Grande Caribe brings 85 visitors to Vicksburg

Published 11:36 am Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Rhode Island-based Grande Caribe also docked at City Front Tuesday, the first visit to Vicksburg for the boat operated by Blount’s Small Steamship Adventures.

The Grande Caribe arrived at 8 a.m. with about 85 on board, said reservations manager Esther Pato.

“We’re a family-owned company that’s been in business 46 years,” Pato said. “Our founder, Luther Blount, also built boats, so we also have our own shipyard.”

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Vicksburg was added to the itinerary this year for the Grande Caribe’s Treasures of the Mississippi cruise, a nine-day, eight-night trip from Memphis to New Orleans.

While here, passengers were offered optional excursions to the Vicksburg National Military Park and Biedenharn Museum, said Pato.

The Grand Caribe, a 184-foot boat with a 96 passenger capacity, was built by Blount Boats of Warren, R.I., in 1997 and renovated in 2009.

The boat is scheduled to return to Vicksburg in December, Pato said.