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Tall Ship Experience – wind powered sailing adventure through the waters of St. Maarten including plane spotting near Maho Beach. Feel the wind in your hair and the zest in your spirit as the crew raises the sails of the tall ship, Mercedes. If you...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

The crew was great and we enjoyed the whole experience. We sailed up and the St. Martin coastline and and back in a schooner. I would recommend this experience for anyone.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank tweetydeb
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Have been on many cruise ship shore excursions. Have to rank this on at or near the top. Our trip wasn't on the ship pictured, rather on a schooner. The crew was personable, informative, and just plain nice. Passengers can just relax or help crew...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank 66cruzr
Reviewed 7 June 2018

The sailing ship was a good size for the group of 40-50 people and it was really clean. The crew was very friendly and it was a family-oriented trip. They were also very accommodating to their visitors, they provided plenty of refreshments throughout the trip,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Meredith P
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

This was the best outing of our whole cruise. There was something so real and vital about the crew. It was an opportunity to see how a sailing ship worked, watch the crew putting up sails and winding them in again, tying up ropes, reacting...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank JackieM324
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This was a great shore excursion offered by our cruise line. The Eldorado is a 114 ft. Schooner and is beautifully outfitted and well kept. Perfectly organized right from the beginning it is a short walk from the ship. You have the opportunity to help...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Dannie M
Reviewed 25 January 2018

The itinerary and activities are as described in other reviews. My husband and I agreed this was the most professional tour we've ever taken. The crew was 1st rate and we had a great time.

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank mmk1953
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We booked to sail on this while we were on a Royal Caribbean cruise. To say we were hugely disappointed is an understatement. The schooner was overbooked with very little seating places for the amount of people on board. We were then expected to assist...More

Date of experience: May 2017
3  Thank Nick2458
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We booked this excursion through our cruise ship, Royal Caribbean. We were looking for a relaxing way to see the island and this excursion delivered it. My mom recently had foot surgery so strenuous excursions are to be avoided. The most strenuous part of the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank TravelGirlAK87
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This was the highlight of our cruise. The crew is awesome and accommodating. Nothing like a 130 foot sailing ship creasing through the ocean under sail. Cant stop talking to my friends back home about it.

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank g8torken2
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We booked Mercedes yesterday for a birthday treat for our friend, it was a warm day but it was clouding and threatened rain, but stayed dry, there was a good F5 wind, we are both ex navy and sailors, so took a great interest in...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Response from David A | Reviewed this property |
For me, as long as the ship is moving, motion sickness is not a problem - only when it stops at sea which it doesn't. This might be counter intuitive but I had no problem. As it is a great trip, just take some sea-sickness... More