Sea travel was long humanity’s most efficient form of transportation, thanks in large part to its speed, cargo capacity, and the 15th century's extremely high gas prices. Travel the old-fashioned way with today’s Groupon: for $500, you get a 2.5-hour sunset cruise for up to six people from Sound Charters, launching from the Greenwich Water Club (up to a $1,000 value).
Granting landlubbers seaside sunset viewings, Sound Charters captain Darren Ornitz routinely rounds up nautical novices for evening tours of the Greenwich coastline. After a bit of cruising to take in the salt air and scorn the low-rent motorboats of passing birds and fish, Sound Charters drops anchor in a calm cove teeming with mermaid-spotting potential to watch the sunset paint the land and sky in the company of up to six good friends. Foreseeing the dangers of famished passengers surrounded by fresh seafood, Sound Charters provides tasty hors d'oeuvres such as shrimp, fresh fruit, veggie dip, cheese, and crackers, as well as soft drinks and a complimentary bottle of champagne.
Ornitz, a U.S. Coast Guard–certified and licensed captain, runs charters in his 48-foot Sunseeker Superhawk, a sleek luxury boat boasting a 40-knot cruising speed. Eager sailors can tack additional time onto their tours for $275 per hour and upgrade to a custom dining and drinks menu for an additional fee. Patrons are also free to cart along their own beer, wine, or roasted boar, provided the roasting is done beforehand and the boar wears a lifejacket.
18 Meadowbank Rd.
Old Greenwich, Connecticut 06870Get Directions