We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Schooner Spirit of Independence

Key West, FL, USA
More
About Schooner Spirit of Independence
We're sailing out of Key West bringing a lifetime of History and Adventure aboard. The focus will be a fun safe unforgettable sail. Sail Key West with us on a ship builder's masterpiece the Spirit of Independence. Sunset Sails, also available for special events.
Read more
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
See all hours
Travelers talk about

Schooner Spirit of Independence
Booking unavailable on Tripadvisor

Want other options you can book now?
668Reviews5Q&A
Traveler rating
  • 654
  • 9
  • 2
  • 1
  • 2
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Popular mentions
cindyhemphill wrote a review Oct 9
Lake Dallas, Texas7 contributions3 helpful votes
This was our fourth time sailing with Captain Ricky and his lovely daughter, Dayana, aboard the Spirit of Independence. They and crew member Elizabeth made us feel very much at home while we were aboard. We brought along another couple who had never experienced a sunset sail, and they were blown away by the experience. While Cap'n Ricky manned the helm, the ladies served up delicious freshly-made sandwiches, along with beer, wine, and drinks made with champagne and fruit juice. Nice! When the crew asked for volunteers to help haul sail, I grabbed a line to the mainsail while my wife took pictures. It's great to be allowed to participate! As usual, the boat looked wonderful. The crew keeps her in top condition. All required safety equipment is close at hand, and the first thing the crew does is tell everyone where it's located. There are always friendly passengers aboard to share vacation stories with. Though the boat is licensed to carry up to 49 passengers, they choose to limit it to a max of 26 passengers so that no one feels crowded. This trip was during the slow season, so there were only 12 guests aboard. The cost is on par with other providers, and we've sailed with a few of them. They're good, but we keep coming back to Spirit of Independence because we enjoy it the most! We are... Dean and Cindy H. from Lake Dallas, Texas
Read more
Date of experience: October 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from 428ricks, Owner at Schooner Spirit of Independence
Responded 1 week ago
Don& Cindy Thanks for this very very excellent review and for being repeat passengers / part of our schooner family . We have been having some way above average trips lately, glad yours was one of them. Thank You captain Ricky
Read more
Sandy H wrote a review Oct 7
2 contributions
We had an amazing time on the sunset cruise on our honeymoon. Captain and crew were awesome. Definitely recommend this one.
Read more
Date of experience: October 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from 428ricks, Owner at Schooner Spirit of Independence
Responded 1 week ago
Sandy Thank You for this excellent review !! Please come sail with us again some day Captain Ricky
Read more
gohstninja wrote a review Sep 2021
Key West, Florida9 contributions3 helpful votes
Well, as someone who has lived here for about ten years one thing that we have to deal with is friends visiting. That's can be fun or a bit of a pain when your friends expect you to entertain them. That's what happened to me last week. But what a relief when they asked to go on a Sunset Cruise. This was a no brainer. I took them on my favorite. The Schooner The Spirit of Independence. They asked me about the Catamarans with live bands and some of the other Schooners that they thought must be popular because so many people were on board. I explained that that was like sitting on a bus. Captain Ricky could pack the people in also but he will only take so many passengers to make it more comfortable and personal. My friends loved it and they were so impressed with the First Mate, Dayana who is also a certified Captain. The beer, great wine and champagne which was included. Also the awesome Foccia Sandwiches. My friends loved the whole experience. They can't wait to come back and go again.
Read more
Date of experience: September 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from 428ricks, Owner at Schooner Spirit of Independence
Responded 1 week ago
gohstninja Thank You for this very excellent review, and for making our cruises so fun. Your very lucky to have such nice friends ,, that love you so much. Key West Royalty !!! accompanied by your beautiful entourage Thank You captain Ricky
Read more
Summesu wrote a review Sep 2021
Columbia, Missouri27 contributions8 helpful votes
This was a very interesting sunset sail. It was great to hear the boat was built about 30 minutes from where I live. I was surprised there was not more crew interaction offering up the best time to get the sunset shots and offering to take group pics. Crew was very nice, just expected a little more with regards to the sunset piece of it. All in all it was very nice. Great drink selection and food was delish!
Read more
Date of experience: September 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from 428ricks, Owner at Schooner Spirit of Independence
Responded 1 week ago
summesu I.m sooooo sorry !!!! While our crew takes passengers pictures all night , they must have somehow missed you.if you asked them they would have. also I will try in future to tell passengers the best time to take sunset picture ,,, is during the sunset, specifically when sun touches water then until it disappears . Your 2 friends were starboard foredeck, you came aft for a visit with me and said everything was great ? I'm sorry we disappointed you. Captain Rick
Read more
Joe wrote a review Jun 2021
Villa Rica, Georgia5 contributions
+1
Captain Ricky, Andrew, Mates Ashley and Lauren did a tremendous job making our week stay aboard the Spirit of Independence a memory that my son and I will never forget. The crew did their best to work around uncooperative weather as much as possible. We went sailing around the Key West area to different reefs to snorkel around. The ship is well maintained and has an amazing cabin and ornate wood work. The crew and ship did not disappoint our Boy Scout Troop. In the fall, winter and spring the ship does sunset cruises. In the summer the ship does charter type work for the Boy Scouts.
Read more
Date of experience: June 2021
Helpful
Share
Response from 428ricks, Owner at Schooner Spirit of Independence
Responded Jun 16, 2021
Scenic I'm handy o a boat ,,, but this trip was great thanks to our awesome crew & scouts & scout leaders. Thanks for this excellent review captain Ricky
Read more
Previous
123456
Recommended experiences in and around Key West
from $44.95
More Info
from $89.95
More Info
from $45.95
More Info
from $96.75
More Info