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The Tropics Boat Tours
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Owner description: We at The Tropics Boat Tours invite you to join us for a memorable experience aboard our newly remodeled tropical-themed, double-decker catamaran. Our vessel accommodates up to 125 passengers and the two decks allow you the option to sail in the sunshine and open air on the top deck or relax in the shade on the lower level. ​ The Tropics Boat Tours is proud to offer tours which include guaranteed dolphin sightings on our Dolphin Exploration Tours, & enjoy beautiful sunsets on our Sunset Celebration Cruise -- both tour types depart daily. All guests get access to our Premium Liquor bar & great drink packages available for purchase – all while sailing the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I bought the Sunset Celebration Cruise through Groupon for $11 each. The regular price is $22 per adult. We stopped by the ticket booth at the Marina in the morning and booked the cruise for that night - July 17. No problems getting 2 seats, but I would recommend you book a few days before. We were told that they only have XX number of seats for Groupon people per cruise. The girl in the ticket booth was very friendly and processed us quickly. We arrived about a half hour before departure. Everyone gets a name tag which makes socializing a little easier (if you choose to socialize). Each ticket entitles you to one free soda, wine or beer. For an additional $10, it's all the wine, beer or pop that you can drink for the duration of the cruise. (If you purchase the $10 add-on, another person in your party can use your free drink ticket.) They do have some kind of rum punch and I think a full liquor bar that is available - cash bar. As you board, you're greeted by the Captain and one of the mates takes your picture which you can purchase later in the cruise - and no pressure to purchase the picture! Then it's into the lower level of the boat and straight to the bar. The beer was ice cold, soda is also ice cold, but poured from 2 liter bottles. In talking to some of the wine drinkers, they said the wine was also very good. The evening was very pleasant so we all went to the top open deck. The Captain goes over some safety things, backs out, and we took the channel out into the gulf. No sooner than we got up to speed, the dolphins were surrounding the boat, playing in our waves and leading our way. Once out in the Gulf, he slowed down and positioned us to view the sunset. Since we had some time until sunset, he fired up the engines in hopes of finding more dolphin. Sure enough, loads of dolphin surrounded us. We drove back and forth for quite a while enjoying their playful antics. As the sun started to set, the Captain came up top and opened a bottle of champagne and we all toasted the sunset, the water, the beautiful night and each others company. Cruising back to the dock was great. The lights on the bridges and homes were now all on. Last call for drinks went out several times, so they certainly are not stingy. I think we were on the boat for at least 2 hours and we felt it was well worth the money. I did get the $10 add on and I certainly had enough beer to have made that worthwhile. The 2 mates, serving as bartenders and guides, are only paid by tips according to the Captain. They did a great job for us and I know we tipped them well. We told several people in our resort about the trip and they also went. Everyone said it was fun. We're going back next July and will do this cruise again.

3  Thank HeinoP123
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

I got the Groupon for the Honeymoon/Caladesi Island tour for my family of 6. We went on July 5th, so parking was a nightmare (Marina Lot and others nearby were full), but that was a busy holiday weekend. The tour was informative and relaxing. They have covered areas and open areas as well. Bring some sunscreen and enjoy the breeze!

2  Thank Lesley L
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Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

Great crew. Beautiful, informative, and fun. Great for all ages. The cruise is scheduled to last 1 1/2 hours, but they will stay out until they find the dolphins. Don't waste your money on the $10 beer, wine and soda bracelet. It no longer covers the rum punch since they now offer a full cash bar. Remember, it's only an hour and a half trip.

4  Thank memano
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Took the whole family on the Honeymoon Island Caladesi tour it was great! we really enjoyed it.
We enjoyed seeing the coast line from offshore and getting a good look t some dolphins!
nice way to relax and cool off after being at the beach

2  Thank singleladyadventures
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Saw lots of dolphins. Staff was friendly. Would definitely do it again. Don't pay for parking anywhere else, the tour only charges $2.00 and you can park in marina parking...way cheaper!

5  Thank dolphinchicks
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