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The Wharf's newest yacht is launched in D.C. with a sunset dinner cruise

How do you welcome a 175-foot yacht to DC? With champagne and a sunset cruise of course! To celebrate its 30th anniversary of serving guests in Southwest D.C., Entertainment Cruises welcomed its newest addition to its dinner cruise fleet, the Spirit of Washington, with an official christening ceremony at the Wharf's Pier 4.

Ceremony host Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh FM lead the program which included a dockside welcome by VP and GM of Entertainment Cruises Mary Rinaldo; a Presentation of the Colors by the United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard; a performance of the National Anthem by Entertainment Cruises’ own Jasmin Sessoms; an invocation by Minister Thomas L. Bowen from the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs; and remarks from Entertainment Cruises' CEO Kenneth Svendsen, PN Hoffman's CEO Monty Hoffman and D.C.'s mayor Muriel Bowser. Finally, it was time for an official denaming/renaming ceremony by Captain Nate Handy followed by the formal christening by Mayor Bowser, champagne smashing included.

After guests cheered and toasted to the new yacht, they were invited on board to check out all four swanky levels of The Spirit of Washington (with the capacity to serve 800 guests) and to enjoy a dockside happy hour. Guests mingled and snapped selfies aboard the board with the beautiful cherry blossoms as a backdrop. A lovely dinner of sliders, crab cakes, surf and turf and fried chicken sandwiches was served, and before we knew it, it was time to pull up the anchor and sail off into the sunset for the inaugural cruise!

Guests enjoyed stunning panoramic views of the waterfront and took full advantage of the vessel’s third level District Lounge and open-air patio deck, which boasts its own bar, as well as the open-air rooftop deck complete with patio furniture. While they were unnecessary for yesterday's gorgeous weather, fuzzy blankets adorned the cozy seating arrangements, which would be very romantic on a chilly fall night. The on-board entertainment included a DJ who played a lot of smooth jazz tunes throughout the happy hour and cruise.

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