Like a punk-rock concert, sailing combines a respect for unpredictable waves with a profound love of windblown hair. Stage dive into a crowd of nautical comforts with today's Groupon for a cruise from Tall Ship Silva at Queen's Wharf. This Groupon is valid for daytime cruises only. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get two tickets to a harbour cruise (up to a $39.90 value).
- For $25, you get family-package tickets to a harbour cruise for up to two adults and four children (a $58.95 value).
Equipped with a Transport Canada–certified crew, Tall Ship Silva's cruises free boat enthusiasts from the shackles of a guided tour with a relaxing floating-patio experience. Pairs of ocean observers or families of up to two adults, four children, and an albatross embark on 90-minute daytime tours from the Waterfront Boardwalk. The 130-foot schooner’s outdoor deck and indoor lounge seating options indulge empty ocular plates with 360 degrees of seaside views. Images of the city skyline and shoreline, Georges Island lighthouse, and marine wildlife can be seen in 3-D without having to give in to the 3-D glasses fad. Guests enjoy pelagic pours and snack fare from the fully licensed on-board Wheelhouse Pub and direct any questions regarding points of interest to knowledgeable crew members.
Those who choose to challenge the ocean to an arm-wrestling match can collaborate with Silva's crew as they haul lines, lower and raise sails, and steer from the helm. Children can join in the same aquatic conditioning through the interactive junior sailing program, offered on all day cruises.
"Tall Ship Silva" and "Tall Ship Mar"
Buoyed by the winds and guided by skilled crews, the Tall Ship Silva and tall ship _Mar_—a 130-foot schooner and a 75-foot ketch respectively—allow passengers to explore Halifax Harbour while gently cresting swells and gliding across calm waters. Morning, afternoon, evening, and moonlit tours leave whenever conditions permit. These outings can provide guests with distinctive views of the Halifax skyline, George's Island and its iconic lighthouse, and any marine life that happens to swim past the vessels. Although passengers have the opportunity to simply sit back and enjoy the sights, they can also take a more active role by asking about local landmarks or assisting crew members as they set sails and blow into the mainmast whenever the winds die down.
The Tall Ship Silva and the Mar also cater to groups' needs by providing them with access to modern amenities throughout each voyage. Each vessel includes below-deck lounging areas, washroom facilities, and a fully licensed bar area where guests can savour anything from a locally brewed beer to a single-malt scotch. The larger Tall Ship Silva also has space for additional features intended to make outings every more luxurious. A wide outdoor deck lined with varnished wood seating allows as many as 150 passengers to pick their favourite view of the harbour and settle in for a while.