Riverboat Charters

Breathtaking views from the Becky Thatcher riverboat set the stage for a memorable party, wedding, rehearsal dinner, family reunion, or corporate event. Our riverboat, a Connecticut River Valley fixture, is available for evening charter, May – October.

The MV Becky Thatcher is a 70′ Mississippi-style riverboat that comfortably holds 220 passengers for sightseeing cruises, 150 people for a cocktail reception or 66 guests for a sit-down dinner. This classic vessel includes 3 decks:

  • Main Deck: Carpeted. Cocktail bar forward, restrooms and stairwell located aft. Moveable seating; windows roll down for inclement weather.
  • Second Deck: Carpeted. Stairwell to top deck located aft. Moveable seating and windows.
  • Third Deck: Open promenade deck with a view of the stars.

Download Becky Thatcher deck plans to plan your event or function.

Becky Thatcher guests arrive in style, aboard vintage train coaches pulled by a diesel locomotive. Passengers gather at Essex Station for a 15-minute ride to Deep River Landing, where the Becky Thatcher waits to escort your guests on an evening sail along the beautiful Connecticut River.

Daytime Charters
Evening Charters
 May  Monday – Friday  Sunday – Saturday*
 June  Select Days Sunday – Saturday*
 July  Not Available  Sunday – Thursday & Saturday*
 August  Not Available Sunday – Thursday & Saturday*
 September  Select Days Sunday – Saturday*
 October  Tuesday – Wednesday Sunday – Saturday*

* Saturday Evenings: Add $300.00 to rates listed below

 river-casual-image $2700 Casual Arrangement (20-150 people)

  • 20 minute Train Excursion from Essex Station to Becky Thatcher Riverboat & Return
  • 3 hours aboard Becky Thatcher on the Connecticut River
  • Plastic backed chairs on first and second deck (No sit at tables)
Soft Set Riverboat $3000 Soft Set Arrangement (20-66 people)

  • 20 minute Train Excursion from Essex Station to Becky Thatcher Riverboat & Return
  • 3 hours aboard Becky Thatcher on the Connecticut River
  • Plastic backed chairs on first and second deck
  • Five Foot Round Tables with White Linen Topping
Hard Set Riverboat $3100 Hard Set Arrangement (20-66 people)

  • 20 minute Train Excursion from Essex Station to Becky Thatcher Riverboat & Return
  • 3 hours aboard Becky Thatcher on the Connecticut River
  • Plastic backed chairs on first and second deck
  • Five Foot Round Tables with White Linen Topping w/ napkin, plate & silverware set

Weekday and Weeknight Charters can be reduced to 2 hours on boat for $500.00 discount

Menu Options

  • Cocktail Buffet: 2 Cold Appetizers, 2 Hot Appetizers, 2 Desserts ($19.99 per person)
  • Buffet: 2 Cold Appetizers, 1 Leaf Salad, 2 Entrees, 1 Dessert ($39.99 per person)
  • Premium Buffet: 2 Cold Appetizers, 3 Hot Appetizers, 2 Salads, 1 Soup, 2 Entrees, 2 Desserts ($59.99 per person)
  • Visit our Menu Page for menu choices and options

Cash Bar, Tab Bar, and $25 per person Open Bar available

DJ’s and Small Bands Welcome

For additional information, questions, or to arrange your function, please contact Ericka Whalen at 860-767-0103  ext. 217 or via email Events@essexsteamtrain.com