Private Dinner Cruise

Austin, TX

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Overview

Enjoy a private dinner cruise on Austin's scenic Town Lake!

  • Enjoy views of Austin's beautiful cityscape from your own private "gondola-like" electric boat
  • This is a self-navigating experience, and there is no captain on board
  • While you're cruising aboard your private boat, enjoy a choice of different menu options that will satiate your palate and complete your experience
  • Great experience for a date, anniversary, business meeting, client entertainment, or any special occasion!
Austin, TX
When Do I Choose A Date?
If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

Year-Round:
Daily - 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

*Rates do not apply for holidays, Valentine's day and specialty cruises

Essential Information
  • All entrees include tea and water 
  • You may bring your own soda or alcoholic beverages on board 
  • If you bring a bottle of wine, glasses can be provided upon request
  • Note that this is a self-navigating experience, and there is no captain on board
  • Participants must be 21 years old to drive the boat
Duration
2 hours
Experience Provider Info
Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
Maximum Participants
Up to 4 participants. For groups larger than 4 please contact Virgin Experience Gifts.
Spectators
Not Allowed
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
The boat is an open-air vessel, so dress according to the weather.
Where should we park?
Parking is available for a charge of $6 (subject to change) at the Hyatt Regency. Unfortunately, there is very little free parking in the area. You can typically park at the Chamber building, American Statesman building or Auditorium Shores, but all may charge at any given time.
Will there be a captain on board?

There is no captain on board, however the "gondola-like" electric boats are very easy to navigate. The experience provider will walk through how to drive your boat and make sure you are comfortable before you venture out on the water.

Is the boat set on a pre-determined path?

No, the navigation is completely up to you! You will be driving the boat, and will be able to determine where you would like to go. 

Are drinks included?

Tea and water are included. You may bring your own soda or alcoholic beverages on board. If you bring a bottle of wine, glasses can be provided upon request.

Can I decorate the boat?

Yes, you are welcome to do decorating of almost any type but please no confetti, bird seed, rice, silly string, etc. These items are VERY harmful to the lake environment. Also please do not tape items to the boat. It is best to decorate tables and tie balloons and streamers to them.

Is there music provided on the boat?

There is a CD/Radio on the boat, available for your use.  

Returns
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Exchanges
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have received a booking confirmation, there is a 72-hour cancellation policy for this experience. Failure to appear on your booked date, cancel, or reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 4.5
based on 43 reviews.
Absolutely wonderful experience! Customer service was outstanding. The fajita dinner was delicious and the views were spectacular! We will be booking another rental and recommend to family and friends. Thank you, Capital Cruises!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Sandy, I am delighted to hear you had such a wonderful time out on this experience. We are pleased to know the staff was son incredible and the food and views added to an already magnificent dinner cruise. I know our partners truly appreciate your recommendation and we can't wait for you to pass this along to everyone you know! Thank you for a lovely review! Best, Brooke
Checking in went smooth. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The boat was spacious and clean. Food was really good. We had a good time.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Nadja, I am delighted to hear that everything was smooth sailing from start to finish (no pun intended)! It is wonderful to hear that our partners were friendly and helpful throughout your sail and the boat was well kept! You add good food and a good time, and I can see why you loved this experience! I hope we have the opportunity to get you out on more sails in the future! Best, Brooke
We were very excited to cruise all around on Town Lake, its an amazing view and such a break from reality so we were looking forward to our romantic dinner cruise. The staff was friendly upon arrival, the paperwork was easy to fill out. Our dinner delivery was behind schedule, so our departure was slightly delayed, but once we got underway the boat had difficulty steering which limited our navigability and experience. We enjoyed the view, but unfortunately the boat itself was less than we desirable. If you are looking to float this is great, if you are looking to fully take advantage of exploring, it'd suggest a different experience.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello James, I am very sorry to hear that all your excitement led to some slight disappointment in this sail. I am glad to hear that there were some incredible views and such much needed peace and tranquility. I am pleased to know that the staff was friendly and everything was able to start on a good note. I realize that a delayed start to your dinner cruise is not ideal, and that the boat had limited mobility. Our partner is always looking to improve and appreciates you sharing your feedback in regards to the boat. I am glad you could experience a few nice things despite just floating around on the lake. I do hope we have another opportunity to get you out on an amazing sail in the future! Best, Brooke
Online we were told the experience is between a 4 hour window but didn't receive confirmation of the specific time until I called. Also, the online package says that chips and queso come with the deal while in person they said they only offer chips and queso for parties of 10 or more (very strange). Even when showing them the online package details, they still refused. The check in process was ok, not as smooth as I would have liked. They seemed disorganized and didn't actually prepare the boat nor some of the food in advance. We waited around for 20 minutes to get a cooler with ice and water with tea, as well as our fajita dinner. They completely forgot to bring a cooler with drinks. How can someone forget in 100 degree weather?? The boat experience itself was alright. Lady bird lake is a no wake zone so don't expect a jet ski or anything fast. The fajitas were not all that great either. Would I book this experience again? Probably not, especially because of how poorly they planned this. It was my SOs birthday and they just made us feel like we were an inconvenience. Its also a lot more expensive than if you were to book direct. The overall experience was suboptimal and below expectations.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi there Mehrnaz. I am so saddened to hear that this great gift was less than satisfying for you. We take pride in working with the best of the best and I am sorry this was not shown to you. You are in no way an inconvenience! It hurts my heart that you felt this way on such an important day. I definitely will be passing this information along to our partner. I hope that the next experience you embark on makes you feel like you are on cloud 9 and exceeds your expectation! Best, Kayleen
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