Lunch Cruises in Tampa, Florida

Lunch Cruises in Tampa, Florida
Tampa's semi-tropical climate draws sun worshippers to its beaches year-round. The western Florida city operates more than 165 parks and beaches covering nearly 2,300 acres. The Tampa Bay area also offers passengers on cruise ships and sailboats unrivaled views of the Gulf Coast of Florida during mid-day cruises. Here are a few lunchtime cruises available in Tampa.

Yacht StarShip

Take a relaxing afternoon cruise from the Ybor Channel into the Hillsborough Bay and Garrison Channel, with views of Bayshore Drive, Harbour Island, Davis Island and downtown Tampa's skyline. The Yacht Starship menu includes a fresh selection of four-star traditional and specialty cuisine, serving you a three-course meal, which is prepared by StarShip's executive chef and galley staff. During the cruise, the captain will provide a narration of Tampa Bay's history.

The lunch cruise costs $59.95 for adults, $39.95 for children, and boards at 11:30 a.m., with departure at noon. The cruise returns to Tampa at 2 p.m. The company recommends that passengers wear shorts, skirt or nice pants with a dress shirt or blouse for the lunch cruise. Worn or torn clothing, tank tops or flip-flops are prohibited in the dining room.

Yacht StarShip
603 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602

Windsong Sailing Charters

Windsong Sailing Charters operates four boats that are available for private lunch cruises in Tampa Bay. Your sailing charter will depart first thing in the morning from the dock in New Port Richey, which is just a short drive north of Tampa. Once out of the channel, crew members will hoist the sails and allow the boat to go where the wind takes it.

During the summer, snorkel among coral, sponges and colorful fish, later sailing toward the Anclote Key where crew members anchor the sailboat for lunch. During the winter when the water is too cold for swimming, you will enjoy lunch at the island, where you can comb the shore for shells. Both cruises last eight hours. You are encouraged to bring your own CDs or MP3 players.

Windsong Sailing Charters
4927 U.S. Highway 19
New Port Richey, FL 34652

Calypso Queen

Hop on board the Calypso Queen for an afternoon cruise featuriong lunch and dolphin-watching. During the cruise, you will enjoy a narrated tour of the history of the area and present-day sights of interest. You may relax in air-conditioned comfort on one of two enclosed decks or venture out to an observation deck to experience soft breezes and warm sunshine and catch sight of some dolphins.

Lunch consists of an island-style buffet with a variety of cold and hot selections, such as assorted fruits, Key West potato salad, roasted chicken with mango glaze, beef teriyaki, chilled steamed shrimp and Southern-style shrimp. A full-service bar keeps with the theme by serving up tropical frozen drinks. The afternoon lunch cruise departs at 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Costs for adults with buffet included is $21.90; for children under 10 it's $13.50.

Calypso Queen
25 Causeway Blvd, Slip #18
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767


Article Written By Ashley Puderbaugh

Ashley Puderbaugh began her writing and editing career in 2005 after graduating from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. Her work has been published in both consumer and trade magazines, including “Chicago Magazine,” “Lawn & Garden Retailer” and “Women’s Edition.”

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