Put on your bathing suit, pack your picnic basket and get ready for an exciting journey to one of America's most ... More
Yankee Freedom II
Put on your bathing suit, pack your picnic basket and get ready for an exciting journey to one of America's most out-of-the-way National Parks. On the two hour journey, pig out on the mouth-watering continental breakfast, in addition gain knowledge about the park and its surroundings. Relax in the air-conditioned lobby on the main deck and look out at the eye-catching Marquesa Islands, or say hello to the dolphins. For the deep sea lovers, snorkeling gear is available on the ferry. Check the website for more details.
Yankee Freedom Campers beware!!! Recently me and four other friends made the trip from NC to key west for our annual Dry Tortugas camping trip on the Yankee Freedom. After driving 16hrs and getting all our supplies together we arrived at the dock at 6AM to load our gear on the boat. We were then told by the Capitan that they would not make the trip today because of high wind. We were not happy but understand the safety concerns and was out of the Capitan’s control. We were told by the Capitan the booking person would arrive in about an hour and would get us set up for the following day. When “Mie Mie” arrived she informed us we would not be able to get a spot on the boat for over a week. Mind you we made our reservations and paid in full 6 months in advance. She was rude and could care less that we now had no place to go and was unwilling to help us at all. We made the decision to come back later with hopes that someone my cancel. When we arrived we spoke with someone different, I believe his name was Allen. We were in the middle of explaining our situation to him when he said I DON’T GIVE A F@#@!! About your situation. We were out of luck and all he could do is give us a refund. At this point we wondered how this company can stay in business treating their customers this way. But after speaking with a few locals, they can do this because they are the only boat that goes to the island now since they bought out the other boats license. This leaves them with no competition and gives them free rein to do what they want. We have been doing this trip once a year for numerous years and it has always been a great time. I would recommend visiting the island as it is a wonderful place. But I would not use the Yankee Freedom unless you want poor service.
I took my girlfriend to Key West to go to the Tortugas and booked in advance to go on this ferry. The weather was windy and the forecast called for 3-5 foot waves out sea and a small craft advisory. Other than that it was sunny and mid 70s. Since we were only there to go on this trip, we stayed a night at key west and checked out of our hotel early the day we were supposed to go on the ferry. After paying $13 for an all day parking pass, we went to check in for the ferry. It was there they they decided to inform us that they canceled the trip. The person was extremely rude and unprofessional. Had they decided to contact us earlier when they found out they weren't going to go, we would have had the rest of our stay at the hotel and not wasted the time and money.
Also, they charge a $5 boarding fee. What's the point in paying $160 ticket if they won't let you board? I'm sure the trip is fun, but find another way to get there.
My wife and I were in Key West in July 2002. The best day of the trip was the trip to the dry tortugas on the Yankee Freedom. The staff was very freindly The boat was very clean and well maintained. I think we enjoyed to boat ride to and from the park more than the park itself. We saw lots of dolphins and sea turtles on the trip. This is a great value You get to take this wonderful ride and they feed you as well. We are going back to Key West in 12 days and looking forward to taking this trip again
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