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About Bruce Anchor Cruises
DUE TO COVID-19 our sailing season will begin JULY 1, 2020 Our extremely unique and modern glass bottom vessels depart Tobermory on a regular schedule. Our tours operate during the spring, summer, and fall! Passengers are given an opportunity to view two 19th century shipwrecks, The Sweepstakes and The City of Grand Rapids, resting just a few feet below the surface. Following the shipwreck viewing, guests will pass by Big Tub Light House (1885). From there we cruise around Flowerpot Island passengers for a view of the magical scenery. This scenery includes the historic Flowerpot Light station, the light keeper’s homes, the Flowerpot rock formations and more. If you are planning to hike the island, we dock at Beachy Cove to allow allow passengers to disembark and explore the island on foot for a couple of hours. Stay Aboard cruises are also available.
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lesjak2016 wrote a review Oct 2020
Newcastle, Canada4 contributions
Enforce social distancing! They packed away too many people onto this boat Encouraging people to get up and walk around One woman was practically leaning on me to get a photo
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from bruceanchor, Project Coordinator at Bruce Anchor Cruises
Responded Oct 31, 2020
Here at Bruce Anchor Cruises, we have been monitoring, and continue to monitor the ongoing developments around the world and assessing the impact on our operations. Bruce Anchor Cruises has always operated in a manner that ensures your safety, health and comfort. Not only do we have well-established cleaning protocols already in place, but this season you will notice the extra focus we have added to our cleaning and safety, such as: • Hand sanitizer stations at ticket booth locations, customer services areas, and boarding areas • Full disinfectant application to boarding area, decks, railings, etc., before every departure • Additional spot cleaning of high-touch surfaces on a frequent schedule • Emphasis on preventative hygiene practices with our staff and guests • Mandatory health checks, hand sanitization and masks for each passenger and crew. Traveling during a pandemic can be stressful. It's an interesting time for us and our staff as well. We continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests, on and off of the boats. We are following provincial guidelines and making adjustments as new announcements are made. We hope that you enjoyed your experience on Flowerpot Island and took many wonderful photographs of the area while you were here.
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Jordyn T wrote a review Sep 2020
Gananoque, Canada47 contributions10 helpful votes
Pretty decent experience with Bruce Anchor, I think I would go with Blue Heron next time just because the boats seem bigger. We had the Explorer and it’s fine but not super comfortable and difficult to see just because of the way the seats face. It was cool seeing the shipwrecks , the glass bottom was neat but you could better see over the sides. Flowerpot Island was really pretty, we did the full loop hike and it has its challenging moments. We overheard an older more “unfit” couple talking about how they also did the hike and it almost killed them lol but we found it manageable, definitely some uphill and stairs! Unfortunately as some people have mentioned, the caves and museum are closed. We were disappointed about the caves. The bathrooms are open but absolutely disgusting and I’m fairy tolerant around that kind of thing. Overall, I believe everything was worth the money.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from bruceanchor, Project Coordinator at Bruce Anchor Cruises
Responded Oct 31, 2020
Thanks for your feedback! We would definitely recommend taking a tour on the Tobermory Evolution the next time you visit. It's one of the the largest glass bottom sightseeing passenger vessels, part of Bruce Anchor Cruises' fleet, in Tobermory. It has two levels, an open air deck on top and a covered deck down below. It offers an incredible tour! Glad to hear you were able to take in all that Flowerpot Island had to offer during COVID-19. It's an incredible place to explore. Thanks for sailing with Bruce Anchor Cruises!
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Michele G-W wrote a review Sep 2020
London, Canada383 contributions83 helpful votes
This was our last thing planned during our stay in Tobermory. We were booked to do the boat and explore Flower Pot Island but it got cancelled because of high winds so we rebooked the stay on tour the following day. The tour didn't meet my expectations. The glass bottom is hard to see out of. Your better off looking out the windows or from the top of the boat. It happens so quick if you arent in the right spot you'll miss it like much of the boat did for the 2nd shipwreck. The trip to the island was okay. Lots of different islands to see and Flower Pot Island looks beautiful. We hope to get back to hike it but unfortunately time didn't allow for it.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from bruceanchor, Project Coordinator at Bruce Anchor Cruises
Responded Oct 31, 2020
The weather can definitely cause a few disruptions in our sailing schedule, so it's great to hear that you were able to catch a stay aboard tour. Although it doesn't allow for hiking on Flowerpot Island, it certainly offers a breathtaking view of the beautiful landscapes here on the Bruce Peninsula. We hope that you are able to join us again next season - hiking Flowerpot Island is an outstanding experience. Thank you for choosing Bruce Anchor Cruises!
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FluffyonaTrain wrote a review Sep 2020
10 contributions2 helpful votes
This was THE WORST boating experience we have ever booked. DO NOT BOOK WITH BRUCE ANCHOR!!! Never having been to Tobermory, this was our first time and we were incredibly excited. We were there to celebrate a birthday and our party was absolutely thrilled to see the shipwrecks. We had booked online using the Bruce Anchor website. I regret it terribly and wish we had booked with Blue Heron instead. The website was a tad confusing and we weren't too sure which boat we had booked; we picked a time that worked best for us and knew we weren't interested in stopping but definitely wanted to see this shipwrecks (an absolute MUST on our list). Our trip was scheduled for Sunday, August 30th, 2020 at 1:50pm. We got to the harbour on Saturday and decided to make our way to the booth to get our tickets early and to confirm the boat we were on. When reaching the booth (which is actually out of the harbour area where all the restaurants are) we met with a very sassy young woman named Krysta or Krystal. We explained that we weren't sure which boat we had chosen but were nervous when learning the boat we had picked was open concept and you could potentially get wet. She belittled us the entire time - we barely got her to agree to a compromise in exchanging our time/boat but she was adament that a refund was out of the question. She provided us with 2 potential other times but neither one allowed us to see the shipwrecks. We decided to stay with the boat/timing we had reserved and requested to get our tickets since we were already there. She provided us with a ticket and a parking pass and circled a specific location (22 legion rd.), however, she advised us that we were to go to an alternate lot 10 hay bay rd and wait for a shuttle. On Sunday, we arrived early and it was chaos (people were confused, there were no clear lines for those picking up tickets or even an indication of where to go). We saw a bench and were waiting for the shuttle. We wanted to ensure we were in the right place, so we approached a window and asked a gentleman if we were in the right spot. He barely looked up at us and in a disinterested manner nodded that we had our ticket. When it was 1:45pm and no shuttle had arrived we got incredibly ancy and knew something wasn't right. I went to the second window this time with my husband (in hopes that someone more authoritative) would be able to help us. At that point with minutes to spare, we were told that we had missed the boat and they were sold out that day for all later times...and of course no refund was possible. The 2 boys that were manning the booth were not helpful. The one we had originally approached quickly jumped out of his seat in panic because he had given us a nonchallant reponse initially and was concerned that he misguided us. There was no management around to help at any point. We were extremely disappointed. The boys were confused as to why Krysta/Krystal would tell us to go to the wrong lot. The entire process seemed incredibly disorganized. IMHO Bruce Anchor can keep the money we spent on the tickets (approximately $160)... perhaps they can pay for their reps to get some customer service training - it was pitiful.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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april wrote a review Aug 2020
Toronto, Canada42 contributions7 helpful votes
They're very clean, organized and easy to get a hold of. The boats were in great condition and clean. The staff were great. Omg they need to slow down though when crossing over on a bumpy day...lord have mercy it was scary!! Everyone else seemed to not be bothered by it..just me..but I get scared easily in the water. Anyway it's not a long ride so it's ok. Def worth the trip to flowerpot island. They're also punctual which really helps!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from bruceanchor, Project Coordinator at Bruce Anchor Cruises
Responded Oct 31, 2020
Great to have your review! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and future guests of Bruce Anchor Cruises. We hope that you enjoyed your time on Flowerpot Island and learned a few things to share with your friends and family once you returned home. Thanks for sailing with us!
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