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Behind the Scenes of Destiny Cruises

Construction for Destiny’s first vessel, the North Star, began in late October, 2013, at SkipperLiner Headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin – one of the largest passenger vessel manufacturers in the United States.

After a slight operational delay awaiting lifted road restrictions for transportation of the vessel to Gull Lake, the cruise line began offering day and evening cruises open to the public as well as private charters aboard the new $1.8 million dollar, 65’ long by 22’ wide vessel on Gull Lake in June, 2014. The floor plan includes two levels designed to accommodate up to 116 passengers. The design also offers two full bars and a top-deck open BBQ – perfect for hosting receptions, weddings, family reunions, office parties and more!

“We have studied the market for over a year and selected Gull Lake due to its proximity and readiness,” according to Destiny Cruises partner Liz Diedrich, owner of Twin Cities-based research and marketing firm Diedrich RPM. “We have already begun hiring local talent and anticipate that 85% of the operating expenditures will be focused in the Brainerd Lakes area. Since we intend to be an attraction in Brainerd, we are already becoming involved in the community’s activities and programs to establish our residency in the area. Toward that goal, the vessel owners have met with area hospitality partners and resorts to include them as tentative pick-up points for their guests.”

Day and Evening Cruises that Delight

“Thank you. It was top notch. You did not skimp on the quality of the food or the liquor and you kept the price reasonable.”

– Cathy

“We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise! The evening was perfect, food great and staff very friendly! Met some wonderful people.”

– Mary W

“We had a great time this Sunday on the Brunch cruise. Nice staff, friendly Captain and good food!”

– Cindy

“Sunday brunch cruise was far more than we expected, food was abundant and excellent, staff superb, weather good, boat and Captain perfect. Will bring the whole family next year.”

– Tom M

“I felt the staff and crew were outstanding and make the trip very enjoyable. The singer Seth was phenomenal.”

– Jacob. Q

“Thanks for a beautiful and relaxing time!”

– Joan W

 “We are very fortunate to have this available in the Brainerd Lakes area.”

– Rita E

“Thank you for a fabulous evening, we had a great time on the boat and the food was excellent!! Your entire team were also terrific and made us feel very welcome.”

– Bonnie C

“It was a very pleasant outing for our group of 8. Well-kept ship. Clean and comfortable on both levels.”

– Lori N

“My husband, daughter and I took a cruise on Gull Lake with you and I was very, very impressed. I had expected that it would be pleasant but it exceeded my expectations! The boat was very, very clean, the captain was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the sites, the girl bartender made the best Bloody Mary that I have had in years! The young man crew member was extremely helpful and the BRUNCH WAS FANTASTIC!! I was expecting a box lunch of some sort but this was a delicious full spread lunch, I recommend it highly and will certainly do this again with guests.”

– Sylvia M

“Crew and captain were exceptional. Will be taking friends in the near future.”

– Theora G

“I think that this is a great cruise and good idea and we enjoyed it and are going on the Jimmy Buffet cruise.”

– Janie L

“Enjoyable cruise. We had visitors from Seattle and they enjoyed the cruise on the lake.”

– Nancy W

“The captain and staff were wonderful. We received a very warm welcome. It was an extremely enjoyable experience.”

– Michele C