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River Tour FAQs

River Tour FAQs

A River Tour offers a unique way to access the Delaware River. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions after purchasing a River Tour ticket. Should you have any questions not listed, email Gina Pickton at gpickton@phillyseaport.org.

How long is a River Tour? Generally, River Tours are two hours long unless stated otherwise.

How much time should I give myself to board? About a half an hour before scheduled departure.

What should I wear? Wear appropriate shoes. Non-marking and flat-soled shoes are best. Regardless of how warm it may be on shore, bring a light sweater because the wind on the water can cause a chill even in hot weather. Dress accordingly.

What happens if it rains? If inclement weather forces the ship to shorten the length of the sail, no refunds will be issued. If a sail is cancelled due to hazardous weather, we will do our best to accommodate passengers on a future sail. If no rescheduling of an Independence Seaport Museum sail is possible, refunds will be given.

Independent organizations selling tickets through our site have their own policies, please contact the appropriate organization for additional details pertaining to your tour.

Do I need any sailing experience? No sailing experience is necessary. Just a willingness to be a part of a great adventure! You may have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the trip from raising sails to steering the boat or you just sit back and enjoy the ride. We want you to participate at whatever level you feel most comfortable.

Where will we be sailing? All River Tours will sail between the Ben Franklin Bridg eand the Walt Whitman Bridge.

Are there bathrooms on the boats? Not on most ships. There is a bathroom available on Patriot cruises.

Can we bring food and drinks? Yes, but no glassware.

Can I bring alcoholic beverages on the boats? No.

Can I smoke on the boats? No.

Can I bring small children? Yes, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

What safety equipment is onboard the boat? Safety equipment onboard includes:all US Coast Guard required equipment (life jackets, flares etc...), Person Overboard Recovery System, EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon),VHF radios, cellphone, first aid kit and lift raft.

What hazards should I be aware of while on the boat? Tripping hazards are unavoidable aboard sailing vessels and the highest degree of care and watchfulness is expected of all Visitors, leather sole shoes are slippery and dangerous on deck, and Visitors may not sit on the caprail, taffrail, or bulwarks enclosing the deck.

Are the boats wheelchair accessible? No, because there is no safe provision for embarking patrons or visitors confined to wheelchairs.

Incase of bad weather, will we be refunded? If inclement weather forces the ship to shorten the length of the sail, no refunds will be issued. If a sail is cancelled due to hazardous weather, we will do our best to accommodate passengers on a future sail. If no rescheduling of an Independence Seaport Museum sail is possible, full refunds will be given.