Get your spot on the Southern Empress, a 19th Century riverboat departing for short dinner and drink cruises on Lake Conroe.
Sailing from the Sunset Harbor Resort on Saturday evenings, Southern Empress Cruises offers a chance for you to enjoy a three-hour dinner cruise or cocktail cruise on Lake Conroe. Currently, the Southern Empress offers both dinner cruises and cocktail cruises every other week, alternating from one to the other every Saturday.
The Houston dinner cruise sets sail at 6:30pm twice a month and includes a full meals featuring good ole’ down home grub including salad, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, drinks, and a choice between cheesecake or peach cobbler. The dinner cruise lasts from 6:30 to 10pm. A luncheon cruise is also sometimes offered on Thursdays. The cocktail cruise happens every other week, sailing from 8:30pm to midnight, and drinks are available for purchase. You can check the Houston dinner cruise calendar for the season’s schedule.
At both the Houston dinner cruise and cocktail cruise, a live cover band plays classic tunes of the 60s to the more recent pop hits of today. Patrons often take to the dance floor after dinner or drinks or also explore the upper, outdoor deck and take in the lake air and forest views.
The ship is a recreation 19th Century sternwheeler riverboat, although the inside decks boast modern air-conditioning and facilities, the decor is decidedly Victorian, including large chandeliers, embossed tin ceilings, brass accents and an old-timey bar.
Groupon regularly offers discounted packages to the Southern Empress Cruises starting at $25 for two people. Check here to see if the deal is currently available.
- Days & Times: Cruise schedule varies by month, typically with Cocktails on the Lake and Dinner on the Lake taking place on alternating Saturdays. Check current calendar.
- Address: Sunset Harbor Resort in Seven Coves, 7041 Kingston Cove Ln, Willis, TX 77318
- Phone: 936-588-3000
- Tickets: You can call Southern Empress Cruises directly or take advantage of their recurring Groupon discount offer.
Photo courtesy of Southern Empress Cruises