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“Fun in the fog”

Schooner Olad Windjammer Cruise
Ranked #2 of 12 Tours in Camden
Certificate of Excellence
Readington, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fun in the fog”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

Captain Aaron and Mate Jeff did a great job working with the passengers on whether or not to sail in very foggy conditions. We were reserved for the noon sailing, with unusually late fog rolling in. Aaron was checking with people who were out in the bay to get the best info available about conditions, waited a little while to see if conditions improved, and then gathered the passengers to offer options. We could cancel, switch to a later sail, go out for only an hour, or go for the 2-hours. A few people chose not to go, but over a dozen of us decided to try out the foggy sail. Aaron and Jeff were informative and entertaining and good company while piloting us around the area. Would it have been even better in gorgeous weather? Sure. We'd gone out on the Olad about 10 years ago (not long after Aaron became captain) and know how beautiful the area is from the water. Still, this was a new experience, and still a pleasure to be out there. Would have liked to hear more of Jeff's singing! We took beer and sandwiches, the guys helped with the sails, and Aaron reminded everyone to use sunscreen (foggy conditions are actually really dangerous for sunburn), offering it around for people who needed it. Would strongly recommend this as a fun way to see the area and get a taste of bygone days.

Visited July 2014
Thank Tracy K
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful ship, but NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY”
Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

The Olad is a beautiful ship, but I am sorry to say that the trip is NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY.

We had beautiful weather and a nice morning breeze for our sail and were excited to take the kids along with us. We sat right up at the front of the ship so the kids could steer and learn from the captain.

Very early on, we realized that the captain (Aaron) did not really have a filter. His language was definitely not child appropriate, and we felt trapped on the ship. Furthermore, he spent most of the cruise talking about himself rather than pointing out the scenery, history and wildlife.

Also, safety was not really taken seriously on board. We had a very hard time convincing our daughter, who is nine, to wear her life jacket because she saw younger children on board who were not wearing theirs. The crew didn't step in at all. Even if it's not required by law, it seems like they should strongly encourage the use of life jackets for all children.

We walked away very frustrated and disappointed by the experience. We took a trip earlier in the week on Captain Jack's lobster boat and would highly encourage families to consider his trip instead!

4 Thank spelks
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Let's go again!!!”
Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had a beautiful trip out and back this past weekend. Relaxing way to see the harbor-great crew, very knowledgeable. Would do it again in a heartbeat!!!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank NancyLZ
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Annapolis, Maryland
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2014

We also chose Olad because of the reviews and it exceeded our expectations. The schooner was in pristine condition - really beautiful. The crew was SO gracious and personable. The scenery is gorgeous. This is a "10".

Visited June 2014
1 Thank sue s
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Orlando, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Just what we were hoping for!”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

On our first trip to Camden, I was looking for a harbor cruise. We chose Olad because of the positive reviews.
We were delighted with the like-new condition of this 80 year old classic schooner. The cruise was as perfect as the weather, and the captain and crew were fabulous.

Visited June 2014
Thank usjetjock
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