The Nautica Queen

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a reservation?
Reservations can be made by calling 216.696.8888. You may also make your reservation online.

What time do I need to be there?
All public cruises begin boarding one hour prior to departure. If you are privately chartering the ship, please consult your sales representative for your boarding time.

When is the latest I can get there?
We recommend all passengers be on board at least 15 minutes prior to departure. You can board up until 5 minutes prior to our departure time.

Do you cruise every day?
During the summer, we cruise most days. During the Spring, Autumn and Winter our cruising days are more limited. Please call 216.696.8888 to check our availability.

Can I just show up the day of for a seat?
We are happy to sell “walk on” tickets provided we still have seats available. Our guest capacity is 270. If the cruise has sold out in advance, we will not be able to accommodate you. We strongly recommend advanced reservations.

How is seating handled? Is it first come, first serve?
Seating is preassigned by the restaurant manager. We have  tables for 8 and tables for 4. Parties may be seated together. You will be escorted to your reserved seats when you board the ship. If you would like to be seated with another party, please contact the office, 216.696.8888, to make the arrangements.

What is included in the price?
The ticket price includes an unlimited buffet meal, the cruise, musical entertainment (all cruises feature a Disc Jockey), coffee, tea, and iced tea.

What is the dress code?
Although we do not have a strict dress code, we recommend “Business Casual”.

Is smoking allowed on the boat?
No. The Nautica Queen is a smoke/vape free vessel. We do not allow the smoking of cigarettes, cigars, vape pens or e-cigarettes on any of the decks. Guests are welcome to smoke on the boardwalk before and/or after the scheduled cruise.

Is there a charge for parking? If so, what is it and do they take credit cards?
There is a parking lot in front of the Nautica Queen. Prices are subject to change without prior notice but typical rates are $5 – $15.

Is the ship handicap accessible? Is there an elevator onboard?
We have limited accessibility. We can board a guest in a manual wheelchair (we cannot accommodate an electric wheelchair). The restroom facilities are up a flight of stairs. The restrooms are not wheelchair accessible.

What do I need to bring with me the day of?
Please bring your boarding passes (attached to your receipt) and head straight to the boat upon arrival.

How much is an infant? Do you have highchairs on board?
Infants, under the age of one (1) are complimentary. We do not have highchairs. Complimentary tickets are for infants that will be in an adult lap.

How late in the season do you cruise?
We cruise until New Year’s Eve (schedule is limited in October, November & December).

What do you do for birthdays?
The Nautica Queen DJ is always happy to announce your special day. Please speak with him while you are on board.

What kind of music does the DJ play? Does he take requests?
The DJ plays a wide variety of music throughout the cruise. He will play soft music while you are dining and then move into adult contemporary music after your meal is completed. He is happy to take requests.

Is there anything on the menu for a vegetarian?
We have many vegetarian options. All cruises feature a salad buffet with 5 vegetarian salads. We also offer pasta, potato (or rice), and vegetables.

Where does the cruise go?
The route is at the Captain’s discretion and is based on weather and river traffic. The  route is determined on the day of the cruise. We will either cruise on Lake Erie, stay within the break wall, or cruise on the Cuyahoga River.

Can I get married on the ship?
The Captain is licensed to perform ceremonies. Private charters are available or you can join us on select public cruises. Please contact group sales at 216.696.8888 for additional information.

What if I miss the ship? Do I get a refund?
No refunds are issued within 72 hours of the cruise. Please allow enough time to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to departure time.

What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations made prior to 72 hours are transferable and refundable. Cancellations made within 72 hours or less may be rescheduled within the same season as purchased, but are not refundable. (Not applicable to contracted groups.) All major credit cards accepted. No personal checks accepted.

What do you do if it rains?
We cruise rain or shine. Our dining decks are fully enclosed and climate controlled.

Is it climate controlled?
Yes, we have both heat and air-conditioning.

How soon should I book a cruise? Do you need advance notice?
We recommend booking your cruise as soon as possible. Many of our cruises sell-out in advance. Friday and Saturday nights during the summer can sell-out several weeks in advance.

Do you have a bar available?
There is a full bar available. The ticket price includes coffee, tea, and iced tea. Soft drinks and alcohol are not included. You can purchase soft drinks and alcohol on board with either cash or credit card.

Can my group have the ship to ourselves?
Private charter options are available. Some charter times require as few as 75 people for exclusive use of the ship. Other cruise times require as many 270. Please contact group sales at 216.696.8888 to inquire about your date.

Does the Nautica Queen accept donation requests?
*Our donation program has been suspended until early 2022*

Donation requests are gladly accepted via the U.S. Postal Service. Please forward your donation request on your organization’s letterhead to:

Nautica Queen
Attn: Donations
1153 Main Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113

We receive many donation requests and are not able to accommodate all requests. If your group is selected, you will be sent a certificate in the mail within a few weeks.

Didn’t find your answer? Please feel free to give us a call at 216.696.8888 or e-mail us at with additional questions.

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