PROSPECT, Ky. (July 2004) Private and public cruises along
the Ohio River are now being offered aboard the CQ Princess, an 86-foot
luxury commercial yacht that departs from Captains Quarters
Riverside Grille in Harrods Creek. It is the latest enterprise
of brothers Paul, Brian and Andrew Masterson and sister Sueanna Masterson-Carroll,
who in addition to Captains Quarters own Mastersons Catering,
The Olmsted, SmokeHouse Catering and Courtyard Cafe.
by Ruth Wright
CQ Princess yacht departs from the back of the Captain's Quarters
Its no wonder the Masterson siblings felt comfortable embarking
upon a new restaurant business venture. Their family has been in the
restaurant business for more than six decades. Grandfather Nicholas
Mastoras (who later changed his name to Masterson) opened in 1937
The Little Mansion restaurant in downtown Louisville on the corner
of Fifth and Congress. The name was later changed to Hollywood Steak
House, and eventually Mastersons Catering was born. The business
grew quickly from a small drive-in restaurant into a multi-million
dollar food service enterprise.
The Masterson siblings purchased in 1997 Mastersons and in 2003
Captains Quarters from their father, Philip Masterson, and two
uncles, Greg and Alex Masterson.
It was Paul Mastersons idea to branch into private dinner charters.
He spotted a yacht on the waterfront in Louisville and, after asking
around, found out that it had been brought to the area from St. Louis,
Mo., by Capt. John Boyle.
Boyle, who is captain of Caesars Riverboat Casino in Elizabeth, Ind.,
originally had planned to operate Ohio River dinner cruises from downtown
Louisville but had decided against it. Masterson struck a deal with
Boyle to buy the ship and offered him the captains job.
dining room aboard the CQ Princess.
The yacht was manufactured by SkipperLiner Marine Group of LaCrosse,
Wis. A world-class manufacturer of steel and aluminum pleasure and
commercial vessels since 1971, the companys credits include
the manufacture of two passenger vessels for Walt Disney World, including
a 63-foot water taxi, which transports passengers from Frontier Land
to the Magic Kingdom, and the 124-foot Liberty Belle paddlewheeler,
which carries more than 12,000 guests a day around the theme parks
Tom Sawyer Island.
The CQ Princess, built in 2001, is comprised of a lower level that
comfortably accommodates up to 80 seated and an upper level bar and
lounge area that provide room for mingling. Both levels are fully
enclosed and feature heating and air conditioning.
The vessel, which accommodates up to 120 passengers for lunch, dinner
and sight-seeing cruises along the Ohio River, has been available
since April. Both private and public cruises have been made, including
a sold-out public cruises during the Kentucky Derby Festival.
by Ruth Wright
Masterson poses beside the CQ Princess.
On board catering by Captains Quarters and Mastersons
includes menu items like stuffed chicken marsala, bourbon glazed pork
filets, Asian pan-seared tuna and filet mignon. All dinners include
a choice of marina house or caesar salad, fresh foccacia bread, iced
tea and coffee service. Lunch and dinner buffet service are available.
A private cruise ranges in season (April-Oct.) from $400 during the
week to $1,100 on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A minimum food and beverage charge is also required and ranges from
$900 to $2,100. Rental fees are based on 3 1/2 hours, which includes
a half hour for boarding, a 2 1/2 cruise and a half hour for disembarking.
A private charter on the CQ Princess includes an approximately eight-mile
cruise in either direction on the Ohio river from Captains Quarters
Grille. Evening cruises toward downtown offer a spectacular view of
the Louisville skyline, according to Andrew Masterson.
Charters will be available year round and in addition to private excursions
public cruises are planned for special occasions and holidays, including
Mothers Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.
Captains Quarters is located at 5700 Captains
Quarters Rd. in Harrods Creek, or by boat at Ohio River mile
marker 595.8. For information about charters, call (502) 228-1651
or visit: www.cqriverside.com.