Champagne Sunset Sail Aboard America 2.0
Key West, Florida, USA
- The ultimate seat: Sit back and smile in seagoing comfort as the great ball of fire settles into its watery bed. Enjoy killer views of Key West landmarks, and watch for wildlife in the waters around you.
- America 2.0: A modern classic tall-ship, trimmed in teak and mahogany, modeled after an icon – the original Schooner America, 1851 winner of the first “America’s Cup.”
- Drinks and hors d'oeuvres included: Toast the day's delicious end with champagne, beer, wine, and soft drinks – and tasty bites such as shrimp cocktail or cheese and crackers.
About this Key West, Florida tour
It's a thing. Late every afternoon, throngs of celebrants begin gathering in Mallory Square. They aren't awaiting an official bash, but an unofficial one. One that's been repeating itself since back before anyone reading this was alive. The astonishing pink, red, and gold daily departure of the sun, as it drops into the pale waters of the Florida Straits. Anyone who visits Key West is commanded to watch this show, at least once.
But here's your chance to go one better and be in the show – not just a landside spectator. Because the Schooner America 2.0 sails directly onto the stage where it's going down. For the lucky ones aboard, it's an experience that will replay itself in nightly dreams for years to come.
Equipped with immense sails, composite masts, and quiet electrically-powered motors, America 2.0's classic 105-foot hull slips effortlessly out into the sea. Her professional crew stands ready to help get you settled and comfortable – and well-served with complimentary bubbly, wine, beer, and soft drinks, along with tasty hors d'oeuvres. Many guests opt to bring along a picnic basket with their own favorite goodies, to make this a true al fresco feast.
As you savor all this, and the breezes, and the outstanding views of Mallory Square, Fort Zachary Taylor, and the Sand Key Lighthouse perched atop the reef in open water miles from shore – the fiery sun slowly gives way to the first evening stars. Be sure to be watching for company: dolphins, sea turtles, and water birds enjoy the show just as much as we do.
After a couple hours, you'll arrive back on land. Sad yet ecstatic. And knowing this is one of your bucket list items, checked off.
It's not the 100 Pound Cup anymore
Britannia may have ruled the waves, but on one August day in 1851, the rules changed. A radical new schooner sailed into history by winning – no, trouncing – all contenders in the Royal Yacht Squadron’s "100 Pound Cup" race off the Isle of Wight. Queen Victoria was watching as the America, captained and crewed by the New York Yacht Club, won the trophy that became forever known as the America's Cup. It's now the oldest and hardest-to-win prize in international sport.
Please proceed to Classic Harbor Line Ticket Booth located dockside in front of the Schooner Wharf Bar at 202 William St in Key West, 33040
This tour is seasonal, operating from November-mid May.
There will be some light food platters displayed on the Sunset Sail; however, you are encouraged to pack their own food box or pick up a picnic from the local Schooner Wharf Bar right next to the ticket booth to make the sail even more enjoyable.
Please check-in 15 minutes prior to sailing time.
There may be a limited number of steps, a minimal amount of cobblestones or uneven surfaces, and some standing for extended periods of time. Tour is accessible for travelers using canes and walkers.
Boat Tour, Food and Wine, Scenic
Beverages - Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for travelers 12 years of age and older.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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