Entertainment Cruises, the nation’s leading dining cruise and sightseeing company, welcomes Odyssey Chicago River [http://www.OdysseyCruises.com/Chicago-River], a new, modern glass-enclosed vessel that offers unparalleled 360-degree panoramic views of Chicago’s world-renowned architecture. With its luxurious custom-design ─ built specifically for cruising the Chicago River ─ the 140-foot Odyssey Chicago River redefines the city’s grand tradition of river cruising with signature full-service dining and entertainment features. Hosting up to 200 guests to enjoy a first-of-its-kind experience on board, the vessel officially began cruising to the public on September 28, 2018, with bookings now open for lunch, brunch, cocktail, dinner cruises and group events
“A first for the city of Chicago, Odyssey Chicago River exemplifies our pioneering spirit through its unique blend of contemporary design and elegant dining seen from an entirely new perspective – pulling the outside in and fully immersing guests in the spectacular architecture and vibrant energy of the Chicago River.
Docked along the River Esplanade, in front of NBC Tower, Odyssey Chicago River is conveniently located just steps from the Magnificent Mile. The vessel takes a leisurely route west, exploring both north and south branches of the river, while offering guests unprecedented vistas of the city skyline and riverbank from the temperature-controlled dining room and exterior observation spaces at the bow and stern.
Odyssey Chicago River was designed by Naval Architects, DeJong and Lebet, Inc. in partnership with Matter Planning and Design, who imagined and created the interior space. Inspired by elements of the surrounding city, neutral tones and natural textures have been artfully applied to the spacious dining room with surprising tactile flourishes such as a leathered black granite bar top and the use of three-dimensional tiling. Amidst the distinctly glamorous décor, guests can expect a tantalizing culinary experience matched with the exceptional service and entertainment associated with the company’s fleet of Odyssey cruise vessels. Under the skillful direction of Executive Chef Francesco Simone, Odyssey Chicago River showcases a multi-course menu of freshly prepared specialties such as forest mushroom ravioli served on a bed of Spanish red lentils with sage, arugula, shallots and toasted walnuts drizzled in basil oil* alongside a sophisticated selection of cocktails, spirits and wines.
“From the gourmet cuisine to the jaw-dropping city views, Odyssey Chicago River offers both residents and visitors to Chicago a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Dan Russell, Regional Vice President of Entertainment Cruises. “The distinctive design introduces an entirely new, year-round dining experience to the booming river front as a floating oasis uniquely situated within the bustle of the city. We look forward to welcoming our guests aboard Odyssey Chicago River, be it for a special occasion, wedding, corporate event or simply an evening out on the town.”
To complement the cruises offered year-round, the company also plans to partner with local businesses to host a program of unique experiences inspired by city events and culinary trends that will appeal to the ranging interests of local Chicagoans and visitors alike. To coincide with the inaugural sailings, Odyssey Chicago River has teamed up with City Winery to offer special wine selections for enthusiasts of all levels. And with its elegant surrounds, Odyssey Chicago River will also serve as a luxurious venue for every occasion from corporate outings and weddings to other group events.
Odyssey Chicago River will be the second vessel under the Odyssey brand in Chicago, joining sister ship, Odyssey Lake Michigan, which already offers upscale dining cruises on Lake Michigan from Navy Pier. With this newest vessel, Entertainment Cruises will now operate a choice of ten ships across five different brands in the city.
Cruise prices start from $64.90* for a cocktail cruise or $124.90* for a dinner cruise (prices per person, excl. fees & taxes) and includes dining, music, dancing, impeccable service and unforgettable views. For more information or to book your cruise visit www.OdysseyCruises.com/Chicago-River