|Saturday, April 25, 2009|
|Great Lakes Titanic Dinner Cruise|
After months of planning and untold hours of organizing, the beautiful Detroit Princess riverboat cast off her lines on Saturday, April 25th for a dinner cruise to remember. Scores of passengers–many in period dress–boarded the Princess to commemorate Titanic’s maiden voyage and celebrate James Cameron’s award winning film which brought her story back to life a decade ago.
A mix of warm temperatures, sun, and a brief (but intense!) afternoon storm greeted those who stepped aboard the Princess in downtown Detroit. Well over one hundred passengers enjoyed live music, refreshments, and a fine buffet dinner before leaving the dock. Once underway passengers were treated to wonderful twilight views of the Detroit and Windsor skylines from the Princess’ outer decks. Inside they enjoyed lively conversation, fascinating displays, live music, and fine Irish dancing. Titanic authors V.C. King and Captain David G. Brown, as well as “Titanic” movie collector Kathleen Marcaccio, were featured guests who shared their experiences and insights. A special highlight was the attendance of Michigan resident Bernie Waelens who spoke about his uncle, Third Class passenger and Titanic victim Achille Waelens.
Late into the evening the Detroit Princess silently returned to her pier. Everyone said their goodbyes and headed home, hopeful that this would be the first of many Great Lakes Titanic Dinner Cruises to come. It had been a perfect night to remember: “Never let go!”
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Special thanks to members of the Great Lakes Titanic Connection,
Maggie and Dan Micoff
and to everyone else who contributed to the success of the event!
|V. C. King||Kathleen Marcaccio||Bernie Waelens|
|Captain David G. Brown||Tir Na N'Og Gaelic Dancers – Lapeer, Michigan|
|The Evening’s Program|
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|Program Cover||The Evening’s Events and Guests||Program Sponsors|
|Visit the GLTS photo gallery to view more pictures from the Great Lakes Titanic Dinner Cruise|