What are your rates?
Effective March 1, 2018: $36 for adults, $22 for children ages 4-14, $32 for seniors 60 and older, $1 children 3 and under.
Why is your cruise more expensive?
We are Destin’s Original, family owned and operated for 20+ years. Our boat is the largest and most comfortable boat in Destin Harbor, and you will find that the standard of service we provide is well worth the extra little bit you spend.
Do we need to make reservations?
Reservations are recommended since we are Destin’s Original and our boat books up frequently, especially during the busy summer months. We suggest booking 48 hours in advance to ensure the cruise time of your choice.
What do you do on the cruise?
You will step back in time when you board our 100-foot pirate ship to be entertained by the captain and crew. Kids enjoy sword fighting, water gun battles, face painting, treasure hunting, dancing, and more. Parent can join in the merriment, or simply sit back and relax to island tunes and watch the swabbies have the time of their life.
How big is the boat?
The Buccaneer is a 100-foot motor vessel and sails with a maximum of 149 passengers. We have two restrooms and a galley.
Are strollers allowed?
Yes. Children age 3 and younger do ride for just $1, but are required to be included in the reservation for our total head count reported to Coast Guard.
Are you handicapped accessible?
Yes, to manual wheelchairs only. Scooters and motorized wheelchairs are too large and too heavy to accommodate on our vessel.
Is there food?
We have a galley that serves snack items such as hot dogs, chips, sodas, smoothies, and other small snack items. Adult beverages are also available for purchase.
Do you serve drinks?
Yes. We serve both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks including beer, wine, sodas, smoothies, mixed drinks, and frozen drinks. We do not allow coolers, glass containers, or outside alcohol.
Where is the best place to sit?
Any place is a great place. All of the activities take place around the green circle on the main deck.
Do you offer a Military Discount?
If you purchase your tickets at one of the ITT Centers on Eglin or Hurlburt Air Force Base, they will honor the discount for the entire party. Because we are contracted with them, we are only able to honor the discount for the Active Duty Personnel at the window. (Military Discount is the same as the Premium Discount)
How far offshore do you go? Do people ever get seasick?
We do not go far enough offshore that you lose sight of land. Due to the size of the ship, we only sail in the Harbor, East Pass, and the Choctawhatchee Bay. If you tend to get motion sickness riding in the backseat of a car, we suggest you take something. We sell MotionEaze, which is natural oil that can be rubbed behind the ears to alleviate the symptoms of motion sickness. It is fast acting, and has no side effects, so the crew highly recommends it. If you do get nauseated, notify the crew and they will know what to do for you.
Do the kids need life jackets?
There are life jackets for the kids on board, but they are only used in the event of an emergency. The rails are 42” high, but if it would make you more comfortable to have them wear one, we can provide one.
What if it rains?
If there is just a light rain, we still sail because there is plenty of covering. If there is thunder or lightning, we will not sail. If we have to cancel due to weather we will notify you, but we make those decisions closer to cruise time and on a cruise by cruise basis.
Why do you need a Credit Card?
We use it to hold your seats; nothing is charged when you book over the phone. You may pay however you like when you arrive. If you need to cancel, we require 3 hours’ notice; otherwise we do charge your card for 50% of the total. Online bookings are charged at the time of reservation.
Where are you located?
We are located in the HarborWalk Village Marina, ¼ mile East of Destin Bridge. We are in a red ticket booth located downstairs to the left of Margaritaville
Can we bring pets on the boat?
The only pets allowed on the boat are service animals trained to perform a specific duty directly related to the owner’s disability.
Do you see dolphins?
While dolphins do inhabit our local waters, we may not see them on every cruise, as we do not cruise into the gulf. If dolphins are sighted, the captain and crew will not point them out due to the show taking place. If you are interested in an up-close view of the dolphins, please cruise aboard the Southern Star for an extraordinary dolphin encounter.
What should we bring?
Customers are recommended to bring sunscreen, cash (to tip your crew, purchase gifts or snacks.) During spring and fall months, you may want to bring jackets for your family, as the sunset cruises tend to be cooler in temperature.
What payments do you accept?
We accept Visa, Discover, and MasterCard as well as cash. We do not accept American Express. Checks are not accepted, except for those pre-arranged by large parties.
Is parking free?
Yes. Free public parking is available at HarborWalk Village, in Emerald Grande parking garage, or across Highway 98 at Destin Community Center and next to Whataburger.
When should we arrive for the cruise?
We suggest arriving one-hour prior to the cruise time to allow for parking and picking up your tickets. We will begin boarding 30-minutes prior to the cruise.
Is there a charge for parking?
Effective June 15, 2018, HarborWalk Village charges $10 per vehicle to park in the on-site parking lot and parking garage. Cash or cards are accepted. Alternative parking options include the city of Destin’s two “pay to park” public parking lots at the intersections of Hwy 98 and Marler Street, or Calhoun Avenue and Zerbe Street. Street parking is available on the north side of 98.