Passenger vessel’s ‘Spirit’ renewed

On Easter Sunday when people board the Spirit of New Jersey for a sold-out luncheon cruise around New York Harbor, they will be among the first passengers to enjoy the vessel’s $1.5 million renovation. 

Entertainment Cruises, the largest harbor cruise operator in the U.S. with locations in several cities including New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, brought the Spirit to Baltimore’s new drydock at General Ship Repair for some finishing work.

Photo by: General Ship’s John Tanner

The interior renovation includes a complete makeover for the 400-passenger dinner cruiser complete with a new dance-floor and LED lighting system, a new observation deck, and all kinds of lounge areas. With interior work complete on her two decks, she headed to General Ship for a Coast Guard inspection and new paint job.

“We used UHP waterjetting and low-pressure water washing to prepare the surface for painting,” said General Ship’s John Tanner. He said that the Spirit looked so good as she prepared to get underway, he had to snap a photo.

Coatings were supplied by PPG Industrial Coatings and the waterjetting equipment was from by NLB Corp.

The Spirit of New Jersey runs out of Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, N.J., year-round. The cruise hits all the landmarks of New York by water, with the motto, “If you haven’t seen Manhattan from the water, you haven’t seen Manhattan.” Being a native of Jersey, I might rewrite that to say, “If you haven’t seen Manhattan from New Jersey, don’t bother.”

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Kathy Bergren Smith

Kathy Bergren Smith has been a correspondent with WorkBoat since 2002. She is also a writer and photographer for the Port of Baltimore Magazine covering shipping and port activities. Smith, also a noted commercial and fine art photographer, resides in Annapolis, Md.

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