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.”
“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