Reservations are recommended. We are Destin’s Premier Pirate Cruise, 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.
You will step back in time when you board out 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. Parents can join in the merriment, or simply sit back and relax, enjoy the scenery, and watch the swabbies having the time of their lives.
The Buccaneer is a 100-foot, triple deck motor vessel, and is U.S. Coast Guard approved for a maximum of 149 passengers. We have 2 restrooms, a snack bar, and a gift shop on board.
Strollers are welcome, and we recommend using the brakes once on board. Please remember children ages 3 and younger must be included in your reservation, as they are included in the total headcount reported to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The main deck is accessible to manual wheelchairs only. Scooters and motorized wheelchairs are too large and too heavy to accommodate on our vessel.
We have a galley that offers snack items such as hot dogs, chips, sodas, smoothies, and other small snack items available for purchase. Adult beverages are also available for purchase.
We offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, sodas, smoothies, mixed drinks, and frozen drinks. As a family cruise, we ask that you please enjoy alcoholic beverages in moderation and responsibly. Coolers and glass containers are not permitted onboard. Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited by our liquor license.
Any place is a great place. All of the activities take place around the green painted circle on the main deck.
If you purchase your tickets at one of the ITT Centers on Eglin Air Force Base, Hurlburt Air Force Base, NAS Pensacola, or Whiting Field, they will honor the discount for the entire party. We are under contract with ITT and will only be able to honor the discount for the Active Duty Personnel at the window.
We do not go far enough offshore that you lose sight of land. The captain will cruise in the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Destin Harbor, and the East Pass, where it is calmer. If you tend to get motion sickness riding in the backseat of a car, we suggest you take something like Dramamine. We sell MotionEaze onboard, which is a natural oil-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 onboard, notify the crew and they will know what to do for you.
There are life jackets for the kids on board, but they are for emergency use only. The rails are 42” high as required by the USCG for passenger vessels.
If there is just a light rain, we will still sail. If there is thunder or lightning, we will not sail (subject to captain’s discretion). If we must cancel the cruise due to weather we will notify you, but we make those decisions closer to cruise time and on a cruise by cruise basis.
Reservations by phone may be secured using a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card. We use it to hold your seats; nothing is charged to your card when you book over the phone. You may pay how you like when you arrive. Online bookings are charged at the time the reservation is made.
We are in the HarborWalk Village Marina, about ¼ mile east of the Destin Bridge. We are in a red ticket booth located downstairs to the left of Margaritaville.
Trained service dogs that can perform a specific task to aid those with a disability are permitted aboard. Companion and Emotional Support Animals are not considered Service Animals.
We recommend bringing sunscreen, a camera, a hat, sunglasses, and cash (for snacks and for tipping the mates). During Spring and Fall months, you may want to bring jackets as our sunset cruises tend to be cooler in temperature.
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and cash. We do not accept American Express or personal checks.
HarborWalk Village charges $10 per vehicle to park in the on-site parking lot or the parking garage. Cash and cards are accepted. Alternative parking options include the city of Destin’s two “pay to park” public parking lots at the intersections of Highway 98 and Marler Street, Calhoun Avenue, or Zerbe Street. Limited street parking is available along Stahlman Avenue on the north side of Highway 98.
We strongly recommend arriving one hour prior to boarding to allow time for traffic, parking, and checking in. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure.
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 that is taking place. If you are interested in an up-close view of the dolphins, please cruise aboard our sister ship, the Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, for an extraordinary dolphin encounter.