Boat Parties General Info


All boats are equipped with restrooms, ship-to-shore radio and cellular phone, wet bar(s), PA system with microphone,  iPod/mp3 player hook-ups, 110-volt power, glass enclosed cabins and/or side curtains for inclement weather.


Lake Geneva Cruise Line’s preferred caterers can provide everything from hors d’oeuvres to a lavish dinner buffet or an elegant sit down dinner. For charter groups that exceed the available table service space, we recommend going with a heavy hors d’oeuvres menu with dinner size portions.

For table service charters, there is a $3.50 per person charge for tables, chairs, linens, and candles. A selection of color table linens and napkins are available to rent with at least two weeks advanced notice. Our preferred caterers will provide special decorations for your buffet with ample notice. If you wish to remove any chairs to be replaced by rented, custom chairs, there will be a fee of $2 per chair charged to your account. This is not including the price of the chair rentals.

All catering options are booked and billed through Lake Geneva Cruise Line. All menus are designed by our preferred catering companies based on years of success, satisfied customers and experiences aboard each one of our boats. Due to a Unique Operational Environment, customization of any preferred menu must be discussed with your charter sales representative.

If you wish to provide your own caterer there is a charge of $3.00 per person that is due two weeks prior to your charter, based on your passenger guarantee. Your caterer will also need to present a certificate of liability insurance.

Due to Health Department regulations, no outside hot group food or alcoholic beverage may be brought onto our boats and no leftover food from any catering company may be removed from the property or the event.

Beverage Arrangements

If you wish to have cocktail service on your charter, you must select from the beverage plans Lake Geneva Cruise Line has to offer. A variety of options are available. Please view our Beverage Plans for additional information and rates. A 18% service fee will be added to your final bill on all Open and Tab Bars.

Payment, based on passenger guarantee, is due two weeks prior to charter. Final bar totals will be based on actual passenger count the day of your charter and any additional balance is due at that time. Credits will be issued if final passenger count is less than the guarantee.

Prices and listed selections are subject to change at any time.


All boats are equipped with full sound systems (P.A. system & microphone, iPod / MP3 player hook-ups). In order to comply with local ordinances, MUSIC MUST DECREASE TO A CONVERSATIONAL LEVEL AT 11:00 PM, so please schedule your charter accordingly. Should you wish to utilize a band other than those found on our preferred list, please call us to discuss limitations and restrictions involved when performing on our boats.


A deposit of 35% of the base charge is required to reserve any boat and is due two weeks after a charter is booked. The balance of the base charge is due 120 days prior to charter date. Any remaining balance of payment (i.e. additional charter hours, surcharges, additional passenger count, and meals) in excess of the base rate is due 15 days prior to charter date. Due to the highly seasonal nature of our business, it will NOT be possible to make exceptions to this policy. In the case of cancellations, deposits are refundable with at least 120 days advance notice of your scheduled charter date. There will be a 10% service charge on refundable deposits. Within 120 of the charter event, the deposit is non-refundable.

Tax and Service Charge

The State of Wisconsin requires that a 5.5% sales tax be added to all charges including service charges. An 18% service charge is added to the charter base rate and additional hourly and half hour rate. The majority of the 18% service charge is distributed to your captain and crew. Please see individual catering menus for % service charge.

Season Dates/Boat Availability

  • Full season: April-November
  • High season: June 15 – Labor Day
  • The Steam Yacht Louise, Yacht Polaris, The Duchess and Lorelei are available day or night seven days a week for the full season.
  • During the high season, the Lady of the Lake, Grand Belle of Geneva and U.S. Mailboat – Walworth are available evenings only, preferably after 6:00 pm.
  • The Grand Belle of Geneva is committed to a public dinner cruise on most Thursday and Friday evenings in the high season.
  • During Spring and Fall weekdays and many Spring weekends, the Lady of the Lake, Grand Belle of Geneva and U.S. Mailboat – Walworth are available on a limited basis for daytime charters.
  • The Geneva is typically not available for evening cruises during the high season. Call for availability.
  • Should you want to charter a boat that is part of the regular tour schedule, it is possible, but requires “buying out” the trip(s) in addition to charter fees.

Alternate Docking

Most private charters depart from the Riviera Docks located in the city of Lake Geneva. We can also depart from the public docks in Williams Bay and Fontana, as well as your private pier when the water and pier conditions permit. For a departure from any location other than the Rivera Docks in Lake Geneva there will be an alternate docking fee.

  • Lady of the Lake – $200.00 ($795.00 on Saturdays prior to 7 pm)
  • Grand Belle of Geneva – $200.00 ($795.00 on Saturdays prior to 7 pm)
  • Walworth – $150.00 ($450.00 on Saturdays prior to 7 pm)
  • The Duchess – $150.00
  • Steam Yacht Louise – $150.00
  • Yacht Polaris – $95.00
  • Geneva – $95.00
  • Lorelei – $50.00

Directions & Parking

In the city of Lake Geneva, boats depart from the Riviera Docks, located on Wrigley Drive, a block south of the main downtown intersection of Broad Street (Highway 120) and Main Street (Highway 50). Please see our map or for detailed directions.

All parking in the city of Lake Geneva is metered. Please click this link for more information about parking.



Safety comes first when inclement weather does occur. Our vessels are equipped to operate during rain showers. If high winds accompany inclement weather, the boat may remain docked until the storm passes, but passengers can usually remain on board.