The Spirit Of New Jersey is over 20 years old now, and still provides a great time on their pre-scheduled nightly cruises that include brunch, lunch and dinner--as well during private events. I was lucky enough to attend their recent renovation showcase and was wowed by the $1.5 million upgrades I saw including LED lighted dance floors and bars (there are three additional bars now, by the way), anti-fog windows (which also provide clearer views at night), plasma TVs, new dining chairs and more.
There is also a greater variety of cuisines served and plenty of entertainment ranging from singing waiters to interactive deejays to specialty entertainers like card readers and fancy balloon artists. The boat has a modern yet comfortable feel and people of all ages have really been flocking to the ships as of late, especially for specialty cruises that include Hot Latin Moonlight Cruises, Friday Karaoke Dinner Cruises and Gospel Lunch Cruises. As the old saying goes, Spirit Of New Jersey truly has "something for everyone." It also goes without saying that the stunning up-close views of not only the legendary Manhattan Skyline but of Ellis and Liberty Islands make for some of the best photo taking in all of the New York tri-state area.
http://www.spiritofnewjersey.com/. The boat leaves from Weehawken, NJ, just one mile from where the Weehawken Ferry leaves off passengers from Manhattan. A typical buffet dinner cruise is prices at about $80 and a lunch cruise is priced at about $45 and they're worth every penny.
Photos: Anne M. Raso and Spirit of NJ