Blount has been building ships since 1949. Luther Blount was a master ship builder, but it was his love for adventure that created Blount Small Ship Adventures! Luther’s understanding of adventure, ships, and cruising is evident in his patented bow ramp that made it possible to walk from the ship directly to the shore. Found on the Grande Caribe and Grande Mariner, this unique ship design helps small ship passengers fit in the small places that other cruise lines cannot get to. The Grande Mariner carries 83 passengers, and was most recently refurbished in 2010.