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Watermark Cruises and Tours
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90 min Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tour - Wonderful day!
Aug 25, 2014 by: NewAARPmember from Beltsville, Maryland
Although we only live 40 minutes from Annapolis, we kept putting off doing the "touristy things" in all the wonderful places around us. Shame on us! But I'm happy we waited, as we got a weather-perfect day. Beware - parking in downtown Annapolis is a horror and a crap shoot on weekends. We toured on a Sunday. You can only park at meters for 2 hours(4 hours, and no fee, if you have a handicapped placard or tag). Watermark will give you a voucher to a parking garage - not sure which one so check the website or call. Hillman garage is probably the closest stacked facility closest to Ego Alley. (City Dock) Keep your meter timing in mind - 2 hour parking on a 90 minute tour will cut it close. We did see some yellow-enveloped tickets on windshields on the walk back through the dock parking lot. We parked about 1:15pm, got our tickets at the red umbrella past the visitors center, then walked around a bit. Boarding starts at 2:15. Tide was high that day, so the ramp to get up to the boat was steep; even steeper when we docked afterwards. Chose your shoes wisely...which you should already be doing as some Annapolis streets are cobblestone. I walk with a cane, but had no problems holding on the the railings going up the short ramp. There is no wheelchair access to this ship, however. There is an open upper deck, enclosed main deck, and a couple of benches at the bow of the ship. We chose the front benches, and that worked well on the way out as the sun was at our backs. If you get a sunny day, pack sunscreen, as the glare off the water will intensify the UV's. There was a nicely stocked bar-and-beverage station on the main deck, and the bartender was fun and helpful, letting us know when the departure blast of the ship's horn was about to be heard. There were a few snacks to be had for purchase, although you are welcome to bring your own snacks or lunch onboard as there is no meal service. TAKE CASH for the beverage station. The scenery out and back was stunning, sailboats, motorboats, yachts, dogs in kayaks, everywhere! Annapolis is a very dog-friendly city; not sure if they are allowed on this ship but the website can advise. Approaching the Bay Bridge was eye-opening and amazing; I've been over it hundreds of times in my life, but nothing prepares you for travelling under it! Both kids and adults were awestruck. I am one of those people that gets motionsickness on elevators, but I did not get one green gill while out on the Lady Sarah. We did have some wake from other boats, but even while idling under the bridge, I was perfectly fine. The heads were immaculate, and on the main level. Captain and crew were friendly, and welcoming; also quite helpful on the boarding ramp. I would have been happy on this cruise even if it was a cloudy or light-rain kind of day. It was in the low 80's, with low humidity, with a wonderful breeze once in motion, on both legs of the trip; some people might want to carry a jacket if they get chilly easily. We followed the boat trip with drinks and dinner in Eastport, just over the Compromise Street bridge. It was a wonderful "date day." and we would happily go on this tour (or any of the Watermark tours) again alone or with friends.
Boat Tour with the Pup
Aug 21, 2014 by: Kristin K from Towson, Maryland, United States
We were walking on the pier when we saw the boat loading up. We casually asked what the cruise was for, and after learning it was a 45 minute narrated boat ride in the harbor, AND they were pet friendly, we were in! Our 3 month old puppy came on board with us, and the staff was very sweet, they gave him a water bowl for the trip. It was such a beautiful day, we sat on the top level of the double decker boat and enjoyed the ride, and took lots of pictures. It was $15 per person ($0 for Clark, our dog!) and well worth it. Cruised by the Naval Academy, over towards the bridges, and back around while learning some history on the area. Perfect amount of time to spend on a short boat ride, especially for a day trip where you want to see it all! They also have adult beverages for sale on board.
Fantastic 45 Minute Tour of the Inner Harbor
Aug 19, 2014 by: asheffrin from Somerset, New Jersey
We had a beautiful day for cruise on the Inner Harbor. We learned about the many different sites on the shore line. The history of the writing of the Star Spangled banner was an interesting tidbit with the 200th anniversary coming soon with celebrations at Fort McHenry. It is amazing how many waterfront condos have gone up in the last few years.
War of 1812 Tour, Francis Scott Key
Aug 10, 2014 by: David E from Arlington, Virginia, United States
If you are looking for a great tour in Annapolis, this is it! But the real difference was the guide- Fred Taylor. I am a professional tour guide in DC and wanted to learn more about the War of 1812 while visiting Annapolis. Having read in advance, Steve Vogel's excellent, Through The Perilous Fight, I had a better understanding on many nuances of the war, but Fred brought them all together as he portrayed his character, Francis Scott Key (he also plays the Town Crier). Personable, engaging, fun, knowledgable...all words that describe Fred. And the guy seems to know everyone in town! We had taken a Watermark tour the day before we went with Fred, and had a good time, but Fred was even better. If you we visiting Annapolis and looking for something fun and educational to do, get a tour with Fred!!
Severn River dud
Aug 03, 2014 by: AndyV2011 from Canaan, New Hampshire
I did the 90 minute Severn River cruise and while it was a nice boat ride on a pretty river, as a tour it was a complete dud. The major problem was with the promised narration, which only really covered the naval academy and was either silent or playing music for the rest of the time. Even the parts about the academy were almost impossible to hear over the noise of the engines and the rambunctious kids. It wasn't until close to the end of the cruise that one of the staff noticed he couldn't hear either and turned up the volume. The pretty and pleasant deckhand had ignored it for more than an hour. By then we'd gone by hundreds of probably interesting things along the river and there was no commentary for about 90% of them. Nice boat, friendly people, but needs some attention to detail. Much (much much) more complete narration at a proper volume would have added a lot to this otherwise fairly dull boat ride.
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