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“Underwhelming in every way”

1877 Tall Ship ELISSA
Ranked #6 of 101 things to do in Galveston
Certificate of Excellence
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Dallas, Texas
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57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Underwhelming in every way”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Our family was down in Galveston for a weekend get away and while we were killing time waiting until we could check in at our house we thought we would take the girls to see the Elissa (I remembered being pretty impressed with it as a kid). We told them it was a surprise visit to a really cool site. As soon. As we saw the ship we could tell that it was basically being reconstructed. There were workers all over her so we figured that tours were closed, but the sign saying it was open lured us in. We double checked with the staff in the gift shop since we didn't see anyone other than workers on the boat. They told us it was in fact open and didn't say a word about how limited the access would be on board. We started in the museum part of the tour and it too looked pretty sad in general. Most of the pieces weren't fully working or weren't very informative. We sat and watched the film on the Elissa's history and while it was interesting, the movie was really dated. The kids exhibits upstairs were mostly tired looking and or not in working condition. As we boarded the ship, the workers barely moved out of our way and certainly weren't friendly. Both the crew and captain's cabins were off limits due to work being done. The cargo area beneath the deck was open and have some interesting information on display but without getting to tour the crew areas we felt slighted. As we crossed the deck to the stern, the main sanding the deck didn't even move so we could get by.

I get that the restoration project is important and from what we could tell, the ship will look pretty cool once it's finished, I think it would have been appropriate for them to tell us how limited the tour would be, or at least offer tickets at a discount. To top it off, parking was $8 for our barely over and hour stay. I'd skip this attraction until the refurb is officially done.

Visited October 2013
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Lake Atitlan
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224 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Interactive and historic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

The tall sailing ship is a great way to explore the historic sailing past of the oceans. You can walk on each deck and learn about the interesting history of this ship. It is great for kids, families, and anyone with a bit of sailor in them.

Visited October 2013
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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60 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fascinating relic of maritime history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This restored 1877 sailing ship was undergoing further restoration when we visited, so we didn't get to see it in pristine glory. However, watching the restoration was at least as interesting, because it was being done using historically accurate tools and methods. The craftspeople and volunteers working on the ship are very clearly devoted to keeping this historical relic alive and authentic, and our docent was very knowledgeable about the history, restoration, and sailing of the ship. We enjoyed our visit to the Elissa very much.

Visited October 2013
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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Interesting and informative!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

The ship was a cool sight to see but the prices were a little high. The ship was being redone so alot of the areas were blocked off. We basically paid to see what we could see from the outside. But if the areas are not normally blocked off I could very easily agree with the prices

Visited October 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri, United States
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful Ship”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

In great shape and if you like history, you will have a blast. The ship does sail at least once a year - I would have loved to have seen her actually travel.

Visited September 2013
Thank John S
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