Private Charters

How do I plan a private cruise?

Step 1: Determine your approximate number of guests

Step 2: Decide how long you wish to cruise.

Step 3: Decide if you would like to serve a meal or appetizers while cruising.

Step 4: Call the Valley Gem Office at 740.373.7862 to find what dates are available and to book your charter.


It's that easy.  We take care of all the details.


Learn more about our Menu Packages.

All menu packages include a two hour cruise, dinner with rolls, coffee, tea and water, linens and china.

We prefer to have 40 passengers for catering events.

What is the cost if I just want to rent the boat without catering?

The cost to rent the boat only without any
food provided is based on your passenger count.

1-75 Passengers - $395 .00 per hour
76-140 Passengers - $580.00 per hour

141-200 Passengers - $755.00 per hour
201-290 Passengers - $950.00 per hour

The Valley Gem offers a unique river experience on the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers. Along with our many public tours, we offer customized private cruises for groups of 40 or more. You choose the itinerary and the menu and we take care of the rest. Our facilities feature a café, restrooms and a climate controlled lower deck.

General Information:

You may bring your own food but NO OUTSIDE CATERERS are permitted. You are NOT permitted to bring your own alcohol onto the boat due to our liquor license. We can provide bar service for your trip. You may decorate the boat, but lit candles and confetti are not permitted. Linens are available for rent. Deposits equal to 25% of your total contract are required to hold your reservation. The balance is due by the day of the cruise.



Tables and chairs, sound system for announcements, CDs & MP3 players, climate-controlled lower deck, handicap accessible lower deck, live commentary, microphones, potable water, ice machine, cooler, coffee makers, and restrooms.

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