Monday, March 9, 2009

A Romantic Time on the River

The Tennessee River Gorge can be a romantic place in the spring. Anyone searching for a special location to pop the question, tie the knot or renew their vows might consider a special cruise. Our captains are ordained ministers, so with advanced notice, bring a license and a witness and you’ll be able to begin a voyage of a lifetime aboard the Explorer.
The Masters family from Monteagle, TN recently renewed their vows during a special Valentine's Day sunset cruise aboard the River Gorge Explorer. Here's what Mrs. Masters had to say about their experience:

"Wow! It was a whole different experience! The new River Gorge Explorer is so sleek and clean and…we were thrilled with the wonderful expanses of glass through which we could really see what was on the river that day (Our 11, 9 and 3-year-old daughters pretty much kept their faces glued to those windows!). We saw several Great Blue Herons and some Vultures and thought we might even have seen a Kingfisher.

After we'd sampled some really good hors d'oeuvres, provided by Blue Water Grille, we went up on deck where the view was even better. We all loved that, and the girls really enjoyed feeling the wind in their faces. After a while we enjoyed a wonderful light buffet and went back down to our seats to enjoy our meal. When it was announced that the Captain Pete was ready to renew peoples' wedding vows, Brian and I looked at each other and made a very spur of the moment decision to renew our vows! It was great that our daughters could be there as our witnesses, that worked out very well and made it special. It was as if everyone had gathered just for us! We finished with a splash of sparkling grape juice and some photos of the occasion. We have been married 20 years and are pleased that we had the opportunity to renew our vows with other folks from the Tennessee Aquarium.

We have been members of the Tennessee Aquarium for quite some time, and, every time anyone mentions the Aquarium, we tell them about all the wonderful opportunities we have taken advantage of through our membership. Each quarter my husband and I look forward to the 212 Market Cooking demonstration and dinner as a night out for just the two of us. We also sign up for several other offerings for our individual daughters as well as for our whole family. Our youngest daughter, Ella, was at the Penguin workshop on the morning of Valentine's Day! We have participated in countless member nights, a New Year's Eve Sleep with the Fishes, canoeing, and a Full Moon Paddle, to name a few. We were also there for the "black and white" catered affair for the pre-opening of the Penguin Exhibit in the new Ocean Journey building at the Aquarium--very cool!"
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