Your cruise will begin with our friendly and knowledgeable staff. From our United States Coast Guard Certified Captains and our United States Coast Guard trained crew and our support staff, we welcome you on board Erie Canal Cruises and the Lil’ Diamond vessels!
We will do our best to provide you a safe and comfortable cruise! Our Captains and Crew perform various functions before, during and after our cruises. Feel free to ask questions about the operation of the vessel, the Locks on the Erie Canal, or about anything you encounter on our cruises. We are hopeful that your time with us is enjoyable, informative and fun!
USCG Captain Jerry Gertz, owner
USCG Captain Dave
Captain Dave has been a Captain for as long as he can remember. He owns and operates a tug, and has traveled the Erie Canal extensively over the years, as well as the Hudson River and New York harbor.
Captain Dave enjoys sharing the wonder and amazement of visitors who learn so much about the Erie Canal on a 90 minute cruise!
Kari is in her first season with Erie Canal Cruises. She assists the Captains with line handling during lock throughs and other duties on the vessels.
Kari enjoys cruising the Erie Canal with passengers from near and far, and sharing the excitement of going through the locks.
Marissa has been with Erie Canal Cruises for over 5 years. She welcomes passengers on board and assists the Captain with lock throughs and docking.
Marissa likes to discuss the Erie Canal with visitors and answer all their questions about the locks.
Chris is in his second season with Erie Canal Cruises. He welcomes passengers on board and assists the Captain with lock throughs and docking.
Chris loves being on the water and enjoys discussing the operation of the vessel with passengers.
Colleen has been with Erie Canal Cruises for over 5 years. As a first mate, she welcomes passengers on board and assists the Captain with lock throughs and docking.
Colleen is a local educator, and enjoys discussing the history of the Erie Canal with visitors from near and far.
Noah has been with Erie Canal Cruises for over 3 years. He assists the Captain with lock throughs and docking and welcomes passengers on board.
Noah likes to hear to stories of passengers who are amazed with the Erie Canal lock operations.