Breaking News about the Queen -- Indian River Queen Paddle Wheel Riverboat Venue in Cocoa Florida Gets New Caterer

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The Black Tulip Restaurant in Cocoa Florida joins the Crew on the Indian River Queen as their new and exclusive caterer. Since the New Year, the Queen has not been at her Cocoa Village Marina boarding location. Read where the Queen currently is and what else the New Year has in store for the Indian River Queen with this up to date report provided by the Queen's owner Penny S. Flaherty.

Dockage at Cocoa Village Marina

We saved the Queen" boasts owner Penny Flaherty, who is obviously proud of the accomplishments she and her crew have made over the past eight years.

Since 2004 the Indian River Queen has become a popular landmark and attraction on Florida’s Space Coast. Visitors come from all over the world to host destination weddings and other special events on board. Orlando Convention Center attendees enjoy the Queen as an offsite activity which permits them the opportunity to explore the gentle Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway system.

For the past eight years traffic tends to slow down for a quick peek at the Queen at her dock which is visible from the Hubert Humphrey Bridge on 520. Since the New Year, the Queen has not been at the dock causing speculation and concern regarding what the New Year has in store for the Queen.

To put the rumors to rest the Queen’s owner Penny S. Flaherty has responded to all of the questions and concerns with this up to date report in addition to formally announcing that the Black Tulip Restaurant as the new caterer on board the Queen.

From time to time the Queen does journey elsewhere. Currently the Queen is at dry dock for a hull inspection that is performed every two years by the USCG. At that time the crew does any necessary upgrades or repairs that are not possible while at dock. The Queen is scheduled to return to Cocoa by January 22, 2012 and will be prepared for the first scheduled cruise of the year on January 27th

The Indian River Queen, triple deck riverboat was built in 1984. Local gal & native Floridian Penny Sheridan Flaherty purchased the Queen in 2004 after it had been commissioned as a film location for the movie "Out of Time" starring Denzel Washington.

It took over two years for Penny and her crew to restore the Queen and bring the vessel back into service and reclaim its USCG certifications. "We saved the Queen" boast Penny, who is obviously proud of the accomplishments she and her crew have made over the past eight years.

The Indian River Queen is a venue which specializes in private riverboat charters, weddings, corporate functions, reunions, holiday parties and other exclusive gatherings.

The Queen‘s home port is Cocoa Village Marina, which is the official boarding location.
In 2010 the Indian River Queen purchased the t-dock at the marina so there are no longer any concerns that the Queen may need to be relocated. "Cocoa Village Marina is an ideal location being only 45 minutes from Orlando, 15 minutes to Cocoa Beach & Port Canaveral and 20 minutes to Kennedy Space Center," said Penny,

The Black Tulip restaurant in Cocoa Village has recently been selected to be the Queen's exclusive caterer. The Black Tulip is located at 207 Brevard Ave, Cocoa Village, FL and is only a block away from the Queen's dock. The Black Tulip began providing service on the Queen during the 2011 holiday season. They have been in operation for over 30 years, opening May 1981 and have been voted best fine dining in Brevard for many years. "The Black Tulip is without a doubt one of the most beautiful & intimate restaurants around. Back in the day they had a ritzy clientele and were one of the most expensive restaurants around. Now days the clientele varies and the prices are more affordable for most people to enjoy. They are known for their popular classic Caesar salad, sushi grade seared tuna, fresh fish, chicken and steak entrees. The Indian River Queen is proud to be associated with the Black Tulip and looks forward to a long lasting and professional relationship." Said Penny

“MidairUSA had the great fortune of having our holiday event aboard the Indian River Queen. The only thing that surpassed the weather, the boat and the excellent staff was the catering. Our crew discussed the food for days after the party. It was fantastic, plentiful and pleased a very diverse crowd. I have heard over and over that we couldn't have done any better on this event," stated Janet Buol, Office Manager for MidairUSA.

"All events on the Queen are special event, claims Penny. Even public cruises are special since they are offered only twice a month, January though November." December the Queen host holiday party cruises." The Public calendar is located on the Queen's website Boarding passes can be purchased online or by calling our reservation agent at 321-454-7414 or 1-800-979-3370.

The Indian River Queen offer their clients in house wedding and event planning service for all private events hosted on the Queen. Some of the professional services provided are photography, video, wedding cakes, live and DJ entertainment, flower plans, officiate, favors, staffing, set up, clean up, and transportation. They also offer a first class beverage service with two bars onboard. The Queen is known for mixing top shelf cocktails, designer martinis and frozen beverages made with fresh juice.

To book an event on the Queen simply call and speak directly to the Queen's planner to discuss your event. A personal dockside meeting and site inspection can also be scheduled onboard. Once the Queen's planner knows exactly what to include in your plan a detailed outline and quote will be presented. There is no fee to receive this professional consultation however a $350 deposit is required to secure a date for any private event on the Queen. This fee will be applied to the balance of the event.

The cost to have an event on the Queen depends of the number of guests, food, beverage choices and other services included in your event plan. Sample event plans and cost are displayed on the Queen's website,

Since the Queen was never intended to be a daily tour boat the Queen’s sister company Island Boat Lines offer daily Dolphin and Manatee tours through the Cocoa Beach 1,000 Islands on the Banana River. These daily eco boat tours depart at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 pm from the Sunset Waterfront Cafe located in Cocoa Beach. Reservations are required. Call 321-454-7414 or visit the website

The Indian River Lagoon, the waterway which the Queen cruises is famous for fishing and is known as the Red Fish Capital of the World. Those who wish to cast a line should contact local fishing guide, Captain Peter Flaherty with Orlando Fishing Adventures (321)302-0549. Videos captured on Indian River Lagoon fishing charters are also featured on the website

CB Sportfishing with Captain Tim Sheridan offer offshore deep sea fishing trips out of Port Canaveral. (321) 848-2662.

For additional information the Queen's planners are always available during office hours Monday - Friday 9-4:00 p.m. Call 321-454-7414.


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