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March 19, 2014
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Cruise to the St. Michaels Wine Festival on a Luxury Yacht with Watermark

(Annapolis, MD) – A cruise, hundreds of wines, the Bay and food...what more could you ask for? Cruises on the Bay™ by Watermark® announces its first special event cruise of the 2014 season: roundtrip cruise and ticket package from Annapolis to the 5th Annual WineFest at St. Michaels on Saturday, April 26, 2014 and Sunday, April 27, 2014. Guests on the “St. Michaels Wine Festival Cruise” will travel in luxury across the Chesapeake Bay to St. Michaels where they’ll attend the WineFest at St. Michaels. The food and wine event is a unique streetscape event held throughout the town featuring wine samplings, chef demos, gourmet foods, crafts, jazz music, art displays and more. Building on this special event’s 2013 success, Watermark will have two vessels cruising to the festival on both days!

The cruise from Annapolis to St. Michaels includes a continental breakfast. Watermark’s yachts feature climate controlled enclosed lower levels and an open top deck perfect for enjoying the Bay breeze. The journey to St. Michaels is a familiar one to Watermark’s captains and vessels; the company has offered a “Day on the Bay to St. Michaels” cruise for over 40 years. “We love coming up with different ways to enjoy the Chesapeake Bay region,” says Debbie Gosselin, president of Watermark, “By partnering with the WineFest at St. Michaels, we’re offering guests from the ‘Western Shore’ a fun and unique way to travel to the town of St. Michaels for a great festival. Bringing people across the bay to enjoy ‘St. Mikes’ is one of our specialties and having the Wine Festival as the destination makes for a really fabulous day.”

The cruise to St. Michaels is an enjoyable, comfortable 2-hour ride. On the morning cruise, guests will enjoy a continental breakfast and on the return trip boxed meals will be served. Guests will have 5 hours of leisure time in St. Michaels to enjoy the WineFest and quaint Eastern Shore town and arriving by a Watermark boat means skipping long admission lines. This festival is a wonderful way to experience the charm of the Eastern Shore. A 2013 passenger wrote on TripAdvisor, “Watermark organized an absolutely delightful charter out of Annapolis to the annual Wine Festival in St Michael's, MD. Every detail was beautifully executed, including the online ticket purchase, regular email updates about the cruise, check-in, festival passes, on-board food service, and the on-time arrival and return. The journey could not have been more comfortable...The wine festival itself was great fun -- can't wait to take this Watermark trip again next year!”

At the festival, many businesses will offer wine tastings, great food, retail specials, live musicians and much more. Wine aficionados will experience hundreds of highly rated US, International and Maryland wines. All attendees will be able to walk St. Michaels using their WineFest map as a guide or take shuttle buses provided by WineFest. On Sunday, the festival will feature "Something to Wine About", an award winning treatise by Laurie Forster, 'The Wine Coach'. Radio personality, award-winning sommelier and comedian, Laurie Forster, delivers an edgy, off-beat hilarious show where wine meets punch line. WineFest is a charity event that supports several local non-profit organizations.

All inclusive tickets for the Saturday, April 26th Cruise to St. Michaels are $142/person. All inclusive tickets for the Sunday, April 27th Cruise to St. Michaels are $129/person. Tickets include the roundtrip cruise, admission to the Wine Festival, continental breakfast and a boxed meal. The trip is a full day from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Boarding begins 15 minutes before cruise time in downtown Annapolis. The cruise departs at 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. and arrives back in Annapolis at 7 p.m. To make reservations and for more information, visit

Cruises on the Bay by Watermark has offered a “Day on the Bay to St. Michaels” cruise for over 40 years. Offered every Saturday and on select Mondays and Wednesdays from May 24-September 27, guests enjoy a relaxing cruise to St. Michaels, 3 hours of leisure time on land and a return cruise to Annapolis. The cruise includes admission to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum plus beverages and doughnuts on the morning cruise.

About Watermark: Watermark immerses people in the history, culture and fun of the Chesapeake area more completely than any other tour or charter company. Whether you want to learn or just enjoy, no one else offers so many ways to experience this special place, both by land and by water. Watermark® an Annapolis-based, locally owned and operated business, has been creating authentic experiences since 1972. Watermark sub-brands include Annapolis Tours® by Watermark®, offering the original Annapolis colonial tours; Cruises on the Bay™ by Watermark®, with the easiest way to have fun on the water; Yacht Charters on the Bay™ by Watermark®, and Wedding on the Bay™ by Watermark®, offer flawless events on pristine yachts; Destination Education™ by Watermark®, gives teachers the most engaging way to immerse their students in history. For a complete list of walking tours, sightseeing cruises, yacht charters and services offered by Watermark visit

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