Day Cruises near Tampa, Florida

Day Cruises near Tampa, Florida
Due to its beachfront location, Tampa, Florida is an active seaport. Day cruises are among the ships that have daily send-offs from the docks in the Tampa area. These type of cruises provide scenic views of the Tampa skyline, sail to islands that are situated near Tampa, offer chances to see dolphins and serve meals throughout the day. Day cruises also are ideal for private parties and corporate excursions.

Yacht Starship

The Yacht Starship embarks from downtown Tampa's Channelside marina. This day cruise, which has been awarded a three-diamond rating by AAA, offers Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner, as well as provide its passengers with live entertainment. The lunch menu on Yacht starship includes filet of fresh Atlantic salmon and sirloin pappardelle, while the dinner menu includes entrees such as wild mushroom ravioli and center cut filet. Yacht Starship's route travels through Ybor Channel, Hillsborough Bay and Garrison Channel. Going through this route enables the cruise's passengers to see Davis Island, Harbour Island and Bayshore Drive. Yacht Starship also offers group chartering services, which is ideal for corporate parties and graduation night celebrations.

Starlite Cruises

The Starlite Cruises, which sails out of the docks at St. Petersburg and Clearwater Beach, have five different boats, all with different themes and tours. Starlite Dining Cruise is a 115-foot long ship that sails out of Clearwater Beach and offers lunch and dinner, as well as facilities for social events. Lady Anderson Dining Yacht sails out of St. Petersburg and offers a lunch and dinner buffet. Dinner buffet selections include chicken Marsala and fried shrimp. Calypso Queen is Starlite Cruises' Caribbean-themed boat that offers an island-style lunch buffet, as well as opportunities for dolphin sightseeing and a dance floor. Finally, Starlite Cruises provides passengers with tours that provide close encounters with Tampa Bay wildlife, such as dolphins and seahorses, on the Dolphin Racer Speedboat Adventures and Sea Life Safari Nature Cruise.

Pirate Cruise

Pirate Cruise, which docks at Clearwater Marina, has been offering day cruises on its ship, the Pirate's Ransom, since 1993. This pirate-themed day cruise provides passengers with complimentary beverages, as well as activities such as treasure hunts, storytelling and dancing. The Pirate Cruise also hosts weddings, as well as private events that include corporate lunches, children birthday parties and family reunions. The tours on the Pirate Cruise last for approximately three hours and embark at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. during the afternoon and the Champagne Cruise alternates its embarkation time throughout the year.

Article Written By Skip Davis

Skip Davis has been writing professionally since 2005. His work has appeared in "Southern Literary Magazine," on various websites and in graphic panels at the Jackson Zoological Park in Jackson, Miss. Currently living in Southern California, Davis received his Bachelor of Arts in theater at Belhaven College.

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