New ‘Spirit of Washington’ Christened

On March 28, 2017, Entertainment Cruises, Washington, DC welcomed its newest 175-foot yacht the Spirit of Washington, with an official christening ceremony at the yacht’s new home on Pier 4.
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Captain Pieter van Wijngaarden, Entertainment Cruises CEO Kenneth Svendsen and Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
Ceremony host Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM lead the program which included a dockside welcome by VP and GM, Entertainment Cruises Mary Rinaldo, a Presentation of the Colors by the United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, a performance of the National Anthem by Entertainment Cruises’ own Jasmine Sessoms, an invocation by Director, Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs Minister Thomas L. Bowen, remarks from guest speaker Founder & CEO, PN Hoffman Monty Hoffman and CEO, Entertainment Cruises Kenneth Svendsen, an official denaming/renaming ceremony by Captain Nate Handy and formal christening by Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. A celebratory dockside happy hour and inaugural sunset cruise followed.
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Hosts Kelly Collis and Tommy McFly of the Tommy McFly Morning Show with Bethany Kazaba, Kristen Emond, Dana Nebinski
March also marks the 30th anniversary of the Spirit of Washington brand serving guests in Southwest DC. The new Spirit of Washington is a four-level yacht with the capacity to serve 800 guests.
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Camille Saum, Ed McAllister, Rachel Dougan, Jim Dougan
Guests at the Christening event enjoyed drinks and fresh crab cakes, shrimp, steak and a variety of desserts including treats from Georgetown Cupcake as they took in stunning panoramic views of the DC waterfront and took full advantage of the vessel’s third level District Lounge and open-air patio deck.
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Captain Nate Handy, Captain Pieter Wijngaarden, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Entertainment Cruises CEO Kenneth Svendsen and PN Hoffman CEO Monty Hoffman
On-board entertainment included a DJ who played a variety of music throughout the happy hour and cruise.
Image Credit: Jason Dixson Photography

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