Private Charter Guidelines
All boats are equipped with restrooms, ship-to-shore radio and
cellular phone, wet bar(s), PA system with microphone, stereo with CD player and 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.
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.
Lake Geneva Cruise Line has excellent live music available for your dancing or listening pleasure. 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. Please
see individual catering menus for % service charge.
Season Dates/Boat Availability
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.
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 lakegenevawi.com for detailed directions.
All parking in the city of Lake Geneva is metered. Please check with our sales office for details.
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.