Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with this Groupon:
Choose Between Two Options
- $45 for a 2.5-hour skyline cocktail cruise in the evening for one, including two drinks (a $95 value)
- $45 for a 2-hour moonlight cocktail cruise for one, including two drinks (a $95 value)<p>
On BYOB cruises, passengers sail in the evening or beneath the moon on a 77-foot topsail wooden tall ship. Buyers can help raise the sails and steer the ship, or just relax while taking in the view. See the schedule here.<p>
Tall Ship Red Witch
What looks like a crimson-hulled pirate ship glides into view from behind Shedd Aquarium. The wind picks up, surging into the schooner's 77-foot gaff-rigged sails and speeding the vessel along Lake Shore Drive at 8 knots. Those on shore can just make out the boat's name, Red Witch, and what appear to be passengers raising a drink to the Chicago skyline.
Designed by renowned naval architect John G. Alden and named after the book Wake of the Red Witch—the same story that inspired the film starring John Wayne and Gail Russell—the Coast Guard–licensed ship accommodates up to 49 passengers within its mahogany-over-oak frame. Having sailed waters off Maui and San Diego, the boat now docks at Burnham Harbor and is under the stewardship of Captain Andrew Sadock and his crew who will be glad to autograph cannonballs for each passenger.