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Thank you for the opportunity to have the best experience for an engagement celebration with the family. The company is a fantastic idea, and will be highly recommended among family, friends, and colleagues. I wish you much success and hope to be in touch in the future.
We had family in town all celebrating our daughter"s Doctor of Pharmacy graduation and had the best time on the electric boat! What a celebration... Enjoying champagne, cheeses, and architecture. Thank you for making the boat cruise so much fun for us!
I had an excellent experience when renting the electric boat for a couple of hours. David was incredibly accommodating, going above and beyond to meet all of my requests and expectations. The driver of the boat was very nice and provided us with tons of information regarding Chicago. I have no suggestions for improvement as everything was superb.
Absolutely everything, from captain William to the toddler life jackets to the comfort of the boat were superb. We couldn't have had a better time!
David and Jason, you are awesome! We had a great time, indeed! Me and my friends went on the Architecture Tour on the 370 Sundancer for the first time for graduation celebration, and it turned out to be one of our unforgettable memories in the city, I would say that nothing could've been better. The second time I rent a 18' Duffy and I was so surprised to have it upgraded to a 22' Duffy, the ship was cozy easy to manoeuvre by myself and it is relaxing to have a bottle of wine while enjoying the sunset of Chicago on it's waterways. I'll definitely recommend this experience.
I had a few different addresses for the location and had some trouble finding the dock or an office with someone to help me once I arrived for my boat reservation. It would have been nice to have more clear directions prior to showing up. Once I found where I was going, the staff were super friendly and helpful! The (electric) boat was nice and fairly easy to drive. 2 hours was the perfect amount of time, and my group had a very enjoyable time! This is definitely something I would consider doing again!
The boat was wonderful and easy to pilot. The crew all agreed to come back again in June. Happy cruising!!!!
We all had such a great time and Dave did such a great job as our captain for the evening.
Our captain was really great and he made a life saving pit stop for us, which in turn made us a little late back. He was great though and full of information about the architecture on the river. Everyone loved it and enjoyed the cruise! Thanks.
Vantage Yacht Club is the best boating/yachting time share rental period. Jason and his charming wife are the best hosts. I have been a member for two years now and am proud of the way this company is growing. I have been to numerous trips with them be it for family trips or a party with a big group of friends or with corporate clients. They are very courteous, and Jason and his staff always go out of their way to accommodate us. Captain Sam is the best captain I've known and is not only a great captain but a fun person to be with. He knows a lot about boats and Chicago and has a great sense of humour. I went to a family trip on the yacht last weekend on Saturday and had a great time. The boat was clean and well kept, and Jason and captain Sam made sure we had a blast. Would recommend this company to everyone and am hooked to them for years.
I purchased a Living Social deal for the 2 hour electric boat ride on the river, and I loved it! It was a little bit confusing trying to find the actual office or location to begin the trip, but once I found it, everything went very smoothly. Prior to the day of my reservation, the staff was very knowledgeable and accommodating, and it was easy to contact them via email. They answered all my questions and made sure I was prepared when I arrived. The staff was also very friendly and helpful once I arrived and my party was ready to depart. The boat ride itself was awesome! It was great that we were allowed to bring our own food and drinks! The boat was easy to navigate, it was clean and comfortable, it had a radio and an iPod hookup, and overall, it was a really fun way to view the city and relax with my family! The trip was a gift to my mum for Mother's Day - she, my dad, and the rest of my (adult) family had a great time as well! I would definitely recommend this company and the electric boat trips to anyone looking to have a low-key/relaxing day outside in the city (I would not, however, recommend it to people who are simply looking to get drunk outside on someone else's property).
I love working with Vantage Yacht! I really enjoy working with the owner, his wife, and the staff. They are professional, flexible, and go out of their way to accommodate clients. It has been a great experience renting a yacht with them. I have been with Vantage Yacht for 2 years and have only had the best experiences. Last summer we had the boat a total of 5 days and this summer we will have the boat for 10 days! The boats are always beautifully maintained and clean. The boats do not feel like a 'rental' due to the great condition that they are kept in. The boats are great for friends, family, business, entertaining, children- you name it! My family flies in from various states to come out on the boat. My friends also love coming out on the boat for a great time! I look forward to many more great summers on the boat! I highly recommend Vantage Yacht to anyone that is looking for great service, flexibility, cleanliness, and well maintained boats!
I highly recommend Vantage Yacht Club to anyone interested in a great experience on the water. I use them personally, I have sent friends to them, and most importantly they are a great resource for my business. I don't hesitate to refer business associates and clients their way. They can accommodate everything from the smaller electric boats on the river, to luxury yachts on the lake. I've taken the family out and regularly do business with them. The reason I will continue to use them, and refer business their way is because of the staff. From the owner down to any captain that we have ever had; they make us feel safe and always ensure we have a good time. Everyone should experience VYC.
I highly recommend Vantage Yacht. This will be my 2nd summer renting the 32ft yacht. My time on the yacht is my favourite thing to do in Chicago during the summer! The owner and his wife are wonderful people and we enjoy working with them very much. The owner works very hard to accommodate everyone's requests to create a great experience. He is incredibly fair and flexible- always going out of his way to accommodate his clients.
Cool weather so we had the windows closed. It was so comfortable inside. We enjoyed having a small dinner party on the water with our captain at the helm. Thank you! We are already looking for another reason to come back.
Our captain William was the best, so nice and very knowledgeable. The experience would not have been the same if he did not come along! Thank you Vantage Yacht Club, I will most certainly be booking again with you soon.
David was great and the experience was wonderful. I hope to make it a small company outing one day. Thanks!
My wife and I are starting our second year of membership with Vantage Yacht Club. We have not found any other club in Chicago that provides us with the unique experiences we have had thanks to Jason De Palma's business and his support. Jason and his staff have been very flexible and supportive of our boating, and do everything so that our guests enjoy their day or evening on the boat.
We really appreciate Jason's focus on training and safety. Boating on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan should require respect for the challenges on these bodies of water, and for the safety of passengers on your boat and other boats.
David was really helpful, and the suggestion to get sandwiches from Corner Bakery was a good one. The ride itself was pleasant - it was a good choice for an outing with our group (we brought along 5 girls celebrating graduation from jr high). The boat was a little more difficult to manoeuvre than expected.
Rented the Duffy 22 on a Saturday in June. David is who I dealt with and William was our captain. We had the best time EVER! Both very professional and the boat was VERY NICE!! HIGHLY SUGGEST it to anyone! Thanks guys!!!
We enjoyed our boat ride and the staff was great in giving us necessary information. The boat was clean and we are considering future rentals with Vantage! The only draw back was that the river was crowded and when they were washing the bridge- we were stuck at certain points.
I bought a living social deal a few months back and I was told that I could use it at the beginning of April. I had guests coming into town and was planning on showing them the city and then you informed me that we couldn't go out without purchasing a captain. I know you all were just starting to rent electric boats at the time.
There were also a few policy changes that I was not made aware of along the way before we took our boat out. I was a little worried about our experience going into it just because of some of the inconsistencies along the way, but it turned out to be a great outing.
I know that you all probably put a lot of time into this, and I am sure that you can have some wild and rude guests, so thank you for sharing your boats with us! My friends and I had a really great time and with all of us working so much we don't get to relax and enjoy the city very much.... So thank you! This is a great and affordable outing, I hope that you will continue to do this, as we will definitely rent one of your boats again in the future when we have guest in town. David was very nice, patient, and made sure that we had everything we needed for our trip. Good luck as you continue, and thanks for everything!
This is my first season as a member of Vantage Yacht Club and I am very impressed with the company and its management team this far.
Being a lifelong boater who recently relocated from Florida I was looking for an option to get on the water this Summer. Not wanting to deal with a waiting list for a harbour slip or the hassle of storing a boat during the off season, I found Vantage Yacht Club to be the perfect solution.
The boat is kept at a beautiful facility in River North with plenty of parking and amenities. I purchased a 30 day card which give me just the amount of usage I needed throughout the summer on one of Vantage's beautiful Sport Cruisers ( I ended up selecting the Four Winns 37 footer which is absolutely beautiful and turns heads everywhere we drive it).
They also sell usage in 20, 10, and 5 day increments for those on tighter schedules. Jason and his crew have also done a great job training me on the ins and outs of the boat as well as navigation around the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Safety has always been very important to me while on the water and its obvious that Vantage Yacht Club feels the same way. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a way to get out on the water this Summer.
I don't usually write reviews, but I was looking for reviews before I booked with vantage and there is not a lot out there, so I thought I would contribute. We took out one of their boats from the electric fleet the other day and had a great time! The staff were very friendly and polite and the boat was easy to drive. The staff make their rules very clear and point out hazards and problems that other have encountered to make sure that you are safe and don't have any added costs. As long as you are respectful with their property you will be okay.
If you are nervous about driving you can hire their captain or guide. The guide we met seems like he would be a fun person to have on board anyway. This a great way to enjoy the city and very affordable! I would definitely rent a boat from them in the future!
My party and I had a great time on our cruise all over the river. The electric boats are very well made and styled and I loved that they had an audio jack so you could play your own music through the boat's speakers.
The boat ride was amazing and we had a lot of fun! Captain William was really nice also. We would definitely like to do something like this again. The only small criticism I have is that it was difficult to get a hold of someone on the phone. I didn't get an email a week before my trip with final details so I was a bit confused about the itinerary and tried calling the customer service number and kept getting voice mails. However, the overall experience was great and I loved our boat ride.
The trip was fun, the kids really enjoyed it.. Captain William was great, personable and knowledgeable
Everything from the reservation experience to the ride down the river was exceptional. What a terrific experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to take in this beautiful city and experience it in a way that is very unique. It was truly an unforgettable experience that I am sure we will be talking about for years to come. We plan on doing this every time we have people coming into town and at least a couple of times each spring/summer. Thanks to the staff for accommodating us on such short notice today. We can't wait to do it again.
I bought a Living Social Deal back in March for one of the Duffy electric boats! We got the 18ft boat (6 of us) and it was wonderful!! We rented these boats all the time in Newport Beach and were so excited to see they were coming to Chicago. We will definitely rent them again - it's so relaxing and fun to boat around the river and not have to be on a tour! You can bring drinks/food etc... on board and don't need a captain. David, the club manager was wonderful to work with. We will be back!! Perfect Summer Chicago thing to do.
We cruised the Chicago River on Sunday, July 8... We had a great time! David was very helpful getting us acclimated to the boat. We would seriously consider renting a boat again. Thanks!
We had a great time. Captain Sam was delightful! We hope to do it again, soon.
We enjoyed the excursion! No comments other than it was great. Thanks
Boats were very clean and it was a pleasure to rent from Vantage Yacht Club. We will be planning a return visit.
Dave was outstanding. Our family really enjoyed the boat ride the view from the river was beautiful. We will definitely do it again!
Had a great time on the boat! It was clean and ran well! Mark was very friendly and helpful.
The Vantage Yacht Club is in a modern, new building with a parking garage attached. Parking was a reasonable $8 for our stay. David met us on the dock, handled the paperwork, helped load our provisions, and got us on the water with the ease of a veteran who knows what he's doing . The boat was clean and ran well. Although it was a hot day it was surprising pleasant on the river. Everyone in my group enjoyed themselves and would cruise again.
The "Duffy" is very accommodating for 10 people and the seating arrangement is excellent. I was very surprised at the quality of the event beginning with Dave, who got us started, the ride on the river and the scenery.
Great for a small private party. The city at night on the 945 cruise was great and we were able to see the fireworks at Navy Pier!
I hosted my college room mates for a friends' reunion on the electric Duffy and we had a fabulous time! Booking was easy and at the dock, David was helpful and accommodating.
The boat was really clean and comfortable, and Lisa was wonderful! We plan on doing it again soon!
The boat ride was awesome and FANTASTIC value for money. We took out my whole family and us and the kids had a blast!
We had a great time and the staff were very helpful! Can't wait for my next cruise!
I thought the boat was immaculate and the service was super. It was an enjoyable experience for everyone in our party ranging from ages 1 to 60. Will definitely keep in mind for the future.
Chicago takes on a whole new look and feel when you explore it from the water and I would therefore recommend this to everyone. The service was exceptional, the boat was in mint condition and this completed our trip to Chicago. Can't imagine what took us so long to try it.
There was an issue prior to our leaving and the staff were so accommodating and professional in addressing our concerns. I would definitely recommend this outing and plan on booking with Vantage again in the future. Our entire party was satisfied and had a ball!!
What a great idea to be able to take a ride on the Chicago River. The boat was very comfortable and easy to manoeuvre. The process of renting was very easy and fast. We had a terrific time. Only two thoughts - one, if the boat could go just a bit faster. A little more speed could offset the wakes from the larger boats a bit better. Also, if an open boat version were available one could take in the skyline better.
It was great! Got an upgrade on our rental and the staff were extremely friendly. Had a great time with friends and we will definitely return.
We had a great time with Vantage Yacht Club. Our driver Linda, was awesome and took us on a great tour of the Chicago river.
It was a fun two hour trip for us, the boat was more spacious than the pictures. Two hour trip was enough to go all the way south to Roosevelt and come back spend some time by the lake. We took an evening tour and lightning views, everything was great. I wish we could be able to go to lake and see the skyline from there. Instructions were clear and easy, overall, we had a pleasant experience, thanks Vantage team.
We LOVED the boat - it is so nice! I enjoyed the trip so much and can't wait to go back. The staff were SOOO nice and helpful. However some small bladder passengers had emergencies during the 2 hour cruise since we were eating and drinking.
We did the 10- 12 PM slot, and although it seems a little late, it was nice because the river wasn't crowded at all. The boat was really easy to drive. The staff are awesome and they do a nice job of telling you everything you need to know. We loved it so much that we have two other trips planned already!
My family (all 10 of us) and I, were very impressed with the boat and the views of the city during the day & the evening. The boat was easy to handle & the river was an interesting venue. If we could have stayed on the boat another two hours, we would have. It was the perfect way to end the summer season. The Vantage Yacht Club staff were very helpful and accommodating. Dave did a great job making sure our excursion was everything we could hope for. We would do it again in a heartbeat! Thanks!
One thing that stuck out to me the most was the kind staff. Everyone greeted me when I got to the boat and they made sure that I had a good time. Bill, our captain, was also a fantastic tour guide as he took us around Chicago. He knew a lot of interesting facts about Chicago! Everyone was so kind and I truly enjoyed my time on the yacht. I would really like to have stayed on the yacht longer. I know there are time frames but it another hour would have been nice. Also, I would suggest that guests should be notified to come earlier so the time to load the yacht, sign papers, and etc... would not cut into the time actually spent on the river.
We had a group of six in our boat - both Chicago residents and visitors - and everyone equally enjoyed the trip. The boat we reserved stated it had room for eight and we definitely had room to accommodate more people. The boat itself was very comfortable, the seats cushioned and the table in the middle was big enough to fit our brunch spread and beverages. There is also an output cord, so you are able to bring your own iPod / MP3 player with a playlist, which we also did. The only downside is the boat always needs to be steered - you're never really coasting along the water. So, it does take someone to focus on the driving task at hand. But, the river is wide and we never really hit any traffic jams. If you're looking for something different to do in Chicago, I highly recommend an electric boat rental - especially from Vantage Yacht Club. The staff are very friendly, informative, and they care about the river's environment.
The boat was spotless and staff very helpful. Very easy to manoeuvre boat. Looking forward to doing it again.
We had a fantastic time! I booked an 8:30pm cruise on a Friday, we boarded when the sun was setting and returned when the stars were shinning. Traffic on the river was perfect, at times we felt like the only vessel out there. The boat was in great shape and super cute. I've lived in Chicago my entire life and there were places I seen that I never knew existed and I'll be visiting them in the near future. I would recommend to anyone - young or elder. Dave was great, did a wonderful job getting us all acquainted with the boat, gave lots of good tips – thanks Dave!
Our guests from Italy were so impressed with the ease of operation, the cleanliness & comfort of the boat and its amenities. The views of the city were incomparable - sublime. We were also pleased with the friendliness and consideration of the staff. This is one of the best kept secrets in Chicago - I plan to invite friends to do this again some time soon. Thank you so much!
The electric boat is wonderful, very relaxing and easy to operate. It was a great way to cruise around Goose Island and the river all the way to Michigan Avenue. Next time I want to bring a bigger crowd as the boat holds 8 and it was just the two of us this time. A very, very fun summer experience.
Our family had a great time on the Chicago River while sailing on Vantage's clean and comfortable electric boat. The staff were very friendly and gave us good instructions as how to handle the boat. This experience is a must for those who have not experience the true beauty of the Chicago River.
We had a great time riding up and down the Chicago River. Perfect way to spend a summer afternoon!
Everything was great! The boat was clean and in good shape, staff were friendly and helpful and I would recommend this to friends. My only reservation is that boat rental is pricey.
William was an absolute pleasure - very knowledgeable about Chicago history and architecture. The most frustrating part of using the LivingSocial was the lack of communication and responsiveness. I called and left messages on two occasions. I even posted on the Facebook page. Like many business owners who try using these deals to generate new business, the tricky part is being able to deliver. Overall we had a wonderful time and it all worked out.
There was great communication before the trip and the staff went out of the way to help me make my reservation and confirm details beforehand. Everyone really enjoyed the trip and the views from the river. The captain was very knowledgeable and helpful. The outing was very affordable and a great way to show out of town guests the city. No complaints at all!
David from Vantage was there when we arrived to get us acquainted with the boat and run through the details. We boarded 10 minutes late and therefore he extended our time to account for the full 2-hour reservation. The 21' foot Duffy that we took out had nice plastic zipper windows that we could open and close depending on weather, a really nice leather interior with a central table and cup holders to socialize over and a great working radio. We took the river route down east, passing under Lake Shore Drive, then ambled south down to Roosevelt and finally swung around back north to do a loop around Goose Island before returning at the 2-hour mark. Would definitely do this again. Thanks to David and Vantage for a great Sunday!
Had a wonderful time on the electric boat with my daughter for a beautiful sunny ride! David gave us a friendly welcome upon arrival and showed us around on board. He did a great job instructing me on how to operate the boat and made sure I had his contact information for use in case I had any questions or trouble. The boat was easy to navigate, even with a few big wakes to contend with from larger boats. I had a great time and hope to make plans for another outing with some friends. Kudos to David for making our experience a good one with his friendly professionalism in getting us off and running.
My girlfriends and I had such a great time! We had a great captain, too. I think this is going to go on our list for future fun in the city!
The trip was, in simple words, pleasant. Also the captain was quite knowledgeable and explained quite a bit while handling the wheel.
It was a clean fun boat, easy to manoeuvre, friendly professional managers, all in all perfect evening! Will definitely share with others and use you again! I usually don't use Groupon but I'm sure glad I tried this one.
I would recommend it to everyone. The boat was nice and clean, the cover is great so you don't bake in the sun and we were able to have a fun afternoon with all three generations enjoying an activity together.
I have already recommended this excursion to my friends and family as it was a great way to explore the city and socialize. However, I would wait for another LivingSocial/Groupon deal before doing this again, as I would not be willing to pay more than $150 for two hours. Thanks!
I booked online and we showed up about 10 minutes late. There is a 30 minute clean up buffer between reservations, so they let us bring the boat back 10 minutes past the reservation time to allow us to enjoy the full two hours. Had a great time on the river, checking out all the buildings from the South Loop to River East and back to River North.
He was very informative and fun! I highly recommend him for groups that want to know a some of the Chicago architecture history and enjoy a wonderful cruise on the Chicago river.
Wonderful day and very nice boat. Very clean, great staff. Would do again for sure!
My family and I rented the Duffy 22 and it was a blast. The vessel was beautiful, clean and loved the waste basket for convenience. Would definitely recommend this fun activity.
The staff were incredibly friendly and gracious and the boat, very clean. The instructions were clear about how to use the boat and how to tour the river. It was a perfect way to enjoy lunch on the river. We will do this again!
My friends and I had a great time on the electric Duffy! The boat was comfortable, clean and the views were amazing. Our captain, William, was very friendly and knowledgeable. We plan on going again and will definitely be requesting him as our captain. I plan on writing a glowing Yelp! review of Vantage Yacht Club so that others know what a wonderful experience it was. Thanks so much!
The boat was comfortable and easy to drive, the staff were so great to us and our kids too. We would recommenced you to anyone! What a great way to celebrate my parent's 40th wedding anniversary!
The deal (living social) was so worth the expense. We had a wonderful time and William was a great guide, he was respectful and let us enjoy the trip without being too involved. We really enjoyed the story telling about buildings and Chicago history. I would definitely do this again, especially at night. Thank you!
My friends and I had a wonderful time. Your staff was very kind and helpful. Thank you so much.
Super friendly workers. I'd love to do it again, though I'll have to wait for another Groupon because it's pricey (though that might just be the going rate for wave runner action). I think it would be helpful if the website mentioned how long it takes to get out to the lake from the dock. Probably worth back-to-back bookings next time.
What an awesome experience. I highly recommend to all. The 2 hours flew by and we did not want to come back to dock.
Everything was very well done, the only issues were the lack of sign age to get to the dock and the lack of direction on how to actually contact the Vantage employee (who happened to be on a much larger boat that I didn't realise was also a Vantage boat). Maybe a mobile phone number of the Vantage employee on site would be helpful.
Your crew was excellent, helpful and polite. We would rent this boat again, thanks! 2 hours was just enough time to stroll up and down the river.
Loved the boat and both Suzi and the dock crew were great. Suzi exudes hospitality and was extremely accommodating, for which I am grateful. We would all highly recommend using Vantage in the future. The perspective of the city from how low you are to the water, is really amazing. The boat is so quiet you can hardly hear it. The boat we were in was like new and very comfortable. Fun to be able to set your own course and stop where you wanted to absorb the incredible views of the city. For someone who has boating experience it was very easy to drive, even in very windy conditions. The only challenge is all the big tour boats that are on the river, you sometimes feel like you are being bullied. Their force when they turn around really makes an impact on your boat and they tend to come up on you quickly from behind. Thank you Suzi and Vantage Yacht Club! Definitely something everyone who went is raving about and wants to do again.
What a fabulous afternoon with friends cruising on the Chicago river. The boat was very comfortable, clean, and easy to operate. We truly enjoyed appreciating the Chicago skyline from the river perspective at a leisurely pace. The quietness of the boat added to a peaceful afternoon. Our group of 9 had a wonderful time, and we will definitely be back! Thanks.
Even though it was a little rainy and chilly we had a fun time. Still very comfortable under the roof would highly recommend for group fun; very helpful at dock side.
The experience of self-operating a motor boat was so great! Plus, you can relax during the tour with a glass of refreshing light sparkling wine! The personal was very cooperative and friendly. Really liked it!
We're originally from Chicago but have been gone many years. Every time we come to Chicago we take one of the guided boat tours, like the architectural tour. We came this time with our son and daughter-in-law and we wanted to do something different. We found out about Vantage and decided to give it a try. We had a marvellous time! Loved having the entire boat to ourselves, cruising leisurely, looking at our favourite skyline. We could idle the boat to take more pictures. It was a beautiful day (but it doesn't matter because the boat has protective sides you can put down) and it just couldn't have been more fun. We will never do any other boat trip when we come to Chicago. Thank you, Vantage; we will tell everyone about you!
We enjoyed a lovely morning on the river. All my guests were very impressed with the great boat and the knowledgeable and accommodating captain. We saw so much more of the river than prior tours.
Wonderful service and experience! Thank you for a fantastic, easy day on the water.
The boat was exceptional and driving it was a breeze, even for a beginner. My family and friends enjoyed the breath taking ride up and down the Chicago river, despite the tour boats sending some waves. VYC certainly rocked our boat nicely and we look forward to cruising next season. “CINCO ESTRELLAS” for Vantage Yacht Club from the Rodriguez family.
Your staff was warm and friendly. The boat was clean and charged up. This was our second time out on the boat and it was fantastic.
Clean boats, very friendly service. I had a great time! Thanks again VYC!
We rented a boat for 10 people and had such a fun time. The boat was spacious and easy to drive and the employee at the dock was very helpful. We will definitely be renting a boat from here again.
Everything was great, however we did not listen to guy about the speed dial, there should have been a note on the dashboard to remind everybody. Boat ran great.
We had a GREAT time and are looking forward to doing this again next year. Our only problem was available dates. We are hoping for a deal next year and be able to pick a time more suitable for every one. We can't wait for next summer!
Besides being blessed with a gorgeous afternoon, your staff and personal overview of the rules, regulations and boat were more informative. My party of ten passengers, several being children, had the greatest of times. The sights were spectacular, the Chicago River was clean and welcoming for other recreations by fellow visitors: kayaking, shoreline sight seeing, water taxis, etc... I look forward to the next outing on the boat through Vantage Yacht Club.
The river view was absolutely beautiful on our night ride (8:30-10:30). My only request would be to have more night options available. When booking, only the 8 person boat was open, but the other two 10 person boats were docked during our ride. Please continue to do Living Social deals. It makes this a fun and affordable night out!
We reserved the 21 ft. Duffy, and everything went fine for our 2 hour ride. The boat was very clean, the help dockside was excellent and the whole experience was very worthwhile. I would recommend it to anyone.
We had a BLAST! AMAZING to see our beautiful city from this "vantage" point on the river. Our gathering had SO much fun - we'll be back!
It was a great experience and we had a good time. A massive thank you to the staff who were very nice and helpful. It was a great deal from LivingScoial and I am sure we will do it again!
Loved this excursion around the city! Friends, drinks, snacks and a beautiful city, perfect! The staff was great and the overall attitude very laid back. Thank you!
The staff were very friendly, and thanks to a quick overview of the boat controls and already filled out paperwork, we were on the water in about five minutes. I brought two young children so it was nice to have the Living Social deal as I was not sure how long they would want to stay on the water. Weekend parking in the Kingsbury garage also extremely convenient.
Thanks to Jason for taking care of our situation earlier this week. We truly appreciate your creativity to ensure you keep good customers coming back time and time again. We will certainly be in touch regarding future boat rentals through Vantage. Thanks again!
The boat handled well and the two hours were very good. The views of the city were breath taking and I am so glad the plastic enclosures were there to keep us warm!
We had an absolute blast! Having your friends together and being your own captain, waving to the passing boats and to people crossing on the above bridges, and seeing the beautiful sites of Chicago could not have been better.
The weather was a bit rainy, but the boat was fully enclosed and very warm. We cruised at 7:30 in the evening and the city was sparkling. I would highly recommend this to vacationers and also to those who think they have done it all in Chicago.
You can bring along your favourite libations, your most delicious hors d'oeuvres, and listen to your music as the city of Chicago floats on by. The staff from the yacht club were so easy to deal with and we did not need to waste time on paperwork because it was sent to us before we arrived. Five stars all the way!
The Living Social offer we got was a fantastic deal! Everyone we went with had a great and memorable trip. We were a bit timid about navigating the waters, but our guide was really relaxed and gave good tips. The boat was a smooth ride and very clean. I would highly recommend anyone doing this and will jump at the chance to buy a Living Social like this again.
Great trip - a little cold and rainy, but the boat was fine. Our attendant was very helpful and attentive at our send off and return.
My boyfriend and I did the 8:30pm tour. This was our first time on a night tour and the skyline was beautiful! We loved the experience. A massive thank you to captain William!
I was sceptical, but it was a great experience, thanks. Appreciate it.
Nice staff, beautiful, clean boat & very accommodating! We will definitely be returning customers.
Our whole experience was great! Even with the rain and some unruly wind at the end, we had such a fun time. Stephen was great and got us ready to sail off right on time. I would highly recommend Vantage to anyone. The electric boat was also extremely nice, clean and overall exceeded our expectations. Thanks again!
The boat was in good condition, very spacious and and amazingly comfortable even when the rain set in. We would highly recommend your service. It was a great afternoon.
We had a very nice trip! Captain Larry was great. The prices are a little expensive for my budget, but our trip was lovely and I would definitely do it again if I could afford it. Thank you!
What a perfect way to spend a beautiful fall October night. Making reservations was extremely simple and location was easy to find! The gentlemen there was eager to help and was fast about getting my friends and me out on the river and RIGHT on time! The Duffy's themselves were well equipped and had all the amenities for a two our trip up and down the river! Thanks for a great evening!
This little boat is a Chicago jewel. It was a relaxing beautiful way to see the city and staff couldn't have been more pleasant & helpful. I totally recommend your service.
We had one of the best times that we have ever had in our lives. The representative ensured that we had everything that we needed to have a great time to the boat ride and options for travel. We really look forward to doing this again and bringing even more people to experience this remarkable time in history. Thank you Vantage Yacht Club members for your service and time. Thanks.
I wish they could have controlled the weather, it really rained for a while but even that was fun! The boat is fully enclosed with plastic heavy duty siding/windows, making the view great plus keeping us warm considering the temperature dropped 20 degrees because of the storm. It was great bringing our own pizza and drinks. This was without a doubt one of best outings. It was kind of nice after a busy extension tax season to take a bunch of accountants "up the river" and have a great time! I highly recommend this experience. We had a 21 foot boat and it was comfortable for 10 or less people.
We went on a 6 PM cruise on 10/26. The boat was sealed and warm and we had the river all to ourselves. Full moon, clear skies, spectacular sights. Boat was as easy to manoeuvre as a 4 mph riding lawnmower with no prep whatsoever. My wife and 9 yo twins can't wait to do it again. Memorable, fantastic, unusual urban adventure.
We sailed on a cold fall day with 6 kids and couldn't have had more fun. The kids had a blast and were very warm. It was truly a fantastic experience and we will do it again sometime. Thank you so much!
We had a wonderful time on our boat. We went towards the end of October, but we got lucky with great weather. The boats are somewhat easy to manoeuvre, however can be a little hard when you hit traffic (kayaks and large cruise boats). We had no one with any boating experience and did fine overall without a captain. The boats themselves were very clean and spacious. We were informed prior to departing on everything we needed to know. The guy answered all of our questions and was very professional. He seemed to be a real pro and had a love for boating. Overall a GREAT experience!
I thought it might be cold with the temp. at 43 degrees, but it was nice and warm inside the yacht with the windows zipped up. The windows are very clear, so we could see everything very well. Highly recommend and will do again.
We had booked an outing with a different electric boat company earlier in the summer and enjoyed it. When we booked this trip with Vantage, we somewhat knew what to expect and were pleasantly surprised with the differences in service provided with Vantage. The boats appeared to be newer and the seating on the boats was more functional for a group. As it was a chilly evening for our trip, the staff at Vantage had the boats protective flaps all sealed up prior to our arrival so the boat was relatively warm for our cruise. Though we were familiar with where we could go on the river, we were provided with a map that better detailed where we could responsibly expect to go on the river within the 2hr time frame. All the people on our trip had also been on our earlier cruise in the summer with the other boat company and everyone said they preferred Vantage to the other company.
The best time ever- what a beautiful boat. Richard was such a doll. Thank you very much for giving us a day we will always remember.
Vessel was clean, orientation by staff thorough and professional. He was timely prior to departure and upon our return.
Friendly and helpful, the boat was clean and comfortable. We had a great time. We recommend more and better signage and to alert the people around that you exist. The woman on the phone was extremely helpful and nice!! It would be nice to be able to make reservations over the phone. If you ever get some faster boats let us know, electric boat slow but we were aware of that. Thanks!!
We had a wonderful time cruising the Gordon river on your electric boat. It was smooth and very comfortable and roomy. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.
The staff you have working in Naples were very prepared and very informative. The rep we had could not have been any more helpful. The equipment was A+, and was fun for our family of 8. We will do it again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our boat ride today. The boat was brand new and immaculate. It was easy to handle and a beautiful way to experience Naples Bay. We'll be back. Thank you.
The 10 passenger boat was really nice. We had a lovely time cruising around Naples Bay. Staff was very helpful and nice to work with.
Beautiful boat, spacious, and safe. Beautiful afternoon on the water admiring all the mansions in Port Royal, perfect day. Jason you were the best!
Instructions were very good and the boat was spotless. Everyone enjoyed the ride.... Thanks
Nice experience, we enjoyed the trip very much. Vantage Yacht Club staff were easy to work with and the accommodation perfect. Could not have been better.
Was a great experience even with the weather not being the greatest. With the side curtains we were warm and comfortable. Easy to operate and very neat and clean.
Beautiful boat and great customer service! Electric boat is extremely quiet and pleasure to drive. Will recommend to all of our friends!
We had a great time and we loved the boat. We had a difficult time finding the dock even though we were within a few feet of the entrance. It would help if you put a sign in the parking lot so we could locate the dock.
We had a great time! The boat was immaculate and the instructions were clear and concise. This is a perfect way to spend a couple of hours on a nice sunny day. Also, the boat handles extremely well and takes wakes without missing a beat.
We really enjoyed this outing on this beautiful boat! What a comfortable way to relax and enjoy the scenery. I think boaters and non-boaters alike would appreciate the beauty and ease of handling of this water craft. We plan on making this a part of our annual vacation here in Naples!
Had a great time in the Naples. The boat was practically new (Duffy 22), very comfortable and easy to operate. Richard was extremely helpful and accommodating. We plan to rent from Vantage Yacht Club at their Chicago location this summer.
It was a wonderful trip. The boat was beautiful and handled well. We had a great time and the rep did a great job.
We had a great time! The boat was in excellent condition. Richard, Vantage's on-site representative, was very polite, helpful and informative. Two hours was just the right amount of time to enjoy the water, the boats, and the beautiful collection of homes around Naples Bay and it's several inlets. We will definitely do this again and will bring more friends to join us.
We had a great time. It was nice to be able to have a conversation and hear everyone. Three generations had fun. We went past a yacht in Port Royal and two men came over and told us they liked our boat and we of course returned the compliment.
We had a perfect sunset cruise aboard the 22' Duffy electric boat. Five couples enjoyed a picnic, adult beverages and the beautiful scenery of Naples Bay. Richard did a great job of welcoming and orienting us to the boat and the water. This is our second cruise and we will be back, as well as recommend it to friends.
Had a great birthday cruise in the 10 person electric boat. Richard did a good job with the basics for operating the boat and laying out a suitable route for the time we had. With low power the electric motor takes a little while to adjust to larger boats going by in main channel. Once into the back channels of Port Royal it was a prefect way to cruise around & see the various homes from waterside. Would definitely do this again!
It was fabulous! Richard was wonderful and we loved the electric boat- immaculate and so quiet. I also own a travel agency and will suggest you to any clients visiting here in Naples!
My friends and I loved the Duffy boat. We had a bit of trouble finding you and were expecting to go to an office. A larger sign and knowing that we'd meet you on the boat would have helped. Everything else was just great!
Beautiful boat, comfortable and quiet. The window panels really helped as it was cool and windy in the am. Rick was friendly and gave us good instructions.
We had such a good time. It was a perfect day and we brought along wine and cheese and crackers to enjoy a "Happy Hour" before dinner in town. There were five of us with plenty of room for maybe three more and it would still be comfortable. Richard was so much help and so pleasant and informative. He made everything go smoothly for us once we got out on our own. It was nice to leisurely stroll down the canals and look at the beautiful homes and scenery. We had a relaxing, wonderful time. Thank you Vantage.
I will gladly tell friends of my positive experience with your company. The only thing I would add is that the directions, as to where you board the boat, have to be more specific. It took me a good 10 to 15 minutes to find where the boat was. I was a bit frustrated because I kept calling the office line to get information and nobody answered.
Very enjoyable, a beautiful vessel and would definitely recommend it.
My family really enjoyed it. Really hassle free and I will do this again. We would request Sam Veith again- he went out of his way to get us the best view of the fireworks and got us through Chicago locks with heavy 4th of July traffic.
Thanks so much Vantage, we had a blast. Great staff, easy booming, membership replies were so fast and a great deal. We'll definitely be back. Keep up the good work!
Beautiful ride on the Chicago river. Way better than a big tour boat. Larry was an awesome captain!
The boat at Vantage Yacht Club was great, as were the staff. A very relaxing ride.
Vantage Yacht Club, we had a great time! Our crew member was ready and waiting when we arrived. He was friendly and helpful. The boat was just perfect! Easy to navigate, with ample space for 8 passengers. It was so clean and tidy too. The route was nice and scenic and we thoroughly enjoyed our special ride to celebrate a birthday! Thank you so very much for such a memorable evening!
We very much enjoyed our boat rental and will definitely be recommending it to anyone who asks.
We had a great time at Vantage Yacht Club, we absolutely loved it!
We had a great time renting from Vantage. Everything went smoothly, and captain Linda was awesome! Thanks!
Had a great time on the boat. It's pretty big, comfortable, you could bring your own drinks and food. If the weather is nice, there's no better way to spend a nice Chicago summer day.
So much fun and easy to rent. The staff were very helpful and the ride was a blast.
The guys that received us were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend Vantage to anyone wanting to experience the boating experience.
We had a great day on the lake and the pontoon boat from Vantage was terrific. Very clean, super nice staff to help us get on the water and answer any questions. What a great team outing, thanks!
Our experience was phenomenal with all the concept. The service , the staff, the boat... Everything meet the expectations, congratulations to Vantage Yacht Club, you deliver what you promise, a great time in the water. We will be back.
I just wanted to give a hearty shout out to all at Vantage Yacht Club that helped make my first experience with Vantage exceptional. Your staff at the marina were spot on, courteous, knowledgeable and professional. We will be visiting again.
When I called, the receptionist answered all my questions in a polite and friendly manner. The boat was clean and in good shape. I liked how I could hook up my iPhone so my group could listen to music.
Cruised on the Watt's the Hurry, the 21 foot electric, with captain Linda on May 17th. The 8 of us had a blast. Jason and Brianna at Vantage were sincerely devoted to making our trip fun and hassle free. Would recommend captain Linda highly, too!
Great night with friends. Vantage Yacht Club is a must do in the city!
That was so much fun to take a cruise on the river! Way better than the typical Chicago touristy boat!
My family and I had and awesome time this past weekend! Grant provided us with a nice tutorial, the weather was great and being on the water truly makes you feel like you are somewhat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I look forward to purchase additional rentals in the near future.
We had a great time! The staff were easy to work with and everything could not have been better. Would recommend this to anyone that enjoys the scenery from the water of the awesome Chicago architecture.
Our 2nd time with Vantage Yacht Club and another great experience. We can't wait to do it again!
We celebrated my husband's birthday and had a great time. Would love to do it again! Captain Phil was awesome too!
This was an awesome adventure! We took four couples including my husband and I, and started the cruise at dusk and finished in the evening with Chicago all lit up. What a beautiful sight! We all enjoyed this 2 hour boat ride and would definitely do it again. We would highly recommend this to anyone who loves water and Chicago.
My family really enjoyed this hassle free trip. Will do this again.
We would request Sam Veith as he went out of his way to get us best view of fireworks and got us through Chicago locks with heavy 4th of July traffic.
Thanks so much! We had a blast, great staff, easy booming, membership replies were so fast and a great deal. We'll definitely be back. Keep up the good work!
Great boat, staff and relaxing ride. I highly recommend Vantage Yacht Club.
Vantage Yacht Club, we had a great time! Our crew member was ready and waiting when we arrived. He was friendly and helpful. The boat was just perfect! Easy to navigate, with ample space for 8 passengers. It was so clean and tidy too. The route was nice and scenic. We thoroughly enjoyed our special ride to celebrate a birthday! Thank you so very much for such a memorable evening!
We had a great time at Vantage Yacht Club, we loved it and will recommend!
We had a great time renting from Vantage Yacht Club. Everything went smoothly, and captain Linda was awesome! Thanks!
Had a great time on the boat - it's pretty big, comfortable, you could bring your own drinks and food. If the weather is nice, there's no better way to spend a nice Chicago summer day.
The guys that received us were very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend Vantage Yacht Club to anyone wanting to experience the boating experience.
We had a GREAT day on the lake and the pontoon boat from Vantage Yacht Club was terrific. VERY clean, super nice staff to help us get on the water and answer any questions. What a great team outing - thanks!
Our experience was phenomenal with all the concept . The service , the staff, the boat, everything met out expectations. Congratulations to Vantage Yacht Club. They deliver what they promise, and we had a great time in the water. We will be back.
My second cruise of the year was as good as the first ! As usual spot on staff and facilities!
Thanks for the fun time Vantage Yacht Club. Everyone had a blast.
Rented boat last Saturday at the river city location. Great way to enjoy the river without being packed like sardines on the big boat cruises. The dock guys were extremely helpful in explaining the boat and guiding us in at the end. Highly recommend this.
A great time was had by all! thank you very much to Vantage Yacht Club!
My friends and I had a great time!!!! It was a wonderful and would do it again!
A lot of fun! The boat was clean and in good condition and was easy to learn to drive. There were no public restrooms available near the marina but that was really the only downside. I would like to go again!
Boat was ready when we arrived, very helpful and courteous shore staff in checking us in, orientation of the craft and giving us some tips on exiting the docks and marina area. We had a great time on the river and returned after 2 very quick hours to the same helpful assistance in docking and mooring the boat to the dock. We will do this again! Great time.
Excellent two hour cruise with Larry at helm! Please post for other customers that there are no bathrooms nearby! From booking to finish it was very professionally handled. Thanks.
So much fun! Was a little disappointed with the day and time we were left booking but ended up being perfect. There was still quite a bit of boat taxi and tourist traffic but much less than a weekend day. Highly recommend!
Very much enjoyed the cruise-the dock personnel were very helpful. I would recommend this excursion to others.
Had a wonderful time. The man who checked us in was very thorough. We'll definitely do this again with visitors from out of town.
My family and I had a ball at Vantage Yacht Club and would do it over and over again.
Was confusing where to check in but we had a fabulous time, the boat was wonderful and the staff was pleasant, helpful and cheerful, they really made this a great experience.
We really enjoyed our cruise on the Chicago River. It was nice to have the plastic zipper windows to open/close as the winds shifted. Our only recommendation would be to start out going south, or away from the down town area, to familiarise yourself with handling the boat and the other boat traffic on the river. We encountered a water taxi and speedboat going a bit fast and creating large wakes. Other than that, the ride was quite enjoyable and there were many other larger boats that passed us without incident. Once you've finished your "practice" run, head down to the city and enjoy the great views!
Very friendly staff at Vantage Yacht Club. We were in and out easily and quickly.
What a great time we had! I don't know the young man's name who greeted us, taught us how to use the boat and generally was helpful and very pleasant, but he could have been the positive or the negative in this experience, and he definitely was the ultra-positive! Great staff person! The boat was clean and well supplied (preservers, trash can) and we would highly recommend this to friends and we ourselves will return. Thanks!
Nine of us sailed for my birthday and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! We took turns sailing and had great fun. The staff member was very accommodating and professional! Thank you!
We rented 'Watts the Hurry?', and loved the experience. Everyone we interacted with from Vantage, both on the phone and in person, was helpful and friendly. Cruising the river at night was a unique way to see the city and the fireworks. It was so relaxing and fun! Had a great time with friends. Thanks so much!
Vantage Yacht Club is the best, can't wait to rent with them again!!
It was the most enjoyable experience! We can't wait to do it again!
I had a great time on the electric boat! I hope to do it again next summer. I was very impressed with the quick responses to my questions from staff.
This was our 2nd time renting. Last year was an electric boat and this year a pontoon. We had so much fun both times! Definitely will do this again!!
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