|Launched:||1st January 1998|
The Grande Mariner was commissioned in the United States in 1998. This coastal ship, operated by Blount Small Ship Adventures, has recently been refurbished and with a passenger capacity of 96 is the perfect size for this itinerary. The Grande Mariner offers four categories of classic small-ship cruising cabins. Each features private facilities and individually controlled air conditioning systems, which continuously feed in fresh air. Smoking is restricted to outside decks so all cabins are smoke-free. Single-sitting meals with an open seating policy allows you the freedom to meet many travelling companions. Chef-prepared meals are delicious, healthy, and often reflective of the region in which you are travelling. Beverages and snacks are available around the clock. With a little advance notice, dietary restrictions can be easily accommodated. Stair lifts are available between the Main, Sun and Top decks on all vessels for your convenience. In the Vista View lounge enjoy 180-degree views from comfortable, casual lounges. This social setting is perfect for getting to know your fellow passengers. The Retractable Pilot House also allows the vessel to slip beneath low bridges and transit locks that typically exclude cruise ships. As a result of this feature, the ships are the only overnight cruising vessels able to navigate the historic Erie Canal.