From the City of Have de Grace Office of Marketing and Tourism:
From the time that Tidewater Marina confirmed the dockage of the American Spirit, originally at the C&D Canal to Tidewater Marina in Havre de Grace, the efforts of the City of Have de Grace Office of Marketing and Tourism has not gone unnoticed by the American Cruise Lines. This week it has been announced that they will no longer offer the package to transport passengers to Winterthur Mansion at Longwood Gardens in Delaware.
“I am happy to let you know that we are offering guided tours of the museums,” stated Cristina Hall with American Cruise lines, “the passengers really seem to be enjoying their time in Havre de Grace.”
The cruise lines will also be providing a shuttle service for their passenger to run a constant route from Tidewater Marina to downtown. “The timing in which this change of dockage; not change of packages occurred, the City realized the importance of marketing all it had to offer to the corporate offices of the cruise lines”, says Brigitte Peters, City of Havre de Grace Marketing and Tourism Manger.
The morning of July 4th Mayor Wayne Dougherty boarded the ship at the Captains invitation and presented the Captain and Crew a proclamation on behalf of the City of Havre de Grace and provided them with the flag of Havre de Grace. He and First Lady Mary Dougherty then preceded to give a short history of the City and encouraged the passengers to experience the City of Havre de Grace for themselves. This meeting of the Captain and the Mayor turned into an important component of the ships visit.
Later that afternoon the Captain contacted Mayor Dougherty of the critical need to replenish their water supply, understanding that need, Mayor Dougherty contacted philanthropist Alan Fair, owner of Heron Harbor to assist. Mr. Fair got in touch with the Captain and without hesitation provided permission to dock at Heron Harbor to replenish their water supply. The extended stay allowed the passengers and crew to enjoy a wonderful July 4th in Havre de Grace. The remaining cruises to Havre de Grace are as follows:
Arrive: Thurs, 7/15/10 @ 1:00pm Depart: Fri, 7/16/10 @ 6:00am
Arrive: Sat, 7/17/10 @ 10:00 pm Depart: Sun, 7/18/10 @ 12:00pm
Arrive: Thurs, 7/29/10 @ 1:00pm Depart: Fri, 7/30/10 @ 6:00am