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The food, service and staff were A+ + +…… A special shout out to the piano man J

I will highly recommend this cruise to anyone. Thank you again for all your help. We all had a great time.

Donna M. Howard

Sales Assistant,WAVA FM 105.1 AM 780 XM 170 WRC 1260 AM

Dandy Cruise Team,

Our event was a success; our customers and vendors had a very nice time. It was a perfect evening and very enjoyable.

We are going to add this to the list for future activities

Thank you

Hello Andreea, The curise was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!! WE ALL HAD A BLAST! Although it was hot on the boat we all still enjoyed ourselves. There were two other groups on on the cruise as well and they ALL celebrated my birthday. They didn't know who I was but they party right along with me. Thank you for all your support and assistance in putting this together. I believe another friend of mines wants to celebrate her birthday on the Dandy in August. I went ahead and forward her your phone number. Thank you again!

Patricia Hughes
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division

Thank you for a lovely evening on Nina’s Dandy. Our 20th year high school reunion was a great success – everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, from the high quality food to the classy and festive ambiance. highly recommend Nina’s Dandy!

David Ronka
Bonn American High School Class of ’89 and Friends reunion


Thank you for following-up. I was going to send you a note of “Thanks” because everything was great. Everyone enjoyed the food and the thrill of the cruise. The staff was great, the food was fantastic and the ambiance was relaxing. Thank you so much from me, EagleBank and the BAP Group for helping us stay within our budget and have a successful finale to our meeting.

I have already told so many about the cruise and hope they are anticipating to experience the ride. Thank you so very much again.

Marlyn M. Newton

Dear Nina,

You and your team continue to go above and beyond with our Annual SmartCPA event. The event was just as we expected AND MORE! We have now worked with your staff for the past 4 years and each year seems to get better and better! The food is delicious and the staff is friendly and welcoming. They are helpful and professional each step of the way and I know we continue to look forward to each year with hosting our events on your beautiful boat. Thank you again for making this always a very easy process for SmartCEO. We are excited for further events and opportunities with you and your staff!

Best regards,

Dear Scherrie and NIN Staff

Scherrie, Just a short note to thank everyone on the NINA for making our 25 BuShips Reunion, such a memorable event on Friday, 11 May 2007. This "was" to be our "last" reunion; however, the cruise, food and your hospitality to make this such a gallant event, has led to possibily having a 26th Reunion, next year. Planning this event with you, was extremely easy and most enjoyable. People are amazed that we can put together an event of this nature, by just talking on the phone and e:mailing the agreed upon paper work. Sure made it easy for me now that we live in North Carolina.

Many thanks!!!

On behalf of our Navy Family, we are truly grateful for all you did to make this one of our Very Best Reunions. I have since received additional emails from our people, complimenting and sharing their memories of our lunch cruise.

Darlene Soltis and Navy Family

Dear Scherrie and All,

I just wanted to take a minute out of this crazy holiday schedule to say THANK YOU! Our "Family Holiday Luncheon" yesterday (December 23rd) was just perfect!! Everything from our last minute planning of this event, the special inside photo, the delicious menu of food, the wonderful waiters and waitress, the very entertaining Captain and the whole atmosphere of our cruise was just superb! We were also wondering if you had arranged the beautiful sunny day when it actually had supposed to rain??

My husband and I had celebrated our 25th anniversary on the Nina in October and we had been so impressed that we had started thinking about our December family holiday gathering. Well, now that it happened and it was just wonderful, there are 20 more impressed people thinking about special events that they could maybe hold on the Nina too! We had a GREAT time and thank you again for making this holiday very special for our family. We wish you all and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!!

See you soon.....
Cathy Ackerman and family

[Dear Nina]

My family and the other families who joined us had a great time. The staff was wonderful. The music was great. It was a night we will all remember for a long time. Both of my children have written about the boat trip in their school journals. The other families have gone on and on about how much fun they had.

I just want to let you know that we will be back!!! I would love to make it an annual event.

Thank you for making it so memorable.
Paula and Steve Treger

To Everyone at the Dandy,

...please accept our gratitude for making our recent cruise a truly wonderful evening.

Beginning with the assistance that Scherrie provided in planning the evening, and continuing all through the cruise with Victor and his Crew, everyone connected with the Dandy went out of their way to make the evening special. Your crew was remarkable in their ability to make the evening great fun for everyone. The dance floor stayed full, and the sight of parents and children dancing was a wonderful moment.

Kids and parents alike were effusive in their praise of the Dandy experience.

Please pass along our thanks to everyone for making it a magical evening.

Tim Holmberg
Impressions Marketing Group

[Dear Nina,]

[Your cruise] was the highlight of the graduation ceremonies for our group... our group was forward on the... left side, so despite the full boat, we sort of had our own dining area.

All of the attendees have sent emails... expressing how great the trip was...

the student advisor for the class behind mine... said that our dinner on the Dandy was the nicest way to end the program of any of the previous fifteen classes she had been involved with, so it could become a yearly tradition.


Dear [Nina],

The cruise on the Potomac... was a very nice event! We were all very comfortable and certainly well fed! We've heard nothing but good comments - you and your employees treated us royally.

Just wanted you to know that we appreciate all that you and your people did to make it a great day for us all.

Becky & Merle Guyton

Good Afternoon,

I just want to say that it was a pleasure to meet & fellowship with you all on yesterday for the WAVA Pastors & Leadership Appreciation Dinner Celebration. The atmosphere was under sacred cloud with so much power (energy) on board.

May God be glorified, the saints be edified, self be crucified, & the devil be horrified of the things God has in store for those who remain faithful to Him until He returns!

Thanks Dandy staff for giving the cruise an "at home" atmosphere also!

"Your anointing will attract attacks!"

Dr. Eric K. Brown, I.
Minister of Music
National President of the Holiness Ministers' Alliance, Inc.

[Dear] Scherrie,

THANK YOU! Everything was wonderful and our guest of honor and his family really enjoyed themselves. Thanks for your assistance in helping me to plan the perfect event.

Donna Simpkins
Computer Science Corp.

Dear Nina,

On behalf of the Association of Meeting Professionals, I would like to say thank you once again for hosting our November 8, 2005 event aboard Nina's Dandy.

The meeting and reception went flawlessly and your staff (especially Scherrie, David and Maria) was exceptional. Our attendees were thrilled with the champagne service, the fantastic food and the amazing view from the upper deck. The boat was the perfect venue for us! We sincerely appreciate your support of our organization and look forward to doing continued business with you in the future.

It was truly a pleasure to be hosted aboard Nina's Dandy!

Molly Bartkowski
Meeting & Events Manager
Association of Meeting Professionals

Dear Scherrie,

We had an absolutely wonderful evening aboard Nina's Dandy! The food was so delicious, and your staff was very warm and welcoming. It was an absolutely fantastic evening in a perfect atmosphere. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you so much for all of your help and your cooperation - answering my questions and telling me everything I needed to do.

Thank you for everything; it was truly a beautiful and memorable evening.

Currie FitzHugh

[Dear Nina]

I just wanted to let you know how much my group enjoyed our outing on the Dandy on Sunday June 13th! It was a fabulous part of our trip to DC. The food was great, the boat was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and the sights were amazing!

I was nervous bringing such a large group (70!) on the boat trip, since I didn't know anyone else who had been on the boat before, and was just going off the brochure, so I didn't know what to expect. I think it exceeded any expectations I might have had!... I definitely will be back.

Jan Wade
Executive Director
Kane County Bar Association

Dear Ms. Wilson:

I must take this belated opportunity to thank you and your staff for the extraordinary professionalism and caring displayed as the plan to produce this year's Medical Staff Family Cruise.

Although I worked with several individuals there in the planning, the organization kept things straight and running smoothly. I especially appreciated the flexibility of your crew in allowing me to put a fishing game on each table (to help entertain our many children in attendance) and the Captain in waiting until the last doctor [arrived and] was able to join his family onboard. The entertainment hit just the right note, the wait staff was very attentive, and everyone we came in contact with was pleasant and helpful.

All the doctors and their family members seemed to enjoy themselves. Many thanks for the efforts of all your employees to help make that possible. I look forward to a return trip.

Nena B. Ickes, CMSC, CPCS
Director, Medical Staff Services

Dear Ms. Wilson,

On behalf of the Western Fairfax Republican Women's Club, I am pleased to write you with great satisfaction of your company services. On November 10th, are club held its annual fundraiser aboard Nina's Dandy with Kenneth DePorter onboard as manager. Because our guest speaker for the event was Ms. Liz Cheney, the club was informed just two days prior that Secret Service agents would not only accompany her, but need to sweep the boat as well. Even with such late notice, Mr. DePorter was so accommodating to them. He and his staff were very professional and eager to please everyone onboard. In addition to their great services, the food was delicious and the boat looked beautiful.

As we were planning the event, Carol Reese, Donna Gustave (co-chairs) and myself worked with David Adcock. He too was very accommodating and a pleasure to work with. For example, he offered to decorate the boat in patriotic colors. This gave us one less thing to plan and save the club expenses as well. The event was originally planned for September 15th and for obvious reasons we postponed the event. I realize your business may have suffered some setbacks in light of the events of September 11th. However, I am grateful to you and Mr. Adcock for allowing the postponement. Our event would not have been as successful nor fun had taken place on the 15th.

Too often today great employees do not receive recognition or praise they deserve. I want you to know you have two outstanding employees working for your company and I hope we will work together again next year.

Janine Lawson
Western Fairfax RWC, President

Dear Ms. Wilson:

On behalf of the Medical Staff of Southern Maryland Hospital and their families I would like to thank you and the staff of the Dandy for a delightful cruise. Everyone had a wonderful time. The weather was perfect, the food absolutely delicious and employees were very kind and helpful. We had 55 children onboard ranging in age from two months to 15 years so serving lunch was not an easy task. The waitstaff went above and beyond to assist families by holding babies and helping the younger children cut their food and they did these things with smiles and good humor.

I cannot end this letter without praising Mr. Kenneth DePorter. There was a misunderstanding between Dr. Mani and your office staff regarding the number of people the boat could accommodate for the Sunday brunch. Mr. DePorter called me and within 20 minutes he had helped me select a sit down menu for the adults and a menu for the children. He assured me that all would be well and that we would have a great cruise. He was wonderful and I cannot thank him enough for his patience, hard work and sense of humor.

Our cruise was September 9, 2001 and of course we all know of the tragic events that occurred just two days later. Our medical staff and their families, so diverse in their ethnic backgrounds, have mentioned many times what a wonderful memory we have of a beautiful afternoon spent with good friends, enjoying excellent food in a [once] peaceful time. Thank you.

Nita Conatser
Director, Physician Relations
Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Dear Ms. Wilson,

Once again I would like to thank you very much for your help when the children from Poland were here in the U.S. I just returned from Poland where I was accompanying American children of Polish descent as the second part of an educational program called "Summer of Dreams." These children spent a wonderful time in Poland, as did those Polish children who came to America in July.

On behalf of the American Center of Polish Culture, as well as the group of Polish children and their chaperones, I want to express our deep appreciation to you and your staff for the wonderful hospitality we received at the Nina's Dandy. Everything was arranged perfectly. It was very nice to have Mr. Marek Blaszkiewicz accompanying us that day. We all appreciate the generosity and kindness you showed these kids. They had a great time [cruising] on the Potomac and they will never forget their vacation in America. Thank you once again.

Magna Szpyrko
Deputy Director
The American Center of Polish Culture

Dear Nina,

Our NCSL Dinner Cruise on August 1st was wonderful! The entire evening with your crew was great! Ken met me at the dock and offered to do the full cruise as our buses arrived late.

The dinner was gourmet, the service was excellent! The entertainment was really enjoyed by all. And to boot, we had PERFECT weather. I would estimate that 50% of the guests went topside after dinner. There was a full moon and temperature was just right.

We had our Conference Attendees fill out Evaluation Forms and many rated this event as our best ever International Program. I look forward to dining with you again.

On behalf of our NCSL attendees, my thanks for a wonderful & memorable evening.

Mike Suraci, NCSL VP
Conference Management
NCSL International

Dear Sherrie:

I wanted to take a moment and thank you and the staff of the Nina's Dandy for making the Georgetown University dinner cruise a truly memorable evening! The staff did such a great job from beginning to end my hat goes off to them.

Our committee continues to receive so much positive response from our meeting, and citing the dinner cruise as the highlight. We could not have asked for a more perfect evening! Thank you again for your wonderful services and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Valerie Dickson
Conference Manager
Georgetown University Child Development Center

Dear Ms. Wilson;

Just wanted to let you know that the cruise on Nina's Dandy, June 8 was a big hit with our group. The weather was beautiful, the ship was just the right size for us and everyone had a great time. In fact, of all the events we had during the weekend, the cruise was rated #1.

I would also like to commanded the staff on the ship who were courteous and polite with special mention of Mr. Kenneth DePorter who was very accommodating of everyone's needs. Also, very nice to work with was Mrs. Dawn Clark who coordinated the transportation. Everything was timely, the coaches were comfortable and everything moved smoothly without a hitch.

Please feel free to use us [as] a reference [at] any time if you should need one and I hope there will be another occasion when I can bring another group to enjoy the cruise on Nina's Dandy.

With kind regards,
Molly Rangrath
Deputy Executive Director
International Chiropractors Association

What Our Guests Are Saying

The cruise was perfect. The food was perfect, the plate presentation was beautiful & all the plates, cups, glass & silverware were clean. The staff was fast, efficient, accommodating and smiled all the time. When the boat docked at the end of the cruise, your staff lined up to thank us including the Captain. Please pass on our appreciation & thanks to all who helped make this a successful and memorable evening. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed theirselves.

Donna M. Howard
Salem Communications
WAVA FM 105.1 / AM 780, XM / SIRIUS 131, WRC 1260 AM

Andrea, Nothing but rave reviews from our group today. Thanks for your help putting it together.

Rich Miller
Cannery Village Civic Association

My parents and I very much enjoyed the Sunday brunch cruise earlier today. The food was delicious and the wait staff was very courteous and responsive. All and all, we had a wonderful time and I thank you for that.

J. G. Vargas

It was wonderful. The staff, the food and cruise exceeded our expectations.

Steve P.

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