Buccaneer Pirate Cruise
Buccaneer Pirate Cruise
5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime aboard the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise! Our popular Destin boat tour is located at HarborWalk Village in Destin, Florida. Join us as we take to the pristine waters of the Emerald Coast in search of undiscovered treasure. Entertainment and interaction create adventure, excitement, and merriment for the young and young at heart. Our captain and mates will amuse your whole crew from beginning to end with pirate-themed activities, witty banter, singing, dancing, and family fun. The crew engages willing participants in pirate training, sword fighting, water gun battles, a treasure hunt, and authentic cannon fire. Parents are welcome to join in with the Scallywags and Lil Bucs, but only those brave enough to complete pirate training will be made honorary members of the Buccaneer Crew. If you’re not keen to plundering and swabbing the decks, simply kick back, relax, take in the scenery, and watch your lads and lasses have the time of their lives.
Destin, Florida

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2022

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Divinia Ell
Gilbert, AZ1 contribution
Mar 2022 • Family
This was a super fun experience! We have a 5 & 8 year old girls. We did the 4:30pm ride. We were advised to wait in line near the boat to get good seats about 30 minutes early. At 4:30 they began check in. 2 pirate hosts and a captain. The hosts were in character the whole time and pirate music was playing upon boarding. They trip included many fun activities that kept the kids busy. The only downside is that you need to stay near by and escort them up and down steps for safety. Which is completely understandable. For a while we did get to enjoy the views which included dolphins and harbor area.

We would definitely do this activity again. The kids loved it!!
Written March 24, 2022
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John S
Carrollton, TX126 contributions
Jul 2021
Great experience with me and my son. He is 5 years old. This whole operation is very well done. The two actresses leading the kid activities are talented, energetic, and do great with kids. While the tickets for the boat are not cheap, the food and non-alcoholic beverages onboard are quite affordable (alcoholic drinks are reasonable too). The ship is in great condition and goes on a nice little route. My son participated in about half the kid activities and we felt comfortable engaging and disengaging as he felt like it. The captain even let us check out the control cabin after we docked and he was super friendly about it. Highly recommended for kids.

The reservations people told us to arrive an hour in advance, but I think that was largely to provide buffer for parking and walking. They start boarding about 30 minutes before departure, but we had trouble with our Lyft and were late. They called me about 15 minutes before departure to make sure we were coming, and we got there with just 5-10 minutes to spare and had no trouble. Parking is awful here, get dropped off if you can!
Written July 22, 2021
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Thank you very much, John! We know parking can be a bear, so we do our best to accommodate and give as much advance notice as we can. We appreciate you and your son coming onboard with us!!!
Written July 26, 2021
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NanaDine57
Skiatook, OK1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
Our grandson age 5 was counting down the days all summer long for this event, and it did not disappoint! The ship is awesome, a very authentic replica. The crew was hilarious, non-stop entertainment for the kids, and pulling in a sunken treasure chest full of prizes out of the water was a big highlight! So much fun was had by all. I won the ladies hula hoop contest, but no prizes for that, just bragging rights! The captain kept circling the ship around at sunset to provide plenty of spectacular photo ops. The cruise never felt rushed. The smoothies were delish (we had pina colada flavor) and reasonably priced. Also, we all dressed up in pirate costumes (grandparents, parents, and kids) and this made it so much more engaging for us, but not many people were in costume save for a handful of kids. We tend to go all in in stuff like this! This excursion was well worth the ticket price. I highly recommend adding this event to your Destin vacation agenda.
Written August 23, 2021
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Experience677899
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
They need customer service training for their ticket clerk. Was quoted a price when making reservations then upon arrival was told another price and when I asked about the difference I was given another price. When I asked about the difference she said something about their 2 systems don't align and so I asked if we could get the first price quoted she said no so I asked for a supervisor she said "I'm the supervisor "I asked for higher supervisor she said there wasn't any. I said I would call main office if I had to. She evidently didn't like that I was questioning the amount. When the company sent me an email to tell them about my experience I let them know what happened and how it put damper on trip. They responded that she told them I was disrespectful and didn't give her a chance to manually change it. Which was a lie. They told me if I couldn't go out and be kind to workers during covid or any time that I should stay in. How very rude ! The gall of this company. If this is their idea of customer service then they need alot of training. I stayed in Destin for a week and had many interactions with workers from Fudpuckers, the track, the Wingate, Baskin Robbins, Mcquires, olive garden, bass pro shop, h&m, Columbia store, Crackling, Walgreens, Publix, Bealls and many more and had no problems all these workers were nice, friendly, respectful, helpful, professional. In fact at McGuire's the steak was over done and asked the waiter and he said no problem we will take care of it. Very nice and respectful and PROFESSIONAL. Unlike this business.
Written September 19, 2021
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Reaper812
Seattle, WA1 contribution
Jul 2021
When we booked online (based on their brochure that we picked up at the airport) we'd thought the cruise was a reenactment show like Medieval Times. When we went to the window to pick up our tickets, the lady warned us that the cruise was geared towards young children from about 5 to 10 years old, and would like us to know that and asked if we still wanted to go. She added that there are, however, alcoholic beverages the parents/adults can purchase and enjoy on board. We said: "What the hay. We're already here. Let's go. Arrr!"

Indeed the cruise was for young children and their parents. Nonetheless, it was a relaxing cruise. We sat on the upper decks away from all the excited, screaming, and yelling kids. And with a couple of cocktails under our belts, we didn't really mind and soon were enjoying the slooow cruise around the bay, Despite the "non-show", we thought it was still worth it, albeit somewhat on the pricey side. So if you have one of several young'uns longing to be pirates, this cruise's for you. But if you're with your significant other and adult friends/family, I would recommend looking somewhere else.
Written July 27, 2021
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jane
8 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Kept kids occupied entire time with fun activities and adults enjoyed the kids participating in the activities. Fun time for entire family we chose the 6:00 pm cruise because of the sunset view and cooler time of day. The actors do a great job. We stayed in the bay so it was a smooth ride. Highly recommend!!!!! Actors take tips at end as you exit and it was well worth giving them a gratuity…. so go prepared to tip👍🏻😊 enjoyed the sunset view too!!! Something for everyone.
Written May 20, 2022
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msamandavaldez
Denver, CO1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Family
I just wanted to give the crew a 10 star review we were visiting this past week an decided to aboard the Buccaneer pirate cruise my son was turning 10 he mentioned it was the best part of his trip. The crew is so awesome putting up with 20 plus kids, great actors an I enjoyed myself definitely recommend. Thanks for the great sunset memories will be returning .
Written September 10, 2021
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1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
The crew is very friendly and put a lot of effort into their show, and my son really enjoyed himself. My biggest complaint is that the webpage and tickets say it is a 2 hour long pirate cruise, but it most definitely was not. Our ticket time was 12-2 pm. The ship stayed at dock and waited for late passengers to board until 12:15 despite all the information saying they would not wait and late passengers would be unable to board. The ship returned to dock just after 1:30 and all passengers had disembarked by 1:45 pm. When you’re paying $40 per ticket for what is stated to be a 2 hour cruise, it’s definitely disappointing when it falls half an hour short. So, the content is excellent, but the information regarding the duration needs to be changed or they need to fulfill the listed time. Until then, the kids will absolutely enjoy it, but parents should expect less time than they paid for.
Written August 11, 2021
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Mike P
Hiram, GA76 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Visited with wife, daughter, 3yr and 2yr old grandchildren. The almost 2 hour cruise event is engaging and participative for even the younger kids while 90% of time adults are outside the circle of action as spectators.

Kids below 3 might be overwhelmed by all the commotion. A few 8 and 10 year old got carried away in excitement and knocked over a couple smaller kids. Nothing hurtful, but the energy of bigger kids might need to be better controlled by parents ahead of time. Look out for little ones.

Crew is spirited and in character with age appropriate stories. Humor can have dual meaning. I do wish a little more local stories legends where mixed in. Focus is entertaining not educationing.

Be aware there is a snack bar and adult beverages are available at better than expected prices. There are also kids costume character hats, swords, eye patches and stuffed doll pirates at a less reasonable price. The wait can be a challenge as the order here pick up there system falls apart as the crowd moves in and out of adjacent space.

Insider tip..no need to run to upper decks for best seats. The best seats for moms dads with 3 or 4 year old are just as you enter near the circle main deck.

Written February 27, 2023
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Thank you for the detailed and informative review, we really appreciate it and we're happy you had a nice time with us out on the water!
Written February 28, 2023
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LocalTraveler937
Dayton, OH2 contributions
Jun 2022
We booked the pirate cruise for our family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids ages 7,4 & 4) and everyone absolutely loved it! This is about as family friendly as you can get and a great way to take a day off of the beach. From the moment we set sail the crew was engaging and entertaining the kids. Water gun fight, swashbuckling, dancing, face painting, hauling up sunken treasure! It was great. Just sit back and be prepared to take some photos of your kids having a great time! (One tip is to bring a brimmed hat and plenty of sunscreen so no one gets sunburned! While there is a covered part of the ship, most of the action takes place on the uncovered main deck.
Written August 30, 2022
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