The Detroit Princess – a Time Machine to a Pleasant Past

The Detroit Princess Riverboat offers all sorts of fun entertainment, including murder mysteries, big bands, and moonlight cruises on the Detroit river.


How nice that we can experience a Boblo boat-esque experience just like some of our Moms and Dads enjoyed. I drive by the old Boblo boatyard (used now as a storage facility for metal cable coils) and wonder what it was like to pass the day on the water so leisurely. A friend from work mentioned what a treat it was, when he was a small boy, to run amok on the boat with his brothers, then picnic at Belle Isle. If there ever was a time machine, here it is…

3 Comments so far

  1. Mollika* (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2005 @ 11:33 pm

    Gorgeous picture.

  2. Jeremy (unregistered) on October 4th, 2005 @ 8:27 am

    You’re making me feel old man!

    I remember cruising on the Boblo boats when I was a kid – it was the one thing I looked forward to the most when summer came around.

    There was nothing quite like that experience, and I remember how disappointed I was when I found out they were closing the park.

  3. Teresa (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 8:14 pm

    Thank you for the lovely comments. Nearly all of the management has worked on riverboats or ferries around Michigan or the country, and we have a love of the boats. In fact, one of our captains was a captain of the Boblo boat until its last run. We love taking the boat down the river (and up), letting people see the beauty of Detroit from another vantage. We have some terrific employees, and we try to remind them that this is a marvelous, unique experience for all that come on. We hope everyone who’s been on so far has been enjoying it. Through our first season, the experience for the guests has improved each trip, and we hear many people have enjoyed the boat so far. I hope that’s the case, and I hope many of you get out and enjoy the ride/entertainment/beauty of the boat. We looked long and hard for a boat that had the true feel of the old paddlewheels, with some elegance added. It was a bit odd watching the southern town from which the boat was purchased getting hit so hard with hurricanes this year – it felt like we helped rescue it in time!

    Well, not to sound like a sales pitch, I hope to see many Detroiters coming out to enjoy the fall color! It should be magnificent along the route we take. I’m looking forward to seeing the color change and taking some photos! We truly appreciate the support from the community – it often takes word of mouth as well to remind people to come out to the river!

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