This is the ship Barbara Lee, a genuine paddle-wheeler. You can see the name on the front of the wheel-house at the very top of the ship.
And let me say that the paddle-wheel really is the means of propulsion. Those paddle-wheels sure churned up the water like a giant kitchen egg-beater.
The Barbara Lee sails out of Sanford, Florida which is northeast of Orlando. The ship cruises Lake Monroe and then up the St. Johns river which feeds water to Lake Monroe. It's a three hour cruise. Yeah, I know, the S.S. Minnow on the television series Gilligan's Island was on a three hour cruise. Remember the lyrics from the theme song Ballad of Gilligan's Isle? The cruise is a dinner cruise (or luncheon cruise) and both the luncheon cruise and the dinner cruise serve prime rib as one of their meals. My wife and I love the prime rib and we always get it. The meals really are very good. Plus the ship is quite elegant inside.
We were fortunate enough to have a table next to the window so that we could watch the world go by at a leisurely pace.
Did I mention the appetizer buffet before the big meal? Yummy!
See those papers and pencils on the table? Those are for selecting which meal you would like to have. And yes, that is real butter and half-and-half creamer on the table.
Oh yeah, my choice was easy, the prime rib. The cheesecake for dessert was a nice finishing touch to the meal. The cruise was just a nice relaxing trip with a fine meal. I enjoy it and I go often and am a "frequent floater" as they say. There were many more amenities but this blog has gone on long enough. Let me say that I don't work for the Barbara Lee but rather I am just a satisfied customer who sometimes just likes to sit back and relax rather than going on a roller coaster ride in a theme park. Sailing on one of these dinner cruises is one of my favorite things to do to just relax and calm whatever stresses that I might have. Here is hoping that everyone has a great day wherever they may be and that there is a similar dinner cruise near you. Lew