What You'll Get
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 today’s Groupon to Tall Ship Silva. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a harbour cruise for two (up to a $43.90 value).
- For $29, you get a harbour cruise for a family, which can include up to two adults and four children aged 5–12 (a $64.95 value).
This Groupon is only valid for the Nooner, Day Sail, Siesta Sail, and Captain's Cocktail Cruises.
Manned by a Transport Canada–certified crew, the 130-foot schooner Tall Ship Silva glides guests across the protected waters of Halifax Harbour on cruises lasting up to one and a half hours. As they take in panoramic views of city skyline and George's Island, passengers can lounge on traditional varnished-wood benches or aid their crew in vital tasks such as hauling the lines and teaching W.B. Yeats poems to the ship's parrot. Children can also take part in a junior sailing program, an interactive experience in which kids help raise and lower sails or aid the captain as he steers the ship.
Though there is no tour guide aboard Tall Ship Silva, guests can freely ask crewmembers questions about the Swedish ship's storied history or force them to recite whale songs from memory. Throughout the voyage, seadogs can sip chilled brews or snack on victuals from a fully licensed onboard pub (not included in this deal). A length boardwalk, retail shops, art galleries, and The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic await explorers upon their return to shore.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 8, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Not valid until 6/16/12. Not valid 7/19/12-7/23/12. Subject to weather. Not valid for evening and late night cruises. Children under 5 are free; children ages 5-12 are included in the family-cruise option. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About "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.