About Us

Grand Lady Cruises' Mission Statement:

The Grand Lady's goal is to establish itself as a leader in the passenger vessel industry by providing the highest quality service and experiences for the sole purpose of exceeding our customers expectations.

Grand Lady Cruises, Inc. was established in 1998 by sole owner Richard A. Deegan and is locally owned and operated in Buffalo, NY. The Grand Lady made its maiden voyage on May 14th, 1998, and has been cruising the Niagara River and Buffalo Harbor offering the most unique venue for spectacular sunsets, masterful cuisine, special occasions, and area sightseeing ever since.

Meet Your Captain:

photo of Captain Rick

Rick Deegan

  • Entered the sightseeing and dinner cruise industry in 1975
  • Earned 100 Ton Master License in 1980
  • Hometown: Buffalo, NY
  • President of Grand Lady Cruises, Inc.
  • ***Named Business of the Year Grand Island Chamber of Commerce 2004***


  • Past President: New York State Tour Boat Association
  • Chairperson: Small Business Council Passenger Vessel Association
  • Past President: Niagara Frontier Tourism Task Force
  • Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas

The Grand Lady

Take some time to explore our website, where you will find detailed information on our ship, photos, and cruise and charter packages. Please call us with any questions regarding cruise and charter availability.


The Grand Lady is a US Flagged Vessel. At 80 ft long and 20 ft wide, it is of all steel construction, weighing in at 51 gross ton. Powered by 2 caterpillar diesel engines, rated at 250 hp each, the vessel cruises at 8 knots with a top speed of 12. The two engines were completely rebuilt during the winter of 2011, a preemptive measure to keep the Grand Lady running in tip-top shape.


The boat was originally built in Lacrosse, Wisconsin in 1993 by Skipper Liner Industries. She operated for 5 years as The Naples Princess in Naples, Florida until 1998 when it was purchased by Rick Deegan and transformed into The Grand Lady, making its maiden voyage on May 14th, 1998. The Grand Lady called Grand Island home for its first 15 seasons, sailing from the Holiday Inn Grand Island until the Spring of 2012 when she moved to her second home port at Rich Marina in Buffalo, NY.  In the spring of 2017, the Grand Lady relocated to her new home port at Buffalo RiverWorks. 


The Grand Lady is licensed to carry 139 passengers, however, the boat comfortably allows 100 guests for a non meal cruise, 88 for a plated meal, and 78 for buffet meal. Our main deck dining area seats up to 74 guests maximum and also hosts our fully-stocked bar, caterer's galley, and heads (That's the restrooms for you land-lovers).  From the main deck, guests can head out onto the open-air bow deck or upstairs via one of two different staircases. Upstairs, you can visit the Captain hard at work in the wheelhouse, take in the views from the open air aft deck, or sit and eat inside our Captain's Club dining room. This smaller dining area seats a maximum of 22 passengers and is a favorite for smaller celebrations to give groups a sense of privacy aboard public cruises. For photos of the Grand Lady's interior and exterior areas, please visit the Photo Tour page or our Facebook page.

photo of the Grand Lady on the Niagara River

  Very enjoyable cruise on the Mighty Niagara courtesy of ‘The Grand Lady’ – perfect sunny Sunday afternoon, beautiful boat, wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon. Enjoyed the commentary on various points of interest along the Niagara River – perfect amount of commentary - not too much, did not interfere with passengers ability to carry on private conversations. Will return and try one of your other cruise packages on The Grand Lady. Thanx for bringing The Grand Lady up here to Buff.  

~ David F.

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Our Cruises

A boat cruise on the Grand Lady offers many opportunities to enjoy one of the best parts of the Buffalo Niagara Region, our waterfront. The Grand Lady is an 80 foot yacht style luxury cruise vessel offering a variety of public cruise options including lunch, dinner, sightseeing, beer & wine tasting, and special event cruises. Specializing in private charters for all occasions, the Grand Lady is the perfect venue for birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, showers, corporate events, and any social gathering you can think of. Let us help you tie the knot with an intimate wedding reception on the water, complete with an on board ceremony by the Captain!