DETROIT (WWJ) – Despite continuing economic uncertainty, at least one Detroit business is doing better this summer than last: the Detroit Princess.

Spokesman Barry Leder tells WWJ Newsradio 950 ridership is up on the riverboat this summer 10 to 20 percent.

“I think the bottom line is people like to go out and have a good time, and they figure out a way to do it,” said Leder.

“I think that no matter what the ecomonic situation is, people like to party and have a good time. So, they’re seeking us out and we’re making sure they have a great time when they’re on the boat,” he said.

Leder said after six years, more people are also getting the word about the cruises.

Originally named Players Riverboat Casino II, the Detroit Princess Riverboat was built in Jennings Louisiana in 1993 for use as a gambling boat.  The boat sat idle for three years and was nearly scrapped for parts in May of 2004 , it was purchased, removated, and moved to its new home on the Detroit River.

For more information about the Detroit Princess or to buy tickets for a cruise, visit this link.


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