b'MEMBERNEWSChicagos First Lady Cruises Launches New Vessel Built by Burger Boat CompanyPVA Vessel member Chicagos First Lady Cruises, Chicago, IL, has a new vessel. Chicagos Emerald Lady, its newest p a s s e n g e r v e s s e lChicagos First Lady Cruises newest vessel is Chicagos Emerald Lady built by Burger Boats. Credit: Burger Boatscurrently being built by Burger Boat Company, a PVA Associate member based in Manitowoc, WI, wasThe 98-foot U.S.-made steel vessel can serve up to recently launched.250 passengers and is designed by Mark Pudlo, Principal,Chicagos First Lady Cruises, which operates highlySeacraft Design in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Chicagos Emerald Lady ranked tours in Chicago according to TripAdvisoris built with energy-efficient Caterpillar engines providing user reviews, has been inspiring guests by showcasinga sustainable option that lowers emissions.Chicagos rich architectural history for 27 years. We have built a great relationship with Burger over the years, and they have once again delivered a quality vessel that will provide an enjoyable and comfortable experience for our guests and a reliable addition to our fleet, says Holly Agra, President of Chicagos First Lady Cruises. The new vessel offers comfortable open-air top deck seating with plenty of space for social distanc-ing, providing official Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise guests with 360-degree views of our citys storied skyline. Burgers commitment to building a high-quality vessel goes hand in hand with our commit-ment to continually improving the cruise experience for our guests.In addition to the critically-acclaimed Chicago Architecture Foundation Center River Cruise tours, the cruise line also offers a variety of specialty themed cruises, including new regularly scheduled cruises aboard a vintage six-passenger yacht for a private, unique, safe experience; and a new Floating Rooftop Experience, providing a dock-side happy hour setting unlike any other with local refreshments and unparalleled city views from the vessels spacious upper deck. This is not the first time Burger and Chicagos First Lady Cruises have collaborated: this is the third passenger vessel Burger has built for the company. Chicagos Emerald Lady follows in the line of Chicagos Classic Lady and Chicagos Leading Lady. Burger is focused on developing long-lasting, collab-orative partnerships that lead to truly extraordinary expe-riences on the water, says Jim Ruffolo, President and CEO, Burger Boat Company. We love building for Chicagos First Lady Cruises, as they share our mission of building a memorable, unique experience for their guests. n40AUGUST 2020FOGHORN'