If after reading below you want to go on this trip please:
• Call reservations[masked] to pay for your passage.
• Once confirmed contact me, I will add you to the going list.
• If you have any questions please feel free to ask me.
If you enjoy sailing, exploring islands, small seaside towns, lighthouses, swimming, and eating great food, this very affordable all inclusive cruise on the Mystic Whaler is the one. Set sail out of New London, CT for Block Island Saturday September 6 and return Sunday September 7. Included but optional spend the day Friday September 5 as I lead you on a guided tour of Mystic, CT and the surrounding area. Early planning is imperative to get space; the schooner fills up fast. For more info see: http://www.mysticwhaler.com
I have secured a 10% group discount for my group for this trip. When you call to make a reservation please be sure to mention Gregory Simeone’s hiking group discount. The cost including the 10% discount starts at $324 for a Great Room Bunk or Sloop Cabin and is paid directly to Mystic Whaler Cruises. This includes passage, all food, and soft drinks. Call Mystic Whaler Cruises for a reservation at[masked] (www.mysticwhaler.com) as soon as possible.
The ship holds about 30 passengers. The accommodations are rustic and vary depending upon price. The first six single people who reserve typically stay in the Great Room. The largest room on the ship. It is a big open room with six bunks and heavy canvas curtains for privacy. There are also small rooms (Sloop Cabins) that have a sink, a mirror, and two bunks. Most bathrooms on the ship are shared among a couple of rooms. The bathrooms have hot and cold running water and a shower stall. The most exclusive and expensive rooms (Clipper Cabins) have their own bathroom. These rooms are typically shared by couples. When you sign up for a single accommodation and all the Great Room bunks are taken they will likely pair you with someone from our group of like gender. If you know someone who is already going that you would like to room with let Mystic Whaler reservations know. You can view the layout of the ship by following this link: http://www.mysticwhalercruises.com/pages/The-Schooner.html
All prices below include 10% discount.
Great Room Bunk $324.00 per person (single occupancy)
The Great Room offers the most authentic living experience to the Age of Sail! Six berths with private curtains share this common room with bathroom and shower. Three skylights provide light and ventilation.
Sloop Cabin Bunk $324.00 per person (double occupancy)
The sloop class cabin offers the smallest and most affordable private accommodations. Each has a single upper and lower bunk, either a skylight or a portlight and a sink in the room. Bathroom and shower are located in the hallway.
Schooner Cabin Bunk $344.00 per person (double occupancy)
Schooner class cabins provide upper and lower single bunks, and either a skylight or a portlight and a sink in the room. Bathroom and shower are located in the hallway.
Brigantine Cabin Bed $375.00 per person (double occupancy)
Brigantine class cabins provide a double upper and single lower bunk. These cabins have both a skylight and portlight and a sink in the room. Bathroom and shower are located in the hallway.
Clipper Cabin Bed $398.00 per person (double occupancy)
Clipper class cabins provide one full size bed to accommodate two people, with a private bathroom and shower en suite, a sink and skylight.
The optional part of trip starts the day before the ship leaves. Your reservation includes Friday (September 5) night on the ship. You are strongly encouraged to arrive at the ship Friday night the latest. The ship leaves at 9am sharp Saturday (September 6) morning and returns Sunday (September 7) afternoon.
Friday morning from New London we travel towards Mystic, CT. Usually we stop at the free Sub Base museum where you can go aboard a Nautilus class sub that is docked at the museum. From there we head to Mystic for lunch at Mystic Pizza. After lunch we have a number of options. I lead walks through the lovely historic neighborhoods and down by the water. There is a plentitude of shops to browse. There is also a really nice mall called Mystic Village and adjacent to it is the Mystic Aquarium. Towards the end of the day we head to a restaurant for dinner, then return to New London to put our cars in long term parking and meet people coming from NY via train. The Mystic Whaler is docked right nearby. We will load our travel gear on the ship and relax for the rest of the evening.
Saturday morning we are served breakfast on the ship and then we set sail. On this particular trip the ship sets sail for Block Island arriving around 12noon. They serve us lunch and then we are free to explore the Island or Town. I usually do a 6 mile walk / hike through town and out to the lighthouse.
For fun have you ever wanted to:
• Climb a rope ladder to the crows nest 85 feet above the deck under full sail!?
• Swim at the legendary pristine beaches of Block Island?
• Bike ride rural roads over rolling green hills of a quaint island?
• Hike out to a remote lighthouse perched 200 feet above the sea on Mohegan Bluffs, climb to the top, then down 100 steps to the secluded beach of Corn Cove?
We are served three meals on Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. It is buffet style and there is plenty. The food on past cruises has been exceptional. They do accommodate special diets upon request (let them know when you book your reservation). There is always a supply of water, ice tea, lemonade, coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa available 24 hours a day. The policy is bring you own alcohol. There is a giant ice chest on deck with block ice that lasts the entire trip where guests may store whatever they like from beer to snacks. There is also a basket of fruit available during the day. There is a large brick barbecue grill on deck and they usually use it for a lunch and a dinner.
It is a great trip. I've been doing it nearly every year since 2001 and will be for the foreseeable future.