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Southern Empress Cruises

Experience the beauty of Lake Conroe on an unforgettable cruise.


Join the Southern Empress for an Unforgettable Cruise on Lake Conroe

The Southern Empress offers unforgettable evenings for its guests, filled with dining, drinks and dancing. Guests can enjoy a delightful dining experience on the main deck with a beautifully curated three course meal. Alongside exceptional cuisine, guests can indulge in a wide selection of drinks, including signature cocktails, fine wines and refreshing beverages. After enjoying a sumptuous meal, guests can hit the dance floor and groove to the rhythm of live music or a DJ. If you are looking for an evening that goes beyond the ordinary, consider joining us for one of our specialty cruises. Our murder mystery themed cruise is a thrilling experience that combines dining with immersive entertainment. As you enjoy your meal you will become part of a suspenseful whodunit, working together to solve the mystery. It’s an interactive and engaging event that will leave you on the edge of your seat. But, our specialty cruises don’t stop there. We offer a range of other unique experiences to suit different interests. So if you are looking for a dinner cruise that offers more than just a meal, join us aboard the Southern Empress!

Step Back in Time: Cruising Lake Conroe on the Southern Empress

Built in 1983, the 131 Ft 1800s relic of a sternwheeler river boat is a remarkable feat of engineering and historical recreation. Cut into 27 sections, it was then transported to Lake Conroe where it was meticulously reassembled. Today, it stands as one of the lake’s most recognizable icons, showcasing the rich history and charm of an era. The boat’s restoration and preservation efforts have created a unique experience that captivates locals and visitors alike. The Southern Empress has gained significant recognition throughout its years, being featured in many blogs and magazines. Its fondness stems from its ability to cater to both public and private cruises throughout the entire year. This flexibility allows individuals and groups to enjoy an unforgettable experience regardless of the season. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a corporate event, the Southern Empress offers an unforgettable experience for all passengers.


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Very Relaxing and enjoyable 3 hours

My wife and I had a great time. The ship was older but that was what was classic about it. Food was excellent. Met and talked with the owner. Very informative. Staff was very helpful and pleasant. We have already recommended this to our friends and plan on cruising again.

– Michael S. | TripAdvisor
Fun and great experience

My husband and I went for a date night on the dinner cruise. We had a lot of fun. It was also nice to do something different than the standard dinner and movie. The staff was very friendly. I feel like some of the reviews that you find on google are really unfair and unjustified. We will most likely book with Southern Empress Cruises again sometime in the future.

– Natalie D. | TripAdvisor
Relaxing Ending to Anniversary Trip

My husband and I decided to end our anniversary stay at La Torretta Resort and Spa by taking a trip on the Southern Empress. We are thrilled with our experience. The food was delicious.

– kdulin88. | TripAdvisor
A great evening on the lake

The owner came by and introduced himself and asked if he could do anything to make our cruise better which was very nice of him. The price was very reasonable for a three hour cruise with dinner included.

– Bikecoord8r. | TripAdvisor