I love a good riverboat cruise! The guides give useful information about the area, history and people and architecture. You get to see the city from a different perspective and learn to appreciate the area. However, this was not the case for the Savannah Riverboat Cruise.
At $50 per ticket, the food should have been spectacular and the commentary should have been insightful. The buffet was average, with little offered for special diets (vegan, gluten free…). The cruise took me by bleak scenery, mined piles of gypsum and other minerals, average views of waterfront forest, and abandoned construction sites.
Unlike the incredible tour I took of Puget Sound, this tour offered little of what I call the “wow” factor. The only insightful information passed along to us cruisers was about the cobblestone streets and buildings. The stones used to create Savannah’s waterfront were actually ballast stones that stabilize cargo ships bring goods to the port of Savannah many years ago. After making their delivery, the ships would dump these stones in the river before returning home. Eventually, there were so many stones on the river bottom that the ships couldn’t reach the port. Local builders pulled the stones out of the river and used them as free building material. There you have it, no need to go on the cruise, I just told you the only interesting part!
I went in early May, and the weather was perfect. The sun was shining, it wasn’t too warm for an early southern summer day, and the wind had a field day with my hair (and skirt). I’m pretty sure I flashed other passengers more than once, I’m truly sorry!
I learned quickly to keep my back to the wall, which prevented me from seeing the water, but also prevented other passengers from seeing my bum!
If you are interested in learning more, or would like to experience the cruise for yourself, visit www.savannahriverboat.com.