Friday Night Party Cruise

The best Friday party!

Adult (18+)

$20 | Adults 18+ Only

A Friday Night Party Cruise is the best way to end your week! 
Join us on select Friday nights this summer for an evening of non-stop fun! Bring your TGIF spirit and enjoy entertainment, dancing, a full bar featuring our signature cocktails, along with munchies from our snack bar. Boarding begins at 6:30pm, and we depart at 7:00pm. Our rockin’ DJ Dion will be playing all your favorites as you enjoy the picturesque beauty of an evening cruise on the Erie Canal. Captain Jerry will “Rock the Lock” as we travel through Lock 18! After two hours of laughs and excitement, we arrive back at 9:00pm.

All our Friday Night Party Cruises have a unique theme to make the party more memorable!
June 21: Love Boat CruiseSOLD OUT!
June 28: Patriotic Cruise – kick start your celebration of Independence with us!
July 12: Hawaiian Luau Cruise – you will be thinking you just arrived on the big island!
July 19: Pirates and Wenches Cruise – get the “booty”on this crazy Pirate cruise!
July 26: Caribbean Cruise – set sail to the tropical islands with us on this special “island” cruise!
August 2: Disco Cruise – break out your bell bottoms and dancing shoes for this funky good time!
August 9: Fiesta Cruise – better take a siesta because we are having a Fiesta!
August 16: Mardi Gras with Blues Maneuver – very special celebration with live music on board featuring the fantastic Blues Maneuver!

Key points about this cruise:

  • Available on Select Fridays throughout the summer
  • 2 hour cruises featuring a themed dance party
  • Adults only, age 18 and over

Meeting Place and Check In Time

This cruise departs from our home docks at:
Gems Along the Mohawk, Herkimer, NY.
800 Mohawk St, Herkimer, NY 13350
 -We are located directly across the street from Exit 30 of the NYS Thruway.

***Erie Canal Cruises, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any cruise, change schedules or routes and substitute vessels at any time without prior notice. All lock cruises are subject to lock availability.***

Boarding: begins at 6:30pm
Cruise departs: 7:00 pm and returns at 9:00pm

What is included in ticket price?

  • Your first drink ($5 value) included in your ticket price
  • Gratuity is not included but greatly appreciated

Handicap Accessibility

No motorized wheelchairs are allowed. For your convenience, we have a designated handicap drop off area near our vessels. Please inquire at the Ticket Booth in Gems for handicap drop off access. The vehicle will then need to be moved to a nearby parking spot.

Lil’ Diamond lll
No motorized wheelchairs are allowed. Regular wheelchairs and walkers may be used to board Lil’ Diamond III, and a passenger may remain in the wheelchair during the cruise. A walker should be folded and put to the side of regular seating or given to a Crew member and returned at the end of the cruise. There are two decks on the vessel, and passengers in wheelchairs will only have access to the main deck. The DJ and dance party take place on the upper deck.


Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Advance ticket purchase is recommended for cruises as they may sell out. To be sure you are able to purchase tickets for the cruise date & time you prefer, we suggest you purchase tickets early.

Does the Lil’ Diamond III cruise in the rain?

Yes! The decision to go out is always at the discretion of your captain, but we cruise rain or shine in our weather-protected vessels. Guests can cruise in comfort while enjoying a breathtaking view of the Erie Canal.

Are food or drinks served during the cruises?

Outside food and/or drinks are not permitted on board!
On Lil’ Diamond lll (LD3), we have a full liquor bar and snack bar that we accept cash and all credit cards for payment. The Snack Bar consists of hot dogs, nachos & chips and bagged snacks. If you are looking for a full menu, there is a great restaurant at our location, the Waterfront Grille.

Is it customary to tip the crew?

Yes, it is customary, but it’s completely at the guests’ discretion. They are greatly appreciated.

Is smoking allowed on board the boats?

Smoking is not permitted on the docks or aboard our vessels. We are a Smoke Free, Tobacco Free, Vapor and E-Cig Free Zone!

Is the cruise suitable for pregnant women?

Absolutely, our boats cruise in the smooth waters on the Erie Canal. The ride is smooth, stable, and gentle.

Will I get motion sickness?

Motion sickness is very rare on our cruises since we travel on the river and experience almost no rocking. Our vessels are very stable. Should you be particularly prone to motion sickness, feel free to take your own preventative measures beforehand.

Are restrooms available on board?

Yes, there are restrooms on board.

Can I bring my pet?

Unfortunately, all pets other than service dogs are not allowed on the cruise. If you need to bring a service dog, please let us know in a “Message to the Seller” box upon purchasing your tickets.

Are there life jackets on board?

Our vessels are U.S. Coast Guard certified and we have more than enough life jackets for all passengers.


Do you offer private charters?

Of course we do! We can host your corporate, social, and wedding events. Nothing will make us happier than planning a private event for you and your loved ones. For more information, please contact us at 315-866-5989 or email [email protected]