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“A great experience!”

Southern Star Dolphin Cruise
Ranked #7 of 162 Tours in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 20 years, our 80’ Glass Bottom Boat is all about family fun! With over 10,000 dolphin sightings, you are sure to see something extraordinary.
Reviewed March 19, 2008

We just left Destin and one of the last things our family did was an afternoon cruise on the Southern Star. The boat was great - clean, & fun. The captain was funny, informative, and just an all around great host! The cruise was right at 2 hours long, and we had an amazing time seeing dolphins in the bay. A truly unforgettable experience! We will be going back to Destin next year and will most definitely invest in another trip on the Southern Star.

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Reviewed July 16, 2006

On Friday, July 14, my wife, two children and I took a two hour afternoon cruise on the Southern Star with the hopes of spotting a few dolphins in the gulf of Mexico.

Not only did we see dolphins (too many to count!!), but we were very pleased with the boat, crew, and captain. The boat itself is climate controlled on the middle deck and has a glass bottom section (not very useful in our case), and has an upper deck that is under a canopy. These things are very useful in Florida in the middle of the summer.

The captain (I've forgotten his name) took us on a small cruise around the harbor while we waited for a family that was running late and then headed us out into the gulf. Once in the gulf, he immediately spotted some dolphins and spent most of our cruise time just following them around. It was a great experience. The captain commented that it was the largest group of dolphins he had ever seen!

Anyway, I would highly recommend this cruise for another reason. The crew, including the captain, was the most courteous and helpful group that I've ever encountered. Every small child got a chance to "steer" the ship on the return trip and got a small gift from the treasure chest.

The majority of the gifts given to the children were of a Christian nature like WWJD bracelets, etc. The ship itself also has a great logo on the front, "Praise Be To God". As a Christian myself, I can certainly say that it was a pleasure to spend my money and time with this ship and crew. I hope others will patronize the Southern Star as well.

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Wendy_W_Admin, Owner at Southern Star Dolphin Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2013

Thank you so much for you kind words! We certainly appreciate your review and hope to have you aboard again!

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