Frequently Asked Questions

Can I customize the cruise to meet my needs?
Your Al and Alma's event planner will work with you on every detail of your event, from menus to decorations,  entertainment options and custom menus to make sure that all of your event objectives are met.
Can we provide our own food or work with an outside catering service?
Sorry, due to our unique venue, we cannot accommodate outside catering services.  Be assured that all of the items in our menus have been proven and carefully considered for service on our cruises.  Please let your event planner know how we may accommodate your special needs.
Are your buffets "all you can eat"?
Not necessarily.  Because of the finality of being on the water, our buffet cruises leave the dock with specific portion servings per person reflective of your final guarantee. Your host or hostess will work to make sure your guests receive appropriate portion servings.
Are there vegetarian options available?
Yes!  Our chef will be happy to prepare a vegetarian option at no extra charge.  Please include your request at or before the 72-hour food guarantee cut off.
Are there Kosher options available?
Yes, Kosher meals are available (additional charges may apply).  Please notify your event planner no later than two weeks before your event to arrange Kosher meals.
Can I bring my own cake aboard for my event?
Yes!  Though we can also provide a cake for your occasion, we welcome you to bring your own, provided it does not require refrigeration.
Are children allowed?
Of course!  Adults must accompany children.  We do recommend (not required) that small children bring a comfortable life jacket to wear during the cruise.  Children ten and under cruise at a reduced rate, and children two and under cruise free.  However, child rates do not count toward your cruise minimums.
Are outside alcoholic beverages allowed?
No.  Minnesota State Law forbids us from allowing any outside alcoholic beverages onboard Al and Alma's Fleet.
Can we bring our own decorations?
Yes!  Decorations are allowed with the exception of clear tapes and paper mache streamers.  Your event planner can also assist in providing decorations and custom cruise banners.
When is our final passenger count and payment due?
Final passenger counts are due 72 hours prior to your event.  Final payment is due the day of the event.
What payment options do I have?
Payments may be made by check or credit card.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.  Special payment options may be extended to our corporate clients. Please consult your event planner for more information.
Are state taxes included?
Tax is included only on package buffet cruise pricing.  6.9% state sales tax will be added to A la Carte food, non-alcoholic beverages, desserts, and service charge.  9.4% state liquor tax will be added to all alcoholic beverages.
How do I hold a date and time reservation?
48-hour courtesy holds are available through your event planner.  A $500 deposit is required at the time you book your reservation.
What happens during rain or storms?
Al and Alma's Fleet cruises rain or shine.  In the case of severe weather conditions, the yachts may remain dockside for portions of the event. Also, please keep in mind that our yachts are equipped with full upper deck enclosures.
What kind of music entertainment can we have on the boat?
If you're planning on booking some live music for your event, please be aware that Lake Minnetonka ordinances restrict us from hosting live amplified music on the outside decks of our fleet. However, acoustic groups such as a Dixieland band or steel drum band are acceptable.  Please contact your event planner if you would like help booking live music for  your event.
What is the dress attire?
Dress for the current weather conditions during your cruise time.  As a general rule, we recommend casual dress attire, such as casual shorts or pants and golf shirts.
How far in advance should I begin planning my event?
We suggest that you begin planning your event as soon as you have a definite date in mind.  Booking early ensures your first choice of yacht and allows extra time for coordination of all your special details.
Are your yachts Handicap Accessible?
Regrettably, none of the Al and Alma's fleet are "Handicap Accessible" as determined by state law.  Please consult you event planner about restrictions and how our staff can accommodate your special needs.
What is your cancellation policy?
Event deposits will be refunded in full if your event is cancelled 45 days prior to event date.  Deposits may be applied to rescheduled events if the event is rescheduled 30 days prior to original event date.  Groups canceling within 72 hours of the event will be responsible for all cruise and food charges.  Normal deposit terms are applied to the final event balance.
Is there pre-assigned seating on public cruises?
No. Open to the public cruises begin boarding 15 minutes prior to departure.  Seating choices are on a first come basis.
How do I redeem a cruise gift certificate?
Reservations for public cruises are available by calling 952.472.3098.  Cruise reservations are held by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.  Gift certificates may be exchanged for boarding passes the day of your cruise.
If my party is not able to make it or we miss our public cruise time can I receive a refund?
Sorry, all unused tickets are non-refundable.
Is smoking permitted?
Smoking is permitted on outside decks only.

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