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Person Group discount only for 25 or more passengers!


A group is considered, at minimum, 25 paid adult passengers for our daily cruises. One complimentary ticket will be given when the minimum is met. Group pricing is $23.00 per passenger.

  • A NON-REFUNDABLE $250.00 deposit is required when booking a daily sight seeing cruise
  • 15 calendar days before your event, an e-mail invoice will be sent stating the amount that is owed in 5 days. You will owe for whatever passenger count you have booked for.
  • 10 calendar days before your event, full payment must be made. It is imperative that you call (315) 941-7585 to update any change in your headcount immediately, to guarantee availability on board.

If you would like to add more passengers to your reservation, please call immediately, (315) 941-7585 to update your passenger total, which is subject to availability.

If the number of passengers in your group goes below 25 for the daily cruise, you must call immediately, (315) 941-7585. The new price will be $25.00 per person and no complimentary ticket will be given. Full payment must be made at that time.

  • 1.5 hours for our 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. cruises
  • Cruising daily May 18 – October 16


Please see daily calendar for cruise times or call (315) 941-7585 for schedule information.
Cruises depart 7 days a week during our operating season
* 2024 operating season:  May 18 –  October 16

Arrival Times
* Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure at 800 Mohawk Street, Herkimer, NY 13350 – Gems Along the Mohawk. Our ticketing booth is inside the gift store.

  • All group leaders must get boarding passes from our ticket booth prior to boarding the vessel.

Boarding: 15-30 minutes before departure at Gems Along the Mohawk.

We are located directly across the street from Exit 30 of the NYS Thruway – If using a GPS, do not turn right at the stoplight, but continue straight into the parking lot
GPS Address: 800 Mohawk St, Herkimer, NY 13350


  • We cruise rain or shine in our weather-protected vessel.


What’s better than a trip through history on the calm waters of the Erie Canal while enjoying the spectacular scenery of New York’s beautiful Mohawk Valley? The answer is absolutely nothing. That is why you should join your United States Coast Guard licensed captain aboard Lil’ Diamond II and enjoy a few entertaining tales of the canal.

On this incredibly fun, narrated, 90-minute cruise:

  • Listen to how the Erie Canal was constructed, how it opened our western lands and helped to create the America we know today.
  • Learn why the Erie Canal was known as Clinton’s Ditch.
  • Learn how and why it was expanded, and why it’s still important to upstate New York culture today.


  • Massive guard gates
  • The Historic Fort Herkimer Church, which is one of the oldest surviving churches in New York State
  • You’ll also catch a glimpse of some local birds such as green and blue herons and the occasional bald eagle along the Plantation Island Wildlife Management Area.
  • The vessel then enters Lock 18 at Jacksonburg, one of the last remaining locks operating with all of the original 100+-year-old equipment. The vessel is raised and then lowered in a “liquid elevator.”

As the vessel enters the lock, your captain will fully describe how the lock operates. Then you’ll watch as the gates close behind you and suddenly (but smoothly) the lock house seems to rise in the air as the lock walls creep up along the vessel while it’s being lowered twenty feet. It is certainly an experience not soon forgotten.

This cruise is 90 minutes of history, entertainment, education, humor, calm cruising, and pure enjoyment!


Our crew members are trained to help guests navigate our docks and vessel and are prepared to assist. Our vessel does have mobility limitations. We strongly recommend calling ahead to (315) 941-7585 for specific concerns.