Savannah Riverboat Cruises was established in Savannah, Georgia in 1991 under the direction of experienced Captain, Jonathan H. Claughton. Savannah’s antebellum charm, with flowing Spanish moss hanging from stoic live oaks and welcoming shady squares, hearkens back to the days when paddle driven riverboats full of tourists and locals dotted the Savannah River. In winter 2007, the company welcomed an edition to their fleet, the 600 passenger Savannah River Queen. This boat features three climate-controlled dining rooms, three bars, and a top deck snack shop. The Savannah River Queen has two large dining areas perfect for large groups and an open air, covered third deck patio space. The third deck also features a VIP room capable of accommodating 36 people. In 2016 Savannah Riverboat Cruises acquired a new riverboat, the Georgia Queen. The Georgia Queen measures an impressive 230 ft long,64 ft wide and a towering 68 ft tall and features three grand ballrooms with over 15,000 square feet of dining space, a 5,000 square foot, fully open-air top deck with patio seating. The entire boat encompasses a total of 38,000 square feet. She can carry 1,000 passengers plus 200 crew, which makes her the size of a small cruise ship. The riverboat tours leave the dock right next to the exact location where General Oglethorpe first landed on the river front and head upriver, into the Port of Savannah, and then turn around and head back under the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge and past the historic river front. The tours continue downriver passing the world-famous Waving Girl, Florence Martus, through the shipyards and just past the tip of Hutchinson Island and Old Fort Jackson. There, the boat circles back upriver to arrive gently back at the dock.