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Branson Sets Sail into 2009 with Cruises, Titanic-Themed Party

Partygoers will have to choose whether to sail or rock in the new year on Wednesday, December 31st.

Chateau on the Lake will give partygoers a chance to welcome in the new year with a trip back in time when the resort hosts “Titanic Revisited.” For weeks, Ed Agers and his crew have been constructing a 1/15th scale replica of the Titanic inside the Chateau. The ship, at the top of its smokestack, measures 26 feet tall.

Agers said he originally designed and built the cardboard replica 10 years ago for one of Chateau’s first New Year’s celebrations. This year, Chateau decided to revisit the Titanic theme.

“You just felt like you were there,” said Agers’ wife, Darlene. “You have to see it to know it.”

She said when the Chateau hosted its first Titanic celebration, the resort attracted national attention and was featured as one of the top places to spend New Year’s by CNN.

“It was just beautiful,” Darlene Agers said.

Chateau officials hope to revive that magical feeling this week. “We’ve selected a menu that was served on the Titanic,” said Chateau General Manager and Vice President Stephen Marshall.

The grand staircase and a massive iceberg will be among other touches in store to take its guests back in time.

“It will be a nice feel,” Marshall said.

At midnight, fireworks will light up the sky, but inside, about a 1,000 balloons will drop from the ceiling. Reservations are required and festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For those looking to literally sail into the new year, Branson Landing Cruises is offering a late-night cruise along Lake Taneycomo aboard the Landing Princess, a $2.5 million yacht. Festivities begin at 8 p.m. and include a buffet dinner, dancing, party favors and midnight champagne toast.
Tom Paden, Branson Landing Cruises director of sales, said this will be the second time for the New Year’s cruise and said he had a blast last year.

“It is so much fun,” Paden said. “There is something about being on the boat. It is not a gigantic ballroom, so people befriend each other. It is a great opportunity to make friends and have fun.”

For those who would prefer to rock in the new year, Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater will be hosting Rockin’ New Year’s Eve 2009. The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley and Paul Revere and The Raiders will help welcome in 2009. The festivities include entertainment, a buffet dinner and a champagne toast.

Information courtesy of Branson Daily News

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