Entertainment Cruises Mission-
Inspired by a commitment to excellence, we create unforgettable memories.
Entertainment Cruises History
Incorporated in 2006, Entertainment Cruises offers customers an unusual perk for a brand new company – over 45 years of combined expertise in dining and sightseeing cruises. This is the story of two entrepreneurial harbor cruise companies that started out as competitors, but ended up partners in the largest harbor cruise company in America.
It began back in 1978 when a young businessman in Norfolk, Virginia, converted an old World War II landing craft into a dining cruise vessel on the historic Elizabeth River. The popular ship was christened Spirit of Norfolk and a new company called Spirit Cruises was born. Over the years, Spirit Cruises entertained 18 million passengers as it expanded into seven major cities including Boston, Chicago, New York, Weehawken (NJ), Philadelphia and Washington, DC in addition to its original port of Norfolk. As Spirit’s fleet grew to 12 vessels, three distinct cruise experiences emerged: fun & festive Spirit Cruises, Elite Private Yacht Charters and a gourmet dining cruise aboard Bateaux New York, Spirit’s own version of the glass-enclosed riverboats of Paris.
Now fast forward to the late 1980s and a young bar manager working for the Spirit of Chicago named Michael Higgins. Drafting his vision on a napkin, he came up with a concept for an upscale dinner cruise experience that featured first class service and elegance. He called his vision Odyssey, and his concept and marketing plan soon brought investors on board. In May 1991, the 600-passenger Odyssey I was christened at Navy Pier and Michael Higgins became an industry leader in a new company called Premier Yachts, Inc. By 1993, the original Odyssey I was relocated to Boston Harbor and a new, larger Odyssey II took over the Chicago berth. In 1995, Odyssey III joined the fleet as the only ship of its kind designed to cruise beneath the historic bridges spanning the Potomac River in Washington, DC. Over the next six years, Premier Yachts added four sleek speedboats branded Seadog I, II, III & IV to its fleet in Chicago, as well as a casual and fun dining vessel called Mystic Blue.
In January of 2006, a new chapter was written in the logbooks of both Spirit Cruises and Premier Yachts as they came together under one umbrella called Entertainment Cruises, Inc. In 2007 the new company acquired Baltimore Harbor Cruises, followed by expansion to National Harbor in 2008. With 26 vessels serving nine cities with seven unique cruise products, Entertainment Cruises is focused on creating even more superior dining and entertainment experiences for its guests. New ships, new cruise products, new ways to enjoy America’s greatest waterways– they are all coming your way in the years ahead.
Boston, MA | Chicago, IL | Washington, DC | National Harbor, MD
Odyssey Cruises is the industry leader in exceptional, elegant and attentive dining cruises—creating unforgettable memories and spectacular events on the water. Guests enjoy four-course plated service, enhanced by live music on a luxury yacht.
Baltimore, MD | Boston, MA | Chicago, IL | New York, NY | Weehawken, NJ | Norfolk, VA
Philadelphia, PA | National Harbor, MD | Washington, DC
Spirit Cruises is the most vibrant and theatrical dining cruise experience to hit our cities. Delicious food, lively dancing and engaging entertainment onboard a fun and festive yacht make every cruise a celebration.
Mystic Blue Cruises
Mystic Blue Cruises is Chicago’s fun and casual dining cruise, offering bountiful buffets and lively DJ entertainment in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Bateaux New York
New York, NY | Weehawken, NJ
New York’s sophisticated, European-inspired Bateaux New York is the unique dining cruise indulgence. All-glass ceiling and walls provide never-ending skyline views for intimate and upscale events.
Atlantica by Bateaux New York
New York, NY | Weehawken, NJ
Atlantica is an exclusive, high-end private charter yacht featuring fine cuisine, exceptional service and endless customization options for any event. In addition to the Main Salon, this vessel contains an impressive Cocktail Lounge & Bar as well as one of the largest open air Observation Decks in NY Harbor.
Spirit Elite Yacht Charters
Boston, MA | Washington, DC | National Harbor, MD | Philadelphia, PA
Elite Yachts serve both Boston and Washington DC metro areas with exclusive, one of a kind dining and group charters for distinctive and important events.
Chicago, IL | Baltimore, MD
Seadog exhilarates in Chicago and Baltimore with exciting waterfront speedboat excursions and sightseeing tours. Combining thrilling rides and entertaining descriptions, Seadog is great for all ages. The Seadog brand expanded in Chicago in May 2008 with the new Seadog Extreme, a vessel equipped with more horsepower and more speed than her siblings, thrilling guests with high speeds and full 180 / 360-degree spins. – less