Private River Boat Dining

There are many different options available to you and your guests to enjoy your own private River Walk Boat.  You can do all the leg work yourself or you can simply use our services at and have the information come to you!  If you really want to do the work yourself here is what you need to know.

  1. First step is to know what date you want your own Private River Walk Boat.  We suggest booking a Private River Walk Boat at least 2 months in advance during non-peak time and a year in advance if your event falls on peak days i.e. Holidays.  Please note that the time of the day, weekends and time of the year are considered peak times.
  2. Know what type of Private River Walk Boat you would like.  You have the option of Narrated Tours, Dinning boats and Cocktail Boats.
  3. Call around to see what the vendors offer.  Please keep in mind that every vendor operates differently however every vendor has fixed costs that they cannot avoid.  Please see the fixed costs down below.
  4. If you are having trouble getting a hold of the information for vendors here is a handy list of all the vendors on the River Walk.
  5. Let us do the foot work for you!  Simply fill out this form and every vendor that offers Private River Boats will be notified.

Private River Boat Dining Costs

Tour Charter Downtown Reach Only (pick up & drop off)
Requires a booking arrangement of one hour passengers on board for approximately one hour.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $150 or Peak Time $200+


Tour Charter Museum Reach Only (pick up & drop off)
Requires a booking arrangement of one hour passengers on board for approximately one hour.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $300 or Peak Time $350+


Tour Charter from Downtown Reach to Museum Reach
Requires a booking arrangement of an additional hour to complete the Downtown Reach and Museum Reach, passengers on board for approximately two hours.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $300 or Peak Time $400+


Tour Charter from Museum Reach to Downtown Reach
Requires a booking arrangement of an additional hour to complete the Museum Reach and Downtown Reach, passengers on board for approximately two hours.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $450 or Peak Time $525+


*Cocktail Charter Downtown Reach Only (set up, pick up, drop off & tear down)
Most restaurants/caterers require a booking arrangement of one hour minimum, to allow 10 minutes set up and 10
minutes tear down, passengers on board for approximately 40 minutes.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $150 or Peak Time $200+


*Cocktail Charter Museum Reach Only (set up, pick up, drop off & tear down)
Most restaurants/caterers require a booking arrangement of one hour minimum, to allow 10 minutes set up and 10
minutes tear down, passengers on board for approximately 40 minutes.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $300 or Peak Time $350+


*Cocktail Charter from Downtown Reach to Museum Reach (set up, pick up, drop off & tear down)
Requires a booking arrangement of an additional hour to the minimum of one hour to complete the Downtown Reach and the Museum Reach, to allow 10 minutes set up and 10 minutes tear down, passengers on board for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $300 or Peak Time $400+


*Cocktail Charter from Museum Reach to Downtown Reach (set up, pick up, drop off & tear down)
Requires a booking arrangement of an additional hour to the minimum of one hour to complete the Downtown Reach and Museum Reach, to allow 10 minutes set up and 10 minutes tear down, passengers on board for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $450 or Peak Time $525+


*Dinner Charter Downtown Reach Only (set up, pick up, drop off & tear down)
Most restaurants/caterers require a booking arrangement of two hours minimum, to allow 30 minutes set up and 30
minutes tear down, passengers on board for approximately one hour.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $300 or Peak Time $400+


*Dinner Charter Museum Reach Only (set up, pick up, drop off & tear down)
Most restaurants/caterers require a booking arrangement of two hours minimum, to allow 30 minutes set up and 30
minutes tear down, passengers on board for approximately one hour.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $450 or Peak Time $525+


*Dinner Charter from Downtown Reach to Museum Reach (set up, pick up, drop off & tear down)
Requires a booking arrangement of an additional hour to the minimum of two hours to complete the Downtown Reach and Museum Reach, to allow 30 minutes set up and 30 minutes tear down, passengers on board for approximately two hours.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $450 or Peak Time $525+


*Dinner Charter from *Museum Reach to Downtown Reach (set up, pick up, drop off & tear down)
Requires a booking arrangement of an additional hour to the minimum of two hours to complete the Downtown Reach and Museum Reach, to allow 30 minutes set up and 30 minutes tear down, passengers on board for approximately two hours.

Cost per boat: Non-Peak Time $600 or Peak Time $700+


*Additional event time may be required for catered events requiring passenger pick up or drop off at docks other than the set up location in half hour increments of $75 Non-Peak Time or $100 Peak Time.

+Non-Peak Rates apply Monday –Friday ending by 5:30 pm. Peak Rates apply Monday-Friday starting at 5:30 pm and all day Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.

It is prohibited for the boat to remain stationary for more than 30 minutes with or without loaded guests; therefore, late arriving guests may experience a departed or possibly cancelled cruise. Tour drivers will perform the historical tour for all Private Cocktail/Dining cruises unless directed otherwise in writing on the cruise’s charter slip by the party representative the day of the event.

Rio on Demand (ROD)
Is a taxi service (20 people minimum) at a specifically contracted time, this event does not include a narrated tour. Due to pre-arranged scheduled obligations, the ROD cannot sit at the dock for any period of time. The entire group of guests must be ready to load by the scheduled pick up time. No additional ticket purchases or refunds are allowed and/or after the date of the event.

  • Downtown Reach Service $10.00 per person
  • Museum Reach Service $12.00 per person
  • Downtown & Museum Reach Service $16.00 per person

In order for the ROD taxi service to serve its purpose and benefit your party as well, the following rules and procedures must be followed:

  • All guests must arrive at the assigned dock 15 minutes prior to scheduled pick up time
  • Ready to board and depart at the designated start time on the contract
  • Travel time between destinations will vary depending on river traffic, time of day and distance traveled.
  • For everyone’s safety, passengers must remain seated until the boat is tied down at its destination and the ROD driver gives the approval to unload.

All Privately Reserved Cruises
Whenever appropriate and merited, tips offered to our boat drivers should be handled separately from the catering bill. Tables and chairs may not be removed from cruiser.