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