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“Awesome experience”
Review of Breakaway Cruises

Breakaway Cruises
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Breakaway Cruises provides activities for South Padre Island visitors including dolphin watch eco-tours, parasailing, jet skis, bay and deep sea fishing, fireworks cruises, and more.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We got the silver package which is para sailing, awesome. Dolphin cruise, very interesting and recommend doing that first. Bay fishing, do the evening trip and you can watch the fireworksshow while fishing. And the snorkling, had fun the crew was awesome. Also did the deep sea fishing. Capt. Mike and Pepe were awesome. Had us on the fish right away. Everybody on the boat caught a shark, awesome fighters, and we all caught a few red snapper. One guy caught a huge king mackeral. The crew was amazing. Big thanks to everybody especially Pepe and Ricky. Will be back

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Reviewed August 7, 2014

We decided it would be fun to do parasailing, so we paid $80 for one tandem. We arrived fifteen minutes early, and were promised the wait would be very short. We ended up waiting 30 minutes only to find out the boat had broken down and we could either stay for an hour or be rescheduled for later. We chose the latter, and came back later where we waited another thirty minutes. Finally, we got on the boat and began our parasailing. There were six groups going up (an extra one had to be added because of delay). The boat was on the smaller side, but it was covered with a canopy and the ocean breeze was cool. We weighed the least of all the groups, so we had to go last. It took about an hour for all the groups to go, but when it was our turn, we got up in the air quickly. It was an amazing experience, and I would love to do it again. We were up 600 ft high for 9 minutes, and when we landed, we went waist-deep into the water ( they let you choose if you want to get your toes wet, waist deep, or a full plunge.) Overall, it was really fun, and if the wait weren't so long, I would definitely do it again.


What we learned today is that the parasailing business is very unpredictable and unexpected things can happen on the boat to delay the ride. That being said, the staff at this establishment clearly placed safety as a huge priority and worked to fix the issues. THEN, the goal was to give the customer the same ride that he signed up for and this can cause delays. Our trip was still ten minutes in the air by a knowledgeable (and very nice) staff.


*NO REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE*

1  Thank Southpaw82
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had a BLAST doing almost everything on their agenda of activities: Bay Fishing, Parasailing and of course, Wave Runners! What a great time! The tour guides, boat captains and crew are all awesome, friendly and took GREAT care of us. The manager even gave me a jump start/battery boost when we returned to find the battery on my truck had died. Special KUDOS to Nelly, Ricky and Ken for going way above exceptional customer service! Great value for the $$$ Best options on the island...

Thank Dewisatx
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

Breakaway Cruise offers a group fishing trip in the bay. It is only $20 per person so you wouldn't expect a lot. Set your expectations low to begin with. They will tell you to arrive 15 - 30 minutes early. Then they will begin boarding twenty minutes late. Then they want each group to have a photo taken with a fake fish when you board. Of course the photo is for sale when you debark. You will catch small catfish if you are lucky. I would have rather spent the $140 for our group (plus tip) on something more enjoyable such as a meal. They brought us in to shore twenty minutes early and I was just glad it was over.

1  Thank charles b
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

In 2013 we used Breakaway cruises for a discovery cruise and were pleased with the trip. This year we used them for a snorkeling trip and it was a series of errors. First we arrived to find the boat was down and we would have to comeback at 1PM instead of the 8AM time we had planned on, not good, but really no big deal. The 1PM cruise left late, was full, the crew was rude, there was a shortage of gear, some gear was broken and we were told to deal with it. The crew was rude to all the guests so we were not treated special, others had to deal with bad equipment so no special treatment there either. All in all it was a poorly run operation and not well managed.

We tip the deck hands when we go on a cruise or just out fishing, we tip well in restaurants, the staff saved us the tip money for the first time in maybe 20 years. We will go out again, but not on Breakaway.

2  Thank keithww
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