Dining Cruise Ship Set to Sail in Northeast Ohio this Summer


CLEVELAND — April 27, 2023 – Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. is excited to announce Lady Caroline, Northeast Ohio’s newest premier dining cruise ship. Anticipated to arrive in Cleveland on May 8, 2023, the 120-foot-long, 15,000-square-foot luxury ship will dock on the Flats West Bank and begin its inaugural Cleveland season later this summer.

The vessel’s name is a nod to developer Jeffrey P. Jacobs’ daughter Caroline, who shares his passion for showcasing the City of Cleveland and for making a positive impact on Northeast Ohio. “Lady Caroline celebrates the next generation contributing to the vibrancy of the region. Our family hopes it inspires many to see our hometown’s promise and appeal,” said Jeff Jacobs, CEO of Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.

Lady Caroline Cleveland Ohio
Photo credits: Lady Caroline – Jacobs Entertainment, Inc.

Three of Lady Caroline’s four decks are fully enclosed and climate controlled for optimal guest comfort and feature a sophisticated and bright interior accented by high-gloss woods and reflective finishes. Meanwhile, its open-air sky deck features a covered bar with sweeping, panoramic views of Lake Erie and Cuyahoga River, “This stylish ride absolutely will be one of the best ways to experience Cleveland,” says Lady Caroline Director of Operations Ellen Kelley, adding, “With exceptional views, multiple bars, DJ entertainment and a buffet freshly prepared onboard, every voyage will be a celebration.”

“I am excited to be part of introducing Lady Caroline to residents and visitors ready to experience fine food, first-class service and a new perspective of a dynamic city,” says
seasoned Captain Scott Pearson, who will be at the ship’s helm.

Although Lady Caroline will soon take Nautica Queen’s place in the Cleveland skyline, it will not take its place in the crew’s hearts. “We’ve invested significant resources, time and energy into Nautica Queen over the years, but before she became part of our family in 1992 she was embraced by other communities in Ohio and Michigan,” says JEI Executive Vice President Patrick J. McKinley. “As for the 42-year-old ship’s next chapter, there definitely could still be new waters for her to explore,” says McKinley.

Beginning in early June, Lady Caroline will offer a variety of regular lunch, brunch, dinner holiday and special event cruises to enjoy with fellow passengers, as well as privately chartered corporate, group or wedding voyages. “With ample nearby parking and seating for more than 200 guests, this is an opportunity to host a memorable outing for friends, family, colleagues or
clients,” explains Kelley.

Lady Caroline will be docked alongside Nautica Queen outside the historic Powerhouse near sought-after Flats West Bank venues and attractions including Jacobs Pavilion, Greater Cleveland Aquarium and Windows on the River with other riverfront entertainment options.

Cruise schedules, events, ticketing and parking information for Lady Caroline will be made available soon. To plan your excursion, visit ladycaroline.com or call 216.696.8888.

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About Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. (JEI) JEI is a developer, owner and operator of gaming and entertainment facilities in multiple regions of the United States. In Cleveland, the JEI-owned or operated venues in the Nautica Waterfront District attract more than 1.1 million visitors annually. Currently, the company is investing more than $500 million in downtown Reno, Nevada, creating an urban live, work, play area known as Reno’s Neon Line District anchored by ½ mile of outdoor Burning Man sculptures, as well as J Resort, an 800-room casino resort property preparing to open June 2023. For more information, visit jacobsentertainmentinc.com.

Press release submitted by:
Todd Sheppard
Whistle Communications
[email protected]

Lady Caroline Cleveland Ohio

Flats West Bank
1153 Main Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

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