The new queen of the North Coast: Jacobs entertainment christens Lady Caroline cruise ship

Jacobs Entertainment, Inc. (JEI) chairman and CEO Jeffrey P. Jacobs and his daughter, Caroline, yesterday, Monday, May 8, welcomed the arrival of Northeast Ohio’s newest premier dining cruise ship to her new home on the docks next to the Powerhouse on the Flats west bank.

Lady Caroline, a 120-foot-long, 15,000-square-foot luxury ship, was christened with a bottle of champagne after docking in her new slip on the Flats West Bank. The ship will begin its inaugural Cleveland season in early June.

The vessel is named after Jacobs' daughter Caroline, who shares his passion for making a positive impact on Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland Fire Department’s rescue boat Marine 17 welcomed Lady Caroline as the ship arrived at the dock and Caroline christened the ship with a bottle of champagne. Ward 3 Cleveland City Council member Kerry McCormack and Cuyahoga County executive Chris Ronayne spoke at the ceremony, which was hosted by MAJIC 105.7’s Mark Nolan.

Caroline Jacobs performs the christening of the Lady Caroline with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagneCaroline Jacobs performs the christening of the Lady Caroline with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne“Lady Caroline celebrates the next generation contributing to the vibrancy of the region,” Jacobs said in a statement. “Our family hopes it inspires many to see our hometown’s promise and appeal.”

Three of Lady Caroline’s four decks are fully enclosed and climate controlled, and feature a bright interior accented by high-gloss wood and reflective finishes. Its open-air sky deck features a covered bar with sweeping panoramic views of Lake Erie and Cuyahoga River,

While on their dinner cruises, guests will enjoy multiple bars, DJ entertainment, and a buffet meal. Seasoned Captain Scott Pearson will be at the ship’s helm.

Although Lady Caroline will soon take Nautica Queen’s place on the Cleveland skyline, which has been cruising Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga since 1992.  JEI executive vice president

Patrick J. McKinley says the 42-year-old Nautica Queen will like head on to explore new waters.   

Lady Caroline will offer a variety of regular lunch, brunch, dinner, holiday, and special event cruises, as well as privately chartered corporate, group or wedding voyages.

Cruise schedules, events, ticketing and parking information for Lady Caroline will be made available soon on the website. Guests can also call (216) 696-8888.

Bob Perkoski
Bob Perkoski

About the Author: Bob Perkoski

In addition to his work for Fresh Water, Bob Perkoski is the official photographer for LAND studio and Cleveland Burlesque. He recently published a book of his photos Rust Belt Burlesque. He's had work published in other books like LGBTQ Cleveland by Ken Schneck, Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland AnthologyRust Belt Chic: The Pittsburgh Anthology and Moon Cleveland by Douglas Trattner. Previously he was co-founder/art director for Balanced Living Magazine. His substantial portfolio includes news coverage, portraiture, commercial imagery and fine art. Perkoski's first solo show, These Walks of Life premiered in December 2016 in Negative Space Gallery. Visit Perkoski Photography for complete profile information.
Originally from Conneaut, Ohio, Perkoski now lives close to the city in Parma. He has been Fresh Water's managing photographer since the publication's September 2010 inception.