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Our Team on Lake Erie

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Duryea Gette Owner

“I have enjoyed my trips aboard the Princess for years. My hope is that all of our customers come away with the same love of Erie, the Peninsula, and Presque Isle Bay that I have experienced while embarking the Victorian Princess.”

Duryea was born and raised in Erie. She is married and a mother of four children. An Erie School District teacher for 25 years, Duryea has also worked with the Princess for two years as Owner & Cruise Director. She also recently received her Captain’s License!

Don Cowey Captain

Boating on the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River since age 6. Boating experience in Scandinavia. Licensed in the USA since 2010. Professional working member of International Shipmasters Association.

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Dave Russell Captain

Captain Dave has been on the water all of his life and has owned some type on vessel since he was 12. He has owned power boats and cabin cruisers but his true love is sailing. Dave thought it would be an interesting and fun adventure to pilot a larger vessel so he earned his Merchant Marine Captain’s license and when the opportunity to pilot the Victorian Princess came he welcomed the new adventure!

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Bob Stadler Captain

Born and raised in Erie. Father of 7 and engaged. “I have loved the water ever since I was younger out on my Father’s boat”. “Currently have my own boat and enjoy that just as much”. I enjoy the water so much I became a scuba diver and currently working on my Master Diver”. Becoming one of the Captains of the Victorian Princess had made my love of the water even more.

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Mark Coursey Captain

Mark was born and raised in Erie, PA and lived along Lake Erie Shores. Previously he was a Presque Isle State Park Lifeguard. After becoming a U.S.C.G captain in 1984, he started his fishing charter business in 1985. His journey with the Victorian Princess began in 2013, and he obtained his Captain’s license to be able to operate the 100 ton master vessel. “This is a fun vessel to run- great memories for all. Hope to see you aboard!” – Captain Mark

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Dave Bussard Captain

Captain B has been on some form of lake, river, or waterway since age 16. He has had several boats over the years. He has been a Captain for the past 9 years, and a Captain for the Victorian Princess for the past 5 years. When not working, you can usually find him somewhere on the lake.

Benjamin Karic Marketing and Sales/Crew

Ben has enjoyed his time working on the Victorian Princess! He spends his free time with The Rouges Hollow Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps and The Erie Thunderbirds. He has been a performing percussionist for the past 5 years performing with The Erie Playhouse and various marching groups. This Season he is taking a new position as a part of our sales and marketing team!

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Hassan Baluch Crew

Hassan has enjoyed his time working on the Victorian Princess!

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Betty Kelley Office Manager/Reservationist

Titusville native, Betty Kelley is currently the office manager for the Victorian Princess.  She enjoys meeting and socializing with our guests and helping them select the best cruise for their enjoyment.

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Linda Long Reservationist

Linda was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and made Erie her home 38 years ago, when when she started a a job as a Reading Specialist in Harborcreek School District for 35 years. She has been enjoying retirement since 2017. Linda is married and the Mother of one daughter. Linda loves the outdoors and spending time on or near the water.

“As someone who always had a great time on cruises aboard the Victorian Princess, I enjoy being a part of the team to help customers find and experience an outstanding cruise with us”.

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Tina Quirk Bartender

Tina Quirk is an experienced bartender with 15 years of experience. She has been with the Victorian Princess for 3 seasons. She loves the people and the water. Tina can’t wait to get this season started. See you soon!

In addition, Tina is a Licensed stylist. Visit her website here.

Lexi Gette Server

Alexis Ann Gette has been with the Victorian Princess for the last three years. She enjoys working with her family’s business and serving the customers of the Victorian Princess. She is a 2020 graduate and will attend Temple University in the fall and study Biology.

Shellie Reservationist/Bartender

Raised in Fairview, spending the last 8 years in Cambridge Springs. Love of water came from fishing with her father and swimming in the springs while camping. Currently She is the Lead Telecommunications Specialist, Mixologist, Advance Scuba Diver and Mother of 4 sons.

La Bella Bistro Catering
We are a BYOB restaurant and operate a full service catering operation. Our menu items are fresh and homemade with very few exceptions.
Gluten Free options are available for almost all items. Foods are always beautifully presented and creatively displayed.
Sabella's Catering

Janet and Bill Miller, owners, established Sabella’s Catering in 1983 as a small family run business.  Our company has grown and has become a well-known and respected catering company, still run and managed by family members. Over the years we have built a fine reputation based on our dedication, customer satisfaction, reliability and trust.  Our philosophy is that every event is special and every aspect of our service is integral to producing a quality event.  Each event is treated as if we were hosting the event, whether it is a wedding, graduation party or small gathering. Sabella’s Catering is always on the cutting edge of today’s trends in the food industry.

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