Schooner Adventure Sailing FAQ’s
Is advance ticket purchase required?
Reservations ahead of time are strongly recommended. You may purchase tickets at the vessel up to 30 minutes before sail time if the sail is not full to capacity. To register for a sail, visit calendar page, select the sail date and complete your purchase.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you have any questions or need to reschedule or cancel, please contact the office at 978-281-8079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, Schooner Adventure’s office is open M-F, 9 AM to 5 PM and we will reply as soon as possible. Notice by the close of the business day prior is required so that we may fill your spot. In the event of your cancellation, we will honor your tickets for a future sail this season. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds if you cancel or do not show. If rescheduling your trip is not possible we can honor your ticket fee as a tax-deductible donation to support Schooner Adventure’s mission.
Do you have life jackets/is it safe?
Yes! We are a United States Coast Guard certified sailing vessel, and we are inspected annually to maintain the highest standard of passenger safety. We have life jackets for all passengers. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult and children under 12 (and anyone less than 90 lbs) must wear a life jacket on board at all times. These children may want to bring their own “ski-vest” type lifejackets for a more comfortable fit.
What about Covid?
If you are feeling unwell, have Covid symptoms or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid please reschedule your reservation. The capacity on our public sails is currently 60 passengers. Depending on Covid numbers in Massachusetts that capacity may change. Masks and hand sanitizer are available onboard. United States Coast Guard requires that masks be worn by all passengers and vendors when below deck. We follow all Commonwealth of Massachusetts Guidelines as they pertain to our industry. The guidelines we adopt may be changed over time by governing authorities and we will, therefore, adjust accordingly.
Where do we park and where do we board?
Metered parking is available on the street or in the city lot at the corner of Harbor Loop and Rogers Street. Please do not park in the Maritime Gloucester lot. Public Sails aboard Adventure will depart from the Harriet Webster pier behind Maritime Gloucester, located at 23 Harbor Loop.
Are food and drinks available during the sails?
Guests are invited to bring a picnic and their own beverages on Public Sails. Alcoholic beverages are permitted in moderation; no large coolers, please. The Captain reserves the right to limit consumption. Refreshments are not available for sale on board.
In the interest of promoting ocean sustainability, Schooner Adventure encourages a carry in /carry out policy. Please consider bringing non-disposable cups, beverage containers, and utensils. We have limited capacity trash and recycling on board.
What happens if the weather doesn’t cooperate?
Severe weather, heavy winds, or heavy rain or other unforeseen circumstances may cause postponement or cancellation. Check our calendar page for cancellation notices. Cancellations can occur up to two hours prior to departure. Every effort will be made to notify all passengers.
What happens if it rains during the sail?
All seating on the schooner is outdoors. It is always cooler on the water. Dress appropriately and bring a layer, sunglasses, and sunscreen. If there is a chance of rain, bring a hat and rain gear.No high heels on board at any time.
Do you really raise the sails and turn the motor off?
Yes! Giving our passengers the experience of working sail is what we’re all about. We only use the engine when we have to.
Can we participate?
Of course! We always ask for volunteers when we raise the sails. Our crew especially loves getting kids involved. Guests may be invited to take the helm at the Captain’s discretion.
How long is the sail and where do we go?
Public Sails are 2 1/2 hours in duration. The Captain will chart a course for each sail depending on the wind, weather, and currents on any given day.
What will we learn?
Schooner Adventure’s mission is to inspire, educate, and connect our members and guests to the heritage of the Gloucester fishing schooner. There will be a short presentation by our knowledgeable crew. Frequently volunteer docents and the crew will be available to answer your questions during the sail.
Is there a bathroom on board?
Yes. There is a bathroom (a “marine head”) on board which is accessible by descending a short ladder. Instructions are posted, and the crew will be happy to explain its operation. You may wish to use a restroom on shore before boarding especially if you have trouble with ladders. There are restrooms available at Maritime Gloucester.
Am I going to get seasick?
Seasickness is rarely a problem on large, wide schooners like Schooner Adventure. Those prone to motion sickness may wish to take precautions before boarding.
Can I bring my dog?
Pets are not allowed on board for sails. Thank you for your understanding.
Is smoking allowed onboard?
Smoking and the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems is prohibited on the vessel at all times. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas on the docks