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Beautiful evening on the water enjoying the races
Aug 19, 2014 by: Deborah M from Maryland
My family (husband, 10 yr old daughter, and myself) enjoyed a lovely evening on the Woodwind! We went on a Wednesday night so we got to enjoy the weekly Annapolis sail boat races. It was perfect weather and we couldn't have asked for a better crew!! Everyone was very friendly and made it a very memorable experience. I look forward to doing this again!
Good Cruise, Bad Customer Service
Aug 16, 2014 by: PinUpBoy from Washington DC, District of Columbia
The tour itself was enjoyable offering relaxing views of the bay and environs. Onboard service was excellent! Be careful especially mindful when you book tickets, however. There are actually two boats, not one as the website leads a person to believe, so some groups were literally split between vessels. The downright hostile customer service agent seemed gleeful at passenger difficulties and more interested in taking money rather than accommodating or issuing refunds. A little empathy could go along way for guests ... guess they figure they will only see you once so take the tourists cash and run!
Great sailing experience if you're not a sailor
Aug 13, 2014 by: ExpIntlTraveller from Perth
Beautiful setting, beautiful boat! What more could you want - a very relaxed and enjoyable cruise around, and the crew worked hard to be helpful without being intrusive. Clearly a very professional setup....and therein lies the rub as the saying goes......just a tad to clinical for my liking, but then I'm a fussy old codger. Seriously, if you enjoy getting out on the water without getting wet or dirty or having to work, this would have to be one of the best ways of doing it - good for older kids (8+) too - the pirate adventure seemed to suit younger ones...
Very cool sunset cruise on a summer night
Aug 06, 2014 by: mksymes from Washington DC, District of Columbia
The reviews don't lie - this is one of the coolest things to do in Annapolis. The crew are super fun and entertaining, but aren't intrusive and let you kind of enjoy your own company. They run a very professional operation and everything felt very safe. Being out on the water in a sailboat on a sunny summer evening with a glass of wine in your hand? Doesn't get much better than that. Oh - and they let people help hoist the sails and steer the ship. Overall a very fun, relaxed couple hours. Well worth the $40 price tag.
Sunset sail with live Music
Aug 02, 2014 by: janddmom from washington dc metro
Our family - wanted a fun family outing within reasonable drive of DC - one adult, one senior and two twenty something siblings. We learned of the schooner Woodwind quite some time ago and learned that there is live acoustic music on Thursday evening 2 hour sunset cruises in summer. We reserved easily on line the morning of the event and picked up tickets at the ticket window on the dock about 30 minutes before departure. There are several benches on the dock to wait if you arrive early. Be sure to check the directions about going through the the Pussers restaurant - you can also access the dock from the parking lot to the right of the Marriott hotel. If you have to park farther away allow plenty of time to park and get to the dock. We borded about 6:20 for a 6:30 departure. The captain/ deckhands gave a short safety briefing before departure. Sails were raised almost immediately (with the help of any guest that wanted to volunteer to help) and since there was sufficient wind the engine was turned off for a quiet voyage to hear the music. Deck hands served drinks after duties adjusting sails. One complimentary soft drink or bottle water is included per person. Craft beers and wine and a lemonade cocktail were available for sale. They were described before taking orders. Later in the cruise bagged snacks (pretzels/chips/etc) were also offered - one per person included with fare. The Captain, Jen, allowed several guests, especially a few children to take the wheel while she stayed at their side. We sailed up the Severn River under two bridges so that the ride would be smooth for our onboard music - Victoria Vox played ukulele, sang in English and French. Her mouth organ - which really sounded like a muted trumpet - was quite good. She stood at several areas of the ship at different times so that no matter where you were seated you had a chance to hear music close by for part of the cruise. Short narration about sites on shore was provided several times. We arrive back to Annapolis Harbor to a beautiful sunset! We thoroughly enjoyed and hope to go again soon - maybe for the Tuesday night beer tasting sunset cruise. There is a marine head (toilet) on board but we did not use the facilities - if you have limited mobility you could have trouble with the steps - similar to ladder - to on board toilet. Deck hands helped passengers while boarding and leaving the ship on a small ramp.
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