Schooner Zodiac - Day Cruise

Schooner Zodiac - Day Cruise

Schooner Zodiac - Day Cruise
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The Schooner Zodiac is a historic 160 foot working tall ship that operates from Bellingham, Washington. She sails the waters of the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands. Passengers have the option of participating in sailing maneuvers under the direction of experienced crew or simply enjoying the beautiful scenery while under sail.
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mirela d
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Salmon Sunset dinner.
Couldn't wish for a better experience! Everything was a fairytale dream: weather (cool and breezy), crew (knowledgeable, polite, glad to share fun stories), food (cooked to perfection with the right amount of seasoning and a European touch) and the 100 year old schooner in it's well maintained splendour.
A thousand thanks and hope to get back for a longer cruise.
Written August 28, 2021
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dammons
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We went on the afternoon sail around Bellingham Bay (2:00-5:00) on a recent Sunday. We had a wonderful time! The crew were friendly and answered questions and were happy to show us around the ship. Check in was easy and quick. We got to raise and lower the sails which was neat. Lots of cold water and soda plus some great chocolate chip cookies to munch on. There was even a ship's cat who made an appearance now and then. I estimate about 20 folks on board but there was plenty of room to move around without bumping into anyone. Overall a great experience, would love to do one of their overnight cruises or dinner sails.
Written June 13, 2023
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PETER B
Blaine, WA167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We took the ale and sail cruise on the schooner Zodiac . Beautiful old sailing vessel in great condition. Crew were very friendly, as was the captain.
Beers offered by Kulshan brewery on board good.
Meal was delicious.
Caught a nice breeze. Great moving gracefully across Bellingham bay under sail.
Fantastic way to spend an evening.
Strongly recommended.
Written September 6, 2020
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Ree W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We were lucky enough to join the Zodiac for the Schooner Race! It was fantastic! The crew was such a wonderful group of skilled, intelligent, lovely human beings. We enjoyed getting to know them a bit as we sailed through the gorgeous San Juans. This is a once in a lifetime experience that I will always value.

It isn't even expensive for what you get...Lovely meals included.

Don't delay! Find a sail that works for you and do it!
Enjoy!

Ree Whitford
Written July 5, 2022
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jacksbat3
Morristown, NJ130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was a trip designed by a friend who is from the area and always wanted to sail on Zodiac. It was fun. You need to know that this isn't a "cruise" ship with large staterooms. This is a sailboat that is a sailboat. If there are a lot of people (we had 24) - folks need to be able to be limber enough to crawl into the bunks. The bunks are sturdy and easy to sleep in but one has to be able to crawl in. Most of us engaged in ship activities like raising the sails, doing the helm, and cleaning the deck. And....you go places that bigger vessels can't go. We had a chef, Caz - that made amazing food and no one ever went hungry. THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE. Rent it for your group and be prepared to have fun. PS - we did not have one rainy day and caught wind on most days. She is big and needs a bundle of wind, so you won't be sailing every minute. And.....you can get away - cell service can be undependable through the islands.
Written August 4, 2021
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Kristen K
Santa Rosa, California, United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
I have been on two weekend cruises and both were wonderful!! Its pretty much a magical experience! Scenery is breathtaking around the San Juan Islands. Passengers get the chance to learn about sailing in general and actively participate in sailing this ship (but are not required to, and no experience is necessary!) Food was great! I look forward to many more trips aboard Zodiac and hope to take the 12 day voyage to Alaska one of these years.
Written November 13, 2014
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sydette
Benson, AZ642 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
My husband and I took the brunch cruise today, it was very disappointing. Especially the brunch, a slice of Pannini bread with cheese, ham and a egg on top, a few spoonfuls of yogurt with a few raspberries and granola, raisin rolls barely sweetened, coffee or tea. That's it! The gallery is very tiny and was very congested trying to get your food, find a place to eat, there are two tables, maybe you can fit 6 at each table, another small table that can seat four, up a few steps is a bench sofa and sort of coffee table to eat. On deck, it was fun watching everyone pitching in to try and raise the sails. Uncomfortable seating. Crew is friendly, how the cook prepares anything in the tiny area is amazing to me, you can select your own mug that hang from the ceiling. How anyone could enjoy multiple nights on this boat is beyond me, Two tiny bathrooms, bunk berths, no showers. Most disappointing was what they called brunch. They would have been better off with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, a bowl of mixed fresh fruit and a muffin or scone. We would never do this trip again, it was not up to our expectations. Only half the sails were raised, also disappointing.
Written June 16, 2019
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rhonda858
Bellingham1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
We went on the salmon feed evening cruise and had a great time. We had some wind so it was fun to be able to turn off the motors and sail!! The food was great and the crew was awesome!!
Written July 13, 2015
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Bikeman20
Wichita, KS6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Solo
Fabulous cruise Great in fact this was the second year in a row for me sailing on the Zodiac, this cruise was the Desolation Sound trip, it feels like a home away from home for me, but I am sure I was a sailer in a past life. A great experience a total hands on sailing adventure get to learn a lot of different aspects of sailing, hoisting and furling up the sails, taking the helm and standing watches while at sea sailing. The food is second to none all very well prepared and thought out. Lots to do too while at anchor, kayaking, sailing and swimming when possible, also able to learn some knot tying and rope know how..Take your cameras as you will be treated to spectacular scenery and might even catch some whale watching while your are at it. I do plan to go back. Had my first oysters on this trip cooked of course. It is a very entertaining trip.
I wish I lived in the area as I would definitely try working on the ship in the off season to be able to sail in the sailing season... I will be back...
Written November 20, 2014
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Shawna W
Kirkland, WA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
For those who love to sail or are captivated by the sight of gorgeous tall ships, you simply must come sail aboard the Schooner Zodiac! For those who are not avid sailors, you may quickly find yourself falling in love with the sea and ships after a few hours on board. That's what happened to me: I visited the Zodiac for the first time in 2010 and came back several times since. She's remarkable.

The Zodiac is by far the largest of her kind in the Pacific Northwest: her old-growth Douglas Fir main mast towers 130 feet above the deck and her main sail has larger square footage than some public parks within the City of Seattle! Below deck is just as impressive, with 7 private state rooms, 40 bunks, and 3 restrooms. She has glowing varnished woodwork and the feel of a massive, private yacht. Her spacious galley and salon have large dining tables for comfortable camaraderie over dinner.

And the food...! The cooks are top-notch, feeding passengers and crew full meals as we sail throughout the incredibly beautiful San Juan Islands. Blue waters, forested islands, historical lighthouses, bustling port towns, sleepy little harbors to drop anchor for the night, breathtaking sunsets, and--depending on the season--the chance to see an orca pod.

As a learning vessel, passengers are encouraged (but not required) to participate in helping raise and furl the sails, maneuver the ship through tacking, learn to read charts, stand watch at the bow, and even take the wheel and steer! No prior sailing experience is necessary--the crew demonstrates, explains, and guides. By the end of every trip, I come away feeling fulfilled at having lived aboard a classic wooden tall ship, taken part in the operations of the ship, learned something new, met and visited with great people, enjoyed the thrill of sailing, and explored a stunning part of the world.
Written November 17, 2014
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