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“Worth the trip, hands on living history”

SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship
Ranked #37 of 198 things to do in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

We were fortunate enough to meet up with one of the tour guides (Ship's Chaplain, and former Army Vet). Showed us several cool things, interesting facts, and sat and talked with us about WWII, and the ships roll in all the wars. Parking was a bit confusing...but we parked in the lot for the aquarium for $6.00 and it worked great. Be sure to use the cooling room (AC) at the back of the ship if you get too hot. Great history, cool trip.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Being a history buff, the wife and I visited the SS American Victory shortly after moving to Tampa. Trying to find the entrance was somewhat confusing due to signage that didn't stand out. Located behind the Tampa Aquarium, we had to eventually call the phone number listed on a visitors touring flyer. Once found, it was as impressive sight while standing on the deck. Once on ship and touring the various decks, it was ok, but their seemed to be a lot of deck chairs and tables located on various levels of the deck. Not really what I was expecting for a ship that was built during the latter years of WWII. Having visited many Naval vessels from WWII era, this one would not be considered the best one I visited. The added furnishing were definitely out of place. Some of the state rooms that were opened, but chained off for viewing, appeared to have boxes and other items that created the appearance of being used for storage. I will add however that many of the displays were informative and could definitely allow the history "buff" to see and learn what the ship did during WWII and it's crew. It was impressive learning that the SS American Victory is still classified as a "seaworthy" operational vessel of the Merchant Marines. Over all, it was a good way to kill a couple of hours on a Saturday morning, but I wouldn't put it high on my list of things to do in Tampa.

3  Thank SirRick
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Parking was confusing, and the location of the ship was very confusing so we called and a young lady did the best she could to direct us to the ship. When we arrived we where happily greeted by the cutestest little lady. It was extremly hot, but with a kick and a smile the young lady told us its authentic so you can experience what the crew experienced as much as possible. We laughed and my husband had a ton of questions for the young lady about the ship and she answered them to the best of her knowledge, and when she couldent she took the extra step to find the answers for him. She was adorable, I do not see how she sits down there all day smiling. We went on the route given to us. We wish there was more of the ship to see and better information as to where we are on the ship also something to listen to instead of the limited literature they provided.

2  Thank Ester L
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Reviewed 16 July 2014

We paid for the tickets through Groupon (even though the regular prices are still very reasonable). We had a hard time figuring out where to park, and where the entrance to the ship was. But we were amazed at the size, and the fact that it's still running for its age and original use!! Staff was helpful and friendly. Gift shop really didn't have much selection and was kind of pricey considering what they did offer, but I did decide on something I liked! Very interesting to see original artifacts from when it was in original operation. I think it would be best suited for those not in wheelchairs or that are claustrophobic, as some areas are very tight getting through or standing in, and the stairs are not accommodating to a wheelchair. Also, if you are bringing babies, be sure to maybe carry them in a reliable "wrap" as you may need your hands to steady yourself on the really steep stairs. Kids did like seeing a "pirate ship" that passed by as well. They also offer a cruise aboard this same ship once or twice a year for a fee. We really overall enjoyed our visit!

1  Thank JenBell1969
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Here for a July 4th event. The staff were rude and unhelpful. We arrived early to get parking. Staff had no ability to communicate where to park, how to get there, or what we might do while waiting to get in. Staff might want to learn the "service" part of Customer Service. The chairs left out for the event were covered in dirt. Basic event planning would include simple cleaning for paying guests. The ship is a toilet... And the toilet is a cesspool. The ship isn't a source of Tampa pride, it's a source of embarrassment.

5  Thank Dave P
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