OVER the past years I have had the chance to be on three sunset dinner cruise boats: Puti’on Saipan, Jade Lady 111 and Stars and Stripes.
Most of the times, a spectacular sunset highlights the dinner cruise, but when the sky is grey, guests can still enjoy the performances of local talents.
I got the chance to board the Stars and Stripes again a few months back with Matt, Donna and Pat.I vowed I was not going to take out my camera and just enjoy the dinner cruise for a change even though there was the possibility of a stunning sunset.Stars and Stripes entertainer Roger Cadua sang songs in different languages to the great delight of the tourists who were on board with us.
Pre-dinner drinks were served while Cadua taught the tourists how to dance the chacha.I broke my promise the minute a boat crewmember started to slowly unfurl the huge stars and stripes-designed sail. I started shooting photos while I stood on deck and forgot everything and everyone. The sunset was spectacular.Then it was dinner time and everybody lined up to partake of the delicious buffet spread while Cadua and his fellow entertainers continued performing.Stars and Stripes has been in the biz since 2005. Photos and videos of the boat have made their way to all parts of the world as the thousands of satisfied customer continue to share their unforgettable experiences through word of mouth, photos and videos and published articles.
Stars and Stripes owner Sam Markos said the boat was made in Singapore in 1988, and it sailed in Guam waters from 1988 to 2001. Markos bought it in November 2002 and brought it to Saipan where he and his wife Jenny have transformed it into a first class boat for cruising.
It has an air-conditioned room that can accommodate 100 people in case it rains. But most of the time, guests want to enjoy the view on deck.
If you have been on island all your life and have not been on Stars & Stripes, grab the chance to experience a whole new world out there even for an hour. For inquiries and reservations, call Sea-Lago Inc. at 234-7266.
First published at the Marianas Variety here