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Spirit of Ethan Allen is a cruise ship wedding venue in Burlington, Vermont. It is the only cruise ship and floating restaurant operating around Lake Champlain, offering breathtaking views of the lake. It can host wedding ceremonies, receptions, bridal showers, elopements, engagement parties, and rehearsal dinners. Facilities and Capacity Spirit of Ethan Allen is a cruise ship that can accommodate up to 363 guests and has three event spaces available for wedding events. It offers three heated and air-conditioned dining decks - the Admiral Deck, the Horizon Deck, and the Sky Deck - each of which features different views of the lake. Services Offered Spirit of Ethan Allen offers all-inclusive packages and event planning to assist couples in wedding planning and cruise details. Its services also include:

In-house bar In-house catering Liability insurance Lighting/sound Outside vendors allowed Set up Clean up

Cuisine Spirit of Ethan Allen serves delightful dishes based on different cuisine styles including American, Italian, Caribbean, Latin American, and local dishes. It offers a variety of catering styles such as buffet, cocktail reception, dessert, family-style, hors d’oeuvres, plated, servers, and stations. Couples are welcome to bring cake from an outside vendor.

Erin
10/7/17
Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I got married on the spirit of Ethan Allen last night. It was a magical experience. The staff was wonderful, cheery, and Michelle was amazing. Everything was done exactly the way I hoped it would be. Elegant, sophisticated, fun. The food was divine. The weather didn't completely cooperate but I was reminded that rain during a wedding is good luck. I cannot recommend this place enough.
Jennifer
6/10/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
This was such an incredible experience I hardly know where to start! First of all, the views on the ship are breathtaking, and this was the most important factor in our decision to select this venu. The Adirondacks, Green Mountains, and Burlington cityscape are beautiful during the day and breathtaking at sunset, and even more so when enjoyed from gorgeous Lake Champlain. The ability to be on the water yet still allow our guests the option- and comfort- of indoor AND outdoor movement was just perfect. Not a single worry about the weather! And options- oh, my! There were almost too many options. The website is really just a starting point, believe me. We were able to customize to our heart's content, from the food to the decor, deck set up, music- if you want it, you can probably have it. If inclusiveness is important to you, look no further. While we only utilized the ship for our reception, it was still so wonderful to have so much included in our package. The staff is by far the best group of people you could have around you on such an important day. They are all professional, responsive, attentive, and fun. They treated our guests like family and seemed to genuinely enjoy our reception just as much as we did. They were flawless and upbeat, and we never worried or wanted for anything. Our wedding coordinator was truly a dream come true. Heather was an absolute delight to work with. Professional, knowledgeable, available, flexible. She has experience, impeccable taste, and is everything an event planner should be. She did everything we needed her to do and everything we had no idea we needed her to do. Truly spectacular, and oh so sweet and patient. She is the answer to every overwhelmed bride. The real validation came from our guests: the feedback we received was so overwhelmingly positive. That says it all!
Karen
6/3/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Everything was fabulous, no doubt due to Heather and the rest of her staff's hard work. The deck was decorated beautifully, the food was excellent, drinks were strong and prompt, and the DJ was great at reading the room. Having your reception on a boat is such a unique idea and we were thrilled to provide this experience for our guests. The value we received for our money could not have been found with any other venue.
Desiree
5/20/17
Categories: Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I would recommend the SOA to any couple looking for a unique venue! My husband and I enjoyed working with Heather (event planner) and her team. She was so organized and made our special day absolutely beautiful! We couldn't be happier with how our wedding turned out.
Katie
9/27/15
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
SOEA was an absolutely perfect choice for our wedding! We were planning a VT wedding from abroad, so wanted a venue that would take care of everything. SOEA did not disappoint! Our wedding coordinator, Sarah, took care of all the details and made sure that we had the perfect day. We received so many compliments on how fun and unique our wedding was. We were surrounded by the beauty of Lake Champlain and all our guests had a tremendous time. This is a great choice for VT destination weddings!
Amanda
8/22/15
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We couldn't have been happier choosing the Spirit of Ethan Allen for both our ceremony and reception site. Right from the start, we were treated with professionalism and warmth, and felt like we were in good hands. Our coordinator, Sarah, was wonderful to work with. She took the time to go over all our visions and hopes for the day, and she made sure everything all came together. One of the selling features for us was the all-inclusive nature of this venue. Our pricing included the set up, tables and chairs, linens, and access to a coordinator. The value is unbeatable, and we really appreciate the way the entire staff handled the affair. As a bride planning my wedding from long distance, this was absolutely the best way to go. Having a coordinator included in the pricing just made this whole process that much less stressful, and we were so pleased with how everything turned out. Not to mention, it's a very unique and beautiful venue! It's not everyday you get to go to a wedding on a boat. I highly recommend it to any bride looking for the perfect Vermont wedding venue!
tanya
8/22/15
Categories: , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
we had the most perfect wedding and reception It was all I dreamed of
User5269307

Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The SOEA was everything I hoped for and expected. I am a critical second older bride who cannot suggest any area for improvement. The support, service, staff and wedding planner, Sarah Chasse were fabulous. The food, buffet style, was raved about by our 100 guests including 2 restaurant owners. It was more decadent than a sit down meal. The chef made several special accommodations for extras. The decorating was done by them unseen by me prior to the ceremony and reception both on the boat and was completed exactly to my written specifications. The sunset cruise was breathtaking and a wonderful treat for all the guest. Have your event on the SOEA. You will not be sorry!!!
Rhonda
5/30/15
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The whole experience was great treat, Kendra did an awesome job the day of the wedding...and Sarah helped me thru the entire process. The guest were happy, I was relieved of stress..and the day was remarkable. Highly recommended the cruise..
Heather
10/4/14
Categories: Catering, Planner, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We could not have been happier with our wedding on the spirit of Ethan Allen. My husband and I planned a destination wedding from Virginia, and had the pleasure of working with Sarah throughout the entire process. Not only was she able to help us plan a wedding in only 3 months, but it was beyond our expectations! I created a woodland/autumn theme for all of the tables onboard, and when the ship pulled up to dock, I nearly cried. I could see all of my decorations, candles, and lights from afar while we waited to board. Once I made my way down the aisle, and after the ceremony, I was amazed at the attention to detail that the crew had taken while setting up. It truly looked like the enchanted forest I had pictured. The food was very good. We went with the Lonerock buffet, as well as the antipasto station (which was my favorite) and a cheese fondue station. We also had Ben & Jerry's come aboard and it was AWESOME! I am very thankful that the Ethan Allen allows this. The dj from super sounds, Jeff, was wonderful. He checked with us frequently and made sure all of the music was exactly as we had instructed. He also gave us time to get ready for certain things, which I loved. He was so great to work with! Although it rained, I wouldn't have had it any other way. We took pictures in the rain and I would even go to say that I was grateful for the rain, it kept everyone on our deck instead of outside away from the party! Everyone that works for the spirit of ethan allen was a joy to work with, especially Sarah. She checked in on me often, made sure everything was going smoothly, and made sure I was stress free. She was absolutely amazing throughout this whole process, I am so grateful for her! I would work with her again in a heartbeat! Thank you so much to everyone that was a part of our special day, it brings me to tears thinking about how beautiful everything looked, it was all perfect. I know we will never forget our day. Thank you SO much!
Spirit of Ethan Allen responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for your feedback Heather. We must say, your concept wedding was amazing as well as breathtaking. With a longer wedding on board, we are sure that your guests were able to enjoy the wedding and the lake. We are so very grateful for YOU! You are why we do what we do. Wishing you many years of smiles and laughter with your new hubby!
Meghan
9/6/14
Categories: Catering, Event Production, Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Sarah and the SOEA staff were incredible! Anything we needed, asked for, or worried about was handled quickly and perfectly. Sarah helped us right from the beginning, working through a million different ideas, all the way up to the last details of favors and decorations. The staff decorated the room beautifully, taking all the stress off of us and our families. We had a truly magical night (helped by a gorgeous sunset) and are incredibly thankful to the entire SOEA staff!
Spirit of Ethan Allen responded with the following comments:
What a sunset is right! It was one of the most magical skies we have ever seen on the lake! Thank you so much for selecting us to work with. See you for your one year anniversary~
User4356737

Categories: Catering, Planner, Event Production, Event Rentals & Photobooths, Transportation, Venues, Unique Services
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Our wedding day on Lake Champlain was perfect! The event planners Sarah and Kendra set up the decor just as we wanted. They kept us on schedule with our timeline. The food was delicious. The boat ride was smooth. Guests and staff were all smiling the whole evening. A wonderfully unique way to celebrate!
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Venues
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Describe your venue:
Boat / Yacht
Describe the style of your venue
Eclectic, Glamorous
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
363
What event services do you offer?
Clean Up, Event Planning, Liability Insurance, Lighting / Sound, Set Up
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Chocolate Fountain, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Wheelchair Access
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
2
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Dessert, Family Style, Hors d'Oeuvres, Outside Cake OK, Plated, Server(s), Stations
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Caribbean, Italian, Latin American, Local, Mexican
What bar services do you provide?
Bartender(s), Cash Bar, Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Liquor, House Wine, Liquor License, Open Bar, Premium Liquor, Signature Cocktail(s)
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, No Pork, Vegan, Vegetarian
What types of spaces are available for a rehearsal dinner?
Private Room, Public Seating
What kind of menus do you offer for rehearsal dinners?
Custom, Private Events, Reh. Dinner Specific
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