Our Night on a Riverboat

The Delta King is docked on the banks of the Sacramento River.

The historic Delta King, a 285-foot riverboat, offers landlubbers (like us) the chance to spend a night bobbing about on California’s Sacramento River. Reg was skeptical when I tossed the idea out to him, but the ratings were good and it was just one night…what did we have to lose?

Old Town Sacramento is home to the Delta King.

The Delta King was originally built in Glasgow, Scotland and in Stockton, California. It was christened in 1927 when it began a daily 10 1/2 hour voyage between San Francisco and Sacramento. What a trip that must have been. If you listen carefully, you might just hear the ghosts of days gone by…days of prohibition era drinking, gambling, jazz bands and fine dining.

We checked into one of the smaller rooms that could be described as “filled with character.” In reality, while small and a little rough around the edges, it was comfy enough and the lifeboats were right outside my door…just in case!

We discovered the full bar, complete with beautiful wood paneling and none of those pesky prohibition restrictions, at the bow of the boat. We settled ourselves at a table, enjoyed the view and chatted with a senior couple from Boston who were on an extended bus trip through the west. All in all, we loved the experience and would certainly recommend a stay on the Delta King.

Having been submerged in the San Francisco Bay for 15 months, restoration of the Delta King began in 1984 and lasted over a 5-year period.
We called it a night as watched the sun go down from the stern.
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14 thoughts on “Our Night on a Riverboat

  1. Pam Thomas

    What fun–and very different from your other adventures. Thanks for this post.

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  2. Jeannie Harsha

    I was so excited to read this! Jeff treated me to the Delta King on an anniversary about 5 years ago. I love the history you toss into your posts!

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  3. Nancy Hardwick

    What fun & very interesting! I’m going to add that to my ‘to do’ list with Kathy & maybe Doug!

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  4. Elaine & Jerry

    Thanks for the review. Sounds like a fun thing to do when you don’t want to travel far.

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  5. Sounds Fun! Lynne and I once stayed on the Queen Mary in Long Beach , you are right about the ghost thing. A lot of these old ships have carried so many souls that a few have refused to leave!!

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  6. jasonlikestotravel

    Sounds like a lovely trip 🙂

    On a sidenote, I was so puzzled by you using the word landlubbers. I’ve somehow gone my life having never heard that word (properly anyway), I always thought the expression was land-lovers haha.
    You learn something new every day. Thank you haha.

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  7. I’ve had lunch if the Delta King twice now, and read about it in a couple of local history books.

    It’s one of my favorite spots in Sacramento. It would have been neat to be able to actually ride it during its heyday.

    Thanks for sharing the stories and wonderful photos.

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