5 Reasons Why You Should Board the Schooner Alliance 


Every April to November, the Schooner Alliance sails to the York River shore to begin its seasonal journey to entertain and educate tourists and locals alike. Here are five excellent reasons why you should add this excursion to your Yorktown itinerary.

#1: It Gives You Four Senses of Satisfaction

Once you’re aboard the Schooner Alliance and drift out onto the water, you’ll feel the wind blowing in your hair and the ship swaying with the sea. You’ll smell the fresh air and hear the waves crashing around you. You may even see sea turtles, dolphins, sand sharks, and sting rays. 

Schooner Alliance Dolphins

#2: You Get a Ship-Sational History Lesson

As you make your way across the York River, the ship’s captains will provide you with the history of not only the boat itself, but of the surrounding landscape and the American Revolution.

Schooner Alliance Captains

#3: You Get a Hands-On Experience

Families with young children (12 & under) can venture out at 10:30 in the morning for the Pirate Adventure Cruise. Kids will learn how to tie knots, raise the sails, talk with the captain, and steer the ship.

During afternoon cruises (13 & older) at 1:30 or 4 p.m., the crew explains the different parts of the ship – like the gaff, mast, and jib – and asks for volunteers to lift the sails.

Schooner Hands-On Experience

#4: It's Romantic

The Schooner Alliance offers sunset cruises every evening at 6 p.m. Watch the sun fade away for the day and the moon illuminate across the water. It’s a great place for a date, anniversary, or a wedding.

Schooner Sunset
Schooner Date Night

#5: It's a Relaxing Getaway

There’s something about the sea that allows you to free your mind of the worries on land. Stare out onto the water and enjoy the peace and serenity of the York River.

Schooner Alliance

More about the Schooner Alliance
Tours available from April to November.

Pirate Adventure Cruise
10:30 a.m.
1.5-hour trip 
$31 per kid/$41 per adult
Free for infants under 12 months old 

Yorktown Sightseeing Day Sail
1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
1.75-hour trip 
$31 per kid/$41 per adult
Free for infants under 12 months old 

Yorktown Scenic Sunset Sail
Two-hour trip beginning at 6 p.m.
$46 per person all ages