The boom swings lugubriously, its shadow slicing across the sun-steeped white deck of the Alternate Latitude. Water chuckles against the double hulls of the Voyage 440 ship. In four cabins, air conditioners purr as the boat cuts towards the azure horizon, dwarfing the other catamarans on Galveston Bay.
During chartered sailing trips, Captain Steve—who holds a 50-ton United States Coast Guard Masters License—and his crew steer the vessel as passengers lounge on trampolines on the deck and sip drinks. The ship, which was built in South Africa, now makes occasional cruises to the Virgin Islands. Queen-sized berths in each cabin cradle passengers during overnight trips and after chamomile-tea-drinking contests.
At the dine-in movie theater Star Cinema Grill, concession stands are obsolete. By pressing a button, customers signal a server and are able to order restaurant-style without disrupting their viewing experience or screaming at an usher for a lobster bib. From angus sliders to ice-cream floats, Star Cinema Grill's menu appeases all ages with its gourmet-pub cuisine served amidst the glow of screenings and first-run film releases.
Nautic Boating Center's knowledgeable staff happily serves greenhorn boaters and experienced sailors alike with navigational prowess, luxurious yachts, and marine products. The two-hour introductory-sailing sessions depart from Kemah Boardwalk Marina and explore the sights of Galveston Bay, giving boaters spectacular views of the land and waterways. A licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain accompanies wave riders aboard a Hunter 36 vessel, featuring plush cabin seating, a large sail-storage locker, yearbook photos from Davy Jones's locker, and stained wood counters. The two-person boating package also creates an inviting venue to meet fellow deckhands, as each novice pair will sail alongside a crew of up to four new boat buddies. Larger groups can take advantage of the private introductory-sailing expedition, which enables sailors to bring their family, siblings, coworkers, or clingy imaginary friends. Both packages include all fuel and associated costs and allow passengers to bring their own drinks and snacks.
As a firefighter, it's part of Jason M. Tumbelson's nature to serve his community. Tumbleson Arms Company sprang from this sense duty, as Jason's fellow firefighters often sought his expertise on how to responsibly own and operate a firearm. Inspired to get an instructor's license from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Jason now leads concealed-handgun-license courses at a variety of training sites. An admirer of firearms engineering, Jason also plans to expand into customization services.
At Sound Fitness, one can almost hear the calories sizzle. Ample rows of bikes, ellipticals, and other cardio equipment let guests build strong, healthy hearts without feeling pressured to give up their machines to other guests or movie cops needing to commandeer treadmills. To propel exercisers toward their goals, certified personal trainers plot custom workout plans and demonstrate how to build specific muscle groups with the free weights and strength-training machines. Babysitters corral pintsize visitors while their parents jog and pedal, and shower-lined locker rooms keep watch over clothes and gym bags to make sure they don't wander home.
Maximum Scuba's team of PADI-certified instructors caters to all levels of aquatic adventurer with a wide roster of name-brand equipment and all-inclusive classes. PADI open-water certification courses employ textbooks and at least four open-water dives to acquaint underwater neophytes with the joy of subaquatic breathing, enabling them to finally explore timeshare options in Atlantis. The PADI advanced open-water certification course sends previously certified divers on five adventure dives, plumbing watery depths to discover ocean-floor wrecks. Other specialty classes deepen underwater adventures and arm explorers with the know-how to defeat Blackbeard's ghost by teaching skills in spearfishing and technical or cave diving.