Took my son from college on a tour. We were on the front of the ship when the Bridge of Lions went up. Horn sounded, gates coming down, ships going though, lots of people on the bridge looking down on us. Way cool to watch all of this from the deck of this tall ship.
Got talking with one of the crew members that spoke good English and got him to tell the story of how he ended up working and living on this ship. Got a real sense of why young men run off to the sea to become sailors. The ship was built using the original design records for Spanish Gallons from the 16th Century. It was built it the same shipyard that built the original ships. If you want to experience what a 16th Century sailor must have seen and felt so long ago, then this is the ticket.
Saw some ships coming into the city docks and some ships leaving. Seemed every ship must have a story. Some people with big money, others with less that love living on and running a boat.
Low budget operation, real Spanish sailors, that really live on the ship. I was told all of the 15 dollar ticket goes to the museum in Spain that operates the ship and to the City for the 450th event.
No elevator, you must be able to handle stairs.