+ ARE THERE BATHROOMS ON BOARD?
No, but there are restrooms available inside Dockside Marketplace. Please use the land-based bathrooms before you board!
+HOW LONG WILL THE CRUISE LAST?
About 70 mins at sea and 20 minutes on land.
+ WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Whatever you need to feel comfortable on a boat,- jacket, sunglasses, hoodie, sunscreen and a camera usually covers it.
+CAN I BRING A STROLLER?
The boat can accommodate small foldable umbrella strollers. We can keep your big double stroller (City Mini, Bob etc) on the dock and have it ready when you reach the shore.
+WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
You should show up at your booking time, which is 20 minutes prior to the ship's departure time. This is so your child / children may be dressed in pirate gear and have their face painted.
+DO I NEED A RESERVATION?
Yes, as we have a limited capacity aboard the ship for any sailing time. This capacity count includes all people on board including infants through adults and is set by the Coast Guard. We will not be able to accommodate even the smallest passenger once we reach maximum capacity. No exceptions can be made. If we have space or cancellation at time of leaving we can sell you a ticket right there.
+HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
Book online at www.mvpirates.com or you can call us at (508) MVP-CREW/ (508) 687-2739.
+CAN I BUY A TICKET AT CHECK-IN ON THE DOCK?
We never want anyone to miss out on an opportunity to sail the high seas, so if there is a “no show”, we would be happy to sell a ticket on the spot.
+IS THERE ANY FOOD OR DRINKS ON THE BOAT?
No, we do not sell any food or beverages on board, but feel free to bring your own snack or drink, within reason. Please pack in, pack out. Water may be purchased at the dock. There is a Black Dog Café To Go right where we depart as well as several restaurants up and down the Harbor.
+WHERE DO WE CHECK IN?
Check in inside the Dockside Marketplace on the Oak Bluffs Harbor—look for the blue and white striped awnings. This is at 12 Circuit Ave Ext, which is a continuation of the main street that passes through OB, but headed toward the Harbor. Inside, you will see the Pirate Adventures Treasure Chest Kiosk. You will then be directed to the outside dress up and staging area where we will meet the crew and prepare to sail. You will be escorted from the dress up area to the boat by the crew.
+IS THERE PARKING? HOW DO I GET THERE?
Arrrgh! Unfortunately, we have no private parking so arrive early to ensure plundering a spot. There is public parking around the Harbor, at the top of the hill by Lookout Tavern, around Ocean Park and on Circuit Ave (the main drag). You can also take a cab directly to the Oak Bluffs Harbor. We are right across from the Dockside Inn and right up the Harbor from Nancy’s – the restaurant with the big shark out front.
+IS THIS SCARY FOR THE KIDS?
We are extremely child friendly and our program is geared to involve all the children. We are gentle, happy pirates…not scary ones. Your children will have become part of our pirate family during the trip!
+IS THIS FUN FOR GIRLS TOO?
Absolutely! Our young lady mates often outnumber the boys! Throughout history there have been many infamous female pirates that have sailed the seven seas.
+ WE ARE A SMALL FAMILY, IS THIS OKAY?
Families of all sizes are welcome! Our trips are fun for families of two or twenty. All will take part in the adventure!
+DO WE NEED TO BRING LIFE JACKETS?
We have enough life jackets for everyone. However, our life jackets are built for safety rather than comfort. You are more than welcome to bring your own life vest from home. However, since The Sea Gypsy X is a Coast Guard certified vessel our mini-mates are not required to wear them while onboard.
+DO WE LEAVE THE DOCK?
Yes. We are an interactive treasure hunt for children and we sail around up the shore of Oak Bluffs just past Inkwell Beach.
+ARE THE WATERS ROUGH? WILL I GET SEA SICK?
We sail in Nantucket Sound which are partially protected waters. The Sound is generally calm depending on wind-direction, but a slight chop is not unheard of. Our vessel is extremely stable and our goal is your comfort and safety. If it’s too rough, we do not sail.
+WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE WATER CANNON BATTLES?
Me friends, a pirate doesn't like to discuss the rough life at sea. However, we will tell you this - when we find the scurvy dog that stole something important related to our treasure chest, we will turn on our water cannons and engage in battle for as long at it takes until we win those items back!
+WILL I GET WET?
Piracy is not for the faint of heart! When our water cannons go off, you may get misted during battle. Especially if the scallywag we are chasing fires back! However, there are areas of the boat where you can go if you'd like to stay dry, but no guarantees-we are a vessel at sea!
+WHAT IS THE LAYOUT OF THE BOAT?
The Sea Gypsy X has a large open floor plan with a covered stadium seating area for 20 people and additional seating in the sun. There is shade to safely and comfortably sit with a small child.
+WILL WE BRING HOME PIRATE TREASURE?
Already asking about the loot eh? Well, if we win back the missing items from our treasure chest during our water battles, we will happily share our pirate booty with our new crew! (Hint: We always do!)
+DO YOU SELL PIRATE GOODIES?
We have an entire Pirate Kiosk full of amazing pirate treasure, themed items and gifts! Check us out so you can get outfitted before the big adventure. We also sell premade pirate accessory packs at a discounted rate - eyepatch, foam cutlass, skulldana - all waiting for you at check in - just click on pirate accessory pack when booking online.
+WHAT IF IT RAINS?
We sail in a light rain or drizzle, but we do not sail if the captain determines the conditions, to be unsafe. If your trip is cancelled we will attempt to contact you at least one hour prior to sailing with a reschedule or full refund.
+WHAT HAPPENS IF SEVERE WEATHER IS IN THE FORECAST FOR MY CRUISE?
If severe weather is in the forecast for Oak Bluffs, our captain might have to cancel a cruise. If this is the case, we would notify ticket holders via email and text message as soon as that decision was made. At that point, we will refund your credit card.
+WHAT IF WE EXPERIENCE SEVERE WEATHER DURING OUR CRUISE?
The Captain might make the decision to return to the dock if severe weather occurs during your cruise. If you experienced the majority of your cruise before the captain made that decision, then no accommodations would be made. If you experienced less than half of your cruise, then we will give you a full refund.
+IS THE BOAT COAST GUARD CERTIFIED?
The Sea Gypsy is a United Stated Coast Guard certified vessel and safety is our number one priority. If anyone is acting unruly or is harmful to themselves or others, the boat will return to the dock and our security will have these guests removed. In addition, we have the right to deny boarding to any person at any time. Safety is our first priority and entertainment is our second, so please sail responsibly.
+IS THE BOAT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Sadly, no, the dock does not have wheelchair access due to tidal changes (which alter harbor levels) throughout the day.
+CAN I STOW MY BELONGINGS SOMEWHERE ON BOARD DURING THE CRUISE?
You'd like to give a ship full of pirates all of ye possessions? Me mates don't think this is such a good idea so we do not have an area to stow people's belongings at this time. You may keep your bag etc. in the seating area on the ship, but you are responsible for your your own booty.
+CAN I RENT OUT THE ENTIRE PIRATE SHIP FOR A PRIVATE PARTY?
Yes! For all private charter inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508.MVP.CREW to setup your private event.
+ARE GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE?
Yes, gift certificates are available and make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please call us or click purchase gift certificate through the online booking system. We have beautuful printed certificates we will fill out for you with your little pirate's name and a special message and we will mail it for you.