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Pirate Ship Adventures: A swashbuckling tour of the Bay

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San Diego locals or potential tourists to America’s Finest City beware!  There has been a pirate ship spotted circling the bay and causing all sorts of piratical trouble from plundering to battles at sea.  The vessel has been identified as the Treasure Seeker captained by menacing pirates.  Thanks to a new attraction, Pirate Ship Adventures, it is the newest way for landlubbers to tour the bay while learning some of the fun-filled and essential duties of a pirate’s life at sea.

The ship itself is an 83 foot black galleon pirate ship.  She has three different levels that include a main-deck, a poop-deck, a forecastle, and a head.  If this seafaring vocabulary is over your head don’t worry, passengers get a quick lesson in pirate jargon before setting sail.  Feel free to practice your “arghs!” as a warm up at home. With all the true signs of a traditional pirate ship the vessel creates the stage, but what really transports passengers into the world of piracy is the comedic crew. They will have you well versed in the lingo, firing cannons, swabbing the deck, and sword fighting by the time the cruise is done.  Most of all they will have you laughing and smiling while they play off the crowd and banter with each other over swings of “rum.”

During breaks between the crews duties, the captain allows you to wander around the ship and shows off some of the beauty of San Diego Bay. The Treasure Seeker sails by the U.S.S Midway, Seaport Village, the Star of India, and other points of interest as potential sightseeing highlights.  The entire time they are engaging those aboard by making jokes, entertaining passengers, and crossing paths with other  pirates along the way.  While on the cruise passengers are expected to be prepared for battle and are trained in the art of firing water cannons and fighting with swords.  This makes it the perfect outing for kids or an ideal excuse to let out your inner  pirate.

On board in the saloon there are pirate themed drinks for children and adults as well as snacks and pirate attire and souvenirs to purchase.

There are many different types of cruises that should please any pirate adventurer in San Diego.  In addition to the day cruise that is especially kid friendly, there are the sunset and evening cruises, and a variety of special events available at specific times throughout the year.   Pirate Ship Adventures is in the process of combining the evening and sunset cruises into a single “Rum Runner” cruise.  Already these voyages set off at a later time and feature a less censored crew. They will allow you to enjoy the breath taking scenery of San Diego at sunset and the city at night.  All while savoring a cold beer, wine, or some rum punch of course.

Throughout the year Pirate Ship Adventures does a series of special events that play off seasonal events that occur in San Diego.  They include a 4th of July Excursion, a Haunted Pirate Ship Voyage, and a Christmas Parade of Lights Voyage.  On top of that the Treasure Seeker is available for booking for birthday parties, corporate events, and private charters.  Amid the wide selection of experience the one constant is that you are sure to have a fantastic and memorable time and come away from the cruise a little more pirate savvy.

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