Captain John “Duke” Panzella is the owner of the River Rose. Captain John, better known as “Duke,” has been around boats his entire life. He restores boats as a hobby. Duke had a dream one night about owning a big party boat. In his dream he saw many people, young and old, laughing and enjoying themselves on a boat. The music was playing and people were dancing. When he woke that dream never left him; he thought about what he dreamt of all the time.
After a short time he saw The River Rose, a big beautiful New Orleans paddle wheeler, with a “for sale” sign on her He bought The River Rose in 2000 and Duke’s dream became a reality. The River Rose, once a small casino boat on the Mississippi River, is now entertaining young and older generations on the beautiful Hudson River with dance parties, dinner cruises, Sunday brunches, fireworks cruises, and two hour narrated sightseeing cruises. Families and tour groups come from all over the Tri-State area.
The focus of Duke’s business is to take the public on the beautiful Hudson River aboard The River Rose. The greatest rewards of his business is making beautiful memories for his clients. Duke has a lot of memories and photographs of The River Rose and continues to make more memories and lasting friendships each season.
Duke states, “I am on every one of my cruises. Come aboard The River Rose and allow me and my friendly crew to make your cruise a memorable one!”
It’s always a party aboard The River Rose.
God Bless You,
Capt. John “Duke” Panzella