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Southern Star Dolphin Cruise

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Address: 100 Harbor Blvd, Harborwalk Marina, Destin, FL 32541
Phone Number: 850-837-7741
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Description: Expect a Miracle aboard Southern Star! Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour tour aboard...
Expect a Miracle aboard Southern Star! Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour tour aboard Destin’s Original Dolphin Cruise, as seen on National Geographic Explorer and CNN Earthwatch. Join us as we cruise the pristine waters, along the sugar-white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast. Witness the Coastal Bottlenose Dolphin in their natural habitat. Family owned and operated by Captain Steve and Wendy Wilson for 15 years, our 80’ Glass Bottom Boat is all about family fun! With over 7,000 dolphin sightings, you are sure to see something extraordinary.
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Saw so many dolphins... up close!

I highly recommend the sunset cruise time of this excursion. We took the 5:30pm 2-hour cruise with this company and had amazing views of the sunset and the weather was cooler than... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Jacksonville, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend the sunset cruise time of this excursion. We took the 5:30pm 2-hour cruise with this company and had amazing views of the sunset and the weather was cooler than it would have been earlier in the day. So many dolphins came out to play! Towards the end of the cruise, there was a pod of dolphins that... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Better than I ever imagined. The captain did a great job of narrating the 2 hour cruise and pointing out where the dolphin were located. He maneuvered the ship masterfully. We were so fortunate to have seen so many dolphin and they were everywhere. The captain did tell us though that it is not common to see as many dolphin... More 

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Carrollton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I highly recommend this cruise. The captain was very accommodating when dolphins were spotted. He would make sure we stayed in that area for a long time. We saw many dolphins! It was nice to have a roof to provide shade especially in the summer heat. I cannot imagine being on one of the cruises that had no roof! It... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Our family had a great time on the tour. My 4 year old son was made a junior captain and was able to steer the boat for a few minutes. That was the highlight of his entire 5 day vacation. The Captain and the mates were friendly. We did see countless dolphins during the tour. The Captain talked about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

So it started with us unfortunately running a little tight with time in getting to the harbor due to a lot of congestion on 98. We called and told them we might not make it and they requested that we contact them when we got to the parking area. So we did and once we got near the dock, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I would highly recommend taking the Southern Star Dolphin Tour. My husband, 2 preteen children and myself had a fabulous time. We saw 20 dolphins on our cruise...it was absolutely amazing! My son even got a chance to drive the boat. It was a great time for everyone!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We took the Sunset/Dolphin Cruise out of Destin. We saw many dolphins, which was great, but in my mind the sunset/scenery was even better. it was a beautiful evening and the sunset over the water stole the show. I did not enjoy the tour of the Harbor as much, it seemed a bit like a paid commercial for several of... More 

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Riverside, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

We have taken several dolphin cruises in Destin. I liked Southern Star because if the water is calm, they will give you more of a ride out in the gulf than in the harbor/bay. We took a tour of the harbor, saw several dolphins then went out the pass to the gulf. We saw a lot of dolphins. We went... More 

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Houston, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

So we booked this cruise so we can see dolphins and we should of looked closer at the logo they have which is "Expect a Miracle" because it would be a miracle if you even saw a dolphin lol! Im sorry but for 30/per person this was a trip I felt like I wasted my money on. I saw more... More 

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Good cruise, nice staff. We did see several dolphins about an hour in to the trip. Could have done without the scenic trip in to the harbor area to talk about restaurants. Also, seating is limited so expect to stand if you don't get a seat right off the bat. Also, the "glass bottom" is a joke. Just a small... More 

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