In addition to our public cruises, the Hartford Belle is also available for private charters such as:
- Business Meetings
- Family gatherings
- And much more
While we are certified for a maximum of 49 passengers, we recommend the maximum size group should be no more than 30-35 passengers, so that everyone can be accommodated in the event the weather is less than cooperative.
The Hartford Belle currently cruises from Charter Oak Landing, Riverside Park (adjacent to the boathouse), as well as Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in downtown Hartford. Charters from other locations may be arranged depending on availability and access.
Please click the "Contact HartfordBoat" link to inquire about setting up a private event.
- How do we book a private charter?
- Please click on the "Contact HartfordBoat" link to inquire about booking a private charter.
- How many people does the boat hold?
- The Hartford Belle is certified to carry up to 49 passengers. However, we often limit the number of passengers in order to provide a more intimate experience and to ensure that everyone can be accommodated in the salon in the event of rainy weather.
- Is the boat safe?
- The Hartford Belle is inspected annually by the U.S. Coast Guard. Our captains are USCG licensed and the entire crew is thoroughly trained with your safety and comfort in mind. And per Coast Guard rules, there are of course life jackets on board for all passengers. There is an open deck area and an enclosed salon as well.
- Is the cruise suitable for pregnant women?
- We travel in fairly calm waters, so there are no restrictions against pregnant women attending.
- Is the boat handicapped accessible?
- To a limited degree. Our docks are accessed by ramps and there are about 3-4 steps to board the boat. Persons who use canes and walkers should not find it difficult to access the boat. The restroom is not wheelchair accessible and we regret we cannot accommodate electric wheelchairs or scooters on board. Please click on the "Contact HartfordBoat" link for more specific details.
- Is there a restroom on board?
- Yes, for your comfort the Hartford Belle is restroom equipped.
- Is there heat on the boat?
- No, therefore you should be sure to dress according to the day's weather. And during cooler months or not so sunny weather consider wearing layers as it may be slightly cooler on the water.
- Will I get seasick?
- The Hartford Belle is a stable boat and we travel fairly calm waters so it is highly unlikely you will get seasick. However, if you are prone to motion sickness, please feel free to take the necessary precautions before boarding.
- Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
- Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.
- Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
- The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.
- All participants must be accounted for.
- Our boat is United States Coast Guard documented for a certain amount of passengers and we cannot exceed the capacity. This means that all passengers must be accounted for even infants and small children.
Hartford Belle Cruises
There has always been a fascinating history about the Hartford area and the Connecticut River. Dutch explorer Adraien Block discovered the river in 1614 and set up a fur trading post in what is now Hartford. Shortly thereafter Colonists settled in adjacent Windsor and Wethersfield.
The Connecticut River continued to be the lifeline for Hartford and adjacent Colonies for the export and import of goods which were transported aboard majestic clipper ships which were engaged in trade with the West Indies. The steamboat was successor to the clipper ships until 1931. At that time, the trains were finally deemed to be faster and much more efficient for commerce.
In the 1990's the Connecticut River was named an "American Heritage River" due to its colorful history. It shares this distinction with only 14 other rivers in America.
As for the Hartford Belle, she was built in 1992 by Scarano Boatworks in Albany, New York as an example of a 1920's era cruiser. This will become more evident as you notice her mahogany trimmed salon complete with a wood paneled bar. The Hartford Belle is regularly inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and her captains are U.S. Coast Guard licensed for your safety. Our crew are all trained not only in safety procedures but to make your trip with us pleasant, relaxing and fun.