's skyline and beyond. Decks are temperature controlled, you'll enjoy full-service bars, and there's even live entertainment. Children are welcome and receive discounts on certain meals and cruises. There are also cruises available to Astoria.

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    Known as a "dinner ship," take it for a ride down the Willamette River or Columbia River and enjoy the views of downtown Portland's skyline and beyond. Decks are temperature controlled, you'll enjoy full-service bars, and there's even live entertainment. Children are welcome and receive discounts on certain meals and cruises. There are also cruises available to Astoria.

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    The Portland Spirit is very nice and romantic. You can get on the boat and go down the river while having dinner.

    This is a great experience for you and your honey if you are wanting to do something different or a great time for a group to do together.

    Make sure you call in advance to see if they have an opening for the night you are wanting because they don't run everyday and sometimes they are booked way in advance. Or they might have a private party going on.

    The boats are extremely nice and the staff is too.

    Highly recommended!

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    ★★★★★

    The Portland Spirit is very nice and romantic. You can get on the boat and go down the river while having dinner.

    This is a great experience for you and your honey if you are wanting to do something different or a great time for a group to do together.

    Make sure you call in advance to see if they have an opening for the night you are wanting because they don't run everyday and sometimes they are booked way in advance. Or they might have a private party going on.

    The boats are extremely nice and the staff is too.

    Highly recommended!

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    actually, it's not really that big a deal. mediocre food on a mediocre boat. the trip up and down the river is nice, and the best time to go is in warm weather, so maybe you can sit outside. but the boat itself is not exactly magnificent with the interior. anyhow, they have a full bar and live music (although the drinks are more expensive than in a club), but go ahead and give it a shot.

    PROS: a nice change of pace
    CONS: too much money for too little effort on their part

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    actually, it's not really that big a deal. mediocre food on a mediocre boat. the trip up and down the river is nice, and the best time to go is in warm weather, so maybe you can sit outside. but the boat itself is not exactly magnificent with the interior. anyhow, they have a full bar and live music (although the drinks are more expensive than in a club), but go ahead and give it a shot.

    PROS: a nice change of pace
    CONS: too much money for too little effort on their part

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    My husband and I had a very romantic evening on the Portland Spirit. It was nice to be able to dress up and have a night away from the kids in a romantic setting. I loved the atmosphere and was very impressed with the food they served. I also loved cruising up and down the river. I had such an amazing night with my husband that we will be going back!

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    My husband and I had a very romantic evening on the Portland Spirit. It was nice to be able to dress up and have a night away from the kids in a romantic setting. I loved the atmosphere and was very impressed with the food they served. I also loved cruising up and down the river. I had such an amazing night with my husband that we will be going back!

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    This is a classy, fun evening out on the water. The cruise I took was around Christmastime, the dinner was very good, and the entertainment was great--beautiful to see the lights at night!

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    This is a classy, fun evening out on the water. The cruise I took was around Christmastime, the dinner was very good, and the entertainment was great--beautiful to see the lights at night!

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