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“Could be so much better”

Black Raven Pirate Ship
Ranked #57 of 190 things to do in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Black Raven was designed and built for its purpose, to be a floating performance stage. Our goal is to provide a variety of live dynamic and interactive entertainment programs for all ages. The crew’s ambition is to deliver the best live pirate show in Florida regardless the audience’s age group. The performance is rehearsed, but unscripted, allowing the pirates to improvise with the crowd. We are currently offering three different programs:1. The Adventures for all Ages.2. The Treasure Hunt3. The Club 21+ (adults only)In general, the Adventures for all Ages depart every day at 2:15 PM and 6:15 PM except during weekends (Sat & sun) when the 2:15 trip is replaced with the Treasure Hunt. The Club 21+ sails every Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:15 PM. Reservation is always recommended and, please call ahead to reconfirm the departures. Do not travel from “far away” without checking with us. Please, remember our schedule may change according to the weather.
Reviewed July 27, 2013

The attraction is OK, but could be so much better if they actually drew people in by sharing the history of the city as it relates to pirates. We took the adult cruise and the acting, by the Pirates, was marginal at best. The food that was provided consisted of some hors d'oeuvres that were on a plastic serving dish without any serving utensil. People were putting their hands all over everything, which didn't seem sanitary to me. Finally, we went to get a drink and waited on a long line only to get cheap wine in a little bottle that tasted terrible. The owner and crew should consider learning the history about the area and making this a top-notch attraction in St. Augustine instead of a floating tourist trap.

Thank Tessie T
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BlackRaven5Star, Owner at Black Raven Pirate Ship, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Thank you for your feed-back. We are sorry that we missed the serving utensils. That will definitely be corrected. No more “hands-in-the-food” trips. As for the wine, we sell that in sealed and un-opened bottles in order for the customers to see exactly what they are getting before they buy. We do have limited storage space onboard the ship and if they do not like the brand that we carry, then there are other types of drinks available.

As for the history issue, when we first started the company, we had hired some of the best tour guides in the city. However, we quickly discovered that the people that came out on the ship did not want to get another history lesson, they came out to have a fun time. There are quite a few other companies that are offering history tours, about the city, about ghosts and about pirates and we did not want to compete with these attractions. We decided to offer something else, something on the lighter side, entertainment and not history lessons.

Again, we appreciate your time and attention.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

The Black Raven Pirate Ship adventure has two daily child/family trips. The 2:00 pm trip offers treasure chest for the little ones to keep. While you are on this outing, another boat comes along side the ship and the two ships engage in a "cannon ball" fight. It is a little noisy, but your young pirates will love and enjoy this adventure. Our family loved the 6:15 Pirate adventure. The boat goes out from the St. Augustine Pier for an approx. two hr trip. While on Board, the crew (who are dressed like Pirates) engage the children in sword training (using nerf/soft swords). They have free face painting for the young pirates. You can also purchase beverages on Board, if you wish. The Crew were fantastic with the children and taught "Pirate songs" to the little mates. Our entire family enjoyed this trip!

1  Thank Susan C
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We took the family treasure hunt. I have a 6 and a 15 year old. They both really enjoyed this. My 6 year old had a blast. He talked about fighting Black Beard and Captain Hook the rest of the trip and told their jokes over and over. Great show, worth the money! My hubby had lost his keys on the ship. We found out when we walked all the way back to the car of course. He went back and the pirates were at lunch. The people in the office told him where they liked to eat. He found them and they took the time out of their lunch to take him back to the ship to find his keys. We will do this over and over again.

2  Thank Julie I
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

me, my wife and another couple took the adult cruise.my biggest surprise was we ordered two mixed drinks(Early Times and ginger ale) and was charged $23.00 and change. We felt like we were raped by the pirates.I can buy a half gallon of Early Times for $16.99. I wont go again and I suggest that you do your drinking before you get on the ship. The drink prices are outrageous.Also the entertainment sucks.

4  Thank james w
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BlackRaven5Star, Owner at Black Raven Pirate Ship, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

All feed-back is appreciated and we do take notice. The ship bar should be considered more as a service than a “drinking place”. In order to avoid any misunderstandings, we do display the full price menu on the column located in the middle of the bar.

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We took our 7 year old twin boys on the Black Raven last summer. The trip exceeded our expectations, so much so that we are going back again this summer. The crew interacts with each child doing face painting, singing, sword fighting, etc. The excitement of Blackbeard pulling up along side and boarding the ship put a look of pure joy on my kids' faces. The crew was friendly and polite, and they played their roles well for the little ones. It was also nice that beverages (child and adult) were available for purchase. The length of the trip was spot on - enough that you felt as if you got your money's worth, but not so long that the kids got bored.

5  Thank paddybully
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