What You'll Get
Bucket lists usually contain boat-based travel, just as most buckets contain water and miniature boats. Exchange this dissatisfying simulacrum for the real thing with today's deal: for $99, you get two tickets aboard the Hestia (a $210 value), a 32-foot 2001 Catalina sailboat. It's the perfect way to see the sights and relax at sea for a fraction of the price of owning, storing, and constantly waxing a sailboat. Buy one and take your sweetheart, or, since the Hestia comfortably holds six people, buy three and take your friends.
Most people experience the city on land. Whether you’re going to work, driving across town, or selling DVDs on street corners, you probably don’t have an opportunity to sit back and soak in all that is Boston. Even tourists commonly spend their time rushing from attraction to attraction without taking in the bigger picture. The Hestia provides a fresh perspective that even the oldest Bostonian (Mary Higgins, 106) can appreciate. With today's Groupon tucked into your gudgeon, you get to choose from a sunset, afternoon, or moonlight cruise, a setup ideal for vampires, werewolves, and dusk buskers alike.
A sunset sail on the Hestia lasts more than two hours. Boarding begins at 6 p.m., and you return to the dock 30 minutes after sunset (boarding time is 5:30 p.m. before June 1 and after August 23). As a Hestia guest, you're welcome to sit back and relax or help with the sail. You can even bring your own food, snacks, and drinks to enjoy as you coast around the harbor. Don't worry if you have sea fears, the Hestia is fully equipped with at least one life vest per passenger and a deck-mounted harpoon cannon. Moonlight and afternoon cruises last the same amount of time; check the schedule and cruise availability for more details.
Tickets do not include food and drink.
The feedback on Hestia's comments section is glowing:
- Hestia is a fine sailboat, most competently sailed by Captain Todd. Safety and fun always present... – Kevin Leary
- Thank you so much for making my boyfriend and I's [sic] anniversary so special. I think he was wowed and so was I. I will definitely keep your name on my list of great activities to do with visitors to Boston this summer. – Lindsey
- I just want to say thank you again for taking Seth and I out sailing on Saturday. We had a great time. Seth wasn't sure if he would like it, but I think hes [sic] sold now. – Karina
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 25, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 6 per person. Reservations required, must schedule by 9/1. Schedule subject to change due to weather and safety. Minimum 2 people and max 6 people per sail. 48-hour notice required to schedule or cancel. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Hestia Cruises
Gray-hulled naval ships sit stoically by weathered docks, as sailboats and yachts dart to and fro in graceful traffic. The tide ebbs and flows around islands, piers, and against harbor walls under the Boston skyline. Hestia Cruises' four ships glide among this nautical throng, carving wakes across the busy waters on seasonal cruises in the morning, afternoon, at sunset, or under the light of the moon. As the classic 1948 motor yacht Full Moon rumbles through the water, on-board tour guides divulge facts about harbor history and point out ideal landmarks to photograph. The ship's open decks host passengers for sightseeing tours, and its staff also guides morning cruises with massage services or yoga classes, evening voyages with wine and whiskey tastings, and photo-shoot cruises.
Captains also ferry visitors past harbor sights on an EPA-acclaimed private catamaran or the 32-foot Catalina sailboat Hestia, where passengers can help pull lines, unfurl the main sail, and make a mix-tape of sea shanties. They also pilot a rigid inflatable boat—built to Navy Seal specifications—for adventures to far ends of the harbor at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. The speedy craft lies low to the water, letting passengers feel the harbor's salty spray while hunched securely on saddle-style jockey seats.