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Anyone Up for a Cruise?

It’s been a great weekend for the Buffalo waterfront, thanks to the Tall Ship Festival. Along with a number of brigantines and schooners, the waterfront also welcomed another important visitor – the Grande Caribe (Great Lakes Cruise Company). I was pretty excited to see the vessel, because I assumed that it had come to town to bring visitors to the Tall Ship Festival. But that was not the case. I asked one of the shipmates about the reason for the visit, and he told me that the passengers, traveling from one Great Lakes city to another, had made a stopover to Buffalo so that the passengers could pay a visit to Niagara Falls. Currently, Buffalo is still no more than a convenience to get sightseers to The Falls.

If you visit the company’s website, you will find a page that allows you to search cruises per city. The ships in the fleet appear to have a lot of intersecting destination cities to choose from, where Buffalo is looked at as more of a layover city. And that’s unfortunate.

Our elegant, unique ships all embody a charming, maritime style. The fleet is perfectly suited for cruising the Great Lakes, and embodies an open-air, inviting atmosphere. With a relaxed, accessible design and impeccable service, we are certain you will find a vessel to suit your needs. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

Because of the Welland Canal, Buffalo gets bypassed for the most part. Every few years, I post about this missed opportunity. How can we get this city on the radar of this company? With all of our world-renowned architecture, great restaurants, rebounding waterfront, etc., one would think that Buffalo would be a primetime city to visit. Also, don’t you think that Buffalonians would want to travel to Cleveland, Chicago, Toronto, etc., on a fully equipped luxury vessel such as the Grande Caribe? I bet there would be plenty of takers for these types of overnight cruises if Buffalo was added as a full fledge stopping point instead of a convenient port for Niagara Falls excursions.

Maybe it’s time to make a couple of phone calls to Great Lakes Cruise Company’s Senior Booking Specialist, Jeanne Psychas? Anyone up for a cruise?

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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