Special Events - Moonlight Cruises
The Moonlight Cruises
A New Way to See Chesapeake Beach -- 2014
The Town of Chesapeake Beach invites you to spend a summer evening cruising aboard the “Miss Chesapeake Beach.” Captain Luke Thatcher brought “Miss Chesapeake Beach” to the Bay in 2011. Formerly, she sailed out of Plymouth, Massachusetts taking guests bottom fishing and whale watching.
Miss Chesapeake Beach was built in 1995, is 63 feet in length and is certified by the US Coast Guard to carry 107 passengers. (The most we carry is 50.) Captain Luke grew up around here and began his career on the water by mating on other boats. Captain Luke is a young, (he is in his early 20s) laid-back captain. Most often, he comes aboard in shorts, a tee shirt and barefoot. He is always accompanied by his friend and companion, his dog Marlin. You read that right, his dog’s name is Marlin.
Marlin will be ready to greet you as you board the Miss Chesapeake Beach for your moonlight cruise.
Captain Luke greets the passengers and introduces Marlin, while asking if there is anyone who does not like dogs. If a passenger indicates that they are not comfortable about dogs Luke tells Marlin to go upstairs. Marlin then climbs the ladder, yes it’s a ladder, and lays on “Marlin’s Roost” throughout the trip. As the boat leaves the slip and heads out towards the Chesapeake Bay, you realize that young Captain Luke knows how to drive this big boat better than most can drive their car. Just sit back and enjoy a two-hour leisurely cruise along the coastline of our beautiful community.
Captain Luke enjoying a day on the Chesapeake Bay fishing for (and catching) rockfish!
Tickets are on sale now (see below). Click on the Moonlight Cruise link and follow that link to purchase with your own credit card or PayPal account. Tickets are also available at Town Hall. Please pay with check or cash only when purchasing at Town Hall. The cost is $25 per person. No reservations will be accepted without accompanying payment. Children are welcome; there are no age limits, but these cruises are more suited for adults. Complimentary light snacks are provided during the cruise. Guests are welcome to bring their own adult beverages or other drinks.
Above Story by Connie O’Dell, Special Events Coordinator
Day & Date
Friday, June 13
It’s a Full Moon on Friday the 13th -- Not for the superstitious; let’s go howl at the moon!
Saturday, June 28
Country Boys and Their Boats -- Tribute to Alan Jackson night. Cowboy hats and Alan “tees” suggested!
7- 9 p.m.
Saturday, July 12
Full Moon Over Margaritaville -- Tribute to Jimmy Buffett. Island theme clothing and flip flops!
7- 9 p.m.
Friday, July 25
Scorpion Brewing Company Tasting -- Subject to Change, Introduction of a new local brewing company; we will only give you a taste so don’t forget your cooler.
Friday, August 8
Are you Ready for Some Football? -- Sport your favorite team shirt; we’ll furnish the hot dogs, you bring your own drinks!
Saturday, August 23
Say Goodbye to the Summer -- 50’s and 60’s music, white tee shirts and pedal pushers!
7- 9 p.m.
Only $25 per person. Reservations can also be made in person with check or cash at the Town of Chesapeake Beach Town Hall during normal business hours.
Any remaining reservations will be made available for sale via cash or check on the dock a few minutes prior to each departure.
Light snacks provided. Bring your own soft drinks, wine or beer.
Our boat will depart from the dock at the Rod 'N' Reel in Chesapeake Beach, located at 4165 Mears Avenue PROMPTLY at either 7pm or 8pm (check schedule), so please arrive a few minutes beforehand to check-in.
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