Our Exclusive Charters

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Customize your Grand Lady experience for your next special event and let the Captain and crew of the Grand Lady handle every detail!

In our 21 year history, the Grand Lady has hosted just about any type of social event you can imagine including weddings, showers, engagement parties, birthdays, anniversaries, and reunions. We also specialize in corporate parties ranging from customer appreciation cruises to employee outings and team building events. Regardless of the occasion, the Grand Lady is the perfect venue for your next summer outing.

When renting the boat for your event, our exclusive charters give you and your group exclusive use of the Grand Lady. The flat-rate charter fee provides your party with all facilities on board, crew to operate vessel, and cash bar. Food and beverage packages are in addition to the charter rate and you can customize these packages to be as elaborate or as simple as you would like.

2019 Exclusive Charter Rates   click to open/close

2019 Charter Rates:

Daytime Cruises:

  • Monday - Thursday (2 Hr.): $1100
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday (2 Hr.): $1300

Evening Cruises: (after 5pm)

  • Monday - Thursday (2 Hr.): $1400
  • Friday & Sunday (2 Hr.): $1600
  • Saturday (3 Hrs): $2650

For Off-Peak Season (Mid May-June, Labor Day-Columbus Day), deduct $50/hour from above prices.

Charter Rates provide for exclusive use of the Grand Lady (facilities on board, crew to operate vessel, cash bar, and sail rain or shine). Food and beverage packages are in addition to charter rate.
  • Additional Cruising Time: $350 per 30 minutes
  • Dockside Charter Rate: $400 per hour dockside
  • Cruise times may be customized upon request depending on particular day's schedule.

2019 Charter Bar Packages   click to open/close

2019 Bar Packages and Prices

Open Bar Packages:

Premium Brands:

  • 2 hour... $19.50 per person
  • Additional 1/2 hour... $2.50 per person
  • Brands: Tito's Vodka, Tangueray Gin, Bacardi Light Rum, Canadian Club, Four Roses Bourbon, Jack Daniels, Dewars White Label Scotch, Captain Morgan Spice Rum
  • Includes House Wines (Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Cabernet, Red Blend), Budweiser and Labatt Blue Light on tap, and soft drinks.

House Brands:

  • 2 hour... $16.00 per person
  • Additional 1/2 hour... $2.50 per person
  • Includes Well Brand Liquors, House Wines (Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Cabernet, Red Blend), Budweiser and Labatt Blue Light on tap, and soft drinks.

Beer, Wine and Soda Package:

  • 2 Hour... $12.50 per person
  • Additional 1/2 hour... $2.50 per person
  • Beer: Budweiser and Labatt Blue Light (on tap)
  • Wine: Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Cabernet, Red Blend
  • Soft Drinks

Craft Beer Upgrade: Add our rotating assortment of local and seasonal craft beers (draft and bottled) to any of the above open bar packages: $3.00 per person

Soft Drink Package:

  • 2 Hr... $4.00 per person, Additional hour... $.50 per person

Champagne Toast: $3.50 per person

*Please add 18% Administrative Fee & NYS Sales Tax to above prices.

BAR PACKAGES AVAILABLE TO PARTIES OF 35 OR MORE ONLY- For groups of less than 35, we recommend running a bar tab for your group. For Bar tabs of $200 or more, 18% service charge will be added.


Additional items or brands maybe added on a tab basis.

Grand Lady Cruises Inc. may substitute comparable brands.


Shot drinks are not served on board, regardless of the bar package.

Each guest is limited to a maximum of 2 drinks per visit to the bar.

Only Grand Lady Cruises is authorized to sell and serve alcoholic beverages on the premises in accordance with regulations of the State Liquor Authority. All liquor, beer, and wine consumed and/or sold on the premises must be purchased from and served by Grand Lady Cruises.

Rev. 11/18

Cash Bar Prices

  • Premium Beer $5.50-6.50
  • Draft Domestic Beer $4.50-5.50
  • N/A Beer $4.50
  • Wine $7.00
  • Mixed Drinks $5.50-$12.00
  • Soda $2.00
  • Juice $2.75
  • Bottled Water $2.75

    The Grand Lady's homeport is Buffalo RiverWorks, located at 359 Ganson St in Buffalo. Additional docksites (such as the Erie Basin Marina) may be available for additional fees including $350 per hour travel fee. Other restrictions or fees may apply.

    Please follow this link to our catering menu: Charter Menus ยป

    Severe Weather: In the case of severe weather, a decision will be made at time of departure. If the Captain determines it is too threatening to sail, the event will take place dockside and $400/hr banquet room fee will be charged in lieu of charter fee.

    Passenger Capacity:

    • Stand Up Cocktail Party/Cruise Only: 100
    • Plated Lunch & Dinner Cruises: 88
    • Buffet: 78

    Deposit & Payments

    • 50% of charter rate due to confirm date. (When booking during off-season, deposit is due 10 days after reservation is made.)
    • Balance of charter due 30 days prior to cruise date.  If not paid by 14 days prior to the cruise, deposit is forfeited and event will be cancelled.
    • Food and beverage package guarantee counts and payment due 10 days prior to cruise date.
    • Additional fee of $100/hr to apply to charters without alcohol service.
    • The Grand Lady is a smoke-free vessel.
    • In case of any unforeseen increase in business cost, surcharges may be applied.
    • All food and beverage must be purchased from Grand Lady or its designated caterer.
    • Please inquire about wheelchair accessibility.
    • U.S. Coast Guard inspected and operated by licensed Great Lakes Captains.
    • Grand Lady Cruises, Inc. does not work with event promoters.  As such, individuals are not permitted to privately charter the vessel and re-sell tickets for profit.  However, organizations such as churches, reunions, social groups, clubs, etc. are permitted to charter vessel and resell tickets to group members in order to recoup costs.  In this case, payments must be paid from the organization directly. 

      I have chartered dinner cruises in various cities in the past and I can unequivocally say that the Lady and her professional and friendly crew provided are the best in service. It was a truly memorable 5 star experience for the honored guests and attendees.  

    ~ John B.

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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!