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The Best Way to See Fall Foliage? Sunset Cruises on the Potomac

Posted by George Stevens on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

 


 

With the fall season already under way, peopFoliage.jpgle have started to think about cozy sweaters, apple picking and warm firesides. Everyone has their favorite fall activity and we'd like to offer a slight twist to one annual tradition in particular: taking a drive to see the fall foliage. Take a sunset cruise instead!

Why skip the car?

  • Cramped - Only so many people can fit in a car comfortably. Our private charter can host up to 25 guests. As the weather cools and you choose to remain inside the salon, we can still host up to 15-20.
  • Getting a Good View - Is it even safe to pull over on the side of the road? You'll get to relax (a glass of wine in hand, if you choose) with a perfect view of the landscape instead of wondering if you've missed the exit your neighbor thought led to the best lookout.
  • Driving Long Distance - Leave the driving to us! Instead of driving for hours to get out of the city, you just need to meet us in the heart of Old Town Alexandria and we'll handle the steering wheel from there.
  • Picnic in Style - Who likes a picnic in the cold? Enjoy a full view of the foliage and Potomac landmarks from the warmth of the salon as you dine. Catered or not, it'll beat a restaurant's view any day.

This year, instead of loading everyone up into the cramped car to drive to the country, consider the Potomac Belle for one of the best front row views to DC's gorgeous fall leaves. Whether you're hosting a special dinner for out-of-town family or a corporate board meeting, famous landmarks along the river, framed by fiery golden-hued foliage, make the perfect backdrop as you cruise down the Potomac at sunset.

Book now: contact us as soon as possible to reserve peak vantage times for one of our favorite fall traditions!

Tags: Potomac Belle Yacht Charters, Private yacht charter, Potomac River, Potomac Belle, Corporate outings, Sunset cruises, Old Town Alexandria, See the history of Old Town form the water

Anniversaries on a River Cruise

Posted by George Stevens on Fri, Sep 15, 2017 @ 03:58 PM

A spectacular dinner cruise is one of the best ways to celebrate an anniversary with that special someone. Toast with champagne to youanniversary-cruises-decorate.jpgr successes together, savor the delectable flavors of your meal, and gaze at the beauty of the Potomac River aboard this private luxury yacht. Invite your family or friends to help you celebrate this occasion and create fantastic memories.

The setting cannot be beat on the Potomac Belle. The view of the sparkling water with the cozy comforts of a stunning interior space yield decadence and feelings of happiness and joy. Here are some ideas for an anniversary cruise:

  • Have brunch and bottomless mimosas
  • Have dinner and drinks to celebrate your love during a beautiful sunset 
  • Invite family and friends to help celebrate with a dance party
  • Enjoy a nice meal then play board games as you float along the river
  • Dress in costume and take pictures to remember your time on board 

There are many different ways to celebrate your special anniversary, and no better way than on a private chartered yacht. Leaving the details to us will ensure your experience is effortless and fun. Whether you choose to cruise during the day or night, an anniversary on the Potomac Belle is a great choice. 

Prepare for the anniversary of a lifetime. You will be greeted warmly by the staff, enjoy a delicious meal and a tasty drink, and savor the view of the water, sky, and coastline. For more information about a Potomac River cruise contact us today and we will make your cruising dreams come true. 

Tags: Potomac Belle Yacht Charters, Private yacht charter, Potomac River, Private yacht, Potomac Belle, Sunset cruises, Old Town Alexandria, weddings

Treat Your House Guests to Old Town Alexandria Cruises

Posted by George Stevens on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 10:14 PM

 


 

If you live in the Washington DC area, you probably get your share of house guests. There's so much to see and do, and treating your family and friends to a cruise of Old Town Alexandria or Georgetown will make their visit even more memorable. Here's a few reasons to do your entertaining on board.

Beat Museum Fatigue: The local attractions including the Smithsonian and the memorials are beautiful and enriching, but there's only so much you can absorb in a short time. It's like trying to sample too many perfumes at once. Taking a break for a cruise will refresh you, and help you to enjoy the museums more. Plus, if your guests are older or just not used to walking so much, they'll appreciate a chance to rest their feet.

Catch Up: Did you ever have people visit for a week or more only to realize you barely had a chance to talk? If you're planning your outings, and rushing from one sight to another it might not leave much time free for conversation. On the water, you can relax and chat face to face.

Offer Something They Can't Do at Home: Not everyone lives near the water. Even if they do have a marina nearby that doesn't mean they have the kind of postcard views you get on the Potomac. You may be giving your guests a unique experience they never even thought about before.

Potomac Belle charters are so much fun, you'll want to share them with your guests. Contact us to plan a cruise today.

Tags: Private yacht charter, Potomac River, Private yacht, Potomac Belle, Corporate outings, Old Town Alexandria

Cruises for Corporate Outings

Posted by George Stevens on Sat, Sep 02, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

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Building a solid business team is the goal for every company. However, working day in and day out in the office doesn't always provide the atmosphere needed to improve team building and work on the skills necessary for increased productivity and innovation. That is why many businesses choose to have corporate outings to get the team in a different environment while still working on the skills needed to build a cohesive team.

Choosing a Venue

The venue is an important part of hosting a corporate outing. You want it to be fun without your team feeling like they are just spending another day in the office. With a river cruise in the D.C. area, you can take in all the fantastic sights and sounds of the Potomac. This type of venue lets you have many options when it comes to creating a set of team building exercises that can strengthen your team when you go back to work.

Get Creative with Team Building

Once you have a cruise booked, then you can get started on creating team building exercises that are fun and helpful to the goals you have set for your team. Some of the standard team building exercises will probably seem redundant or boring to your staff. Instead, you can create your own exercises that emphasize what your team needs to work on. 

Don't Forget the Food

Corporate outings, even ones that only last a few hours, should provide some type of food for your staff. It is important to share a meal together to provide another layer of camaraderie when they can talk about work and life with each other. For cruises, you have the option to bring your own food or have a catered event.

Ready to book your next corporate outing cruise? Please contact us for more information on rates and options for your cruise adventure.

Tags: Potomac Belle Yacht Charters, Private yacht charter, Potomac Belle, Corporate outings, Old Town Alexandria

Potomac River Rehearsal Dinners: A Real Treat for You and Your Wedding Party

Posted by George Stevens on Thu, Aug 24, 2017 @ 03:10 PM

 

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Once nothing more than a formality, rehearsal dinners are becoming more and more of an event in their own right. While you certainly don't want to upstage the main wedding event, you still want your rehearsal dinner to be memorable and fun for everyone on your rehearsal dinner guest list. After all, the people invited to the rehearsal dinner are most likely the most important people in yours and your spouse's life. So why not plan something especially fun for them the night before you start the rest of your life with the one you love?

While there's nothing wrong with having a rehearsal dinner at a nice restaurant in town, there isn't anything all that thrilling about it either. Rather than be like everyone else and have the rehearsal dinner at a restaurant, why not try something a little different? A rehearsal dinner on the Potomac River would be a really nice treat for you and your wedding party.

Having your rehearsal dinner on a private charter boat is definitely unique. Plus its fun and relaxing atmosphere makes it easy for everyone there to open up and enjoy themselves and each other. Which is nice for you since the actual wedding day can often be way too busy and chaotic for you to spend any real meaningful time with those closest to you. Therefore, it's best to make use of the rehearsal dinner to bond and acknowledge those who mean the most to you. And there's no better way to do that than with the beautiful Potomac River serving as a backdrop to your event.

Contact us to learn more about having your rehearsal dinner on the Potomac River.

Tags: Potomac Belle Yacht Charters, Private yacht charter, Potomac River, Private yacht, Potomac Belle, Old Town Alexandria

15 Best Etsy Shops for Boat Themed Party Decorations and Invitations

Posted by George Stevens on Sat, Aug 19, 2017 @ 09:44 AM

 

If you're planning a themed birthday party look no further than the unique handmade and vintage items that abound on Etsy. From a cute kids party to a sweet 16, steampunk nautical to pirates and more - these 15 Etsy shops cover the gambit of themed invitations and decorations. 

1. ConfettiMommaParty

Baby shower banners, anchor and sailboat tags, straws, cake and cupcake toppers. And adorable table confetti, of course!

2. StephShivesStudio

A treasure map tablecloth and pirate cupcake kit, napkins, plates, and cups. 

3. BLovelyEventsShop

If your party includes cupcakes you have to get these adorable cupcake liners. Designs in anchors, whales, ships wheels, coral, rope, and bold blue.

4. SassyPantsNebraska

Garland abound at this shop! Options in gold, silver, and blue in single string or vertical options. 

5. OrangeValentine

Bold, modern block color prints on invitations, tags, and thank you notecards.

6. romilipo

Keep your theme running with nautical placemats in an anchor or starfish design. Color mats or black and white for the kids to color. 

7. SBVintageAndDesign

Beautiful invitation selection including steampunk deep sea diver, sweet under-the-sea, and Jaws themes. 

8. SteshaParty

Classic colors with simple prints. Napkins, straws, plates, balloons, stationery, and more. 

9. PartyFavorsMiami

Look no further for cake toppers - large for a birthday cake or mini for individual cupcakes. Plus cake decorations from pink mermaids to striped sailboats. 

10. PartyParts

Mermaid napkins, gold glitter anchor confetti, anchor straws, mermaid mylar balloon, and more. 

11. LillysPartyBoutique

So cute! Customized sailboat invitations, thank you notes, and party favors tags. 

12. DesignPaperandBeyond

Sophisticated gold and blue cupcake toppers and boat/airplane/train table confetti. 

13. NoraKatie

Great sets for a bachelor or bachelorette party. Anchor straws and bottle opener and gold foil cocktail napkins. 

14. MadHatterPartyBox

Pre-wrapped flatware sets with a sweet twine and blue boat napkin ring. Plus nautical bubble party favors and gift bags. 

15. thepartypenguin

Pirate and nautical themed straws, cupcake toppers, and stickers for goodie bags. Sets include parrots, treasure chest, cutlasses, anchors, sailboats, and more. 

 

Planning a boat themed party? Contact Potomac Belle Yacht Charters to charter a boat and make this an occasion to remember. 

 

 

If you're planning a themed birthday party look no further than the unique handmade and vintage items that abound on Etsy. From a cute kids party to a sweet 16, steampunk nautical to pirates and more - these 15 Etsy shops cover the gambit of themed invitations and decorations. 

1. ConfettiMommaParty

Baby shower banners, anchor and sailboat tags, straws, cake and cupcake toppers. And adorable table confetti, of course!

2. StephShivesStudio

A treasure map tablecloth and pirate cupcake kit, napkins, plates, and cups. 

3. BLovelyEventsShop

If your party includes cupcakes you have to get these adorable cupcake liners. Designs in anchors, whales, ships wheels, coral, rope, and bold blue.

4. SassyPantsNebraska

Garland abound at this shop! Options in gold, silver, and blue in single string or vertical options. 

5. OrangeValentine

Bold, modern block color prints on invitations, tags, and thank you notecards.

6. romilipo

Keep your theme running with nautical placemats in an anchor or starfish design. Color mats or black and white for the kids to color. 

7. SBVintageAndDesign

Beautiful invitation selection including steampunk deep sea diver, sweet under-the-sea, and Jaws themes. 

8. SteshaParty

Classic colors with simple prints. Napkins, straws, plates, balloons, stationery, and more. 

9. PartyFavorsMiami

Look no further for cake toppers - large for a birthday cake or mini for individual cupcakes. Plus cake decorations from pink mermaids to striped sailboats. 

10. PartyParts

Mermaid napkins, gold glitter anchor confetti, anchor straws, mermaid mylar balloon, and more. 

11. LillysPartyBoutique

So cute! Customized sailboat invitations, thank you notes, and party favors tags. 

12. DesignPaperandBeyond

Sophisticated gold and blue cupcake toppers and boat/airplane/train table confetti. 

13. NoraKatie

Great sets for a bachelor or bachelorette party. Anchor straws and bottle opener and gold foil cocktail napkins. 

14. MadHatterPartyBox

Pre-wrapped flatware sets with a sweet twine and blue boat napkin ring. Plus nautical bubble party favors and gift bags. 

15. thepartypenguin

Pirate and nautical themed straws, cupcake toppers, and stickers for goodie bags. Sets include parrots, treasure chest, cutlasses, anchors, sailboats, and more. 

 

Planning a boat themed party? Contact Potomac Belle Yacht Charters to charter a boat and make this an occasion to remember. 


 

If you're planning a themed birthday party look no further than the unique handmade and vintage items that abound on Etsy. From a cute kids party to a sweet 16, steampunk nautical to pirates and more - these 15 Etsy shops cover the gambit of themed invitations and decorations. 

1. ConfettiMommaParty

Baby shower banners, anchor and sailboat tags, straws, cake and cupcake toppers. And adorable table confetti, of course!

2. StephShivesStudio

A treasure map tablecloth and pirate cupcake kit, napkins, plates, and cups. 

3. BLovelyEventsShop

If your party includes cupcakes you have to get these adorable cupcake liners. Designs in anchors, whales, ships wheels, coral, rope, and bold blue.

4. SassyPantsNebraska

Garland abound at this shop! Options in gold, silver, and blue in single string or vertical options. 

5. OrangeValentine

Bold, modern block color prints on invitations, tags, and thank you notecards.

6. romilipo

Keep your theme running with nautical placemats in an anchor or starfish design. Color mats or black and white for the kids to color. 

7. SBVintageAndDesign

Beautiful invitation selection including steampunk deep sea diver, sweet under-the-sea, and Jaws themes. 

8. SteshaParty

Classic colors with simple prints. Napkins, straws, plates, balloons, stationery, and more. 

9. PartyFavorsMiami

Look no further for cake toppers - large for a birthday cake or mini for individual cupcakes. Plus cake decorations from pink mermaids to striped sailboats. 

10. PartyParts

Mermaid napkins, gold glitter anchor confetti, anchor straws, mermaid mylar balloon, and more. 

11. LillysPartyBoutique

So cute! Customized sailboat invitations, thank you notes, and party favors tags. 

12. DesignPaperandBeyond

Sophisticated gold and blue cupcake toppers and boat/airplane/train table confetti. 

13. NoraKatie

Great sets for a bachelor or bachelorette party. Anchor straws and bottle opener and gold foil cocktail napkins. 

14. MadHatterPartyBox

Pre-wrapped flatware sets with a sweet twine and blue boat napkin ring. Plus nautical bubble party favors and gift bags. 

15. thepartypenguin

Pirate and nautical themed straws, cupcake toppers, and stickers for goodie bags. Sets include parrots, treasure chest, cutlasses, anchors, sailboats, and more. 

 

Planning a boat themed party? Contact Potomac Belle Yacht Charters to charter a boat and make this an occasion to remember. 

Tags: Potomac Belle Yacht Charters, Graduation, Potomac River, Private yacht, Potomac Belle, birthday celebrations, Corporate outings, Old Town Alexandria, Sweet 16

Virginia Private Yacht Charters for New Parents

Posted by George Stevens on Thu, Aug 03, 2017 @ 03:16 PM

 

Having a baby is a joyful event, but it can also place heavy demands on your relationship. If there's ever a time when you need a break and a chance to reconnect with each other, it's when you become a new parent. See how Virginia private yacht charters can help you through this milestone in your life.

Get away and stay in touch. Most parents are anxious about leaving their precious newborn at home the first few times, but the sooner you take that step the easier it will become. It's also essential for your own personal well being and for your marriage. Of course, you can't leave town for a week, but you can find a trusted sitter and take off a few hours for a local cruise.

Take it easy. You need a vacation, but you barely have enough energy to wash your hair. When you're feeling this sleep-deprived, it's no fun comparing airline prices and packing your bags. On our Potomac River cruises, we can handle all the details for you.

Pay attention to each other. When is the last time you had a conversation about anything but your beautiful new baby? That's natural, but it's also dangerous to neglect your marriage. Being out on the water is a great way to restore your sense of being a couple.

Create family rituals. Many of our customers have such a great time that they make our cruises an annual event. We'll be delighted to see you back for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and more.

Contact us at Potomac Belle Yacht Charters. Our rates are reasonable, and we'll arrange a cruise to meet your needs.

Tags: Potomac Belle Yacht Charters, Private yacht, Potomac Belle, Old Town Alexandria

Taking Graduation Cruises After Years of Hard Work

Posted by George Stevens on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 02:56 PM

 


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There's no doubt about the fact that the experience of going to school has changed over the years. The competition to get into a good college is now fierce for high school students. If they don't get decent scholarships and financial aid, college will be too expensive for them.

College itself has become more challenging as people try to juggle multiple responsibilities all at once in order to pay for everything and get the proper amount of work experience. The people who manage to make it to graduate school will have even more work ahead of them. If anyone deserves to be rewarded with graduation cruises from Potomac Belle Yacht Charters, it is the graduates of today. 

Graduation tends to occur during the summertime, although some people might graduate early. The summer is the perfect time to take a cruise. People who have been stuck in a classroom listening to lectures or studying will finally be able to enjoy the gorgeous summer weather from a boat. It truly represents the ultimate release. 

Graduation cruises certainly work well as graduation celebration venues. However, it goes further than that. Many people will go on cruises for their own sake. People who go on these cruises will finally be able to let go emotionally. Many individuals will be facing a new set of responsibilities after graduation. In that way, a graduation cruise will almost feel like a honeymoon of sorts, and a lot of people deserve that. 

Contact us in order to get additional information on Potomac Belle Yacht Charters graduation cruises. 

Tags: Graduation, Potomac River, Private yacht, Potomac Belle, Old Town Alexandria, See the history of Old Town form the water

Sunset Cruises Decorate Themselves

Posted by George Stevens on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 @ 05:16 PM

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If you love everything about party planning except for the decorations, a sunset cruise is for you. Nature does such a great job you won't have to buy a single balloon unless you want to.

Downside of Party Decorations: We're not taking anything away from those who love picking out a theme, and keeping up with the latest trends in kid's birthday parties or wedding anniversaries. On the other hand, there are a significant number of people who love spending time with family, friends, and colleagues, eating delicious food, and listening to their favorite music. They just don’t like spending money on party decorations that wind up in the garbage a few hours later or have to be stored in their already limited closet space. They may prefer simplicity or just like saving their mental energy for other things.

Upside of Sunsets: There's no additional charge for the sunsets on any of our cruises. Nothing goes to waste. You don't have to carry anything home with you except your photographs and your memories. Speaking of photographs, savvy event planners schedule photo opportunities at dusk to get the best skyline images before nighttime events. Even if you're not interested in any media campaign, you'll enjoy seeing the waterfront at the height of its beauty, and maybe having those pictures for your own enjoyment or your company's website and annual report.

You'll always find outstanding customer service and stunning views at Potomac Belle Yacht Charters. Contact us when you're looking for a sunset cruise, business entertainment, private parties or more.

Tags: Potomac Belle Yacht Charters, Potomac River, Private yacht, Potomac Belle, Corporate outings, Old Town Alexandria

Enjoy the Warm Weather with Potomac River Boat Tours

Posted by George Stevens on Fri, Jul 07, 2017 @ 09:36 PM

 

 

Summer is here; that means the days are longer and the weather is warmer. Since the area surrounding the Potomac River actually has four distinct seasons, you'd be wise to enjoy the summer while it's still here. After all, you don't want to wait until the dreary winter has already rolled around to regret not being outside more often while it's feasible to do so.

So now that we've established the importance of appreciating the nice summer weather, it's time to talk about something fun for you to do in the great outdoors. If you live near the Potomac River, or are lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit the area, then a fun idea would be to take a Potomac River boat tour. It's a fantastic way to spend the day with the people you care about most.

Being on a private yacht charter enables you to truly be yourself while cruising on the river. Whether you're going with a group of good friends or having a family reunion on the river boat, you'll be sure to have a great time while enjoying the privacy that comes with having the entire boat to just you and your guests. That means you can let loose and even dance if you wish to do so.

Reserving our boat for your river cruise is easy. Just contact us at your earliest convenience, and we'll let you know about our boat's availability. Then you'll be all set for a fun and relaxing cruise before the end of summer.

Tags: Potomac Belle Yacht Charters, Potomac River, Private yacht, Potomac Belle, Old Town Alexandria