The 10 Best Booze Cruises in Connecticut!

In Connecticut, you can hop on a luxury private yacht to close a business deal or pop the question, or you can join a public cruise and mingle with a frosé in hand. Several cruises with on-board bars or options to BYOB are prevalent along Connecticut’s coast and up the scenic Connecticut River. Some cruises even offer overnight packages—perfect for a couple looking for some private time. Here are the 10 best booze cruises in the state! 

1. Skyline Cruises Catering & Events, Norwalk and Stamford, CT

Skyline Cruises offers a wide variety of dinner and booze cruises both open to the public and available for private charter. Leaving from multiple locations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, Skyline Cruises makes it easy to sign up and enjoy an exclusive party while on the water.

2. CT RiverQuest, Haddam, CT

Charter RiverQuest for your upcoming rehearsal dinner, shower, birthday party, cocktail party, and more. RiverQuest can accommodate at maximum of 45 guests for a cocktail party. Passengers will remember this scenic cruise along the Connecticut River, with views to Gillette Castle, Goodspeed Opera House, and more. Public cruises, such as the sunset cruise, are also a good option for sightseeing with cocktails and a picnic while mingling with other passengers.

3. Connecticut Harbor Cruises, Multiple locations

Offering something a bit tamer, Connecticut Harbor Cruises has options for dinner, sunset, and private event cruises around Connecticut’s shoreline. Leaving out of Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Stamford, typical cruises are three-hour-long sightseeing cruises, but evening party options are available. Boats are also all-weather, allowing cruises for events to occur even if it is rainy.

4. Hartford Belle, Hartford, CT

Head out for Thirsty Thursday or Friday Happy Hour on the Hartford Belle. Visit their on-ship bar for a beer or mixed drink and check out the scenery with your friends or date. A trip on the Hartford Belle is certainly a unique and special way to spend a Thursday or Friday night!

5. Lady Katharine Cruises, Haddam and Hartford, CT

Lady Katharine Cruises offers a ton of public cruises such as the popular Saturday Night Fever cruise, mystery cruise, lazy river cruise, and more. The fully-stocked bar both upstairs and downstairs provides a wide array of drinks to passengers. Do note that different cruises and cruise dates leave from different ports in Connecticut, so do be sure to confirm the pick-up and drop-off locations in advance. 

6. Del Rio Yachts, Multiple locations

Charter a private yacht for a party with Del Rio Yachts and you’ll be able to choose from high-end vessels for a luxury experience. Del Rio Yachts works with clients to create the perfect private party with options for booze cruises, birthdays, weddings, and corporate events.

7. Thimble Island Cruise, Stony Creek, CT

Hop aboard the Sea Mist for an informative cruise around the Thimble Islands or rent Sea Mist for a private charter. Enjoy a party or dinner cruise along Connecticut’s shoreline with the Sea Mist’s bar or BYOB for a corkage fee of $50. Wine and cheese, private dinner, fall foliage, and seal watching cruises are all available for private charters.

8. Lexington Classic Cruise, Greenwich, CT

For a high-end cruising experience in Connecticut, choose Lexington Classic Cruise. Aboard a luxury yacht, you and your guests will enjoy premium liquors, wines, and a martini bar. Connecticut cruises passes by beautiful homes along the Greenwich, Westchester County, Stamford, and New Rochelle shorelines. 

9. Real Escape Charters, Old Saybrook, CT

With a private cruise on the Real Escape, passengers will enjoy beautiful views of premium destinations in Connecticut, New York City, the Hamptons, Rhode Island, Newport, and more. A catering menu is available and the captain welcomes private parties for business or pleasure, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, weddings, and more. Six guests can even stay overnight in three private rooms.

10. Mystic Whaler Cruises, New London, CT

Enjoy a perfect lobster dinner or boozy brunch aboard a Mystic Whaler cruise. Although no bar is on-board, passengers are allowed to BYOB for a stunning food and sightseeing experience. Dine on succulent lobster or in-season homemade breakfast with champagne cocktails or a bottle of wine for a romantic event day or night.

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