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Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise
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Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise

By Tall Ship Silva
Though you can always hop on a boat cruise to see Halifax Harbour, for a traditional sailing experience, few tours compare to sightseeing aboard an actual tall ship. With this scenic sail, hop aboard your boat and help raise the sails as you set out on the harbor. Enjoy views of the waterfront, grab a drink at the cash bar, and enjoy curious stories about the region's maritime history.
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C$52.39
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C$52.39
per adult

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Ages 0-99, max of 72 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Mobile ticket
English

Highlights
  • Set sail on the Tall Ship Silva for a sightseeing cruise on Halifax Harbour
  • Enjoy views of landmarks like Georges Island, and the Halifax Waterfront
  • Learn as you go, with commentary about area history and famous shipwrecks
  • Choose the most convenient departure time—in the early or mid-afternoon

  • All activities
  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks (available to purchase)
  • Parking is not included


Departure details
  • 1655 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S3, Canada
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5861P15

  • Minimum drinking age is 19 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair (washrooms are below deck and are accessed by stairs)
  • Please dress warmly and it is recommended to wear layers. Temperature is generally about 10 degrees cooler (Celsius), on the water than it is on land.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 72 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise
  • Ambassatours Gray Line will fully comply with all provincial health and safety regulations.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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How much is Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise?
Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise price starts from C$53.29. Discover and book Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise on Tripadvisor
What is the Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise cancellation policy?
Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise?
Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise is hosted by Tall Ship Silva. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Tall Ship Silva on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Tall Ship Silva Sailing Cruise on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5861P15

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1655 Lower Water St
    1655 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S3, Canada
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Tall Ship Silva
    Angus L. Macdonald Bridge
    Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk
    Georges Island National Historic Site
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

rayadams14
rayadams14
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Ghost Ship Sail
This sail was wonderful. My wife and daughter and I enjoyed the cruise last night. We have to say that it was The
bonitabuffalo
bonitabuffalo
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An experience to try
It's certainly a fun ride, not a long distance during their sail. Perhaps because it was cold 45 F and windy, we w
freestyleyc
freestyleyc
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Had a blast
My family thoroughly enjoyed the tour!! The kids got to help raise the sails!!! I got to have Nova Scotia craft bee
Christie T
Christie T
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A great cruise
A great cruise for anyone - families, couples, friends. The narration is wonderful, and you’re free to walk around
John R
John R
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Great fun, affordable and informative
We saw the ship sailing in the harbour the previous day and just had to do it too. We purchased tickets online and
Minkster56
Minkster56
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Great 90 minute tour of the harbour
Board the Silva, and 80 year old steel Belgian coal freighter, converted to a tour vessel on 2003. The have a bar o
Alan Z
Alan Z
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Great Tall Ship Experience...This Day ALL The Sails Were Up...Fantastic Views!!
We lucked out with the weather while we were in Canada for 12 days. This day was like the rest...Picture Perfect wi
aaronj121
aaronj121
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Make the Most of It... its a TALL SHIP
Our experience was unlike others, we dressed the part, its a Tall Ship, after all. Dressed in our best Pirate costu
Emma L
Emma L
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Ghost Ship Sail - extremely cold and there weren't enough speakers
Some friends and I went on the ghost ship sail and while we were happy with the service we got from the staff and c
Shaun S
Shaun S
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Tall ship experience
Enjoyed the tall ship experience. Just a very slow short sail along the waterfront harbor and the sails are down fo
Kathy N
Kathy N
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Evening Sail
Truly enjoyed this relaxing sail and watching the sun set over Halifax. Great crew! Would gladly do this again.
Shauna M
Shauna M
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Relaxing Cruise of The Harbour
Nice relaxing cruise through Halifax harbour. Passengers are invited to help hoist the sails. Tour guide was very
Marj R
Marj R
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Pirates Adventure on Tall Ship Silva
Grandson had a wonderful time onboard, especially when they fired the small cannon. That being said, if not for Ha
Mark A
Mark A
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A definite "To-Do" activity in Halifax!
We decided at the last minute to try this tour and were so glad we did. Great crew, very friendly and worked hard
Mark F
Mark F
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Great cruise round the harbour
This 1 and a half hour cruise round the harbour gave us a great view of Halifax from the water as well as a very go
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4.0
56 reviews
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GlobeTrotting423119
New Glasgow, Canada1 contribution
Aug. 2019
Tip: bring a sweater or fleece jacket just in case, even on a nice day.
Love this sailing trip! Always very friendly, helpful, and historically knowledgeable staff. I went with 3 teenage girls who asked a lot of questions and the staff were happy to share the history and information along the way. Highly recommended.
Written July 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi GlobeTrotting423119, Many thanks for sharing this review, recommendation and 5-bubble rating of the Tall Ship Silva! We're so glad that you and your guests enjoyed the experience and hope to see you back again this year. And we agree with your suggested tip of bringing a sweater or jacket on your tour - it can get chilly out of the water - even when it's warm on shore.
Written July 21, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

cloudseeker
Lewes, DE38 contributions
Jul. 2022
Nice boat and cruise but we were packed in like sardines. No seats available for the last ones to board. Maybe you'll luck out and it won't be so crowded. Actua time that sails were up was very short. The rest of the time was motorized. If you want to get out on the water, it's a good option.
Written August 5, 2022
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Hi there, Thanks for sharing this review and rating with us. We provide as much seating as is safely possible but to really enjoy the experience, we strongly encourage guests to move about the vessel to get views and vantage points from all vantage points. Your feedback will be shared with the team.
Written August 31, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dave Burt
4 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Family
Great guide, team involved passengers to help with sails, etc. Beverages were available to those that chose. TIP - it was much cooler than we anticipated, best to have a sweater and not use it than to need it and not have one (which was our unfortunate situation).
Written July 22, 2022
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Hi there, Thanks so much for sharing - happy too hear that you enjoyed your experience on the Silva! And yes, great tip. Please do bring along a light sweater or jacket as temperatures on the water can be cooler.
Written August 31, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

scubashe
Halifax391 contributions
Jul. 2022
We had booked this for our first team event in almost 3 years (8 people) several weeks before hand and arrived at the dock at the designated time. All seats were taken, they basically oversold the space. They said "you can sit below deck" really? We had booked a harbour cruise to see the harbour, or their other offer "refund" My manger had flown down from Montreal for the team event and this is what we had booked, so cancelling last minute was not an option. We had to stand up. It was terrible. The depressing tour guide delivered an awful commentary - all about the war and very negative things about Halifax. It was interrupted by a Great Big Sea tune blared every once in awhile but it was super depressing. My Manager asked me if anything good ever happened in Halifax. I assure her it did. Thanks Silva for a huge overbooked buzzkill. Pretty sure my Manager will never come back to Halifax and two of us got covid thanks to the overcrowding.
Written August 9, 2022
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Hi there, Please accept our sincere apologies for not having provided you and your group with a much more pleasant experience. This is not how we expect guests to feel after joining us on any tour. We can assure you that the tour was not overbooked - we have a limited number of tickets based on vessel capacity and only sell up to that amount. The Tall Ship Silva Cruise, as described on our website, is a way to get out of the water, enjoy the scenery, enjoy a beverage, and sit back and relax. We do have other experiences on the Silva that may have been better geared to your group - Party Cruises, cruises with Live Music, and Wines on the Water to name a few. Either way, we regret that we did not live up to your expectations and apologize for that.
Written August 31, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Redpants
3 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Friends
I purchased a ticket for the Silva tall ship harbour cruise ( 1 1/2 hours) first week in August . I was very disappointed, absolutely falsely advertised as what to expect. When purchasing the ticket, under " what to expect" says Help the crew hoist the sails try your hand at knots or take a hand at the helm or just sit and enjoy, be entertained with a commentary about Halifax and sights "
What a joke ! No sails, no commentary, just music playing
( Which was nice), a waste of $75 . I was in Halifax a week and never once saw the ship out with sails up as the picture shows . Wouldn't definately not recommend it .
Written August 22, 2022
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Hi there, Thanks for sharing this review with us - we're disappointed to hear that you did not enjoy the cruise. To be clear, an adult ticket for the Tall Ship Silva Cruise is $39.41. You're right- we do typically raise the sails and do indeed invite guests to help out. We would have expected our team to inform guests why sails would not have gone up (there are reasons for this) and we regret that it wasn't communicated. As far as the commentary goes - we recently updated our tour (and website description) and did away with the commentary - this was a result of more and more that guests letting us know that they did not want to hear it. We will most certainly revisit this component of our tour. Thanks again for the feedback. It will be taken seriously and shared with the team.
Written August 30, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Julie G
1 contribution
Aug. 2022 • Couples
Terrible experience. We were told too much wind to put the sails up but it was a still day. Hardly even a breeze mist of the trip and all the other sail boats around us had their sails out. Looking at the sails tho from the rips and wear and tear I don't think they've been up in awhile. While I understand weather permitting maybe a tour around the island would have been prettier than a trip down the industrial bank. And maybe if the sails can't go up have some other surprises planned? A pirate? Some live music? Very boring ride. Will not recommend or be back. So disappointing in something I was so excited about
Written August 20, 2022
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Hi there, Thanks very much for sharing this review with us - we do take feedback to heart so these comments will be shared with our team. We're truly disappointed that you did not enjoy the experience but we can ensure you that the sails are indeed raised and they would have been if conditions were favourable - this is determined by our captain. What might seem like calm winds from the deck of the vessel could very easily not be the same above. Our team puts safety above all else so several factors have to be considered when making such decisions. Either way, we could have and should have done better and we regret that we didn't.
Written August 31, 2022
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TC
Syracuse, NY3 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
It would be good if you told the participants that it is too windy to put up the sail and give them an option of changing to a different day. Not putting up the sails on a Tall Ship takes all the fun away. Also smelling the fumes from the engine was not good. I expected so much more.
Written September 17, 2022
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BrezeeyB
Canada9 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Friends
Solid trip. Can buy drinks. If your looking for an in depth history tour this isn’t it. The guide was good but it’s more beginner knowledge about Halifax harbour and area. The historian tour is on on a small boat so this one was a cooler ship but anyone looking for more in depth history take the other.
Written July 4, 2022
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Hi there, Thanks so much for sharing this review of your experience on the Tall Ship Silva Sailing Experience! We're glad that you enjoyed it and hope to see you again.
Written August 31, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Will J
Riverview, Canada272 contributions
Oct. 2019
It was a little chilly, and the guy talking about ghosts was a little long-winded and "reaching" for ghost stories. However, the pirates were phenomenal. Very well turned out with authentic weaponry and dress. They were engaging, funny, and musical. I reccommend this just to hang out with those bad boys. To heck with the ghost cruise, make it a pirate cruise!
Written February 25, 2020
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Hi Will J, So glad that you enjoyed the Ghost Ship Sail (and especially the Pirates of Halifax) aboard the Tall Ship Silva! We hope we haven't seen the last of those friendly "scoundrels".
Written May 19, 2020
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G W
Toronto, Canada551 contributions
Jun. 2022
This is a great way to see Halifax harbour and surrounds. The boat glides through the water even in windy conditions so no worry about feeling sea sick. There is a drink service and they play amazing music perfect for the sail. Ask the captain if they can raise the sails. I understand that sometimes they will. Enjoy this great and unique way to explore Halifax.
Written June 9, 2022
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Hi there, We're so happy to hear that you loved your experience on the Tall Ship Silva! Thanks so much for sharing this review and 5-bubble rating with us.
Written August 31, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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