Pirate Adventure Sail Yorktown

Schooners Alliance & Serenity

Zerve Seller: SailYorktown
Activity #2925
  • Immerse yourself in 300 years of history while relaxing aboard a Tall Ship and passing by historic landmarks and local attractions.

  • Catch a breathtaking sunset on the historic York river as you relax on the deck of a classic Tall Ship schooner!

  • Join us to learn about the health of the Bay, Jellyfish or Zooplankton from an expert while enjoying a scenic sail on the York River!

  • Enjoy the Yorktown fireworks display from the comfort of the Tall Ship Alliance for a truly memorable Fourth of July celebration!

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Set Sail for a Pirate Adventure aboard the Yorktown Schooners!

Please note that Pirate Cruises run from late May through the beginning of September, in addition to select days over spring break. If the date you desire to attend is not yet on the calendar, please check back soon!

Bring the kids to Captain Mayhem's School of Piracy and watch them set the sails, steer the schooner and learn sailor skills!

On this trip:
  • The crew will be in pirate costumes!
  • Young Pirates will help with raising the sails!
  • We will be firing the cannon!
  • Children will get themed tattoos!
  • Children will have the chance to steer the boat!
  • Children will learn how to tie knots, and other sailing skills!
The Schooner will set sail for a 1.5 hour cruise departing at 11:00am and returning by 12:30pm. 
We depart from the Riverwalk Landing Pier in Yorktown.

What Is Not Included?

Food and beverages are not included, but a variety of snacks and drinks will be available for purchase on board!
Also gratuity for the crew is not included.

Meeting Location

Riverwalk Landing Pier, 425 Water Street (Yorktown, VA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
225 Reviews Rating: 4.5 4.5 out of 5.0
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Rating: 4
Enthusiastic pirate crew
Sun, Apr 10  11:00 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Great crew and the kids enjoyed it!
Rating: 5
Yorktown pirate ride
Wed, Apr 6  11:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was a blast my kids loved it and learned a lot. It was well worth the money and the crew was great and friendly. Would do again
Rating: 5
Pirate cruise
Mon, Apr 4  11:00 AM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Kids loved it!
Rating: 5
Hands on sailing
Thu, Mar 31  11:00 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The trip was much more than I expected, getting to hoist the sails was a terrific thing and being able to have a Q&A with the crew was awesome for a guy who knew nothing about sailing.
Rating: 4
Very fun activity to do
Wed, Mar 30  11:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was fun to watch the kids learning to be a pirate. It was a great time for the kids.
Rating: 5
pirate cruise 29th Mar
Wed, Mar 30  11:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Well done. Interesting and fun for kids and adults. Crew was friendly and amusing. Gave kids turns at putting up sail and steering. Etc
Rating: 5
Sat, Sep 19, 15  11:30 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Took me nine year old son on this. They included him in all activities was not left out of anything. Crew listened to what the children had to say and answered their questions; while taking their time to teach them about being a pirate and the tasks they had to perform on the ship. I am going to take my daughter back next year with my son. A truly enjoyable and excellent learning experience for all.
Rating: 5
Delightful evening sail
Sat, Sep 12, 15  11:30 AM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Given a gift certificate for the tour, we picked a Sept. evening, after the peak tourist season. We were totally pleased with event. Being from Richmond, we were familiar with the history of Yorktown, but we were delighted to learn more. The tour made such an impression that we brought our grandchildren the next week for the pirate tour! Never had we seen the Coleman Bridge open, let alone be in a boat to truly appreciate the magnitude of it!!

A great time was had for both sails! This should not be missed!!!
Rating: 4
Overall good time.
Sat, Sep 5, 15  11:30 AM Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
I chose this, because I had never been on the Alliance in the 6 years I have been in the area. I enjoyed my time overall. I like that they got the crew and the kids interacting is setting sail. The only thing that concerned me was a slight lack of safety.

Being in the Coast Guard myself, there was a great pre-brief if you were within hearing it. Then while setting the sails they allowed kids to help hoist the main sail, which was great. The whole time I was cleaning the deck up because kids were slipping on all the line on the deck. Then after the mail sail was hoisted they left te line on the deck, and even a crew member tripped over the line. That is when she decided to clean the deck up.

The quartermaster was really quiet an didn't draw anyone in prior to shooting off the cannon. He just started talking and I was sitting next to him, and didn't realize that he was talking.

As I said an over all great time. They allowed people to drive the boat, hoist sales, and most of the crew had a possitive attitude.

I would recommend it. I really would.
Rating: 5
Great fun!
Tue, Sep 1, 15  11:30 AM Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was a wonderful experience for everyone aboard. Captain Mayhem, Alex & Emily were knowledgeable, informative and hilarious. My 9 yr old nephew had almost as much fun as I did.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is strongly recommended, and sails often sell out. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please buy your tickets well in advance. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express. You can purchase tickets with cash at the ship on a space available basis.
Can I pay cash for tickets?
You can purchase tickets at the ship with cash on a space available basis. If you are buying tickets with cash you should come early to purchase.
Which schooner will I be on?
You will set sail on either the Schooner Serenity or the Schooner Alliance. Both vessels offer an amazing sailing experience that will allow you to get a feel for what it was like to be a sailor back in the Age of Sail!
How long is the sail?
The total experience is one hour and 30 minutes long.
What happens if the sail is sold out?
Unfortunately, we do not have a wait list for our sails, so please book well in advance. However, if you find the sail you are looking for is full, check out an afternoon sail instead!
Is there parking and how much is it?
Yes, there is free parking at the meeting location. Details will be provided upon purchasing your tickets.
What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?
Children under 1 year of age can attend for free, but must have a free ticket due to Coast Guard regulations. Children between the ages of 1 and 12 have a special reduced priced ticket!
Can pregnant women attend the sail?
Yes! Because we sail in protected waters, the cruise should be moderate and easy for pregnant women. However, if you are in your last trimester, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor before purchasing tickets.
Can I bring a pet?
You may be able to bring a small pet if it is well behaved. If you're interested, please click on the "Contact SailYorktown" link and let us know what you'd like to do!
Is food served during the sails?
Food and beverages are not included, but a variety of snacks and drinks will be available for purchase on board.
How about drinks? Should I bring those?
Personal beverages are not allowed. There will be beverages available for purchase during the sail including soda, water and juice boxes for $1, beer for $3 - $4, and wine for $5 - $7. Bring extra cash and valid ID with you if you'd like to purchase alcoholic beverages on board.
Are the Schooners safe?
Absolutely! Both the Serenity and the Alliance are Coast Guard Certified and fully equipped with modern safety equipment.
How steady is the sailing? Am I likely to get seasick?
The Schooners are steady, safe vessels. It is very rare for our guests to become seasick since we stay on the York River in protected waters. While most people do not experience any sea sickness on the schooners, you may want to consider light medication if you normally take it for motion sickness. We cannot officially advise you to take any medication, however!
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
There are men's and women's bathrooms at the head of the dock at our meeting location. Please use the bathrooms before boarding. We do have a head on the ship that is down a very steep ladder.
Is there an age limit for these sails?
While there is no age limit for any of our sails, we definitely recommend families with children under 12 years of age attend a day sail in the morning or afternoon (this pirate sail is the perfect option!) rather than a sunset sail.
Can I stow anything (eg, my briefcase) during the sail?
There is limited room on board to stow personal belongings. Please do not bring any heavy or large items such as strollers or coolers.
What should I wear?
Please wear flat soled shoes and avoid heels or platform shoes. Also bring a jacket in the spring or fall seasons!
Where does the sail finish?
Our sails will end at the same pier from which they departed.
Do you ever cancel sails due to bad weather?
The sail usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather situations. The only time we cancel a trip is in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. Our captains monitor the radar to watch fronts and cells in the area on days when inclement weather is possible. Cancellations are made on the day of the sail, by the Captain, up to 1 hour prior to sail time. If you have purchased tickets for a sail that is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to to reschedule your tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit towards a future event.
What happens if it starts raining when we're out on our sail?
In the event of mild rain, we'll still continue the sail. There is no covering on the boat so you may want to bring a rain jacket. And remember - a little rain never hurt anyone!
Is gratuity included in the price of the sail?
Gratuity is not included in the price of the sail. The crew work very hard to engage your kids and show them a good time. If you've enjoyed your experience, tips for our hardworking crew are greatly appreciated!
Is the boat handicapped accessible?
The Alliance can accommodate a small wheelchair. It will need to be carried down 2 steps off the gangway to get on to the deck. The Serenity is unfortunately too small to accommodate a wheelchair.
Is there an easy way to get there from Williamsburg?
Yes! There are convenient and frequent shuttles that run between Williamsburg and Yorktown - details will be provided upon purchasing tickets.
Is there assigned seating on the sails?
No, seating is first come first served on the day sails. You will be sitting on deck boxes and cabin houses. There are no chairs. This is a real ocean going sailing ship and you will have a real sailing experience!
Can I book a private charter sail?
Private sails are available on both the Alliance and Serenity. Alliance can carry a maximum of 49 guests. Serenity can carry a maximum of 26 guests and is perfect for a smaller more intimate group! If you're interested in a private charter, please click on the "Contact SailYorktown" link to make a request!
Are gift certificates available for this sail?
Yes, gift certificates are available and they make a perfect gift for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate for this cruise, please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Other Policies

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
Activity usually runs in light rain and moderate weather, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. In the rare situation the seller must cancel the event prior to departure, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability), receive a gift certificate to attend, or receive a refund minus a $2 fee per ticket.

Schooners Alliance & Serenity

Greg and Laura Lohse have been sailing tall ships together since 1988. Their chief desire on every cruise is to help each guest feel welcome, relaxed and free to enjoy their cruise by doing as much or as little on board as they wish. Their vast experience in teaching tall ship seamanship and navigation enables them to provide a rich learning adventure to all guests who wish to participate in the operation of their craft.

Their two schooners include the gaff-rigged 105' schooner the Alliance, and the 65' gaff topsail schooner the Serenity. Both boats give you the opportunity to explore the Chesapeake Bay tidewaters!

For those who love history, yearn for romance, or have dreamed of experiencing a true sailing adventure, your ship has just come in!
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