National Harbor to get first private charter Yacht

Private Charter Yacht to Arrive at National Harbor

Entertainment Cruises Announces National Elite, Early Summer 2012


National Harbor, MD [May 22, 2012] Entertainment Cruises, parent company of Odyssey Cruises, Spirit Cruises and Elite Private Yachts, the nation’s largest dining cruise company, is thrilled to announce the newest addition to their Washington, DC Metro based fleet—the National Elite. This addition will expand the DC Metro fleet to a total of five ships; other ships include the Odyssey, Spirit of Washington, Spirit of Mount Vernon and private yacht Capital Elite.  Arriving in early summer of 2012, the National Elite is the first private charter yacht to be berthed at National Harbor Marina.

Previously known as the Romantica, a De-Naming, Re-Naming and Christening Ceremony is to take place mid-July 2012 to inaugurate the vessel as the National Elite in honor of her new home.

“While we currently offer cruises out of National Harbor, we are excited to establish a permanent presence in the area,” said Vice President and General Manger Sal Naso.  “The National Elite will offer National Harbor visitors and Prince George’s County residences alike an unparalleled way to experience the locale. “

US Coast Guard certified to carry up to 150 passengers, the National Elite is 124 feet in length with a beam of 24 feet.  She boasts three decks for large and small events alike and offers a “Private Bridal Changing Suite” for wedding charters.  Her interior is stylishly designed with two plasma televisions, large panoramic windows to take in unbeatable views and a lounge and bar area with luxurious leather lounge chairs.

The National Elite also has her own galley where Executive Chef Scott Reynolds will prepare all food freshly onboard.  Chef Reynolds has a culinary degree from Keiser University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Loyola University.  He comes to Entertainment Cruises from the Marriott Annapolis Waterfront Hotel Pusser’s Caribbean Grille where he led all food operations including banquet execution, room service and the full service restaurant.

The National Elite will sail along the Potomac River from National Harbor past Old Town, Alexandria and, by way of Reagan National Airport, on toward Haines Point.  The private charter yacht is available for group charters of anywhere between 70 and 150 guests.  She is customizable with a variety of menu choices for plated or food station lunches or dinners of up to 120 guests or cocktail receptions of up to 150 guests.

For media quality images and more information about the National Elite or any of Entertainment Cruises’ unique ships, contact Elyse Goldberg at

About Entertainment Cruises

Chicago-based Entertainment Cruises, Inc. was formed in 2006 when Spirit Cruises LLC, and Premier Yachts Inc., joined forces (  The company serves 1.5 million guests annually with a fleet of 24 ships in nine cities – Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Norfolk, Va.; Philadelphia; National Harbor, MD; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Weehawken, N.J.  Entertainment Cruises’ brand portfolio includes dining and entertainment cruises Odyssey Cruises, Spirit Cruises, Mystic Blue Cruises, and Bateaux New York; Elite Yacht Charters, which offers custom private charters; and Baltimore Harbor Cruises.  Ships are one-, two- and three-deck vessels, and accommodate from 110 to 850 guests, depending on the individual ship, for lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises year-round.  The company and its products are known for outstanding product quality and service.


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