Just found the reviews for Blount on CC and want to praise them. Loved our Magical Lake Michigan trip in 2011 on the (now retired) Niagara Prince. Easy and comfortable way to see a part of the USA that would take way too much driving for us. Small enough to make you feel at home, just with extra spoiling by everyone. Local entertainment some nights, optional tours arranged.
No glitz or frills, just a great way to visit beautiful areas of our country for those who don't require a casino, spa, theaters or bright lights! Nice to be able to sit up on top deck and see the stars so clearly and not worry about noise. The clientele tends to be older and I think no children under 14 were allowed (don't remember exact age requirement).
The food was excellent, Chef Donovan prepared special request just to our liking. Meals were always fresh and I loved all the fruit offerings. Cruise director Jennifer was amazing - a Jill of all trades, always with grace and a smile! First time we've ever hugged a cruise director good-bye and some passengers were tearful at having to leave!
Wonderful captain and crew and we happily anticipate several of them will be on the 2013 Lake Superior voyage on Grand Mariner this year. Biggest drawback is the small size of cabin but it's cozy and comfortable even if not fancy and certainly easy to understand on this size ship. That's part of the charm.
If you're tired of being of being one of the herd on the big traditional cruise ships, recommend you check Blount and get a taste of being treated like one of the family. Hope to be able to go with Blount again in 2014.