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Private Dinner Cruise

Austin, TX

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Enjoy a private dinner cruise on Austin's scenic Town Lake!

  • Enjoy views of Austin's beautiful cityscape from your own private "gondola-like" electric boat
  • This is a self-navigating experience, and there is no captain on board
  • While you're cruising aboard your private boat, enjoy a choice of different menu options that will satiate your pallet and complete your experience
  • Great experience for a date, anniversary, business meeting, client entertainment, or any special occasion!
Austin, TX
When Do I Choose A Date?
If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

Daily - 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

*Rates do not apply for holidays, Valentine's day and specialty cruises

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Essential Information
  • All entrees include tea and water 
  • You may bring your own soda or alcoholic beverages on board 
  • If you bring a bottle of wine, glasses can be provided upon request
  • Note that this is a self-navigating experience, and there is no captain on board
2 hours
Experience Provider Info
Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
Maximum Participants
Up to 4 participants. For groups larger than 4 please contact Cloud 9 Living.
Not Allowed
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
The boat is an open-air vessel, so dress according to the weather.
Where should we park?
Parking is available for a charge of $6 (subject to change) at the Hyatt Regency. Unfortunately, there is very little free parking in the area. You can typically park at the Chamber building, American Statesman building or Auditorium Shores, but all may charge at any given time.
Will there be a captain on board?

There is no captain on board, however the "gondola-like" electric boats are very easy to navigate. The experience provider will walk through how to drive your boat and make sure you are comfortable before you venture out on the water.

Is the boat set on a pre-determined path?

No, the navigation is completely up to you! You will be driving the boat, and will be able to determine where you would like to go. 

Are drinks included?

Tea and water are included. You may bring your own soda or alcoholic beverages on board. If you bring a bottle of wine, glasses can be provided upon request.

Can I decorate the boat?

Yes, you are welcome to do decorating of almost any type but please no confetti, bird seed, rice, silly string, etc. These items are VERY harmful to the lake environment. Also please do not tape items to the boat. It is best to decorate tables and tie balloons and streamers to them.

Is there music provided on the boat?

There is a CD/Radio on the boat, available for your use.  

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days.  All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Cloud 9 Living.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have received a booking confirmation, there is a 72-hour cancellation policy for this experience! Failure to appear on your booked date, cancel, or reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your Experience.

Customer Reviews
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“Food was great. The boat took a bit to get used to for steering, but was spacious and comfortable. the covering on top helped pro”
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hi there Yogesh!  Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us!  I'm sorry to hear there was a bit of difficulty getting started, but we are happy to hear you were able to master the navigation! Delicious food and a comfortable boat to relax on while enjoying your time out on the water is certainly hard to beat! We look forward to getting you out on another fun adventure!  Best, Sophia
“Cute dinner cruise for two. We were worried about the heat but the boat was covered and the lake was breezy in the evening.”
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hello Maria!  First off, a big congrats on the Wedding Anniversary from all of us at Cloud 9 Living!  Spending a nice evening out on the water with your special someone is definitely a great way to celebrate! I'm very glad to hear that the covered boat and a gentle breeze kept you comfortable and able to fully enjoy your evening!  We can't wait for your next adventure! Let us know when you are ready to get out there again! Best, Sophia
“This was a birthday gift and my friend LOVED it! The dinner was very good and the views of Austin were gorgeous! We left at 6pm and the sun was just beginning to set. There was a place to plug in your phone, so we got to listen to great music and entertain all the passersby on canoes while we jammed out. We really loved having the boat all to ourselves! The only gripe that I have is the description as “Self-Driving”. I assumed that we would just turn it on and have it drive a set path without intervention, but WE had to drive and none of us had ever driven a boat. It was fine, but would’ve been better to know ahead of time. All in all, it was a great experience and I would definitely do it again.”
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hi there Laura!  Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us! You and your friends sound like the life of the party! Delicious dinner, great music to jam out to, and incredible views must have made for one awesome birthday bash. You are truly such a thoughtful friend!  I wanted to address the navigation of the boat. Our apologies if there was any confusion! While we do note that there is no captain aboard, we greatly appreciate your feedback, and have updated the description. We are so excited to hear that it was a wonderful time out on the water! Perhaps this can become a new birthday tradition?    Best, Sophia
“Staff was excellent. Boarded and prepped very quickly. Literally no waiting! Everything was set for a perfect dinner cruise. We loved it!”
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hello, Jenny! YOU'RE excellent! So happy to hear about a great night out on the water.  Cheers,  Kasia 
“It was a beautiful day and the experience was amazing!!! We enjoyed the Fajitas and the boat was very comfortable. The Team at Capital Cruises was very friendly and very helpful. We will be back with friends.”
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Thanks for writing in. We love working with our crew, and I'm happy to hear you both enjoyed your evening as well. Let us know if we can get your group out there again. Best, ​Brooke
“I love the private dinner cruise! This is the second time we have chosen this experience, both for birthdays. The team at Cloud 9 helped us find a time, as the times we wanted were already taken. The crew at Capitol Cruises could not have been more friendly, accommodating, and helpful. We had someone with mobility issues, and they worked to get her on the boat, and then back off. The food from the Hyatt is always delicious(and way more than enough, but the Capitol Cruises folks had take-out boxes available, so we didn't have to throw it away.) And seeing the bats fly from Congress bridge from the boat was awesome, didn't have to figure out parking, and deal with the large number of people on the bridge, which would have been difficult with a walker. Overall, this experience is definitely worth it, we'll be doing it again soon.”
Response from Cloud 9 Living
Hey Sam, Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your experience. I'm glad we were able to find a time that worked well for your whole family to get out and enjoy what sounds like a wonderful evening. The crew at Capitol Cruises is top-notch, and that is why we love working with them. I'll be sure to pass along your kind words to them. I'm also happy to hear that you all had a wonderful spot to view the bats as well.  Capitol Cruises would love to have you back again! Enjoy your week!  Best, Brooke
“Purchased a ride and had a great experience! Driver was knowledgeable, personal, engaging, and funny. Would book with this venue again and in a heartbeat!”
“We really enjoyed the experience. However, for the price that my daughter paid for this, we feel it is necessary to point out the negatives. (1) It was just the 2 of us and the boat was obviously for a party of at least 4. The boat advertised in the picture of the experience on your website was there, but given to a party of 3 and had a nice table cloth. Our boat was very large for just us, and the dining table was not secure and not covered with a cloth (condensation from the water/tea pitchers ran in puddles on to the seats and floor). If you put the slightest pressure on the table with your hand or elbow the entire table flipped up. This made moving around and even eating a precarious situation. NO leaning at all on that table, or our meal and drinks were flying. (2) We only got half the meal advertised. We didn't discover until we were already away from the dock that there was no salad or bread to accompany our pasta meal. Again, we made our own fun and enjoyed the evening, but for what my daughter paid, the value just wasn't there -- at least not that particular night. Whether I would recommend is more of a maybe than a no.”
“The customer service went way beyond expectation. The friendliness and the availability of the staff was incredible. Everything was beyond expectation and made our special day even that much better.”
“We enjoyed our dinner cruise for two, but found it to be frustrating as well. The meal and scenery were lovely, but the cruise was self-guided and self-navigation. Since we were the only two on the boat, one of us always had to be paying attention to steering/driving. The lake was extremely busy and we had to constantly correct for the larger boats and tours as well as the kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, and SUPs on the water. If there had been an anchor or a designated place for us to tie up and eat, it would have made things a lot nicer. As it was, one of us was feeding the other while they were piloting as we did not dare leave the wheel to eat. All of the people were helpful and very nice, and we had no trouble booking our experience. I just wish we had been able to relax and enjoy it more.”
“This dinner cruise was beyond my expectation! It was a perfect night to celebrate my girlfriend and I's anniversary. The instructor was very polite and helpful. The food was alright. Driving the boat was so much fun, but it distracted us from sitting down and enjoying our food. We had to keep getting up to drive because either the boat was going towards land or another boat was coming at us. But overall I completely am satisfied with the cruise. I totally would recommend it to anyone trying to enjoy a nice evening with a significant other.”
“We had a great time! There was more than enough food and it was all very good. Aside from the poor girl who was running around trying to get everyone's food to them, we felt terrible that she had to make another trip for wine glasses. All in all, highly recommend! It was a great way to celebrate our anniversary!! Would do it again. ”
“I had an extremely amazing time sharing this gift experience with my husband for his birthday! The staff were friendly, the set up was easy & nice, the cruise was clean, and the weather (although that wasn't under the control of Cloud9 or cruise staff).... was perfect!! The woman that checked us in gave us clear concise directions....even advised us to camp nearby as that was something that 'd be fun to enjoy! I've already shared the website with my best friend because of how easy it was to find when I did an Internet search... And because of how easy it was to navigate through exceptional ideas for gifts or for personal experiences. I would gladly share with the rest of my friends now that I've had a personal experience of my own with cloud 9 living.!!”
“I took the boat ride in Austin,TX. The food was great very very nice enviorment. It was very romantic. BUT we were notified we were gonna drive the boat when we got there. We didnt make a big deal about it but it would have been nice to know when we booked it. That was the only thing that caught us by surprise. It was still awesome. I would definately do it again. For all the fellas out there, it really sets the mood. Driving the boat is easier than you think. The tea they provided tasted like crap. Thank god we had wine, champaign , and sprite.fellas Take your girl out. This is the most romantic thing i have done for my girl in 2 years so yeaa i was way past due.. Im 21. If i could do it and im this young ;for all my older guys... You all can definately get it donee!!!”
“Everything was great.I would recommend that there be more food options or at least make the pasta dish less spicy.”
“We enjoyed our boat ride with dinner on Lady Bird Lake. We got a bit of a late start but had a good time.”
“We weren't sure what to expect. We had so much fun. Fajita dinner was delicious as well. Thanks”
“it was an excellent experience. we enjoyed it very much.”
“My date and I loved it! I would recommend this idea to anyone that would like a romantic dinner for two on a private boat. We actually got to drive the boat ourselves. The food was very well prepared also.”
“I thought the web booking process was more difficult than it needed to be. I would have liked a simpler, more obvious signup process. I would have liked more assurance that my email address wouldn't be added to a marketing list unless I wanted it to be. I would have liked a bit more information up front about the fact that "you drive the boat." Mentally, it's a very different thing to prepare for than "dinner cruise," especially on an evening with high winds like when we went out. Also, were we supposed to leave a tip for the boat dock operators? We weren't sure. That would have been good to state in the description. Thank you for providing this service!”
“Awesome experience!! It was a surprise for my husband's birthday... he loved every moment of it, and became a memorable night!! Thank you Cloud Nine!!!”
“Great experience and Cloud 9 was very good in regards to customer service. The place however had pretty bad Customer service. I called 5 times, on five separate days to find out some logistics of the experience and never received a return call. I was really trying to set up a photographer to take pictures on the river bank of our engagement, but since I could not find out additional information, this was not possible. Didn't ruin my experience, but definitely took away from a very important moment. ”
“The boat ride turned out beautifully. However, there was room for an unhappy trip to have occurred. We were not aware of the bats leaving from under the Ann Richards bridge when we booked the trip. So, we booked it for 7pm. Had we originally known about the bats, we would have booked at 8pm. However, our meals arrived to the boat late....7:20 or so. The instructors at Capital Cruises gave us the option for another hour free because of the delay. This was very generous and appreciated. It gave us the ability to be on the lake a little longer and to see the bats fly. The food was delicious! So, this was the making of a perfect cruise. It all turned out beautifully because of the errors. ”
“We had such a fabulous time! We will do it again!”
“It was a lovely sunset cruise. We had a great time and got to see many bats at sunset.”
“The food was oustanding. The trip was to short it should be 2Hrs.Theexperience was very good. THANKS FOR YOUE HELP JOHN DEERE”
“The view was breath taking and extremely romantic. Thank you Cloud 9 for a unforgettable experience!”
“I purchased this experience to celebrate my 6-year anniversary with my husband. We really enjoyed ourselves, felt the staff went above and beyond to take care of us, and we loved it so much that we are already planning another experience in December!”
“The time was wonderful, it was 102 all day, but by 7:30pm it was cool and the winds were up. The experience was amazing, map was great, instructions wonderful. I too am a little disappointed in the driving not able to eat with each other. I would have paid to have my daughter drive us around the lake but not at the extra dinner rate. Overall the experience was exceptions, food was good, lots to drink you could have brought out own however, there was no need, we had water and tea. The food was a lot, we selected the chicken with pasta, and the salad was good, the dressing I selected was a vinaigrette and it was delicious. They thought of everything, the food was covered and still hot, it really was a great experience!!!”

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