Private Cruises of Downtown Milwaukee and the shoreline of Lake Michigan

A private charter aboard one of our vessels is the perfect venue to liven up your corporate gathering, anniversary, birthday or wedding. Book a private cruise for your next event!

Impress clients and out-of-town guests with the stunning views that only Milwaukee River Cruise Line can provide by traveling through the heart of downtown and into Lake Michigan. A unique event space in Milwaukee, an Edelweiss private cruise can include custom menus, bar options and live entertainment that can make your event even more special. A private charter is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that will leave everyone with lasting memories for years to come.

Cruise Route

All private cruises will travel through downtown via the Milwaukee River and into Lake Michigan. All of our vessels remain inside of the breakwater along the shoreline of Lake Michigan, providing the best views of the cityscape.

Route Highlights

Some key highlights and architectural treasures that can be seen along the way include the Historic Third Ward, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, City Hall, The Allen Bradley clock tower, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, Henry Maier Festival Grounds (Summerfest) as well as the development and revitalization along the riverfront.

Departure Location

All private charters will depart from our main dock conveniently located in downtown Milwaukee at 205 W. Highland Ave.

Accessibility

Our vessels can accommodate manual wheelchair boarding from our Highland Ave. dock. We recommend giving our reservations office a call so that we can give more specific information about departure time and accommodations for a wheelchair, walker, or handicap boarding. Weight restrictions and the width of our doorways prevent us from being able to accommodate motorized wheelchairs or scooters.

Edelweiss Amenities

Comfort

Featuring multiple outdoor viewing areas as well as interior cabins.

Beverage Service

Pre-paid bar packages or cash bar service are available.

Sightseeing

Featuring the best views of downtown Milwaukee and the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

Music

Sound system with PA and iPod hookups

Custom Menus

We always provide flexible, custom-chosen menus.

Edelweiss Vessels

Our Cruise Vessels

Edelweiss Cruises is Milwaukee's premier cruise company featuring the largest fleet variety in the area. Most vessels feature outdoor viewing decks, restrooms, interior bars, and large enclosed cabins allowing for cruising in any weather condition.

Pontiki

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The Harbor Lady

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Edelweiss I & II

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Miss Wisconsin

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Pontiki

Pontiki

This 19 passenger pontoon boat comes with a captain and deckhand to take you around the Milwaukee River and into the breakwater of Lake Michigan. This fun party boat is ideal for birthday parties, small family gatherings, and bachelor/ette parties. You can bring your own food and beverages on board or you can arrange for us to supply you with some beer, wine and ice. Contact our Special Events Coordinator, Lindsay, to book this boat.

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The Harbor Lady

The Harbor Lady

The Harbor Lady is our newest and largest vessel that features 2 levels, 3 outdoor spaces, and has a capacity of 145 passengers.  This boat is primarily used for large, upscale private events. We do host a couple public cruises on Harbor Lady such as The Continental and Sunday Funday.

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Edelweiss I & II

Edelweiss I & II

Edelweiss I and II are European-style canal vessels that feature an interior cabin and 2 outdoor viewing decks. They are low to the water and easily navigate underneath the bridges of the Milwaukee River and into Lake Michigan. These vessels host a variety of our public cruises, but can also be chartered for private events.

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Miss Wisconsin

Miss Wisconsin

Miss Wisconsin is our medium-sized bi-level vessel that can accommodate groups of 40-120.  The lower level features the largest interior area and the upper level has a spacious outdoor area along with a smaller enclosed cabin.  This vessel will host the majority of our public cruises for the 2021 season, but it can also be chartered for private events.

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Private Tour Menus

Afternoon Lunch Menus

Explore downtown Milwaukee during the day with family and friends. Lunch cruises are popular for tour groups, corporate outings, family reunions, and birthday parties.

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Evening Buffet Menus

Buffet-style menus are perfect for corporate events, birthday parties, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, and bridal showers because they create the perfect social atmosphere.

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Bar and Entertainment Options

Edelweiss offers both drink packages (prices based per person) or Hosted/Cash prices (per drink) for your cruising enjoyment.

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