$18 for One Adult Ticket to Cruise on Schooner "Fame" in Salem ($30 Value)

Schooner "Fame"

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Christena W. · 2 reviews
· Reviewed 21 hours ago
A great time great crew recommended to go while in Salem. Knowledgeable crew on board learned a lot about sailing and the history of the ships and the era they are from would do again when I come back

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Chloe B. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed a day ago
It was so incredible. We had a perfect sunset and the crew was super friendly and knowledgeable on local and American history would definitely recommend!

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Debbie C. · 1 reviews
· Reviewed 6 days ago
A beautiful boat and friendly crew. Captain Mike is knowledgeable about the history of Salem. He and his crew made the 1 hour 45 minutes cruise very enjoyable. The boat is stocked with snacks and drinks available for purchase at reasonable price.

What You'll Get


The great explorers of history rarely set out to circumnavigate the globe, more often stumbling upon new ocean routes after a wrong turn out of the gas-station parking lot. Stumble across your own place in hydro-history with today's Groupon: for $18, you get one adult admission to a cruise on the schooner Fame (a $30 value). Tickets for children younger than 13 are available for $15.

The schooner Fame is a full-scale replica of the Salem-based vessel that saw action during the War of 1812, capturing enemy trade vessels and selling off the spoils. The original Fame, crewed by the first-season cast of Fame, made more than 20 captures before it was wrecked in 1814—its spirit sails on, however, through its modern-day recreation. With an adult ticket to a cruise in hand, you'll embark on a high-seas adventure with only minimal ransacking of foreign ships. As the skiff skates along the rippling tides of Salem Sound, seafaring guides will dole out fun facts about the history of the boat and the sea trade that shaped the Salem area, filling passengers' heads with maritime minutiae just as the New England wind fills the billowing sails. The trip lasts approximately one hour, 45 minutes.

Trips depart from Pickering Wharf up to three times daily from June 25 through September 5. After sampling a noseful of the salty Atlantic breeze, wash it down with a beer ($5, available for purchase onboard and not included in the Groupon), or capture the soul of the ship with a digital snapshot, like the original Fame's crewmen did in 1812.

The Fine Print


Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 6 per person. Limit 1 per visit. 24hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply at appointment. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Schooner "Fame"


Captain William Webb bellowed to his crew, "Ready the guns, hard to starboard!" as they rounded on the English ship Concord. Webb was a trader rather than a fighter, but the English had press-ganged some of his closest friends into service on their warships, stolen his livelihood, and seized dozens of Salem ships. Like many other merchants, fishermen, and shipowners, Webb and his crew outfitted whatever boats they could find to fight the English during the War of 1812, and the 70-foot Fame was no exception. The original Fame went on 11 more journeys before being wrecked in 1814 and now lives on as a luxurious home for the retired actors of The Little Mermaid.

The Fame seen around Salem today is a modern representation of that heroic ship. It was constructed from oak using the traditional methods of the early 19th century. Passengers on the ship's daily public sails relive the experience of navigating the Atlantic in a traditional, wooden, gaff-rigged schooner. The boat also plays host to weeklong camps, during which kids learn how to sail, tie essential knots, and read charts and maps before camping out for an evening of dumping tea in the ocean.

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