I have been to Myrtle Beach, SC hundreds of times, and every single time we go I look at the billboards advertising Pirate Voyage and my inner child bursts with excitement. Unfortunately, we never have the time to go check it out...until this summer. When hubby stated out loud "who wants to see pirates?" I knew exactly what he was talking about! (I think I cried a little).
Ok, so I had no idea what to expect. We had been to Medieval Times Dinner before, which lead me to believe that this was going to be similar. I was right, but I was wrong.
Pirate Voyage is located on North Kings Hwy in Myrtle Beach, SC, next to the Grand Opry. The building stands tall with a very Colonial style facade and big red letters that read "Pirate Voyage". They tell you to arrive at least one and a half hours before your scheduled dinner (highly recommended to purchase the tickets online in advance to guarantee a seat...the place was packed!).
Why get there so early? Well, they want you to hang around their restaurant/bar/shopping area while you are thoroughly entertained by the pirates. ALSO, they want your kids to beg you so they can have their face painted or get a pirate tattoo.... yeah, ours convinced us. We are weak. (Just between you and me... my daughter chose the pirate package- face painting - and oh lord... the makeup was horrible. She looked like a cheap ***, not going to say the word I was thinking of, but it was not worth the $20 we paid.)
ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL
The place is beautifully decorated with all sorts of pirate and mermaid stuff. The bar mixes specialty drinks served in skull shaped mugs that you can keep (we got two!). The pirates walk around the bar and in between the long tables while they talk to people, take pictures with kids, and crack a joke or two.
At some point some of the pirates get on the small stage and do all kinds of juggling and dare-devilish stunts, even with fire. It was quite awesome.
After a while, they call the two sides to their seats... when you purchase your ticket you can choose red (Crimson), or blue (Sapphire) teams. The teams seat on opposite sides. The center of the "arena" is a pirate ship and the rest is water....pretty amazing view.
So you are sitting facing the giant pool and the show begins. The pirates come out and introduce themselves; they ask you to cheer for your respective team; they start competition after competition between the teams, keeping score of who wins. There's a plot to the story though... the captains of the red (a female pirate) and blue (a male pirate) teams start a battle against each other, racing to be the first ones to find a hidden treasure. The audience is engaged; even participating in some of the competitions. There are aerial acrobatics, seals, dogs, fire, sword fighting, and scary spirits... very scary, giant spirits. (Good thing we love Halloween!). But, the best part of all...the mermaids. I wish they had more of the mermaids, they only come out for a minute or two... but it was just magical.
And then we eat. Well, you eat while the show is going on in front of you. The menu is simple and it's the same for everyone. Remember... you are there to be a pirate, so you must eat pirate food. Vegetable soup, bread, a quarter roasted chicken, BBQ pulled pork, corn on the cob, tater tots, and apple pie. It's a lot of food, and it was surprisingly not bad at all. The chicken was falling off the bone, so it was nice and tender. There is also a vegetarian option if you prefer. Drinks included with dinner are water or tea and you can purchase any drink from the bar and they will bring it to you.
Bottom line. Don't procrastinate like me. Become a pirate or a mermaid and let your inner child scream Ahoy Matey!
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