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“Fun Time, Great Crew, Not a Party Boat”

The Sunderland Pirate Ship
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Owner description: The "Sunderland" A unique and unforgettable adventure not to be missed! Built in 1885, she is the oldest operating English Tall Ship in the world! We offer daily tours starting in the Bay of Cabo San Lucas, past "Lover's Beach", "Lands End" and the famous "El Arco". Tours include; "Hands on Sailing", "Whale Watching", "Snorkeling", and "Sunset Cruise". All tours include appetizers and an all inclusive bar! A historical and exiting adventure for all!
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We selected this ship because we learned that there are two "Pirate ships" that go out at sunset. One is a party boat, the other is Sunderland. We passed by the party boat on our way to the Sunderland, and it was "packed" with what appeared to be 18-25 year olds, all wonderful people, I'm sure, but we thought not the best group for our mid-teenagers.
The Sunderland crew welcomed us on board and took special care of one disabled passenger with us. We settled in, they brought drinks for us (beer, margies, no-alcohol pina's), and we headed out.
When the crew wasn't working, they stopped by for chats, to answer questions, or to joke with both adults and the teens. The captain answered questions about the history of the ship (built in 1890), and how all the "parts" functioned. We had a great time with the crew, who talked about their shipboard jobs and what they did in their "off-time." The kids were taken up the bow ropes a bit.... very safely, but a lot of fun for them.
A very decent meal was served, and the crew made sure that everyone got as much as they wanted.
We went under sail for about an hour, which was totally peaceful with wonderful views. We took lots of pictures, many with crew members. Great guys.
I strongly recommend this sunset dinner sailing.

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Reviewed March 29, 2013

We sailed on the Sunderland for a sunset dinner cruise. We choose the Sunderland because we wanted to experience the history of the ship. It was beautiful. And the crew is AMAZING! They hoist the sails, serve a very tasty dinner, (fantastic guacamole) keep the drinks flowing and make sure everyone is having a great time. You sail around the Cabo Arch (great photo op) out into the Pacific. The sunset was spectacular! Nice relaxing way to spend an evening in Cabo.

Thank sle516
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TheCaboPirateShip, Owner at The Sunderland Pirate Ship, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2013

Glad you enjoyed everything on the boat! the crew works hard to show their enthusiasm en this original and real sailing tall ship.

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

If you want a very unique and real experience, try the Sunderland! Just being on a ship with the history of this ship was an experience. You could tell the crew members were real sailors! When the captain (Elvis-who we love) yelled, "Let's Sail!" you could see the crew's excitement at hoisting the sails! You may not go the distance of the other ships as it depends on the winds, but that is what is makes this trip such a unique experience. If you appreciate the past and want a fun experience, try the Sunderland!

Thank NanaBug_8
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

We did the Sunderland as a whale-watching excursion ... and yes we saw whales. Mexican "rules of whale engagement" are quite different than those of the United States, but hey, let each govenment dictate what to do in its own waters. Here, once a whale is sighted the boats rush over to it - and quite close. Our captain, being under sail, was a bit hampered in doing this. The cruise was nice, but the loud music was annoying (under sail the stillness is most pleasant and the sound of the sails in the wind to be enjoyed). The crew was "up" and happy - they handled the sails well and provided excellent adult beverage service. I'd probably stick to whale watching in Maui or San Diego.

Thank Victoria M
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TheCaboPirateShip, Owner at The Sunderland Pirate Ship, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2013

Thanks for sailing with us. After your review we have modified the music playlist for each tour and included a specific person managing the onboard tunes. we are a historic ship and one of the oldest in the world. Our tours have been updated and new shows and crew members taking it to new levels.

Whalewatching can be difficult when other non registered boats dont follow the rules. We have our permits and respect the rules. we inform authorities regarding boats that dont in efforts to improve security for the whales and ultimately guest experience

Some dyas are better than others and we offer a guaranteed whale sighting policy.

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

What makes this ship the best is the intimacy. It's not one of those crazy party ships so you really get to enjoy the scenery. I went on the sunset tour and even got lucky and saw some whales too. The ship is old, has character and definitely has history. The staff is amazing, friendly, fun and knowledgeable on the history of the ship. So ask away if you want to know anything. The staff played with the kids on board and kept them entertained. The bartender kept the drinks flowing. It was cool to watch the crew hoist the sales and work together. It truly is an amazing ship. I had a fabulous time. I only ate chips and guacamole since I had dinner plans after the tour but I thought it was delicious! I recommend this tour for a laid back, perfect, relaxing experience.

Thank Nursemichelleb
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