Are you looking for an adventure? Trying to keep the kids busy and entertained this summer? Living in or visiting the Ottawa area? Then you NEED to go on a pirate cruise with Pirate Adventures!! It is super easy to get to, has parking available, and easy to find on arrival. Staff was friendly and in character the whole time.
We started off with turning into pirates ourselves. We had a pirate wench giving us name tags with pirate names on it, Seawitch Stephanie, Mermaid Maeve, Nasty Nate, Singing Sarah, were all among the new pirate names given. All super fun and helped to add to the pirate spirit. Then there was another pirate outfitting everyone, it is AMAZING how a sash and vest can transform any outfit into a pirate outfit. There was a third pirate in charge of face painting who was drawing beards or mustash’s on the kids (and any enthusiastic adults).
Next we boarded the ship and got ready for our adventure! I went with my two kids (3-years-old and 19-months-old) plus my awesome sister, Steph. We sat right up front with the kids and got to be part of the story at the beginning introducing everyone to the adventure and why we were on the boat.
They staff/actors are AMAZING at their jobs, they do not break character at all, are so enthusiastic, and great at drawing in the kids and participants. They really get the crowd involved with lots of helpers and volunteers. I love how they made a mission for the cruise, we were looking for clues, had a water battle and got boarded by a pirate, which then was the scene for a great pirate battle.
Another awesome thing about the cruise is the the staff were all super nursing friendly. My son decided he was tired and cranky on the cruise so we were able to sit in the shade at the back of the boat and nurse for a lot of the boat ride. I was still able to see and my son was happy with his snuggles. *** Note to nursing moms, maybe wash off baby’s mustache BEFORE nursing, I got covered in black face paint, but Po was happy and that was the most important part right? ***
My daughter LOVED being able to use the cannons moanted on the boat (attached to a hose) to shoot water at the pirate, she said that was her favourite part. They even found some treasure in the water! My daughter had a blast going through the treasure and choosing some booty. She chose some “gems” and she and Auntie Stephie picked out some pirate coins for Po.
Some tips for when you go on YOUR pirate adventure:
- If you have pirate gear dress up! It makes it more fun, they have some pieces there to help though so don’t worry if your costume is lacking a little pirate-feel.
- Get the kids a foam sword at Dollarama, it’s more fun to play along!
- Bring hats and water, the boat is mostly out in the open and it can get hot.
- When the time comes to shoot down your pirate foe with the cannons, get your kids to a cannon asap so they can shoot some water and have fun (that was my daughter’s favourite part).
- If your kids get antsy take them to visit the captain, there is even a little mini wheel at the back so they can practice steering the ship too.
I recommend this cruise to any families in Ottawa with kids and anyone visiting Ottawa. It’s a great hour of fun, cheap parking, and a perfect location to bring a picnic lunch and get the kids playing outside on a nice day. My son was definitely too young to be the target age (he is only 19 months) but my 3-year-old had a blast and was at the right age to start understanding and get involved. The 6-11 year olds looked to be having the most fun!
To start your adventure with the pirates visit the below link:
Have you ever been on a pirate cruise before? Did you walk the plank?
DISCLAIMER: I was given passes to set sail with the Pirate Adventure Theater Cruise with my wee ones and land lubber sister. All opinions (and pictures!) are our own and we did not receive any other compensation.