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Paddle Club RVA Launches 2nd Season on James at Rocketts Landing

Paddle Club RVA, the first and only sip-and-cycle pontoon party boat in Richmond, is now booking for the 2023 season! Plus, Sea Suite Cruises adds Tiki Club RVA to the fleet in early spring.




Sea Suite Cruises announces the launch of the second season of its popular cruise experience Paddle Club RVA on the James River at Rocketts Landing — booking cruises now for spring, summer, and fall!

For the 2023 season, Paddle Club RVA cruises will expand to an hour and 45 minutes – that’s a full 15 minutes more enjoyment on the water at the same price as 2022. Paddle Club RVA will once again bring a unique outdoor activity to Richmond, combining sipping-and-cycling, socializing, and sight-seeing on the scenic and historic James River. Following the success of the first season of Paddle Club RVA in 2022, the team behind Sea Suite Cruises is excited to once again bring this fun and adventurous recreational boating experience to residents and visitors of Richmond.

With Paddle Club RVA, passengers hop aboard a bright red, custom-built, 30-foot pontoon “cycle-boat” – featuring 10 cycle stations around a centralized bar plus ample lounge seating – and paddle their way up the James River while enjoying stunning skyline and water views, from just below the rapids at the I-95 James River Bridge to the northwest, back down to the quieter, calmer, leafier flatwater to the southeast. The boat is equipped with a motor if groups prefer to do more sipping and celebrating than cycling. With music, drinks, and friendly tour guides, Paddle Club RVA is a fun, festive, and memorable way to experience Richmond’s waterways with friends or family.

And later this spring, Sea Suite Cruises will debut Tiki Club RVA, which offers a one-of-a-kind “tropical vibes” excursion on the James River.

“I was born and raised in Richmond and grew up fishing on the James River,” said Sea Suite Cruises’ General Manager in Richmond, Mike Scearce. “When I first learned about Paddle Club RVA, I thought having an option to safely get out on the water with your friends, family, and colleagues to enjoy a few drinks was needed, as was giving people opportunities to get out on the James River to see the city from a whole new perspective. Sea Suite Cruises is excited to give Richmonders another season of fun and relaxation on the water with Paddle Club RVA – an on-the-river getaway on your own private, floating bar.”

Whether you’re looking for a unique date idea, a fun way to celebrate a birthday or family gathering, bachelor or bachelorette party, or corporate outing, or just want to get out on the James River with your favorite drinks and people, Paddle Club RVA and the soon-to-launch Tiki Club RVA are where it’s going to be in 2023.

ABOUT SEA SUITE CRUISES: Sea Suite Cruises co-founders Jack Maher and Jack Walten (“The Jacks,” as they are known) were born and raised in Arlington, Va. and have been best friends since they were two years old. The business-side of their journey began in 2018 when the then 24-year-old Jack and Jack launched Potomac Paddle Club, the first pontoon “cycleboat” in Washington, D.C. After adding more boats in Washington, D.C., they built on their success further in 2022 by partnering with local Richmond-based investors to launch Paddle Club RVA and form the parent company, Sea Suite Cruises. Sea Suite Cruises’ mission is to connect exciting people in exciting places around a suite of water-based offerings. After a successful first year in Richmond, the company has now expanded to further locations in the Mid-Atlantic such as The Wharf, Navy Yard, and Alexandria, Va. in the D.C. area, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, and Annapolis.

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Group Size: 8 – 20 people
Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Monday-Wednesday: $40/Person
Thursday: $45/Person
Friday-Saturday: $55/Person
Sunday: $50/person
*Pricing may change for holiday weekends and special events.

4708 Old Main St, Richmond, VA. 23231 | On the dock at Rocketts Landing right beneath The Boathouse restaurant and Island Shrimp Company

— The vessel comes equipped with a private bathroom on board
— Boat are equipped with Bluetooth-speakers, party lighting for night cruises, and built-in coolers + ice
— Cycleboat is BYOB (hard liquor not allowed, only beer, wine, seltzer, or canned cocktails)
— All cruises are staffed by a licensed master captain and deckhand
— 10 cycle stations on board with ample lounge seating

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.