Windridge Yacht Charters
Windridge Yacht Charters, a longtime Fort Lauderdale staple, will stop South Florida businesses Summer 30, after more than couple of years under an innovative new owner, a company official has actually verified.
The boat charter ensemble wasn't achieving its economic targets, General management Erica Gregory stated in a contact statement, associated with the choice to pull up anchor.
Cruises scheduled to depart before Summer 30 will function as prepared, while customers with bookings for July 1 and beyond have received refunds for just about any advance deposits paid, Gregory said.
Clients suffering from Windridge's future closing had been in addition referred to alternate venues, she said.
Entertainment Cruises, a Chicago-based dining and sightseeing company, bought Windridge for an undisclosed amount in March 2014.
The true luxury boat charter outfit was launched in 1976 by Kathleen Windridge along with her late spouse, Fred. Included in the sale agreement, Kathleen Windridge would be to act as an Entertainment Cruises specialist for two years.
Within a few months under brand-new ownership, Windridge improved food and drink menus and upgraded the interiors of their yachts.
In October 2014, Windridge completed a $1.2 million bow-to-stern renovation of its 131-foot Windridge K yacht, including a revamped and broadened dining area, brand new fixtures and satellite TVs. Besides Windridge K, that may house up to 149 guests, the boat charter business in addition operates the 170-foot Lady Windridge yacht, which has three amounts, a sky-top deck and that can accommodate to 500 friends.
That exact same 12 months, Windridge in addition started expanding businesses into individual cruise solution product sales to bolster company year-round.
The peak season for the company's mainstay business — private yacht charters — which primarily catered to corporate and meeting groups, typically ran November through April, Windridge officials said.
Throughout the couple of years, Windridge launched multiple new choices aimed at catching people, including celebration cruises, niche getaway cruises and pop-up dinner cruises featuring a-south Florida celebrity restaurant chef.