Philadelphia Belle - Great Idea for a Sweet 16

I was recently invited on a dinner cruise on the Philadelphia Belle, the new paddle wheel riverboat at Penn’s Landing. I didn’t know what to expect and my mind went immediately to dinner, boat and sea sickness. But I was very surprised about the elegance of the boat, the quality dinner that they offered and the smooth-as-glass ride this boat offered.

My husband and I pulled away from the dock at around 7:30 and before we knew it, drinks and dinner were also underway. The menu is inspired by their partner Stephen Starr Events. And from the appetizers to the Center-Cut- Filet the entire meal was very enjoyable.

The band started up and it was a little loud for my taste but, I noticed a group of about 15 girls getting up to dance. These girls were decked out in their best dresses and heels and they were having a blast as the band began to play today’s top 40 music hits. They then announced that it was Molly’s 16th birthday.

Since over-the-top sweet 16 parties seem to be popular these days, I think this would be a unique venue you might want to put on your short list. The riverboat, the dinner, great music and the party atmosphere seemed to really be a hit. I am not sure if this would be a budget buster or not but, it’s worth a look.

The Belle can also be a unique way for you to sneak off for some time with your husband or wife, escape from the everyday restaurant atmosphere and have a good time close to home. On a warm summer night, strolling the decks of the Belle would be quite romantic.

Here is some more information about the Belle:

Christened as the Mississippi Belle II in 1994, our four-deck, paddlewheel-style riverboat operated on its namesake river for much of her early career. After undergoing extensive $2 million remodeling, the new Philadelphia Belle will cruise upon the Delaware River from her new home port of Penn’s Landing, between Chestnut and Market Streets, in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Belle is the largest vessel of its kind on the East Coast. The top deck is open, with three enclosed decks below where guests can enjoy first-rate entertainment, delicious food and beverages, and original artworks—all inspired by the best of Philadelphia. Total passenger capacity is 1,000 guests, with seated dining space available for approximately 700.

The Philadelphia Belle’s stern-mounted paddlewheel and classic lines recall the majestic riverboats that plied the Mississippi River during their heyday from the 1800s to the early 1900’s. Interestingly enough, John Fitch began operating a paddle steamboat service on the Delaware River from Philadelphia to Burlington, New Jersey in 1788.

Philadelphia Belle

Pier 3 at Penn's Landing

Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Disclosure: My husband and I received a dinner cruise for my review. All of my opinions are my own.