Sail in Style on Philadelphia’s ‘Freedom Elite’

Philadelphia's Freedom Elite

How often do you board your own private yacht for the day? The new 92-foot Freedom Elite is the only vessel in Philadelphia accommodating up to 110 pax for group charters on the Delaware River. With two climate-controlled decks, an outdoor lounge, meeting space and dining area, the yacht can be customized for a wide range of events.

Unveiled in April, the Elite is one of many vessels in Entertainment Cruise’s fleet, making up the largest harbor cruise portfolio in the United States.

“The yacht is unique in that it provides parties with the opportunity to have a private yacht all to themselves for the duration of their event,” says General Manager Mary Rinaldo. “It is a blank slate that groups can tailor to their needs and make their own.” She adds that they have hosted groups such as Johnson & Johnson, Lincoln Financial and McDonalds, which all required a multitude of specific demands.

For seated groups up to 70, Elite provides a projector and 55-inch flatscreens. After the business session, the scene moves to the indoor/outdoor verandas for cocktail hour while the staff resets for dinner. The open-air upper deck with a permanent dark wood bar and granite counter provides groups an up-close view of Philly in warmer months, although Rinaldo says she’s booked consistently year-round.

“The outdoor lounge is our favorite spot for cocktails,” says Rinaldo. “You can see all of downtown Philadelphia’s skyline and the space is all yours.” The lounge has plush couches with bright vibrant pillows and furnishings, offering a modern social presence within the sleek nautical ambience.

The cuisine varies from beef tenderloin wrapped with gorgonzola cheese and bacon, cajun andouille sausage with pepper jack cheese puffs and other appetizing creations. Lots more customizations here too. There are a total of 10 dining packages to choose from, but the chef can work with planners to provide almost an infinite range of food, wine and beer pairings.