The Roseway is a beautiful wooden ship. 137 feet long and still operated in the original way. Passengers get to help hoist the sails. Trip is 2 1/2 hours long. Great way to see the coast of St. Croix. Left at 4pm and returned at 6:30 pm so we say the sun setting over the island. Smooth sailing all the way. The crew was wonderful and we loved the trip.Our only disappointment was buying the beverage/snack voucher which for $10 got you 2 alcoholic drinks(rum punch) or 3 other items- non-alcoholic or a snack which were cans of pop and a poor selection of snacks in very small bags. So for $3.33 that was not worth it. Bring your own snacks and drinks in a small backpack.
I went on the sunset sail on the Roseway and I will definitely go again. It was very cool. The staff was friendly and they gave history of the boat. It was something I had never done before. Awesome experience.
Friends gave us this sunset cruise as a gift for our birthdays. Incredible ship, crew is fantastic and knowledgeable, and the Captain is a real professional. Great cruise (wish it were longer) for a great cause. A "must-do" when visiting St Croix.
We've been on the Roseway twice, and it is a really great time. It is a fantastic way to view the island. The crew is always welcoming, informative and funny. The bonus of this ship is that they are all about teaching children about sailing. What better reason to support them?
Visitors and residents of St. Croix experienced a rare treat this season -- sailing aboard the National Historic Landmark Schooner "The Roseway". We first saw The Roseway moored majestically in Christiansted Harbor this past December - 137 foot over-all length, two tall wooden masts, with all the rigging - looking like she'd sailed right out of the Caribbean's past. My wife, Terry, vowed she had to sail on that ship. To our delight, they were booking educational day-cruises. There was a daily noon sail, and a sunset sail on weekends. During the the week, she takes school kids out in the afternoon, teaching them about sailing, tall ships, and maritime history.Our first opportunity to sail was the afternoon of the Cruzan Christmas Carnival Parade out in Frederiksted. The Roseway made the sail west in the morning. We took the sunset sail from the Frederiksted pier. After a brief introduction, all able-bodied passengers were conscripted to help hoist the sails. The Roseway has over 5500 sq. ft. of heavy canvas sails and wooden booms as big as utility poles. All this is hauled up the 100+ foot mast by hand. We were lined up in two teams, either side of the mast. On our leaders signal we hauled the line hand over hand as fast as we could and watched the massive maroon main sail rise and unfurl. As it neared the top of the mast , we slowed and started pulling on cadence to make those last few feet, "Heave, Ho". We helped with the two largest sails, then left the rest to the crew, "Whew!"Once the sails are up, the bar is open! Before you board, you have the option to purchase drink/snack tickets for $10, good toward any combination of 5 drinks or snacks. They have a limited selection of adult beverages, sodas and signature "Roseway" bottled water (I was a little wary of where that might come from, so I stuck with the rum punch), as well as chips, Cheeto's, etc.The rest of our two hour voyage we enjoyed the wind in our hair, the sights of Frederiksted waterfront, the thrill of sailing an historic wooden sailing schooner, and speaking to the crew. They were very knowledgeable about the vessel and its history and openly shared with us their experiences on "The Roseway". We enjoyed it enough to go out again for Terry's birthday in February.The Roseway is owned and operated by the World Ocean School, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to youths and adults in the areas of maritime and natural history, sailing, team building, and ethical decision-making. The day-sail tours help to finance their educational programs. As far as I know, they'll be heading north soon for the summer season, but are trying to make St. Croix their permanent winter home. For more information about "The Roseway" and the World Ocean School, see [--]
Roseway is the BEST activity on St. Croix. The captain is SO good with kids; the whole experience is SO interactive. May they stay forever!!
What a great mission statement! They offer this experience to under served youth who would otherwise not be given this opportunity! They also give experience to students working towards their sailing goals! We even got to help the crew put up the masts! Wow that's a lot of work and we really weren't doing the brunt of it! Beautiful sailing and loved the experience! This is a must do activity!
Great sail on historic boat. We were lucky to go on a particularly windy day, so the sailing was magnificent...but definitely not a no-key relaxing experience. Your enjoyably of the experience will depend a lot on what the weather is like, and whether you want to experience a true sailing experience, or just have a casual day out on the water. The crew is great, and the boat is gorgeous.
Delightful sunset cruise on a restores schooner ......passengers can relax or help with raising the sails. Proceeds from the ticket price help to fund the Rosway's educational programs for youth. Well-trained staff is welcoming and extremely informative
This is a gorgeous old fishing ship, redone as an educational endeavor. We had a great sail, the crew were enthusiastic and informative, and part of the fare goes to support their educational trips for local kids. Love it!