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“Great old ship” 5 of 5 stars
Review of SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship

SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship
705 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 228-8766
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Ranked #30 of 61 Attractions in Tampa
Type: History Museums, Ships, Specialty Museums, Museums
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“Great old ship”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This ship is not as glamorous as battle ships and cruisers, but what an honor to be able to wander around and learn a great deal of history. It was not made for battles but to carry cargo; so the reason it had guns on board was strictly for defense purposes. Nevertheless, this type of ship was just as important as submarines and destroyers. The day we were visiting, there were several volunteers willing to answer any questions we might have and they all seemed to be veterans who have served our country and are now so willing to protect the history. Very enjoyable experience. I would recommend bringing some water since it gets pretty hot in the cargo hold.

Visited September 2013
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“One of the few surviving WWII merchant vessels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

The Victory ships, run by steam turbines, were larger and faster than the Liberty ships which came before them, the latter being powered by reciprocating engines. This vessel was built in time to take part in the Pacific theater of the war and carried supplies to the South Pacific. It's hard to believe that this old ship is almost 70 years old and still in somewhat good condition. In fact, it actually goes out on cruises. There are deck guns on board much like there were in WWII. There is a museum on board which is in the area where tickets are sold near the gangway. One is free to wander about the vessel on his own and explore the bridge area, cargo holds, crew's and officer's quarters, and other areas. One can enter the engine room area and look down at the machinery. One the day that we were there, there were volunteers on board and one of them took me on a tour of the engine room spaces. If you're a history buff and happen to like ships like I do, you'll take the opportunity to tour this great old ship when you're in Tampa. Better yet, find out when it goes out on a cruise and take a ride on it.

Visited September 2013
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“Not impressed..if you've been to USS Alabama skip this!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This place was not at all what I expected. Maybe I'm spoiled...we've been to the USS Alabama and I was expecting something similar, but on a smaller scale. Very few labels and it's a small ship that needs some basic upkeep. I don't understand why there were random tables and foldable chairs leaning all over the place.....definitely wasn't part of the "history". I think we spent 20 minutes on board...was happy we had a groupon deal...I would have been extremely unhappy if we spent more than the $20 we did spend. My kids were bored and ready to leave within a couple minutes and they wanted to stay at USS Alabama even after spending 3 hours there. I know I shouldn't compare the two, but I can't help it. The regular admission price is almost the same! Not sure what the other reviewers are talking about when they mention docents...we saw one employee while we were there and that was at the entrance. We went on a Saturday. I don't think we were the only disappointed family. A family that arrived after us was leaving when we left. Two families finished in 20 minutes or less...that's pretty bad.

Couple of tips if you decide to go...go when it's cooler...no a.c. or fans (except for one at the entrance) and go to the bathroom before getting on the boat...only 1 bathroom that was usable...rest were "out of order". :( Best place to park was at the Florida Aquarium parking lot ($6). Bring bottled water with you on the boat.

Visited August 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Tampa's hidden history gem, at a price all can afford - $10 adults, $5 children($2 off for seniors). A remembrance of all the good things which represent the "Greatest Generation."
It's an actual WWII merchant marine which still sails twice a year. Many special events during
the year. Staff is friendly and accomodating, and every place on the vessel is explorable. Many
veterans man the staff on a voluntary basis. A great place to go when your waiting for a cruise, taking in the Aquarium, or even for a special visit on it's own. The vistas both inside
the ship are breathtaking. Just wear flat non-slip shoes as this is a walking tour.

Visited August 2013
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

Take plenty of water when you visit! We went in June and below deck was stifling but there are a few fans dotted about and they make a very welcome. I visited this attraction with other adults and teenagers. It may not be suitable for families with young children or anyone who has difficulty with stairs.
The tours are self guided and there are members of staff if you have any questions. The ship appears to be left in its original state and visitors can wander around looking in all the cabins, kitchen, showers, workshop etc. It feels very authentic and is part of our history. On deck there are some good views of the harbour and great photo opportunities. We spent over an hour wandering around. The shop is small and we did not really look at what they had for sale.
Our visit was as a result of a Groupon offer. The Florida Aquarium is right next door and if you are feeling fit you can probably do both in one day. It is lovely and cool in the aquarium so probably best to visit there after the ship.

Visited June 2013
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