Contrary to popular belief, not all pirates have peg legs, carry a pet parrot, or would turn down a dry vermouth for a bottle of rum. Learn scores of salty facts with today's Groupon: for $11, you get a one-hour pirate-themed cruise from Dark Star Pirate Cruises (a $22 value) in Wildwood.
A member of The Starlight Fleet, the 50-foot Dark Star whisks patrons away for an hour of swashbuckling open-sea adventures. During the cruise, the costumed crew of authentically outfitted pirates gives guests a full run-down in the buccaneer arts, teaching voices the slang of the high seas and regaling ears with scurvy-proofing stories and music. Fledgling sea-scourges may join in on family-friendly activities including face painting, a scavenging treasure hunt, and a historically accurate water-cannon battle. Admission also grants each passenger a pirate eye patch to better blend in on the boat or during partial solar eclipses. Tours depart seven times daily starting June 11, with a limited weekend schedule until then.
The Starlight Fleet
The ships that comprise The Starlight Fleet's squadron of vessels each transport passengers across the waves on a variety of sea adventures. The Starlight ferries fisherman on four-hour excursions to hook sea bass, flounder, croakers and triggerfish, the captain using sonar, GPS, and a knowledge of the currents to identify prime fishing real estate. The Atlantic Star typically serves as a whale-watching vessel and is kitted out with a snack-filled galley and a touch tank filled with horseshoe crabs and other local sea life.
The company even boasts its very own pirate ship, The Dark Star, a custom-designed vessel built by Naval Architect Michael LeMole. It takes passengers on swashbuckling adventures during which they learn what a swash is and how to buckle it, as well as participate in treasure hunts and face painting.