BRAINERD, Minn., March 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Destiny Cruises LLC announced today that it sold its vessel and operation to Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake. Cragun’s will begin offering day and evening cruises on Gull Lake in the spring of 2019. The 65-foot long double-deck vessel accommodates 120 passengers and will continue to offer open cruises, themed cruises and private chartered events to residents, tourists and guests visiting the Brainerd Lakes Area. “We launched Destiny Cruises in the summer of 2014, and we are happy to see a flourishing local resort maintain the business and vessel on Gull Lake. We want to thank the people of Brainerd, Nisswa and the local resorts and businesses who have welcomed and supported us,” said Liz Diedrich, Destiny Cruises partner and owner of Twin Cities-based research and marketing firm Diedrich RPM.
“We are excited to be able to provide another amenity for visitors to the Brainerd Lakes Area on behalf of Cragun’s Resort. Now we can provide a new prestigious venue for weddings, rehearsal dinners, reunions or corporate events, and we are looking forward to offering day cruises to visitors to the area,” said Dutch Cragun, Owner. “Destiny Cruises was an established entity on Gull Lake, and we’re thrilled to continue this service for the community.” Cragun’s has decided to change the name of the operation to Gull Lake Cruises to more closely reflect their long-standing ties to the community and Gull Lake. Cragun’s plans on continuing to work with the other local resorts and hotels to offer this amenity for all visitors to the Brainerd Lakes Area. Gull Lake Cruises will be docked at Cragun’s Resort with easy access at the main Marina area.
Gull Lake Cruises, which historically ran approximately 150 cruises per year, will continue to offer an option for your special events, such as when family and friends are in town and want to do something unique in the area, a vessel for your private parties, weddings, birthday celebrations, anniversaries, company outings, live concerts, Sunday brunches and so much more!. Cragun’s looks forward to expanding its ability to create memories that last a lifetime!
The open air, water like glass, a light breeze in your face as you pass stunning landscapes, all while relaxing with good conversation, fabulous food, and refreshing beverages — there’s nothing quite like a cruise. Planning a cruise for your crew sounds like a fantastic idea … until you look at your budget. Do limited funds mean you have to throw the idea overboard completely? Or is there some way to take your group cruise and do it on a budget? These Minnesota cruise lines say you can. Here’s how:
“Destiny Cruises sails a 100-passenger luxury yacht on Gull Lake in the Brainerd Lakes area and is the only cruise boat on Gull Lake. They’re ideal for groom’s dinners, small weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and public cruises. They can pick up parties from any of the premier resorts on the lake and work with many different budgets to help create the most memorable experience on the North Star.
There are several ways a planner can keep costs low, while still planning an enjoyable group cruise.” These include:
Stay flexible on dates and book early.
Sightseeing or appetizer cruises are very affordable. We also offer a Sunset Cruise that includes a dessert and coffee buffet. Let the sunset be your backdrop to the end of a beautiful day.
Keep the bar simple. If hosting, stick to house wines, beer, and rail pours
Food can be pricey so you can stay with lighter options and order something like pulled pork sliders or tacos for the main course.
Stay simple with linens. We always have black linen that is included with all cruises in the main salon. Colored options are available at a small upcharge per table.
For small groups of 10-20 people, we can include their party with a public cruise.
For these semi-private parties, we reserve space for the group in our Main Salon. Let our professional crew help create a fun and affordable cruise for you…
A couple of hours gliding on clear waters, while enjoying delicious food and a beverage under clear blue skies, makes for one of our favorite ways to spend an afternoon.
When the lake is Gull Lake, one of the largest in the Brainerd, Minnesota area, with 38 miles of picturesque coastline and sparkling waters, and the boat it is the luxury Destiny Cruises yacht, the North Star, the experience is elevated to a superb afternoon of relaxation and leisure.
Destiny Cruises on Gull Lake
Our two-hour lunch excursion aboard the beautiful motor yacht began at the docks at Ernie’s on Gull, about six miles north of Brainerd. Welcomed aboard with a warm, Minnesota welcome, guests have the option of relaxing downstairs in the air-conditioned, glass-enclosed cabin, or opting for the open-air upstairs deck. We headed straight upstairs to bask in the Minnesota sunshine.The yacht is large – 65 feet long and 22 feet wide – providing guests plenty of room to spread out, get comfortable and enjoy the captivating views.
Custom built by SkipperLiner in LaCrosse, WI for Destiny Cruises, the North Star took a year to build and was delivered in 2014. Now in her third season on Gull Lake, the North Star was the first public cruise vessel to operate on the lake for many years. The elegant boat’s public cruises, which include lunch, brunch, happy hour, dinner and sunset cruises, have been warmly welcomed by the community and visitors to the area. The yacht is also a popular venue for private chartered events and weddings…
With summer brings the opportunity for a variety of fun adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota on land and water, and even in the air!
Summer fun adventures in Central and Northwest Minnesota abound for all ages! We recently rediscovered this region with new eyes after an absence of several years. Active enthusiasts will be amazed at all the options, no matter how you roll. There is no more perfect environment than a Minnesota summer to get your groove on! Come along and be inspired as we count some of the ways!
Cruising: We happen to think sometimes the best exercise is that of hand to mouth!There is absolutely no shame in shaping your active water experience to include a luxury cruise! On beautiful Gull Lake, outside of Brainerd, Destiny Cruises offers a day of great cuisine and scenic perfection, viewed from its new multi-deck yacht, the North Star. Our excursion was made all the more enjoyable by the custom libations expertly poured by General Manager Michele Baker and pithy commentary from the North Star’s captain. Our group hung out on the sunny top observation deck and enjoyed a fabulous gourmet meal. Other passengers had a wonderful experience in the spacious indoor salon below us, as well…
Phi Theta Kappa the largest international honor society in the world for two-year colleges decided to host their annual leadership conference for the first time at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. They kicked off the two-day convention with a cruise on Gull Lake.
Members came from North and South Dakota and the Minnesota area to socialize with fellow colleagues who share their same passion for academic excellence.
They must commit to a life of leadership as well as other promises…
They came for boating, for fishing, for beer, camping, rock n roll, but mostly they came for the lakes. All the reasons combined helped make 2014 one of the best years for tourism in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
The Brainerd Lakes Area also saw a boost in new attractions. The area added a new elegant event space, the Wild Life Safari North, Gull Dam Brewery and soon-to-be Big Ax Brewing Company, Lakes Jam and Destiny Cruise Line. All of them added a different way to enjoy the Brainerd Lakes Area.
The resorts, attractions and Visit Brainerd say, after last year’s explosive numbers, they’re looking forward to another amazing tourism year in the Brainerd Lakes Area.
The Governor’s Fishing Opener kicked off last summer’s tourism season at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa last May. And tourism in the Brainerd Lakes Area exploded from there…
EAST GULL LAKE – Lit up for the Fourth of July this week, Destiny Cruises’ North Star yacht is giving residents and visitors alike another way to experience summer in the lakes area.
Liz Diedrich, owner of Twin Cities-based research and marketing firm Diedrich RPM, first looked into the idea of a luxury motor yacht while putting together research for a client.
After all, the boats are a familiar sight on Lake Minnetonka. But that isn’t where Diedrich wanted to be. Looking at population numbers of residents both year-round, seasonal and tourists, Diedrich said Gull Lake came up as a great opportunity.”So I got interested myself,” Diedrich said. She put together a business plan and with partners Jerry Johnson and Reid Porter.
Their creation, Destiny Cruises, brought the North Star yacht to its port of call at Ernie’s on Gull dock in East Gull Lake.
Getting the $1.8 million vessel to Gull Lake from its manufacturer at SkipperLiner in La Crosse, Wis., was challenged by a long winter and longer lasting road restrictions. The 65-foot-long yacht weighs 73 tons.
Getting the yacht to Gull Lake proved to be a bigger task than they imagined. Even as they started the open water season later than they expected, the partners expressed confidence about a long-term future on Gull Lake. They were hands-on owners at recent inaugural cruises. Diedrich said they sold 30 percent of their charters before the yacht’s first cruise in June…
This week, Esme Murphy and Chris Shaffer ventured to the Brainerd Lakes Area in northern Minnesota.
On Thursday, they arrived in Crosslake, which is about 2 ½ hours north of the Twin Cities.
Crosslake is, appropriately, on Cross Lake, which is part of the Whitefish chain of lakes – one of the most popular in the state. That means in the summertime, the town sees its population grow. About 60 percent of the homes here are used seasonally.
The Whitefish chain is made up of 14 lakes, all connected with more than 13,500 acres of water and 119 miles of shoreline.
It’s perfect for fishing, boating and really anything you want to do on the water. And if you want to stay on the chain of lakes, you’ll find plenty of campgrounds and resorts to choose from.
You’ll find plenty of resorts, cabins and restaurants along Cross Lake, but now there’s something new. There’s a luxury cruise that sets sail from Moonlite Bay for brunch, lunch, dinner or moonlight cruise – Destiny Cruises On Gull Lake…
Destiny Cruises’ North Star yacht, a $1.8 million, double-deck vessel that can accommodate 120 passengers, launched last week on Gull Lake, offering cruises and private chartered events to residents and tourists in the Brainerd lakes area.
The North Star is docked at Ernie’s on Gull, and was expected to embark on its inaugural cruise Wednesday, June 25, having been delayed from its ideal date of mid-May because of road restrictions.
The 65-foot long, 22-foot wide vessel was constructed last winter at Skipperliner Headquarters in La Crosse, Wisconsin, one of the country’s largest passenger vessel manufacturers.
The owners of Destiny Cruises are Liz Diedrich, owner of Diedrich RPM; Jerry Johnson, CEO and owner of Energy Management Collaborative; and Reid Porter, a retired business executive and former captain of vessels out of Lake Geneva.
They studied the market for more than a year looking for the ideal place to provide such a vessel. Diedrich said variables like geographic location, the number of weddings and transit populations in the Brainerd lakes area were compelling. That, coupled with Gull Lake’s proximity and readiness, made it a viable location to operate…
Destiny Cruises’ North Star yacht hit the waters of Gull Lake Tuesday afternoon, settling into its summer home.
The motor yacht begins public cruises Sunday.
Tuesday people gathered, filling the parking spaces at the Gull Lake landing off County Highway 77, and put adjacent docks to the test as they lined up to see the boat launch.
The installation crew communicated by handheld radios and maneuvered the 65-foot-long vessel into the lake. The vessel, 22-feet wide at the beam, was enough to pop two tires on its trailer as it went over a curb on its way down to the landing.
The $1.8 million double-deck boat is large enough to accommodate 120 passengers. It will be docked at Ernie’s on Gull through October. Constructed in La Crosse, Wis., by SkipperLiner this winter, Destiny Cruises reports the yacht is the first Coast Guard-certified vessel to have underwater lighting. It is equipped with state-of-the-art electronics, the cruise company reported. It has a minimum crew of three with captain, senior deckhand and deckhand. The glass-enclosed main deck handles 70 guess for a seated dinner. The upper deck patio can seat 36. The cruise company reports there are three flat screen TVs and a projector with screen to watch sporting events and presentations…