I had previously written a review based on my parent's bad experience per having shown up for their trip and being told they were infact sailing on a much smaller boat.
After having a very productive back and forth with the manager, we were invited as guests to the ship with my parents for a cruise. Here is my first hand experience.
When you book your trip, make sure at the top of your reservation form it says Kajama, or better yet, call before you book to make sure the Kajama is not booked for a private funtion that day.
When you arrive, you will need to check in and wait to be boarded. When you board, you will be photographed for a souvineer picture, yes, just like Wonderland, the CN tower, Niagara Falls and Medieval Times you will have to PAY for this picture, it's not an outrageous request people. $15, if you don't want it politely decline.
When you get on the boat, it's about 30 min till you will be leaving. So, go find a seat, either on the rail or the raised boxes in the middle of the ship. There are also plastic chairs available should it be a particulary busy day. Once you are moving and moving about the ship, don't expect to keep the same seat you had to begin with.
Get ready to set sail.. or motor actually !
As you motor out of the harbour, you get to get a stunning view of downtown Toronto, no really, it's stunning. Once you are in open water, it's time to hoist the sail. Quite the production really. We had a very windy day on the water, which made it more difficult to hoist the sails than on a calm day. If you want, you can help hoist the sails, no easy task, they are quite heavy, but many hands can make light work of the chore so get in there !
Now, the point of going for a sail, for those of you who have never done so is this. Enjoy it. That's all. Just enjoy the wind, the water and the sights, close your eyes and take it in. If you can't just sit back and relax, head to the bar and order some drink and food. It's just munchie food. If you want fancy, or don't want to pay for food aboard ship, bring a snack with you or eat after the ship docks somewhere else. Honestly, just plan ahead. If you are peckish the fries were quite good !
Roam about the ship, go to the bow, just to say you are king of lake ontario..if only for a minute or two. Go meet the captian and steer the wheel, it's not just there for looks, it actually steers, but ask first. Go below deck, where they have a small dining room. A good place to eat your snack, or get out of the wind for a few minutes. Go mingle with the others on ship and meet the crew member with the black binder, she is, if you are interested, giving a history of the ship and how it got to Toronto, and interesting story, with pictures.
The sail is for an hour and a half. If you have a wind, you will actually get to sail, if not you will be motoring, unless you want to be stuck and stranded till the wind picks up again. If you have ever have sailed you know how important it is to have that motor if the wind dies down.
Now, a tip for everyone, when you are near the water, it's about 5 degrees celcius cooler than everywhere else in the city, when you are on the water, it's closer to 10 degrees celcius cooler than everywhere else PLUS a wind. SO, even if on shore it's stunning, please bring a warm jacket, if you have children with you, a toque, and a blanket. Adults should also bring a hat, baseball or a toque to keep warm. I can't express how important that is.
Overall a great experience. And as with most things it is what you make of it. If you are not the type of person who can sit back and watch the world go by for an hour and a half without going stir crazy, this is not the outing for you.
Otherwise I would happily suggest this outing to others.
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