All Aboard The Dolly Steamboat!

By Lynette Carrington

All Aboard The Dolly Steamboat!

Many people in the Valley know Dolly Steamboat – the majestic boat that offers cruises around Canyon Lake.Arizona's World Class Cruise, the Dolly Steamboat is a gorgeous sternwheeler that transports up to 140 passengers on Canyon Lake, taking them through colorful canyons as they enjoy scenic desert vistas and beautiful wildlife. This holiday season, why not do something different and take a cruise on Dolly Steamboat or charter a cruise for your own special event or party?

A variety of exciting, regularly-scheduled tours are available including a 1 ½ Scenic Narrated Nature Cruise, perfect for all ages. For this cruise, a no-host snack bar and beverage service is available on board. The Twilight Dinner Cruise is 2 ½ hours and includes a full buffet dinner as you watch the sun sink behind the cliffs and enjoy the desert beauty as the moon rises and the stars reveal themselves. There is also a 2 ½ hour Astronomy Cruise (includes dinner) with Dr. Sky, Steve Kates, who will give cruise guests a breakdown of the night sky and interpret the constellations in a fun and engaging way, complete with a huge telescope.

Dolly Steamboat has played host to all kinds of chartered cruises including family reunions, engagement parties, sweet 16, theme parties for kids and celebration of life events. PR Director and namesake of the Dolly Steamboat, Dolly Kennedy says, “We’ve hosted company parties for special celebrations - like themed parties, celebrating many years in business, for the holiday or just for those companies that would like to recognize their sales team for a job well done. Sometimes it’s just to celebrate with their co-workers and families. We’ve also had Chamber of Commerce breakfasts, mixers, luncheons and dinners.”

Dolly Steamboat has done cruises for groups such as the Red Hat Society, Black and Bling Society and several other networking groups that want the camaraderie of a special evening, or day together aboard the Dolly Steamboat.

Weddings are available with a full dinner or just munchies. String quartets, harpists, bands or other musicians are welcome, just check with the main office for additional details. Weddings can be as elaborate or simple as a guest would like and there is even an arch on the upper deck that creates an excellent backdrop for pictures. Many options are available for meals and the staff of The Dolly Steamboat takes care of everything from helping to coordinate the meal, to on-board service and clean-up.

The earlier you contact the friendly folks at Dolly Steamboat regarding a charter, the better chance that you will be able to get your preferred cruise time reserved. Charter reservations can be made a year or more in advance! Chartered cruise options are always available.

When calling to make plans for a privately chartered cruise on the Dolly Steamboat, have some information ready. The wonderfully accommodating staff of The Dolly Steamboat will need to know the time of year you are planning on a cruise and the time of day - keep in mind Dolly has scheduled tours at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., boarding at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Let the staff know how many guests will be attending and if lunch or dinner will be needed during the cruise. For additional information on Dolly Steamboat, a photo gallery and directions to the Canyon Lake Marina, visit For any questions about the affordable private charters or corporate events, please call (480) 827-9144. Gift certificates are also available and a wonderful surprise to give to someone this holiday season.