Alexandria, Virginia-based Potomac Riverboat Company has joined the family of Entertainment Cruises, the largest dining cruise company in the United States. The acquisition expands Entertainment Cruises’ national fleet to 38 vessels, serving more than 1.8 million guests annually.
Potomac Riverboat Company, owned and operated by the Polak family, has served the Washington, D.C., area with private charters, sightseeing and water taxi cruises since 1974, and will remain headquartered at its home port in Alexandria. The combined organizations’ local fleet of thirteen vessels makes the Washington, D.C., area Entertainment Cruises’ largest operation, with an expanded staff of 500 serving more than 600,000 guests each year.
“We are thrilled to welcome Potomac Riverboat to the Entertainment Cruises family,” said Kenneth Svendsen, CEO of Entertainment Cruises. “With similar values, deeply rooted in the guest experience, we embrace the opportunity to further showcase our spectacular cities and waterfronts to area residents and visitors. Potomac Riverboat’s 30 years in Alexandria, and ours at the Southwest Waterfront—now part of The Wharf development—reflect our shared commitment to the region as a whole. This partnership will allow us to further innovate and elevate our water-based offerings and create memorable experiences for our guests.”
“We are pleased to join Entertainment Cruises and become part of the Pritzker Group family of companies,” said Willem Polak, president of Potomac Riverboat Company. “Our tour, taxi and charter expertise in the Washington, D.C. area is complementary to Entertainment Cruises, and we are looking forward to further expanding our operations and investing in our vibrant communities.”
Entertainment Cruises’ existing family of brands in the D.C. area includes Odyssey, Spirit Cruises and Elite Private Yachts. Entertainment Cruises is a member of Pritzker Group Private Capital’s family of companies.