Classic Belle II
I sort of stopped in the middle of something yesterday, so I’ll pick right up with the riverboat Detroit Princess downbound at Belle Isle on Sunday evening.
She and the Sam Laud finish their pass, as the jet skier continues to frolic in the Laud‘s bow wake.
The stately Detroit Princess operates out of downtown Detroit’s Hart Plaza and regularly cruises the river in the evening.
Sam Laud passes Peche Island and heads toward Windmill Point and Lake St. Clair.
The Princess was formerly a gambling boat down south before being brought up here nearly ten years ago, and is now a popular way to cruise the river.
Another popular way to ride the river is onboard one of the vessels of the Diamond Jack Company… their Diamond Queen is seen here passing the Laud.
The Princess and Diamond Jack vessel offer quite different cruise experiences, however.
The Princess is more upscale, and obviously a much larger vessel that is commonly used for charters, dinner cruises, and big events.
The Diamond Queen is more about sightseeing for sightseeing’s sake.
Diamond Queen is the company’s primary cruise vessel operating out of Detroit. The smaller Diamond Jack runs out of Wyandotte, and the Diamond Belle works as the charter vessel. All three are formerMackinac Island ferries.
And so off she heads, back to her dock at Detroit’s Chene Park.
The show here at the beach is done, but I don’t feel like leaving the river just yet!
I venture on to the opposite end of Belle Isle, where the Hon. James L. Oberstar continues to snake her way toward the Ambassador Bridge. Maccoa is the green saltie at anchor.
She combines to make a nice scene with downtown Detroit.
Well, now it’s time to leave the island. But there’s more to come from Sunday, so stay tuned!
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