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Privateer Schooner Sailing Tour in Salem Sound
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Privateer Schooner Sailing Tour in Salem Sound

By Schooner FAME of Salem
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Ages 5-100, max of 30 per group
Duration: 1h 40m
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2023

  • Restroom on board
What's not included
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Soda/Pop
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks


Start:
  • Nu Aeon, 88 Wharf St, Salem, MA 01970, USA
    "86 Wharf St" is a fictional address, but will get you close to our ticket booth in front of FINZ. Traffic and parking are challenging on weekends, and that goes TRIPLE for October! Allow extra time! No-shows will not receive a refund.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 118110P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Children under five are not allowed.
    • At the farthest point of our sail, we may be 45 minutes from the dock — and from medical services!
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 118110P1

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    • 88 Wharf St, Salem, MA 01970, USA
      "86 Wharf St" is a fictional address, but will get you close to our ticket booth in front of FINZ. Traffic and parking are challenging on weekends, and that goes TRIPLE for October! Allow extra time! No-shows will not receive a refund.
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      Historic Salem Sound — the waters around Salem, Marblehead, and Beverly, Massachusetts — where pirates, privateers, East Indiamen and men of war have been making history for 400 years.
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    • Schooner FAME of Salem
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      Joined in September 2008
    • Melanie H
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Beautiful ride!
      The experience could not have been better! The crew was awesome.The boat was pristine. We were invited to participate in raising the sails and steering the schooner. The day was beautiful. A great family activity!
      Written October 24, 2023
    • tmurphy222023
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      GO FEEL THE WIND ON YOUR FACE
      This was the best part of our fall trip!! The cruise was wonderful, The history even better. It covered all the bases...You could learn, kick back, relax and enjoy the wind on your face...It was a quiet respite. You leave all your worries and stress back on the wharf..again it was just the best!
      Written October 23, 2023
    • loulou7908
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      Best trip
      We took our 22 year old son with special needs on this boat and the captain and crew were awesome with him. They let him steer the boat and gage him a book to look at about the boat. Amazing boat and amazing crew highly recommend!!
      Written October 22, 2023
    • paigeg232023
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      Enjoyable Trip & Group of Sailors
      We loved the trip! Had a great group of people on the ship with us and the crew was amazing. Recommended if anyone wants a different trip from a walking tour
      Written October 19, 2023
    • mfordatty
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      Great crew , great view
      The crew was friendly , knowledgeable , helpful and made the trip very enjoyable . The weather was great and the crew invited to all partake in activities . Well worth the trip
      Written October 19, 2023
    • Karen B
      0 contributions
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      Great visit with my Girl Gang!
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      Written October 16, 2023
    • eddiesc93
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      Schooner Fame!
      Had an absolute blast on our sail! The ship crew was very professional, courteous, friendly, and were an absolute delight to speak with. They made us feel like part of their family! I strongly recommend a sail with these fine folk and would love to do it again in the future!
      Written October 16, 2023
    • 924karlys
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      Beautiful Ride
      Beautiful ride and excellent team of sailors that offers enjoyable conversation! Wonderful addition to Salem’s witchy experience that provides another glimpse into the history of this endearing community.
      Written October 9, 2023
    • StuartCsept
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      Exceeded expectations
      I had my family in town for a weekend visit and was looking for something fun to do. The crew were knowledgeable, competant and pleasant to talk to. The Fame was comfortable and in excellent sailing condition. We really enjoyed the sights, the history and the cocktails. The cost was very reasonable for the amount of time we sailed and the level enjoyment we experienced. My family was thrilled and we will likely do it again. Stuart C.
      Written September 26, 2023
    • D4020TJjohnm
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      Sailing on the schooner Fame
      I could not have asked for better weather. The sail was very enjoyable. Everyone had a good time, and the crew was very knowledgeable about the ship and surrounding area.
      Written September 11, 2023
    • Darlene B
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      Great tour, really fun!
      The crew was wonderful, the weather couldn't have been better, the trip was beautiful, everything was awesome!
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    • drsanteu
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      Perfect weather, perfect sail
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    • Stephanie L
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      The Best Ride in Salem
      We take an annual cruise on the Schooner FAME of Salem and it is always fun and relaxing. The crew is knowledgeable and friendly. It’s a great activity for all ages. You see beautiful sights and learn about US history at the same time.
      Written September 4, 2023
    • BASIL1915
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      Perfect for everyone
      Our ride on the Fame was perfect for a family outing with folks ranging from 20-80. Everyone enjoyed the trip. The crew was terrific, very knowledgeable and easy going and great at ensuring everyone got on and off safely. Highly recommend
      Written August 27, 2023
    • jreasen60
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      ...Come Sail Away with Me!
      This nearly 2 hour Schooner trip out of Salem Harbor was incredible. The crew gave us a brief history lesson about the boat, the town of Salem & its Port/Harbor. My wife, myself and our teens were given the opportunity to not only steer the ship but to wear the official Captain's Hat while doing it. We got to hoist the sails and really feel like we were part of the "crew". The boat ride itself was fantastic! Once on the water, it was like we were transported to a new time and place. We got the opportunity the leave our cares behind and just enjoy the ride. The whole staff, from ticket counter to crew were incredibly friendly and informative every step of the way. I would definitely do it again.
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    Jesse R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020
    Great from start to finish! Whether you are a maritime history fan or are just looking for a nice cruise, this is the one for you. Fantastic and entertaining crew provided lots of history and stories about Salem harbor and life on the seas in the early 1800s. Very kid-friendly, the young ones can help hoist the sails, learn knot tying and experience a demonstration shot of the swivel gun. Drinks and snacks available onboard. A great experience for the price.
    Written July 26, 2020
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    Wow, thanks for the kind words! Hope to sail with you again!
    Written July 28, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    BonRo-traveler
    Massachusetts45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021
    This was a wonderful experience! The most obvious parts to rave about were the beautiful boat, the fantastic weather, and the wonderful views we experienced on the day we went. But the super-friendly and informative crew made this a trip to remember. Our family group included all ages from active seniors to young kids and the crew made everyone feel special. I was impressed by how they allowed the guests to get involved but also made the rounds to chat with all of the passengers on the boat. The short historical perspective given on our way back to dock was informative and entertaining. Overall I highly recommended this experience while visiting Salem
    Written August 28, 2021
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    Thank you! We do have awesome crew! Glad you had fun!
    Written August 29, 2021
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    Kristen_maria9
    Orlando, FL56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went earlier this week for a sunset sail. It was pretty overcast and windy yet still was so enjoyable! They have wonderful hot cider, some drinks / alcohol and snacks, and even let you help raise the sail or steer the boat if you’d like! You get a great tour of the area and the coastline is so pretty. Everyone was so friendly and they give you some history and even fire off a cannon. The lady, Melissa, was kind enough to let us borrow some extra coats for the ride because we didn’t expect such chilly weather which was beyond kind and accommodating! Can’t wait to come back and visit again. My family would love this! There is a restroom on board if needed, too.
    Written October 17, 2020
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    Hey thanks! We're so glad you enjoyed the trip! 🌞Melissa
    Written October 26, 2020
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    Terri C
    Boston, MA40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020 • Family
    Great experience! The boat was super clean and everyone was wearing a mask and social distancing. I think we had about 12 passengers plus 3 crew. The captain was very knowledgeable and made the trip very enjoyable. Volunteers can help raise the sails but there’s no pressure to do that. Beautiful views. You could buy drinks and snacks on the boat for a very small fee.
    Written July 19, 2020
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    Daniel M
    Brooklyn, NY3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2019
    We've gone sailing on Fame a few times (maybe 4 all together), and every time it has been great.

    I have two little kids, and they love to go out on the "Pirate Ship" (Privateer, Pirate, is there really a difference?) and sail around the harbor. They especially love when the cannon is fired... and that they sell snacks.

    Mom and dad love to be out on the water, feel the boat as the wind fills the sails and she powers up... and that they sell beer.

    Sailing around Salem and Marblehead is the perfect way to spend a few hours on a beautiful day, and the Fame crew do a great job.
    Written June 16, 2020
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    Thank you :)
    Written June 17, 2020
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    Laurie F
    Marblehead, MA2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2020
    Labor Day was a great day for a sail on the Schooner FAME of Salem. We had some lovely people on board, our Captain Mike Rutstein was delightful and informative and we also got some great history during the sail. I would highly recommend a September sail as the wind is great and the weather is wonderful. A great time was had by all on the schooner FAME of Salem.
    Written September 8, 2020
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    Thank you! It was a beautiful weekend! Hope to see you again!
    Written September 12, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Nick C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2021 • Couples
    The sailing tour was awesome! We couldn't have had a better day to sail. The captain and crew were very professional, informative, and made the experience. We had a great time helping hoist the sails and would recommend to anyone.
    Written September 18, 2021
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    Thank you :)
    Written September 21, 2021
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    Joseph H
    Beavercreek, OH1,465 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2021
    Captain Mike, Brian, and Sully provided an exemplary tour! Tour attendees were invited to help raise the sails. The crew provided tasty 'Dark and Stormy' rum/ginger beer drinks ($6 each - not bad). Mike provided great insights to the role of the privateer in the 1812 war and how privateers differ from pirates.
    Written October 15, 2021
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    Joseph, thanks for sailing and thanks for the review!
    Written October 21, 2021
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    Karen W
    East Northport, NY165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2022
    We booked the sunset sail from this tour company. Although I wish we had gone earlier in the day because I believe then you get a tour of the local landscape/lighthouse, this was a great experience. The captain and crew were fantastic, fun, informative and extremely helpful. My husband got to help hoist the sails and his smile said it all! You can get a cool beer or rum and coke and a reasonable price, there are assorted chips to purchase too if you want a snack. The photo opportunities for the sunset were awesome. AND the captain even shot a mini cannon when we were at sea. LOTS of fun and relaxation! I highly recommend this if you are looking to just relax and enjoy the water.
    Written July 24, 2022
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    Thank you for sailing. Every sail is a bit different, as we sail in different directions, depending on the wind, and see different parts of the Sound!
    Written July 25, 2022
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    Alyssa G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023
    I really enjoyed this tour! We dedicated a day of our trip in Salem to everything Pirates and this was the perfect way to close out the day. After spending some time at the Real Pirates Museum and learning about key historic figures, this tour really put everything we learned into perspective. We stopped by Finz right after the tour (which is right next to the dock you depart from) and watched the sun set as we enjoyed our food. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in getting a taste of a Pirate's life.
    Written October 24, 2023
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    Sounds like a great day in Salem!
    Written October 29, 2023
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