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Cool summer fun: Delta cruises out of Stockton

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Cool summer fun: Delta cruises out of Stockton

Cruising the Delta as part of a group on boats is growing in popularity.

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POSTED July 6, 2012 11:05 p.m.

STOCKTON – In the past year, Sylvano Garcia organized a pair of Delta cruises.

The volunteer at Mr. D’s Pizza & Sports Pub discovered Stockton Yacht Charters during last year’s Fourth of July barbecue along the north bank of the Deep Water Channel.

One of its ‘Island Girl’ vessels was docked at the Stockton Marina near the historic Waterfront Warehouse. He jotted down the contact number from the yacht signage on booking special events.

Last August, Garcia and his wife, Lisa, were among the 100 to take the three-hour Delta cruise from Waterfront Warehouse to the Stockton Yacht Club, going from the Deep Water Channel to the Calaveras River.

“(Island Girl) maxed out at close to 150 passengers but we decided to put a limit on it so that people can walk around and have fun,” said Garcia, who reserved 100 spots on a first-come, first-serve basis.

He booked a basic package consisting of the Delta cruise and bar. Garcia brought in a DJ - in this case, Henry Loza, his longtime friend – and, on the other cruise, he added the local band ‘Latin Soul’ to spice up the Halloween event.

“The whole idea was to take a cruise (in town) for all of us to enjoy,” he said. “It turned out pretty good.”

Part of the reason for that was the commitment by Stockton Yacht Charters on making every event unique and special.

Included are weddings, class reunions, and company and family gatherings, to name a few. Cruises are available for groups to all sizes.

‘Island Girl’ is a U.S. Coast Guard-certified passenger vessel.

Fleets from Opportunity Cruises and Delta River Cruises also operate out of the Stockton Marina.

Cruises, in addition, provide folks with the opportunity to get better acquainted with over 1,000 miles of waterways in the four regions – Northern, Central, Western and Southern Deltas.

Folks such as Sylvano and Lisa Garcia have been on some of the big cruises to Mexico. But they also find enjoyment on these short excursions closer to home.

“They’re very comfortable,” said Sylvano, who will also host an after-cruise party at nearby Mr. D’s.  “You have fun and it’s a smooth ride.”

 Opportunity Cruises

The ‘California Sunset’ is another Delta cruise with services out of Stockton.

This USCG-certified passenger vessel accommodates up to 80 people, including 20 comfortably on the upper deck for table service meals.

Up to 40 people on lower deck and bow can opt to enjoy a buffet and appetizers.

Opportunity Cruises offers a variety of packages including a three-hour private cruise for 20 or more available at affordable prices per person.

The staff is ready to handle parties, from birthdays, retirements and anniversaries to weddings and other special events.

The ‘California Sunset’ has two vessels that call the Stockton Marina home.

Part of Opportunity Cruises mission is “to take boat loads of kids out on the Delta (by) providing enhancement, education, and employment opportunities.”

Delta River Cruise

This is only the company that provides riverboat excursions from Stockton to San Francisco.

Such trips need a minimum of 40 people in order to set sail. Those aboard for this all-day outing are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring along friend.

Cruises are available here to take folks from Stockton to Sacramento, with the return trip being via train. Parking and shuttle service or transfers are included in the package.

Each cruise features a catered lunch and continental breakfast.

The Delta River Cruise is ideal for couples, travel clubs, retreats, employee team building, church groups, and retreats.

Information on cruises:

• Stockton Yacht Charters, (209) 639-4808 or log on to

• Opportunity Cruises, (916) 600-3815 or log on to

Delta Discovery Cruises, (209) 942-4372, (209) 399-9342, or log on to


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