Posted on August 5, 2014 by linda
October 23-November 2: El Galeon Andalucia To Visit River Street During The Sail To Sunny 16th Century Ship Tour! The Tall ship will be visiting Savannah for a 10 day stay during its five month tour of the east coast. The 170-foot long, 500 ton ship is the only Galeón class vessel sailing today. Five of the seven decks will be available for the public to tour. It carries an all-Spanish crew of 25 sailors, several of which will welcome visitors aboard when they tour this one-of-a-kind vessel. The ship will be open for public tours daily from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. starting on Friday, Oct. 24 and continuing through Sunday, Nov. 2.
The Air, Sea and Space Foundation will also be inviting school groups to the El Galeón for complimentary tours and the chance to participate in the ‘Future Explorers Education Program,’ part of its non-profit mission to educate youth in Air, Sea and Space. “When the ship sails into a port it’s like bringing a hands on learning experience on the scale of a field trip to [a port city during the 16th Century] to the community,” Lilley said. “The foundation is proud to be able to offer such an opportunity to public school students free of charge,” he continued. The Savannah Waterfront Association will also be hosting two days of exhibits on Rousakis Riverfront Plaza celebrating local maritime history for the school groups to enjoy.
In addition to the tours, the Savannah Waterfront Association and the Air, Sea and Space Foundation will host several unique opportunities to tap into your inner pirate or immerse yourself in Spanish culture aboard the El Galeón. The ship will also pay homage to one of the most haunted cities when it is transformed into a haunted pirate ship over Halloween weekend. “This is one of the most amazing ships I have ever seen and Savannah will have the opportunity to experience it in a different way each night. We will have events for both kids and adults, so whatever level of party or pirate you want, you will have a choice,” said Carrie Bligh, Executive Director of the Savannah Waterfront Association. The haunted pirate ship will take place Thursday, October 30 through Saturday, November 1. “We are very excited to scare the wits out of folks during the haunted pirate ship,” added Bligh. Ticket information and a detailed schedule will be available online soon for visitors and locals.
Some more of the featured events throughout the two week tall ship visit include:
• Tapas and Tango – A Night in Spain (silent auction benefiting Bethesda Academy) Friday, October 24
• Blackbeard’s Treasure Hunt (through downtown Savannah) – Saturday, October 25
• Party like a Pirate Rum Tasting and Concert –Saturday, October 25
• Pre-Treat on River Street (with a family friendly Haunted Pirate Ship) –Thursday, October 30
• 2nd Annual Crawl-O-Ween Pub Crawl and Haunted Pirate Ship – Friday, October 31
• Farewell to Blackbeard Pirate Brunch – Sunday, November 2
The Savannah Waterfront Association is a 501 (c) (3) organization responsible for providing free festivals and events for the public in the River Street area. For more information visit riverstreetsavannah.com or tallshipevent.com.