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Southern Star Dolphin Cruise

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Address: 100 Harbor Blvd, Harborwalk Marina, Destin, FL 32541-2312
Phone Number: 850-837-7741
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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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Fun dolphin cruise!

We had an awesome time on the cruise. We did the cruise from 5:30-7:30. We were able to see the sunset. The captain did a great job of making sure everyone was able to see the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had an awesome time on the cruise. We did the cruise from 5:30-7:30. We were able to see the sunset. The captain did a great job of making sure everyone was able to see the dolphins. We were able to see several dolphins on the trip. Cant wait to go back next year!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While planning our Destin vacation I used Trip Advisor to plan most of attractions. I have to say the Southern Star dolphin cruise lived up to the reviews! The captain (Jason) was very informative and friendly. Now it's not always guaranteed you WILL see any dolphins on any of these cruises but this trip we saw some in the bay,... More 

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Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words about your experience on the Southern Star Dolphin Cruise! We take pride in making sure our customers enjoy their experience and have memories that will last a life time. We appreciate your feedback and we always strive to improve in any way we can. When our passengers enjoy the cruise it truly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We all had a good time, the crew were very nice and friendly. We got to see some dolphins and learned a bit about the area. We had a group of 17 and they were able to easly accommodate us all.

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Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this review

Thanks for sailing with us, we are glad you enjoyed your cruise. More 

Raymore, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family of 5 had an awesome time with the Southern Star dolphin cruise. The crew and captain were super friendly, and we were able to see the Dolphins up close. The kids each took a turn steering the boat as well. They also fed some seagulls from the back of the boat. I would recommend this activity for all... More 

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Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this review

We are very happy that you and your family had such a great time! It is always wonderful to hear when a family has a fantastic time on our cruises. Thank you very much for your review and we hope to see you and your family again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great time, we went on a Friday at 3pm. It had been raining and when we went it had stopped. The captain was fun and the crew was helpful. We managed to see about 15 dolphins. Some with babies and some even jumped out of the water. We also got to feed the seagulls from the poopdeck. And they also... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was not or first dolphin cruise in Florida. We had a wonderful time on a dolphin cruise in Clearwater last year. This cruise though was horrible. Barely 1 dolphin spotted. The captain just kept circling inside the harbor due to choppy seas. The whole "cruise" seemed like a sham to me. Do yourself a favor and skip this cruise... More 

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Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy our cruise. Our area is different from Clearwater, and the dolphins we see are unpredictable, wild animals. Our cruise normally begins with a narrated tour of Destin Harbor, but if the Captain sees the dolphins there, he will spend time with them. Most of the time, if the waters... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The workers were amazing and friendly! We saw lots of dolphins! The captain was very informative and was very good at spotting the dolphins and making sure we all saw them!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not impressed- sat on dock and didn't depart on time- inhaled diesel fumes and made me sick at my stomach while sitting at dock- the two "teenage crew members" were too interested in flirting with two teenage girls to tend to passengers- finally got under way - the ONLY thing redeemable was the captain- he did his best to make... More 

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Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this review

Sorry you did not enjoy your trip. Unfortunately we were delayed slightly while manifests were confirmed for safety reasons. Diesel fumes very rarely cause an issue because the boat is so large and can typically be avoided during the few stationary minutes. Future guests feel free to let a crew member know if there are any issues effecting the quality... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the 12 o'clock noon dolphin cruise. Space was tight it was a full boat. I wouldn't really call it a dolphin tour. We saw three dolphins clearly. The others were not clearly visible. The same was with the sharks you can see them in the shadows of the water but you could not see them clearly. It... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to see lots of dolphins; but be aware, you may not always see wildlife in their natural habitat. It isn't the fault of the crew if the dolphins aren't out and about. Otherwise, the tour was fun, lively, entertaining, and safe. I loved the whole two hours and would definitely use them again!

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