Q: Do I have to book cruises in advance?
A: Advance purchase is strongly recommended. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. We can accommodate up to 6 guests for the sunset and full moon cruises.
Q: Can I get a refund or reschedule my cruise after paying?
A: Because we are guaranteeing your trip on the cruise date, trips cannot be refunded nor rescheduled once purchased. Please refer to our weather policy noted below.
Q: Do you ever cancel cruises due to bad weather?
A: The cruise usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but we may cancel the activity before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If we cancel the event, cruisers will be allowed to reschedule the trip (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.
Q: What happens if it starts raining while we're on our cruise?
A: Don't worry, some of our most fun and memorable trips have taken place in less-than-perfect weather! If we're caught in a rain shower, you can go back and hang out on the sun deck or up on the bridge with the Captain.
Q: Is food served during the cruise?
A: Food is not served on the cruise, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own snacks or picnic. However, we ask that you do not bring large hard coolers on board.
Q: Can I bring my own drinks aboard?
A: Yes, guests are allowed to bring their own beverages including beer or wine. We have a wet bar and bar fridge on the sun deck to keep your favorite beverages cold. Guests must drink in moderation. Guests are always responsible for their actions. The Captain is in charge and legally responsible for the actions of all guests. He reserves the right to cut the charter short and return to the dock if any guest becomes unruly. Safety is always top on his list of considerations.
Q: What should I wear?
A: We suggest that you dress comfortably, and weather appropriate. Keep in mind that it is usually 5-10 degrees cooler on the water. Soft-soled shoes are also recommended.
Q: How steady is the cruising? Am I likely to get seasick?
A: The Mary Elizabeth is a solid, smooth riding motor yacht and it is uncommon for our guests to become seasick. While we cannot officially advise you to take medication, if you normally take anything for motion sickness, you may want to consider light medication.
Q: Are any areas of the ship covered or air conditioned?
A: There is air conditioning below decks in the salon, galley, heads and staterooms. Underway we don't normally run the AC, but the sun deck is covered and has a nice sofa, cocktail table and chairs. The natural sea breeze provides our fan. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended. Drink plenty of water on hot days to stay hydrated.
Q: Do we see dolphins and other sea life or bird life?
A: Most of the time you will see plenty of sea life and birds. While we do not guarantee it, sightings often include dolphins, pelicans, and other local wildlife.
Q: Where does the cruise finish?
A: Our cruise will end at the same marina from which it departed.
Q: Is there a restroom on the boat?
A: Yes, however, we encourage all our guests to use the restroom before we depart for your comfort. There is a restroom located at the dock.
Q: How fast does the Mary Elizabeth go?
A: Top speed is 18 knots, but we will typically cruise at 6 to 8 knots.