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San Diego: Tall ship offers 'Sweetheart Sail' for Valentine's Day

January 20, 2011|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • The Californian will offer a special sailing before Valentine's Day.
The Californian will offer a special sailing before Valentine's… (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles…)

Take to the seas for Valentine’s Day during a special sailing on a special ship. The Californian, the state's official tall ship, will dock at the Maritime Museum of San Diego and offer a three-hour "Sweetheart Sail" on Feb. 13.

Passengers aboard the Californian will have an opportunity to haul a line or staff the helm during the sailing, which will end with a cannon salute. The schooner, a replica of a Gold Rush-era vessel, was built in 1984.

The Sweetheart Sail will start at 12:30 p.m. It includes a keepsake picture (taken between 10:30 a.m. and noon before the sailing) and a gift bag. Tickets cost $60 plus tax for adults and $35 for children age 12 and younger. They can be bought online or by phone. Organizers say this event usually sells out, so it's best to buy tickets in advance.

Passengers may bring their own lunch or buy food on board. Tickets to the sailing also are good for touring the museum and other ships. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Contact: Maritime Museum of San Diego, (619) 234-9153.

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