Before going, we read many, many reviews on Yacht Starship out of Channelside in Tampa. So we were aware of the pros and cons of this dinner cruise. First the pros: $299 for a couple gets you ALL you can possibly drink in 2 1/2 hours. Bartenders were very good. Occasionally, a server would come to our table. Food was buffet style (we liked that). Beautiful scenery of downtown Tampa still decked out for the holidays, and a terrific view of the fireworks from 1/4 mile offshore. The cons: the tables and chairs in the waiting area were loaded onto the boat and therefore was over-booked (it was a sellout). We waited for the line to pass by and joined the line at the end knowing a seat was guaranteed for everyone.The only seats available were at the stern outside. We are thankful the cold front that had passed thru a few days earlier had mellowed so we knew it could have been much worse. Party favors for everyone? Not for those of us outside. Hors d' oeuvres for everyone? Not for those of us outside (wait, a server did come out to our table once with a tray). Food was ok, not outstanding as they tout. The boat left channelside and it was announced we would head to Hillsbourough Bay. This was blatantly untrue. We proceeded up the channel east of Harbor Island, turned right and went down Seddon Channel, stopped at TGH, turned around and returned the same way. We got nowhere near the Davis Island airport, let alone Hillsborough Bay. I have no idea how AAA gives this a "3-diamond" rating as stated on their site. Unable to recommend to anyone. We won't return.
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