The Pride of Baltimore II is offering a month of public sailing opportunities as a fund raiser to help support the goodwill ambassador sailing ship's 1992 itinerary.
The schedule for "Gala Sail" month, from April 15 to May 16, calls for the two-masted schooner to sail twice daily, on three-hour afternoon and evening excursions.
Tickets cost $200 a person, and the outing includes "a bountiful, gourmet feast" and open bar.
The Pride will also be open to visitors this weekend while docked at the Broadway Pier in Fells Point and at the Annapolis City Dock April 11 and 12. Hours for today and tomorrow's tours are noon to 5 p.m.
"We are encouraging individuals, as well as groups and companies to show their support," by participating in the ship's first public charters, says Linda Jordan, executive director of Pride of Baltimore Inc.
"These are tough economic times and we wanted to give something back to our supporters that they would never forget," she says.
The Pride is scheduled this summer to be the lead vessel in the Grand Parade of Sail in New York Harbor, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Columbus' first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
For more information, call (410) 625-5460.