Ahoy there! Set your sails and join us on a thrilling adventure aboard a Panama City Beach pirate ship and experience the ultimate pirate-themed excursion on the sparkling waters of the Gulf Coast! Picture this – a beautiful day, a gentle breeze, dolphins jumping, and the promise of a family pirate cruise aboard The Sea Dragon- a portal to a world of pirate fantasies.
This pirate ship excursion is sure to transport you to a world of excitement and wonder. Climb aboard an 85-foot replica pirate ship and feel the thrill as you set sail for treasure hunting, battling rival pirates, and engaging in interactive pirate shows. Get ready to immerse yourself in the pirate lifestyle as you dress the part, learn to talk like a pirate, and even wield a sword.
Our family booked the Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise on our August vacation to Panama City Beach. Some of us had been on a pirate ship cruise before in Destin, Florida, and we had a great experience, so we figured the kids would love to go on this trip too!
Booking a pirate ship cruise in Panama City Beach, Fl
The only available pirate ship cruise in Panama City Beach, Florida is the Sea Dragon. You can book a pirate cruise through their website. The cruises run March-October and will frequently sell out, especially in the summer months. Make sure to book in advance!
All ages are welcome aboard the ship. Infants can be in carriers or car seat carriers, but no strollers are allowed onboard for safety purposes. However, wheelchairs are welcome!
Here are the ticket prices as of October 2023:
- Adults (15+): $27
- Seniors (60+): $23
- Children (14 & under): $19
- Toddlers (1-2 years): $13
- Infants: FREE
Sunset cruises are $2 more per ticket!
The pirate cruise is a 2-hour excursion that stays within a half-mile of the shore. This increases the chances of seeing dolphins as well as keeping the ship in calmer waters. The cruises are rarely canceled due to weather (rain usually only lasts 10-15 minutes, and if longer, activities can be moved inside) but you will receive a phone call in the unlikely event of a cancellation.
There are plenty of seats on the ship for adults to sit after the kids get up for activities (which is basically moments after leaving shore.) You can choose to sit or stand during the cruise!
Activities on the Panama City Beach pirate ship
Prepare to be entertained! The kids will be loving it from the moment they step onto the ship!
Captain “Fearless Phil” and his crew will be singing and dancing, and encouraging everyone to sing along. They’ll teach the kids some pirate language (don’t worry – only the family-friendly kind!) and put on a little skit.
The kids will love it when they “fire the cannon” and when the sunken treasure is pulled up from the sea! They’ll even each get to go home with a piece of treasure!
During the cruise, the kids will be taken to get face paintings below deck. On our cruise, while the girls got face paintings, the boys had to swab the deck! Then they switched and the boys got their faces painted while the girls came back on deck.
You can expect toy sword fights and water gun battles! During the activities, Captain Fearless Phil will be on the lookout for dolphins and announce when he spots them so everyone has a chance to stop and look!
It really is non-stop fun activities for the kids throughout the entire cruise. It was definitely one of the highlights of our family vacation, and we would choose to do it again in a heartbeat!
Also read: Your Guide to Panama City Beach with Kids
Answers to your questions about the Sea Dragon Pirate Ship Cruise
Are there food and drinks available on the Panama City Beach pirate cruise?
They don’t sell full meals on the Sea Dragon, but you can get hot dogs, chips, snacks, and drinks. And the food is at a surprisingly reasonable price!
There are fun souvenir cups if you are willing to pay the extra price, and there are alcoholic drinks for sale as well.
Will we see dolphins on a pirate cruise in Panama City Beach?
It’s likely! During our 2-hour excursion, we saw dolphins at least 3 separate times. They were easiest to view from the top deck of the ship. The top deck has the most seating, a good view of the scenery, as well as a view looking down at the activities on the lower deck.
If you’re hoping to save money on your Panama City Beach vacation and want to do the pirate cruise, you could eliminate a dolphin cruise from your itinerary since you will likely see them from the pirate ship!
Are there restrooms on the ship?
There are restrooms located downstairs on the ship, and they were very clean!
Tips for a fun pirate ship excursion
I have a few extra tips to make your Panama City Beach pirate ship cruise more memorable!
Consider dressing your kids for the part! They can get some accessories onboard the ship, such as a cardboard pirate hat (which was free.) Pirate-themed souvenirs are also sold onboard, such as swords, eye patches, and other items. However, you can buy these things at a dollar store before your trip if you plan ahead!
If your child is having a birthday, let the crew know as soon as you board the ship! The crew will call out their names during the cruise!
Be very careful going up and down the stairs, and make sure you assist your small kids! It can be dangerous when the boat rocks even slightly!
The cruise is aimed towards kids aged 10 and under, but even older kids had fun watching! Adults can choose to sit on the top deck sipping an alcoholic beverage and watching for dolphins the entire time if they want to just relax!
Don’t miss the opportunity to create lasting memories on this one-of-a-kind pirate adventure in Panama City Beach. So, hoist the Jolly Roger, gather your crew, and prepare for a swashbuckling journey like no other.
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