The SS Chanteuse is home to one of Miami's hottest nightspots, Club Lorelei, a dinner club and speakeasy that features nightly live entertainment. So far, the club's reputation as being clean and trouble-free has allowed it to go mostly unscathed and under law enforcement's radar. The MacLeods run a clean operation even if selling alcohol was made illegal by the passage of the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act. Everybody who is anybody, society maven or mobster, has been a guest aboard the elegant small cruise ship.
The upscale club features beautiful gleaming woodwork, comfortable cushioned leather seating, and stunning crystal chandeliers. The staterooms are well-appointed and comfortable. Everything about the ship is understated elegance rather than glaringly opulent.
Hours of Operation
The SS Chanteuse and Club Lorelei are closed for business from the time the last passenger and non-essential staff and crew disembark on Sunday afternoon through Tuesday evening.
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 PM; Kitchen closes at 11:00 PM
Unless chartered for a private part, the Chanteuse is docked at SeaCoast Marina in South Beach Miami. Club Lorelei opens at 5:00 PM. The last call is determined by how busy the club is, but is no later than 2:00 AM.
Passengers Embark: 2:00 PM, Friday
Departs Dock: 4:00 PM
Kitchen Closes: 12:00 PM
Returns to Dock: 2:00 PM, Sunday
Each weekend, weather permitting, the Chanteuse offers cruises to the Florida Keys, Bermuda, the Bahamas, Havana, and other Caribbean locations. The ship can be chartered during the week for short overnight excursions or for four-day cruises (Thursday to Sunday).
- Class and type: Lady-class ocean liner
- Home Port: SeaCoast Marina, Miami, Florida, USA
- Length: 437.9 ft.
- Beam: 59.1 ft (18.0 m)
- Gross Register Tonnage (GRT): 4,665
- Depth: 28.2 ft (8.6 m)
- Decks: 3
- Propulsion: 4 oil-fired boilers, Steam turbines; twin-screw
- Speed: 15 knots (17.2617 mph)
- Sensors and Processing Systems: Direction finding equipment
- Crew: 107
- First-Class: 130
- Second Class: 32
- Third Class: 56
- General Cargo: 9,300 cubic meters
- Refrigerated Cargo: 410 cubic meters
Color: The SS Chanteuse's upper hull is painted a brilliant, glossy white. Her lower hull is painted a deep turquoise blue. Ship's name is lettered in a deeper shade of turquoise blue.
Decking: Steel, overlaid with teak or carpeting.
The Chanteuse's glassed-in garden lounge, forward lounge, and bar have been converted to house the nightclub. The bar runs the full width of the ship and is made of solid mahogany with a black Italian marble top. The mahogany has been beautifully carved with images of dolphins and seabirds.
The games deck now houses private gambling cabins.
The galley has been enlarged and outfitted with all of the modern conveniences and the latest technology to turn it into a floating gourmet Chef's Kitchen. The cuisine rivals the finest that can be found in the country.
The club's staff and ship's crew are treated well and paid well with numerous perks that guarantee loyalty. Turnover is very low.
1914 - 1918
The SS Lady Isabella was originally owned by Liam MacLeod. She was custom built by his Scottish shipping company in 1914 and was one of the most lavish and elegant ships of her weight and class. During World War I, the SS Lady Isabella served with distinction. In 1918, at the end of the war, Liam had the ship brought to Miami for updates and repairs while he contemplated what he wanted to do with her. In the middle of restoring her to her former ocean liner glory, he made the decision to summon his two eldest sons to Miami.
Liam deeded the ship to Lucian and Jameson MacLeod on the understanding that they would finish restoring and renovating her. He also mandated that they find a use for her that would be profitable for them and prove they could work together on a common goal. Knowing that Prohibition was coming, Lucian and Jameson settled on turning the ship into a high-class floating speakeasy that would also offer ocean cruising beyond the three-mile coastal limit. The newly christened SS Chanteuse launched on New Year's Eve, 1919.
1920 - Present
The SS Chanteuse houses one of Miami's hottest nightspots, Club Lorelei. The club features a five-star restaurant and nightly live entertainment.