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Entertainment Cruises was founded in 1978 when a young businessman in Norfolk, Virginia, converted an old world war II landing craft into a dinning 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. In the late 1980s a young bar manager working for the Spirit of Chicago named Michael Higgins came up with a concept for an upscale dinner cruise experience that featured fine, 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.
After just one season it was clear that the company was destined for growth. 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 merged the best of both companies into one remarkable corporation called Entertainment Cruises, Inc. With 26 vessels serving eight cities with six unique cruise products, Entertainment Cruises is focused on creating even more superior dining and entertainment experiences for its guests.