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American Spirit Cruise Ship Docking in Havre de Grace

The cruise ship will anchor during five trips to Havre de Grace between this week and mid-June.

Havre de Grace has long attracted tourists with its small-town charm, quaint shops and unique history.

Suddenly, the Decoy Capital of the World is becoming a stop on the cruise line circuit. For the second straight year, a cruise ship will call the confluence of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay its rest stop—and Havre de Grace businesses can expect some extra visitors.

The American Cruise Lines ship American Spirit will be anchoring in Havre de Grace five times over the next month as part of its tour schedule.

The following chart is the schedule for the ship's stops, including arrival dates and times:

Date Arrival

May 12

1:30 p.m.

May 15

8 a.m.

May 26

1:30 p.m.

May 29

8 a.m.

June 9

1:30 p.m.

James P. Miller May 10, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Potomac and Tidewaters Shore Excursions - Havre de Grace, MD Winterthur Mansion A visit to Winterthur will immerse you in another time and place. Rediscover America's heritage through its unparalleled collections of antiques and Americana. Venture out over the fields and farmland to learn about the workings of a great American country estate. Wander through the breathtaking beauty of the 60-acre naturalistic Winterthur Garden. Youngsters (and the young-at-heart) will wonder at the magic of Winterthur's famous fairy-tale children's garden, Enchanted Woods, and enjoy hands-on learning in the Touch-It Room. Researchers will find a wealth of resources awaiting them in the Winterthur Library.
Rachel Cass May 10, 2011 at 06:34 PM
This is so cool! I am a Havre de Grace native and think often of my home town as the most beautiful in this country. What a pleasent surprise I had today while reading my email to learn that HdG is now a tourist stop for American Cruise line cruises! It makes me proud of my home town. Rachel Cass Roswell, NM
William Watson May 10, 2011 at 06:39 PM
What great news! Again, Havre de Grace is being visited and acknowledged as a major local tourist destination. Congratulations to Tidewater Marina for again hosting this vessel and it's passengers and crew. Kudos are also in order for Havre de Grace Main Street, the Office of Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce for their collaboration in facilitating the promotion of our city to these visitors. In particular, the Office of Tourism and Main Street combined on the production of a promotional rack card that contained Main Street's major events on one side and a top ten list of activities in Havre de Grace in general. These cards were shipped in advance to the cruise company to be distributed to passengers. Key to this promotion were Brigitte Peters, Manager of the Office of Tourism and Irmgarde Brown, Chair of the Main Street Promotions Committee. Once again, active collaboration between various agencies and organizations proves key to our success.
George Helm May 10, 2011 at 07:21 PM
OK, who will be the first to suggest taxing it, just like the hotel tax. Just think Havre de Grace can be the leader!
James P. Miller May 10, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Great idea George, maybe you missed your calling.
George Helm May 10, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Well I don't really think it is a good idea, just getting in my digs to all the people that chimed in to support the hotel tax!
Biller's Bikes May 11, 2011 at 02:49 AM
It is good the American Cruise Lines are returning to HdG and their excursion to Winterthur Mansion. Kudos, Bill. We were surprised, however, that rack card marketing was limited to advertisers. Last year, gift and info baskets from all business volunteers were delivered to the cruise line guests. That approach seemed very community-minded and a great welcome, too. -Walter
William Watson May 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM
In reference to the rack card marketing promo from HdG Tourism and Main Street for American Cruise Line passengers, the rack card contains no advertisers. Walter, I believe you have this promotion confused with another rack card promotion that is wholly a HdG Main Street promo. As I stated in my earlier post, both sides of the rack card contained important event info from Main Street on one side and info about HdG in general on the reverse (supplied by Tourism). It is difficult to accurately measure the effectiveness of any marketing promotion, regardless of the form it takes year to year. The good news is, that through the continued efforts of our volunteers in Havre de Grace and the positive cooperation between our civic organizations, volunteers, and our government, we are moving Havre de Grace forward.
Tom Fitzpatrick May 11, 2011 at 01:17 PM
We don't tax hotels here. We're probably the only county in the entire nation that doesn't.
Tom Fitzpatrick May 11, 2011 at 01:21 PM
I think that a promotional piece listing attrations and events is just fine. Last year, the passengers weren't given all that much time to look around unsupervised, so something that entices them to come back is a good thing. We've encountered that with people visiting our museum a lot. Often, excursions like this serve as introductions to our town for many people, and generate return visits and referrals.

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