NC offers one-of-a-kind tall ship cruise adventures, June 10-12

The Niagara College Sailing School, offered through Continuing Education, is presenting three one-of-a-kind tall ship cruise adventures sure to please everyone, June 10, 11 and 12.

At 200 feet overall, and 11,000 square feet of sail, the Empire Sandy majestically cruises Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal, offering passengers the unique experience of sailing aboard an authentic Tall Ship.

The 62-metre three-masted schooner sets sail Friday, June 10, on a Pirate adventure for the kids from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (boarding time is 9 a.m.) Prepare to set sail aboard the tall ship Empire Sandy – Port Dalhousie’s most feared pirate ship – for an adventure-filled three-hour cruise on the wide open sea. Niagara College’s Continuing Education division is offering the cruise as part of its Niagara Kids’ College program.

Sailing from the East Pier in Port Dalhousie, children aged seven and above (with their parents) are invited to dress up like a pirate, climb aboard and become a scallywag for the day as they take part in treasure hunts and pirate games. Help hoist the Jolly Roger, listen to sea shanties and have their faces painted pirate-style. See and hear the ship’s thundering cannon as it defends the ship from surrounding phantom pirate ships and Davey Jones’ locker. The day will also include a delicious ‘Shiver Me Timbers’ lunch buffet on the quarterdeck, with contests, prizes and more.

This is a great opportunity for end-of-year class trips and birthday parties. Special school and group rates are available. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, call 905-735-2211, ext. 7510, or visit

Taste the atmosphere during the “Dinner Cruise on Lake Ontario,” departing on Saturday, June 11, from 8 p.m. to midnight (boarding time is 7:30 p.m.). Dance to live musical entertainment during the fun-filled cruise on Lake Ontario from dusk to midnight. Tickets are $79 per person and include a roast beef and pasta dinner with salads and side dishes, fabulous desserts, and coffee and tea.

Finally, rediscover the Welland Canal with the “Welland Canal Sunday Lunch” cruise on Sunday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (boarding time is 10:30 a.m.). The relaxing cruise will explore some of the locks, bridges and history of the St. Lawrence Seaway’s Welland Canal. With educational commentary by noted Niagara historian Professor Wesley Turner, passengers will experience the raising and lowering process for ships within the canal system, while travelling a component of the same route taken by international lakers and liners. Tickets are $95 per person and include a lovely Sunday luncheon.

All cruises will leave from Port Dalhousie’s East Pier, and will sail rain or shine. A cash bar is available to individuals 19 years of age and older. Maps and boarding passes will be mailed out the week prior to the cruise. For more information, visit

Niagara College offers more than 90 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls and St. Catharines. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and esthetics. For more information, visit


For more information, contact:

Shirley Tomovic

Development Officer, Continuing Education

Niagara College

905-735-2211, ext. 7521

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