The family and I boarded the Black Raven Pirate Ship in St Augustine with much anticipation. This sunset cruise was sure to be full of laughs, lore, and perhaps some treasure!
As we stepped on board we met the pirate HiJack, our main host for the evening. This salty character had clearly seen his fair share of mischief. He and his pirate sidekick Scully gave us all the safety rundown as we got settled on the multilevel ship.
As a newly minted pirate crew, we passengers were instructed to keep a keen eye on the ship’s treasure. Before we had even set sail though, the rogue Captain Hook boarded our ship and took off with the mysterious treasure! There of course was only one thing to do. The Black Raven set sail down the Matanzas River to hunt down Captain Hook and our stolen treasure.
As we sailed down the river we were entertained by the pirate’s slap-stick personalities. Each character took a turn spinning yarns of real life pirates and their adventures in times gone by framed with colorful pirate lingo and even a few rowdy songs. Our whole family joined in the chorus of Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho a Pirate’s life for me! After the entertainment, children were encouraged to train for the sword fight ahead when we would get our treasure back! They took turns practicing with the pirates and learning a secret pirate code word for once the battle had begun.
Suddenly Captain Hook’s ship was upon us and we were receiving canon fire. The kids cheered as our pirates kept the other ship at bay and re-captured our treasure. The loot was divided fairly of course, and the kids all received their own portion of the booty.
After face painting and more tunes and tales, we returned to our dock in the heart of St Augustine. Thanks to my Dramamine(R) Non-Drowsy Naturals, I’m happy to say I didn’t get motion sick even once. No time outs for mom while she settled her stomach, I was right there with the family, singing the songs, dancing and collecting the real treasure at sea, timeless memories with our kids.
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