Port of Manitowoc

Burger Boat Company launches new vessel for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises

August 13, 2020

Manitowoc’s Burger Boat Company recently announced it has launched a new passenger vessel for Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. The cruise line, which operates the No. 1-ranked tour in Chicago according to TripAdvisor user reviews, has been showcasing Chicago’s architectural history for 27 years.

This is the third passenger vessel Burger has built for the company. Chicago’s Emerald Lady follows in the line of Chicago’s Classic Lady and Chicago’s Leading Lady.

The 98-foot, U.S.-made steel vessel can serve up to 250 passengers and is designed by Mark Pudlo, principal, Seacraft Design, in Sturgeon Bay. Chicago’s Emerald Lady is built with energy-efficient Caterpillar engines providing a sustainable option that lowers emissions.

“The new vessel offers comfortable, open-air top deck seating with plenty of space for social distancing, providing official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise guests with 360-degree views of our city’s storied skyline,” said Holly Agra, president of Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, in a news release.

Chicago’s First Lady Cruises provides a way to experience Chicago’s architecture and skyline. Beyond the critically-acclaimed Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise, the cruise line also offers a variety of specialty themed cruises, including new regularly scheduled cruises aboard a vintage six-passenger yacht for a private, unique, safe experience; and a new Floating Rooftop Experience, providing a dock-side happy hour setting.

Burger Boat Company, founded in 1863, builds and designs vessels at its Manitowoc shipyard in aluminum and/or steel, to 260 feet. More information is at BurgerBoat.com.