WEIRS BEACH, NH – Let the boating season begin. With the successful completion of its annual inspection by the New Hampshire Departments of Safety, Marine and Fire Safety Divisions, the venerable M/S Mount Washington kicked off its 2018 cruising season with Governor Chris A. Sununu, and several invited guests from throughout the state, aboard a NH State Tourism hosted Shakedown Cruise.
“We’re looking forward to getting back out on the big lake and for a successful cruising season.” says Captain Jim Morash, General Manager of Mount Washington Cruises. During the media portion of the cruise State Tourism Officials released their predictions for a record breaking summer travel season.
The New Hampshire Department of Safety annually inspects the vessels before issuing the cruise line its license to operate. “Safety is the number one priority with our vessels and our relationship with the Marine and Fire Safety Divisions is very important to us”, says Senior Captain Paul Smith. “We are in contact with them throughout the year and open to their suggestions in how to improve our operation in terms of safety. In addition we’re always making improvements and updating older systems with the newer technology available.”
The cruise featured a moment of recognition for Captain Bruce Campbell, who retired from the “Mount” at the end of last season, after 48 years of service. Mr. Campbell started out as a deckhand in the summer of 1969 and worked his way up to become Captain in 2001.
Upholding a longstanding tradition, Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise, Sunday May 13thwill be the first cruise available to the public. The two and a half hour scenic cruises, of Lake Winnipesaukee, feature a champagne brunch and entertainment for all ages. There are two brunch cruises to choose from: 10:00 am or 2:00 pm.
The official 2018 daily cruising season for the M/S Mount Washington, and her sister vessels, run from May 19thuntil October 28thoffering daily cruises from its summer port of Weirs Beach while servicing the ports of Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Departure times and options vary through the season with July and August having the most cruises available. Options include daily scenic, evening dinner dance and island mail delivery cruises. To learn more about the various vessels (Mount Washington, Doris E. & Sophie C.) and to view a more complete schedule with times and ticket prices, visit www.cruisenh.comor call 603-366-5531.