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The Sunset Sailing Cruise is the most popular cruise we offer.  Take a look at the Photos page and you'll see why!

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Sunset Sailing Cruises

 

Sunset Sailing Cruise

Enjoying a sunset cruise is by far the favorite choice of most customers.  Please take a look at the pictures in the Photo Gallery and you will quickly understand why!  The sun setting over the Peoria skyline can be absolutely beautiful!

 

A sunset sailing cruise is the perfect evening for a special date, anniversary, or any special occasion.

 

Typically with a sunset cruise, we will begin approximately 2 hours before sunset.  This will allow us to get some actual sailing in before the wind begins to die down for the evening as it typically does.  As we sail along the Peoria Riverfront we typically see a lot more shore bird activity than we do during the day.  We have regularly seen a bald eagle pair which have taken up residence close to the marina.  We've also regularly seen seagulls, ducks and Canada geese with their young following close behind, as well as numerous egrets and grey heron fishing along the shoreline or settling in to roost for the night.  For a real treat in the fall, we typically see neumerous White Pelicans migrating through the area, stopping to feed in the area for several weeks!

As the sun begins to set, I will have the boat positioned to take the best sunset shots.  It's a time for relaxing, listening to some music, and watching the sun set over the city.  It's a beautiful sight!

After the sun sets, if you like, we can continue to sail, waiting for the city lights to light up the night, reflecting off the water.  If the moon is out, it's an extra special treat!  It's absolutely beautiful!  How long can we continue to sail after dark?  That's entirely up to you!


 

Customer's Video Compilation from a Sunset Cruise

City at Night


This quick 2 1/2 minute video compilation was provided to me by a fun couple
who had recently enjoyed a Sunset Cruise with us.  You will see just a small
sample of what you would experience on your own Sunset Sail!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urQA37_uyaI




 

Dinner and a Cruise

To add to your enchanting evening of a sunset sailing cruise, I recommend a nice dinner either before or after the cruise. 

For your convenience, I have included links to a few of our customers' favorite restaurants.  They run the gamut from classy to delightfully trashy but all have one thing in common, they offer waterfront views and are reasonably close to the marina:

  • Jonah's Seafood House & Oyster Bar - This is one of our customer's favorites as it is on the water and right next to the marina.  This excellent fine dining restaurant offers indoor waterfront dining, fresh seafood, and awesome steaks.  Dress code is business casual and reservations are recommended.  (Be sure to ask for a waterfront view)
  • The Burger Barge - Only a mile away but completely at the other end of the spectrum, the Burger Barge is the place to go for an awesome burger served up in a very "unique" atmosphere.  They offer both indoor as well as outdoor waterfront seating.  The atmosphere is very laid-back.  They have three locations so be sure to go to their riverfront location.
  • The Blue Duck Barbecue - Excellent barbecue in a very interesting environment located in the old River Station building along the riverfront.  While they don't have a waterfront view from the inside of the restaurant, you'll still see the water and get the waterfront "feel" as you approach the restaurant from the parking lot.  They offer an excellent and unique approach to barbeque.  The following was taken directly from their website; "We deliver a familiar and approachable product in exciting and unexpected ways. In this case that product is barbecue. In addition to traditional barbecue plates, we will offer our house-smoked meats in a unique variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, and rice bowls."

 

 

 





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