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There is only one crew member on this tour. This was supposed to be a four course dinner an unlimited wine cruise. My wife and I were the only passengers. We boarded on schedule, as the pilot exited for twenty minutes to go to Trader Joe's to purchase our four course dinner. Meanwhile, the dock hand told us that they only had white wine, and he handed us each a plastic cup with about four ounces of wine in it. We drink red wine. The pilot returned, and we launched, a half hour later than scheduled, at 6:30 PM. The marine layer fog was already rolling into Monterey Bay.
As we exited the harbor, the pilot regaled us with tales of his personal life, his career, and most importantly, his major health problems and his efforts to control their symptoms. He did not show us where the life preservers, if any, were stowed. He did not review any safety information, such as the location of flares or transponder, or communications devices, if any existed. This was a very small sailing vessel, 32 ft and had something gone wrong with either the boat or its skipper, neither my wife or I have any experience in piloting a sail boat. We sailed into the fog under the guidance of a compass-driven tiller, while the pilot went below to prepare our food. We noticed that he did not wash his hands. Shortly thereafter, we were presented with a tray of cheese, fruit and crackers. We then each received a salad he had made. Then the pilot joined us on deck, opened a package of salmon from the bag of groceries, lit a gas-fired grill which was affixed to the port side of the boat, and cooked the fish on that. We were not offered anything to drink with the dinner.
All told, I would not consider this a value, the experience was unremarkable, and I would not recommend it to friends. These are very nice folks, but the product they provide does not live up to the description on your web site. The greatest concern is the lack of safety and emergency information.
I couldn't believe it. I don't usually take the time to write a review but I feel we got ripped off. First, we didn't leave on time. We were asked to move out of the way for the captain and deck hand to adjust the rigging. I asked the captain how far he has been from shore and he said far with the attitude of blowing off the question. They had run out of one type of wine so there was only one type.It was advertised as a four course meal. We had Cheese, Crackers , Sliced pear and grapes on one paper plate. Next we had under cooked, cold Salmon and raw spinach on another with a plastic fork. One other couple were eating with us and they each got a plate and then my wife and I were told we needed to share a single PLATE! OMG! Then the deck hand ask for constructive criticism! I held back trying to make the best out of a bad situation. I don't think that could be considered a four courase meal. To bad. Happy birthday to my wife......
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