The Indian Princess is a modern day replica of the grand riverboats that plied the Mississippi River in the late 19th century. Cruising out of Webster, Massachusetts, she is one of the few authentic paddle wheel riverboats still in operation in the United States today. In keeping with early traditions she was built with stern wheels that are her only means of propulsion. The Indian Princess has a split stern wheel and each is run by a twin diesel engine that powers hydraulic motors which turn the paddles. This is in contrast to most Mississippi River paddle wheelers in operation today that have a “freewheeling” paddle wheel at the stern of the boat for the visual effect, but have traditional screw type engines hidden for their real means of propulsion.
There are two decks aboard the Indian Princess that you can enjoy while on her cruises. The open air upper deck, that is partially covered by canopy, or the Princess dining room below that is climate controlled. In the Princess dining room you will also find a full bar, the galley, two heads, and a 42” flat screen TV. There’s no need to worry that you’ll miss the beautiful views from below, as the dining room is lined with large windows, as well as a window behind the bar allowing you to see the red paddle wheels working their magic. The Indian Princess has been inspected by the U.S Coast Guard and her official capacity is 125 people.
The Indian Princess offers in addition to weekend cruises, the option of reserving it for private occasions such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, corporate parties, proms, memorials, holiday parties and much, much more. You can rent just the boat with crew or work hand-in-hand with the event coordinator, who can help with planning every aspect of the occasion. The boat can be privately booked for any day and can be rented for up to 5 hours at a time. There is a 2 hour minimum.
The Indian Princess is docked at 200 Gore Road, Webster, MA at Indian Ranch.
The Indian Princes was built in 2000 by Skipperliner Industries in Lacrosse, WI, and originally ran under the name Lacrosse Queen V. For five years Skipperliner used the boat as a display and then as one of their daily cruise boats that went down the Mississippi River.
In 2005, Watts Bar Riverboat Company, out of Kingston, Tennessee, purchased the LaCrosse Queen V paddlewheeler and renamed her Watts Bar Belle. She ran on the Watts Bar Lake until December of 2008; when the horrible toxic coal ash spill from the Kingston Fossil Plant sent one billion gallons of toxic materials into the Watts Bar Lake and surrounding waters. This spill brought the riverboat business to a standstill and the Watts Bar Riverboat Company would and could not even start the engines of the boat, as water from the lake was used to cool its engines and a generator. The riverboat was safely moved to Lenoir City, TN in 2009. However the company was unable to generate the following it had in Kingston and put the Watts Bar Belle up for sale in 2011.
It was in 2011 that the Watts Bar Belle riverboat was purchased by a family operated business and renamed her the Indian Princess. The Indian Princess was docked in Fort Myers Beach on April of 2012. She left for her journey to Webster, Ma in April of 2013. She now has tours of Webster Lake that leave from Indian Ranch at 200 Gore Road, Webster, MA.
Weddings & Events
Our Experienced staff will be happy to assist you in planning your special event. Below we have gathered some common questions in hopes of making your decision a little easier. Please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us with any other questions or concerns.
What is the capacity of the Indian Princess?
The Indian Princess can hold a maximum of 125 guests. Our salon area down stairs is air conditioned, with large windows all around, so the view is never missed, and the upper deck is open aired and features an awning plus additional seating.
How long can the boat be rented for?
This is all up to you, depending on whether you want a simple daytime cruise, a sunset cruise or a dinner and sunset cruise. The boat is rented for a minimum of 2 hours. However it can be purchased for an entire day.
How long is the boat trip?
Our typical private boat tour lasts 2 1/2 hours, this includes allowing 30 minutes for loading and 15 minutes for disembarking. However we would be more than happy to customize this for you and your event needs.
How early should we arrive for the cruise?
We recommend that guests begin arriving a ½ hour before planned departure.
Where does the Indian Princess depart from?
The Indian Princess departs from 200 Gore Road, Webster, MA 01570.
How far in advance can I book The Indian Princess?
Most events can be reserved up to a year in advance. For weddings and large events we recommend booking 6-12 months in advance, for small events 1-3 months.
How do I reserve and secure a date?
Simply get in touch with one of our guest representatives by phone, e-mail, or stop by our office. We will check on the date, work out details, and then a security deposit will be required to hold the date.
Does the Indian Princess offer catering?
Yes. The Indian Princess has several options you can choose from, including a sit down dinner/lunch, buffet, or hors d’oeuvres. We will be happy to customize a menu for your event. The Indian Princess is limited in kitchen/galley space and we want to make sure that we will be able to accommodate all your needs. No outside catering is allowed.
Does the Indian Princess offer wedding/event packages?
Yes, one of our guest representatives will be happy to talk with you about what the Indian Princess offers and how; if needed, we can customize our packages to suit your event needs. Indian Ranch also has a large indoor banquet room that can be used in conjunction with the boat.
What about decorations/décor?
We will be happy to work with you on deciding the decorations/décor, or you can choose to do the decorations for your event. If doing your own decorating you will be permitted to come in an hour before the event and set-up. Please keep in mind that balloons are not allowed on vessels due to the danger they can be to wildlife.
Does the Indian Princess offer wedding ceremonies?
There is nothing more unique and romantic than saying “I DO” atop our genuine paddle wheeler while the sun is setting on beautiful Webster Lake. Or maybe you want to say your vows while the sun is shining and return to Indian Ranch for your reception in our banquet room overlooking the lake. Whichever your desire, we will be glad to help you set up your wedding ceremony.
What about photographers?
You may hire your own photographer for the event, or we will be happy to set you up with a professional photographer. Please note photographers will be included in the head count when determining the capacity of the boat.
What about wedding/event cakes?
We do have a list of local bakers who would love to help you with your wedding/event cake. If you decide to use your own baker, please keep in mind that there is not a large refrigerator on the Indian Princess, and that boats are often rocky. We recommend the cake not be over three tiers and that cake rods be used. Please let your baker know that the cake will be for a boat wedding/event and they should be able to take the proper precautions.
Is the Indian Princess wheelchair accessible?
Passengers in a wheelchair can be accommodated, however the wheelchair must be standard size and foldable. Please note, the only way to the upper deck is by stairs, and there is a step into the lower dining area.
What is the Smoking Policy on the Indian Princess?
There is no smoking allowed in the lower deck saloon, however you may smoke on the open aired upper deck towards the stern of the boat. Please extinguish cigarettes in the proper receptacles. DO NOT throw cigarette butts overboard.
What about bad weather?
Unfortunately, sometimes the weather can be unaccommodating. If this happens, and we are unable to do your event we will gladly reschedule the event or offer a refund. The Indian Princess is able to cruise in mild rain.
What is your cancellation policy?
Once you have booked your event, a security deposit will be required. The amount of the security deposit will be determined by the cost of your event. This security deposit is non-refundable. The total balance will need to be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the event. Any cancellations need to be made before the full balance is paid. If event is cancelled due to severe weather, the full deposit amount will be refunded. However, the Indian Princess will make the decision on weather conditions, the cruise will not be canceled due to rain. The only reason a cruise cannot depart is due to wind.