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Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

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Address: 1124 E 7th St, Wilmington, DE 19801-4502
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+1 302-429-7447
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Convenient access to sail on a real Tall Ship.

You don't often get the opportunity to sail on board a Tall Ship, and the this one is located right near the tourist waterfront area so you can walk (about 1 mile) to the brand... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2015
ralph r
Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed May 12, 2015

You don't often get the opportunity to sail on board a Tall Ship, and the this one is located right near the tourist waterfront area so you can walk (about 1 mile) to the brand new docking/maintenance facility for the ship. It has several trips per day up the River and you can see the schedule and book on-line. Note... More 

4 Thank ralph r
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 3, 2014

It was a nice sail and if you wanted to be involved in hoisting the sails you could. I just think it is a little overpriced for a ride around the bay in circles. I would have like more of the history of the surrounding towns added to the history of the boat.

2 Thank TUCKY142
Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2014

I had been waiting a year for the opportunity to sail on the Kalmar Nyckel as I am a descendant of a crew member from the maiden voyage during 1638. My wife and I drove down from Philadelphia to take the day sail from the Lewes, DE port and we really enjoyed ourselves. Once the ship was away from the... More 

3 Thank Greg H
New York City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is a beautiful recreation of a swedish sailing vessel built in the 1600's that sailed to and from Sweden to American . Its a wonderful 2.5 hour cruise! The ship is manned by seasoned crew and volunteers and its a amazing watching them work on the ship dropping and hoisting the sails! The crew is fun and loves to... More 

Thank laurky
in NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2014

We boarded the ship at the Lewes Ferry dock. Very impressive on site, looks every bit of a ship from 1625, loved the carvings. We bought our tickets on-line at 60.00 a person. There was a crew of about 25, 2 paid all the rest volunteers. The cruise was from 3:30-6 pm. All the crew were very friendly & helpful... More 

Thank Kitsaattheshore
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had seen this ship a few times in Lewes (a long time ago) at Coast Day. We toured it once back then, but then it quit showing up at Coast Day. I have been checking its schedule for free deck tours in Wilmington, DE but it rarely has them. We managed to catch a free deck tour in Lewes... More 

1 Thank daisyferret1
Westfield, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed July 4, 2014

The boat ride on the Kalmar Nyckel might be OK for anyone under the age of 14, but that's about it. It consisted of an hour-long trip on the Christina River on a tall-masted sailing ship without ever opening the sails, with no place to sit, and with no sights to see. Then it ended with the captain begging for... More 

5 Thank Munrovius
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

Our company chartered the ship from Wilmington for a group of approximately 15 people. It was a great experience and I would recommend it to others for corporate or family outings. The ship is in excellent condition and the crew is very professional and knowledgable about the history of the ship. We even had an opportunity to help raise and... More 

Thank amymjw
Wilmington, Delaware
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is an authentic replica of a ship used to found the colony of New Sweden in Wilmington, Delaware. I took my 5 year old and 7 year old nephews. They dressed as pirates and loved it. The especially liked the canons. We also chartered it for an afternoon for our firm both in Wimington and Lewes. It was a... More 

Thank BarristerDE
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed November 16, 2013

I was sailing with the tall ships during the Downrigging festival weekend in Chestertown, MD. And the boat is simply beautiful under full sail. I will say they could only raise the sails one day and didn't go out at all the second day due to high wind conditions. I think some people who's reviews I read here do not... More 

5 Thank Mary C

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