Dueling Pirates

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Feel an "Aye" inside that needs to get out? Options include:

Annapolis: The 75-minute Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake sails six times daily from Annapolis. Tickets are $18 ages 3 and older, $10 for kids younger than 3. Info: 410-263-0002, http://www.chesapeakepirates.com.

Baltimore: The two-hour Pirates for Sail cruises are held on the Clipper City Tuesdays (6 p.m.) and Saturdays (2 p.m.). Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children. Info: 410-539-6277, http://www.clippercity.com or http://www.piratesforsail.com.

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Other area theme cruises:

· World War II. Spend six hours on the John W. Brown, a Liberty ship that transported troops and cargo during the war. The ship's "Voyage Into History" tour departs from Baltimore at 10 a.m. June 23 and Sept. 22. The $125 fee includes breakfast, lunch, flybys of vintage aircraft, music and entertainers. Info: 410-558-0164, http://www.liberty-ship.com.

· D.C. monuments. Travel round trip or one way from either Alexandria or Georgetown on a water taxi that provides a narrated tour of the sights along the Potomac. Fare is $12 one way or $24 round trip for adults, $6 one way or $12 round trip for children. Info: 703-684-0580, http://www.potomacriverboatco.com.

· Environment. Watch watermen at work and birds take lunch on the Chesapeake Bay aboard a 54-foot powerboat. The 90-minute Dockside Express Cruises & Tours excursion, which departs from Tilghman, Md., brings passengers (and an onboard biologist) to a feeding spot for pelicans, osprey and other birds. Tours run May 1 through Oct. 1. Fare is $30 for adults, $15 for kids under 12. Info: 888-312-7847, http://www.docksidexpress.com.

· Lighthouses. The Lady Sarah, a 65-foot yacht, departs from Annapolis, then scoots under the Bay Bridge and around three lighthouses: Sandy Point Shoal, Baltimore Harbor and Thomas Point Shoal. A crew member dressed as a lighthouse keeper provides commentary during the 2 1/2 -hour ride. Trips run twice on Sundays through Sept. 2, and on July 4 and Sept. 4. Fare is $35 for adults, $17 for kids ages 3 to 11. Info: 410-268-7600, http://www.watermarkcruises.com.

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