Intern Megan Trottier had a difficult assignment on the Fourth of July - take the Lake George Shoreline Fireworks Cruise and report back on this popular charter.
Aboard the Adirondac
I decided to grab tickets for the Fourth of July Night Cruise on the Adirondac, a 115 foot, 400 passenger luxury cruise ship owned by Lake George Shoreline Cruises. The cruise was to begin at 8 pm and return to shore at 10 pm. A fireworks celebration was expected to begin around 9:30. At 7:45, I made my way to the corner of Beach Road and Canada Street where Shoreline Cruises is located. Even before I stepped foot on the three-tiered vessel, I was taken aback by the turn of the century design; I couldn’t believe this boat was only 2 years old! Excitement was in the air as many families, teens and adults clamored to be the first to get on the boat.
With help from the courteous staff, I boarded the Adirondac and quickly settled in on the main floor. The wrap-around views of Lake George were striking and I was immediately drawn into the sights. Most people that boarded the ship headed up to the second floor atrium that is exposed to the outside air, which was calm at this hour. I couldn’t help but smile as I took in the gorgeous sights that lay before me – I was looking forward to sitting back and soaking in the beauty. Not soon after I had boarded the Adirondac, we were off!
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The back room on the main floor of the Adirondac quickly became abuzz with chatter, laughter, and clinking glasses – thanks, in part, to the full-service bar! Right around 9 pm, I decided to explore the rest of the ship and get a good spot to view the fireworks. The captain gave an announcement letting everyone know he was going to anchor the boat in the middle of the lake for the celebration. As the boat slowed, I could almost feel the excitement in the air as everyone was anticipating the first boom of the sparklers that would soon illuminate the clear sky…
At 9:30 on the dot, the fireworks display was underway. Now, I have seen many fireworks shows before, but the sight of illuminations cast across a clear Adirondack Mountain sky was utterly breathtaking! I looked around the second floor atrium at the passengers: little children and grown adults alike were grinning from ear to ear in awe of the sights that lay before them. The combination of the calm lake water and the electric night sky was exhilarating and before I knew it, the finale of the celebration was complete and we headed back to shore.
On the way back to the shore, I reminisced about all I had seen. I recommend everyone see a fireworks display aboard the magnificent Adirondac!