Sometimes the best fun is right in your own backyard. Last summer I went on a sunset cruise around the Toronto Harbour and beautiful Lake Ontario.
I purchased a Groupon deal to sail the Kajama, a traditional 165 foot three masted Schonner boat cruise.
History of the ship
The Kajama originally launched in 1930 Germany as the Wilfred in Rendsburg and traded under sail for nearly 70 years.
She was a familiar ship in ports throughout Western Europe, Northwest Spain and as far north as Norway and Russia.
In 1999, the Kajama was restored and delivered transatlantic by Great Lakes Schonner Company.
The ship made an appear on the Amazing Race and has remained a popular attraction for both locals and tourists in Toronto.
Features of the ship
The ship can accommodate parties of up to 225 and offers two decks with indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Guests can relax with a drink provided by the ship’s fully licensed bar or enjoy a bite from their kitchen on board. Meals include quesadillas, salad, chicken fingers and fries, fish and chips, and hamburgers to name a few.
While sailing into the evening’s sunset, guests can enjoy skyline views of the city while listening to music provided by the ship’s DJ.
A canon on board is fired during each cruise – this was surprisingly a lot of fun to watch!
Length of cruise
The cruise takes place over a period of two hours. During the first half hour of boarding, this gave us a chance to venture throughout the Kajama and pick a spot sit.
The staff were very friendly and courteous which made for a pleasant evening.
The Kajama is located at the Toronto Harbourfront on the South wall between the two piers.
During the summer months, there is always an event or festival happening on the weekend down at the Harbourfront. I recommend arriving a little before your cruise time to enjoy the festivities or staying afterwards once you reach back to shore.
I really enjoyed my time on board the Kajama and would highly recommend it to anyone in the Toronto area. Day time cruises are available, but I encourage you to take the sunset cruise so you can watch Toronto’s skyline light up in the evening.
Over to you — have you been on a boat cruise before?
First two photos via tallshipcruisestoronto.com
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