Peaceful and picturesque in equal measure, the delights of the Savannah River are perhaps best explored after dark, with a handful of themed evening cruises on offer.
The city of Savannah on Georgia’s eastern coast is a sight to behold at all times of day, but come nightfall it takes on a glistening new dimension. One of the best ways to see the city after dark is by joining one of the many night-time riverboat cruises that are available – some of which are timed to coincide with sunset and others including a sumptuous sit-down dinner. We’ve compared three such cruises below.
Riverboat Sunset Cruise
Departing at 7pm from the docks on East River Street in the city centre, you’ll set off down the Savannah River, enjoying the refreshing evening breeze and scenic views of the city from the open-air top deck patio. As the sun begins to set, take photos and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. Later, the fun cranks up several notches with live music and guests invited to hit the dancefloor as the stars twinkle in the night sky outside. An onboard bar and grill offer the chance to purchase drinks and hot food, too. The tour lasts for two hours. From $50 per person.
Gospel Dinner Cruise
River cruises and gospel music aren’t necessarily the most obvious of bedfellows, but this 2-hour trip combines them both in harmonious fashion. Available on Monday evenings only, the cruise departs at 7pm and sees you float down the Savannah River, taking in the beautiful scenic views of the city shoreline from the outdoor deck. As the calming river helps soothe the mind, it’s time for your live show, with Gospel musicians taking to the stage to perform uplifting tunes. With the music still playing, help yourself to a dinner buffet featuring speciality dishes such as southern fried chicken, pulled pork, and barbecue, followed by a selection of desserts. From $72 per person.
Night Tour with River Cruise & Dinner
This 4-hour combo package includes a city night-time tour with a riverboat cruise complete with onboard buffet dinner. After a late-afternoon collection from your hotel, you’ll be driven to the boarding point for your evening cruise, during which you’ll glide down the Savannah River before availing yourself of the varied buffet, followed by live music and dancing. After the cruise, join your guide in a comfortable van for a narrated city tour, passing such notable landmarks as Bull Street, Savannah City Market, and the Olde Pink House. The tour concludes with a stop at a local ice cream parlour for a sweet treat before being returned to your hotel. From $238 per person.