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Council's Cruise Ship Sails Next Saturday

By Gia Lee

The Undergraduate Council's party line will push off in Boston Harbor next Saturday night.

The council's three-hour moonlight cruise on the Harbor will feature dancing, a disc jockey, two cash bars. and a third deck that Social Committee Co-Chairman Jonathan S. Leff '90 described as a "romantic area."

"It seemed like an innovative idea for a social event. We wanted to do something a little different from the usual parties in Memorial Hall," said Leff. A council-sponsored party held at Mem Hall in early December was poorly attended, forcing the body to sell off several unused kegs of beer.

The cruise will begin at 8:00 p.m., and the boat will leave the harbor at 8:30, Leff said. "It doesn't go out onto the open ocean so people don't have to worry about getting seasick," he added.

"It's unique in that it's an informal opportunity for people to go on a cruise. Most of the other cruises through houses are more formal," said Ron S. Lee '90, also co-chairman of the social committee.

Bestcruise, the company providing the private ship, will distribute "Budweiser trivia trinkets" such as key-chains, t-shirts and mugs, said Holly B. Murphy, the company's vice president adding that, "Over 100 college cruises are booked this April and May."

The council plans to sell 450 places on the boat, the maximum number the vessel can accommodate, said Undergraduate Council Chairman Evan J. Mandery '89. Tickets cost $7. The council may also sell tickets at other colleges such as Boston University, Boston College and Wellesley College, he said. "Our hope is to sell out here, so that's kind of our backup," he added.

Council members began selling tickets outside the undergraduate dining halls this week. "It was slow at first, but ticket sales are beginning to pick up," Leff said. If the cruise does not sell out, sales will continue until the day before the event, he said.

"If it rains, no one stands to lose money," Leff said. "The boat is big enough to accomodate all the people indoors." In case of a downpour, however, it might be cancelled, he said. If possible, the cruise would be rescheduled, or a refund would be given, he said.

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