Blount Small Ship Adventures has ceased doing enterprise and can promote its three cruise ships.
The road’s web site says that it hopes to renew crusing in 2021, however in keeping with a number of publications, together with maritime trade journal WorkBoat, the Blount household will promote its ships and deal with its shipbuilding enterprise.
“It was actually simply the requirement that each one the cruise traces needed to shut down for Covid, and at this level we determined to not begin once more,” Marcia Blount, president of the Warren, R.I.-based firm advised WorkBoat.
Blount Small Ship Adventures was based in 1966 by Luther Blount because the American Canadian Line, headquartered in Warren. Heidi Sarna, founding father of the small-ship cruise information Quirky Cruise, mentioned Blount was largely answerable for the rebirth of U.S.-flag coastal and inland voyages. His three daughters run the cruise line and shipyard that builds small cruise vessels and tour boats.
The road has at all times operated American-flagged ships carrying lower than 100 passengers on coastal and inland waters itineraries. Lately, its itineraries included New England and its historic islands; the Hudson River and Erie Canal sailings to the St. Lawrence River and French Canada; the Nice Lakes; the East Coast Intracoastal Waterway to the Carolinas and Florida; and Belize and Guatemala in December and January.
In her 2018 report for Journey Weekly from a Blount crusing, Sarna mentioned: “The crew is generally all-American, and captains are Blount veterans and know their waters. Cabins are tiny, and the social life amongst largely senior People and Canadians is relaxed and upbeat. It is vacation spot cruising with few of the frills that characterize the mainstream ships. Most passengers prefer it that approach, that’s as soon as they get used to the small quarters.”
Based on WorkBoat, Blount’s three ships are on the market: the 98-passenger Grande Mariner is listed for $6 million, the 100-passenger sister ship Grande Caribe for $5.6 million, and the 76-passenger Niagara Prince for $2 million, all constructed by Blount within the Nineteen Nineties.