Who We Are
We are a wedding venue located in the heart of Burlington, Vermont. As the only cruise ship located on Lake Champlain, we offer breathtaking views of the city, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the New York Adirondacks. We host all of your celebrations - including ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, engagement parties, elopments and wind down brunches. We hope to join you in an unforgettable celebration!
About the Ship
Our beautiful cruise ship offers three unique private decks. Rent one, two, or all three! Check out the decks in our photos - our lower deck, which is handicap accessible, is the Admiral Deck. The midlevel of the ship is or Horizon Deck. Our top level, which can be converted to an open-air deck in the summer, is our Sky Deck. Each level of the ship has a different capacity based on Coast Guard regulation. Get in touch with us to find out which deck (or which decks!) suit your wedding.
Contemporary American Cuisine
We have our own on board galley and Executive Chef so we can serve your delicious meal piping hot! We specialize in Nouveau American, and are delighted to offer an array of different menus, designed for ease of planning. We are more than happy to customize to your unique tastes, so please do not hesitate to ask us. Our offerings include buffet menus, plated menus and appetizer menus and packages. We understand food is one of the most important components of your Lake Champlain wedding, and we are pleased to offer the exclusive services of our amazing culinary team!
We strive to be an all-inclusive venue for our brides. We understand that planning such a large event can be an ENORMOUS undertaking! We offer the following to keep your planning simple:
Recommended by 94% of couples
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Erin · Married on 10/07/2017
I got married on the spirit of Ethan Allen last night. It was a magical experience. The staff was wonderful, cheery, and Michelle was amazing. Everything was done exactly the way I hoped it would be. Elegant, sophisticated, fun. The food was divine. The weather didn't completely cooperate but I was reminded that rain during a wedding is good luck. I cannot recommend this place enough.
Jennifer · Married on 06/10/2017
This was such an incredible experience I hardly know where to start! First of all, the views on the ship are breathtaking, and this was the most important factor in our decision to select this venu. The Adirondacks, Green Mountains, and Burlington cityscape are beautiful during the day and breathtaking at sunset, and even more so when enjoyed from gorgeous Lake Champlain. The ability to be on the water yet still allow our guests the option- and comfort- of indoor AND outdoor movement was just perfect. Not a single worry about the weather! And options- oh, my! There were almost too many options. The website is really just a starting point, believe me. We were able to customize to our heart's content, from the food to the decor, deck set up, music- if you want it, you can probably have it. If inclusiveness is important to you, look no further. While we only utilized the ship for our reception, it was still so wonderful to have so much included in our package. The staff is by far the best group of people you could have around you on such an important day. They are all professional, responsive, attentive, and fun. They treated our guests like family and seemed to genuinely enjoy our reception just as much as we did. They were flawless and upbeat, and we never worried or wanted for anything. Our wedding coordinator was truly a dream come true. Heather was an absolute delight to work with. Professional, knowledgeable, available, flexible. She has experience, impeccable taste, and is everything an event planner should be. She did everything we needed her to do and everything we had no idea we needed her to do. Truly spectacular, and oh so sweet and patient. She is the answer to every overwhelmed bride. The real validation came from our guests: the feedback we received was so overwhelmingly positive. That says it all!
Karen · Married on 06/03/2017
Everything was fabulous, no doubt due to Heather and the rest of her staff's hard work. The deck was decorated beautifully, the food was excellent, drinks were strong and prompt, and the DJ was great at reading the room. Having your reception on a boat is such a unique idea and we were thrilled to provide this experience for our guests. The value we received for our money could not have been found with any other venue.
Looking for something different ~ the Spirit of Ethan Allen is a great place to start. Sarah is great. She really listens and cares about all the details for your day. A sunset wedding on the lake would be truly spectacular.
If you're not going to have your wedding with us than why not have it on the Lake! A boat, a lake really how amazing is that? For a day to remember call the SOEA!
Spirit of Ethan Allen III is a fun, unusual, and beautiful venue for a wedding. The team there is well-organized and super-responsive to client needs. Vermont alone is a marvelous wedding venue, but a boat cruising the vibrant waters and spectacular views of Lake Champlain is an experience few could hope to replicate.