Waterways Cruises Marks its 20th Anniversary with a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award

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SEATTLE - Aug. 7, 2014 - PRLog -- Seattle, Wash. – Waterways Cruises and Events, Seattle’s most distinctive cruise and event company, celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year. As a testament to the company’s excellent customer and hospitality service, Waterways Cruises was awarded the 2014 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor®.

TripAdvisor®’s Certificate of Excellence is awarded to hospitality businesses that have received extraordinary, positive recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor® travelers. To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, Waterways Cruises maintained the highest rating for 12 consecutive months. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence represent the top 10% of businesses listed on the website.

“Winning the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire Waterways team and we want to thank all our customers who took the time to complete their TripAdvisor® reviews,” said Shirley Turnbow, CEO and co-founder of Waterways Cruises. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized so positively by our customers. This award is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence. We are excited to celebrate our 20th year in the hospitality industry with this accolade.”

Waterways Cruises was founded in 1994 by Hilton Smith and Shirley Turnbow, starting with one yacht, and their love for boats and outdoor adventure. Within several years, the hobby turned from a small family operation into a full-scale event business with three yachts, a fully equipped catering kitchen, and professional event planning services. Waterways’ beautiful yachts are popular venues for clients who want to have a sense of privacy and a shared adventure – weddings, birthday and anniversary celebrations, and corporate events.

In 2009, Waterways Cruises expanded its operations to include public cruises, offering its on-the-water dining and sightseeing experiences to a wider audience. “We decided to utilize our yachts for cruises open to the public and to introduce our brand to more local residents and visiting tourists,” says Ms. Turnbow. “In the years past we offered a limited number of special event and holiday cruises but now our year-round dining cruise schedule includes over 300 cruises, accommodating guests of all ages--four-course plated dinners, fun happy hour cruises, brunch, lunch and BBQ cruises and special event cruises for Blue Angels’ viewing, Halloween party dancing, all major holidays, and wine tasting cruises in the fall. Waterways’ three yachts are outfitted with full service bars, state-of-the-art galleys for freshly prepared onboard catering, and individual tables that can be custom-arranged to accommodate from 2 to 20 guests.”

Captains are an integral part of the Waterways cruise experience, from personally greeting each customer, presenting flowers to guests of honor, to entertaining diners with a narrative of sights and interesting landmarks during each cruise. “Our captains are very interactive, they have been in this area a long time, and know it well. Parents can bring their children into the wheelhouse and have their pictures taken with the captain. For private cruises, guests often request a specific captain with whom they have cruised before. We have two captains who specialize in weddings. It has been an exciting business to be part of for the last 20 years. We have had corporate CEO’s, sports stars, the Vice President of the United States, and dignitaries from other countries onboard,” says Ms. Turnbow.

About Waterways Cruises and Events

Waterways Cruises was founded in 1994, growing from a small family operation into Seattle’s most distinctive cruise and event company. Originally starting with a single yacht for private charters, Waterways successfully expanded its operations to three beautiful dining yachts (Emerald Star, Olympic Star, and Destiny), accommodating upwards of 40,000 guests per year for weddings, corporate events, special celebrations, and dining cruises. Featuring seasonal menus, scenic cruise routes, exciting entertainment options and private table dining, Waterways Cruises brings unique dining experiences and sightseeing opportunities to Lake Union and Lake Washington. Cruises depart from the Waterways Cruises HomePort on north Lake Union, South Lake Union Park, Kirkland Marina Park and other docks on the Seattle area’s waterfront.

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