Jolly Roger, Cayman Islands
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Sailing Pirate Adventures aboard Cayman's Jolly Roger
The Jolly Roger offers a variety of adventures with prices for every budget.
The Jolly Roger is a two-thirds replica of Christopher Columbus' 17th century Galleon called the Nina, which crossed the Atlantic on three occasions. The Nina had a crew of 25, navigated by the stars and was completely wind powered. The Jolly Roger is crewed by able-bodied "pirates" and navigated by sophisticated electronics; while occasionally being "iron-wind" powered.
The Jolly Roger was privately commissioned and built in 1986 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and christened the Lady Barbara, after the owners wife. The original owner had such strong feelings for his wife that he had the ship's figurehead sculpted in her likeness. To this day, Lady Barbara still graces the bow of the Jolly Roger, bringing good luck to all who sail aboard her. The Lady Barbara was severely damaged by Hurricane Hugo off the coast of St. Thomas. Luck was with her once again in the person of a philanthropist with a penchant for pirate ships who set about restoring the ship to her original splendor and to ultimately live out his fantasy of sailing the Caribbean aboard a pirate ship. During this time she sailed as the Ayacanora, the South American goddess of the sun. She was sold to her present owner in 1992 and re-christened the Jolly Roger.
The Jolly Roger is a three-masted, square-rigged sailing galleon with 110 pieces of working rigging and nine fully functional sails. She is 80 feet overall with a 16-foot beam and weighs 47 gross tons. Constructed of wood with an oak frame, her hull below the waterline is cypress and her topsides are yellow pine and she has teak decks. There is a full-length, steel ballast keel with foam-filled fiberglass sponsons for added stability to ensure calm sailing; even people prone to sea sickness will usually not experience any adverse effects on this smooth sailing vessel.
The Jolly Roger is equipped with a 250 HP Cummins diesel engine for those times when the winds are less than cooperative. The sunsets and night skies of Grand Cayman are nothing short of spectacular and there is no better way to enjoy them than aboard the Jolly Roger.
Their two-and-a-half-hour cruise is a perfect start to a memorable evening. The journey begins with complimentary rum punch and appetizers. As with all good pirate ships, she sails with a well-stocked bar of brand name spirits for the perfect cocktail. Cruise along beautiful Seven Mile Beach and enjoy a little Cayman magic. Throughout your cruise you will enjoy a large variety of music ranging from Reggae, Salsa and Calypso, to the top ten hits of the 80's and 90's. You can dance the night away or just savor the experience.
On the Sunset Cruise there is an open bar, and you can choose between having just appetizers or a full dinner consisting of appetizers, entree and dessert. In the 17th century, Grand Cayman was famous for being a safe harbor for pirates and their treasure. Today, many Caymanians are direct descendants of pirates. The Cayman Pirate encounter is a two hour coastal cruise that will take you back in time to the days of the pirate. Sip rum and fruit punch as you watch traditional pirate antics being played out right in front of your eyes. Witness the Pirate Trial which ends in a fearsome sword fight.
Don't forget to bring your swimsuits and snorkeling gear so you can explore the crystal-clear Cayman waters during the swim stop, with its spectacular reefs teaming with exotic sea life . This cruise is great for kids who can fire the cannon, help hoist the mainsail, and make their brother or sister walk the plank at the end of a very blunt sword.
For that special party, you can charter the entire ship exclusively for your group. This gives you the opportunity to have the cruise catered to your specifications; when you depart and return; food and beverage service; entertainment, etc. Be it a Family Reunion, Office Get-together, Wedding or Anniversary, Christmas or Birthday Party, New Year's Celebration or Theme Party;, or just the joy of sailing the high seas and snorkeling the Grand Cayman reefs teaming with exotic sea-life, the Jolly Roger's experienced staff can help you make this cruise, one that will be remembered fondly by all.
The Jolly Roger eagerly awaits your e-mail with your choice of dates and times and work with you to make this special occasion, one that cannot be surpassed. Or join their scheduled cruises, where your ceremony will be held in a private section of the ship at the beginning of the cruise, and then join other cruisers who will participate in the celebration of your most joyous event.
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Jolly Roger Location: The Jolly Roger cruises depart from the South Terminal located in George Town Harbor, next to Atlantis Submarine.
Jolly Roger Transfers: Transportation is available at a cost of US$5.00 return trip per person for evening cruises, from the Seven-mile Beach area only. If the weather does not cooperate for your trip, you will be notified in advance and they will do everything possible to accommodate you at the earliest opportunity.
Use our handy auto email to assure your reservation in advance or the coupon in Activity Guide when you arrive for your special Jolly Roger discount rates.
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