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Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise
Ranked #5 of 89 Tours in Panama City Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Come, if you dare, to walk in a pirate's shoes and see through a pirate's eyes! Enjoy an exciting and scenic 2-hour family adventure cruise that includes dolphin sightings, great music and non-stop pirate activities for the kids. Cold beer, soda, snacks, t-shirts & pirate souvenirs are available on board as well as clean restrooms. It's the Greatest sightseeing adventure ever! We're located on Grand Lagoon in the Lighthouse Marina next to the Boatyard Restaurant. Open March through October!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 15, 2013

We spent the afternoon on the Sea Dragon and it was wonderful. Our three kids (6, 2.5, and 9 months) loved every bit of the experience. Our baby spent the whole time watching all the activity and our two oldest children felt so special because the pirate staff (Stache, Jackknife, Lighthouse) were constantly interacting with them. We saw tons of dolphins (probably 10-15) and they swam within just a few feet of the boat.

The length of the cruise was only two hours, but it was timed perfectly. Our children had a blast and never felt board. They also never really looked out at the beautiful water because they were so busy with the pirate activities (water gun fights, swabbing the deck, chicken dance, limbo, hunting for treasure, face painting, temporary pirate tattoos, tambourines, etc.).

I saw everlasting people that brought their own drinks aboard and there was not a bag check, but the bar/snack area was very reasonable in prices. Beer was 3.50, wine 3, margaritas and rum punch all either 3 or 4 bucks. Soft drinks just 1 dollar. Candy from a quarter.

Captain Phil was amazing. He kept fun music going throughout the cruise and provided hilarious and family friendly pirate commentary for the entire two hours. Kids and parents alike enjoyed his hosting.

The kids received cheep, paper pirate hats, face painting, some candy, a pirate wristband, some small "treasure" trinkets, and a skull and crossbones necklace. The adults received a load of fun. It appeared that 90% of the kids were ages 2-8.

I recommend getting there early. We boarded just 10 minutes prior to leaving the dock and we found it very difficult to find a seat. The pirate crew was very helpful, though.

Also, there are no strollers allowed on the boat.

There is ample shaded spots to be. The snack area has plenty of tables and windows below deck. The poop deck (next to the wheelhouse and Captain Phil) has lots of seating and the best views on the whole boat. There is also a windowless below deck area called "the dungeon". Face painting occurs in this space and later in the cruise Stache tells the little pirates all about how to search for treasure. The kids send 80%+ of their time on the main deck of the ship and the parents will prefer seats around the main deck. Those seats are in heavy sun, but it is worth it.

There are several occasions where the kids are split into groups of boys and girls, but otherwise everyone is always together.

All of the staff was very safety conscience, although lots of the activities involved letting the kids just play naturally. The staff were constantly looking for kids to get involved with the games and were very vigilant about gently correcting the kids when they weren't following the rules.

I highly recommend the trip for a family with kids ages 2-8. The kids are sure to have a blast!

Thank DagnyTaggert
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I came to Panama City to visit my sister and nephew and we decided to go on this cruise, and it was incredible. The crew members are a lot of fun and very interactive with the kids. I LOVED everything about this cruise, they had so many things and activities to do for the kids to keep them entertained and it was fun for parents to watch and play along with as well. The boat itself was extremely clean and was decorated nicely too. They also serve light snacks, food and alcoholic beverages on the boat as well.

Thank Missy B
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We had good reviews about this cruise and we brought our 4 year old grandson to see for ourselves. He thoroughly enjoyed himself! They had several activities for him (water pistol fight, swabbing the deck,sword fight, tambourine songs and a real treasure hunt). The staff related well with the kids and everyone had a good time. The adults enjoyed the sights during the cruise including some dolphins. Prices on the boat were reasonable for food and drinks.
This attraction is highly recommended.
If you want to use their discount coupon, you need to print it out. They do not take the electronic coupon on the iPhone or iPad.

1  Thank Mimickinga
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

I highly recommend this cruse if you have younger children. The staff go out of their way ti show everyone especailly the kids agreat time with activities like watergun and sword fights to stories telling-facepainting to treasure hunting! Had a blast!!!!

1  Thank dlfromMo
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We were unsure what to expect, but booked this for my just barely 2 year old nephew. He had a blast! The crew was excellent and very friendly. The ship is super clean and the food/drinks are very reasonably priced. We have already booked another cruise for our trip in July! I would recommend this for anyone with kids!

2  Thank Jennifer B
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