Frequently Asked Questions

How far offshore will you go?

We stay within a half a mile from shore so you can enjoy the scenery of the coast.

Can we bring strollers aboard the ship?

Due to safety regulations, you cannot bring strollers aboard our boats. You are welcome to bring a car carrier on board, but no strollers.

Do I bring my own life jacket?

There is no need. We have plenty of life vests for everyone on board, even children. Just arrive at the dock ready to experience a wonderful sightseeing cruise.

May I bring my dog?

For the safety of your pets we do not allow dogs aboard our cruises. However, if you have a service dog, we welcome them, provided they are wearing a Coast Guard approved dog safety vest.

Will we get in the water with the dolphins?

For your safety and for everyone aboard, we do not allow swimming from our boats. Our tours are strictly for your sightseeing enjoyment. But be assured, you will have a wonderful experience enjoying the dolphins and the beautiful scenery of Shell Island from the open comfort of our deck.

Where do I sit?

There is plenty of room for anyone who would like to have a seat. But don’t feel obligated to sit during our cruise! You are more than welcome to stand along the rail and enjoy the beautiful scenery or move about the ship while we are underway. And of course everyone enjoys our hula-hoop competition, water canon fights and other fun games.

Will I get seasick?

We certainly hope not! The speed of our boats usually makes for a smooth ride to Shell Island. If you are worried or prone to motion sickness, be sure to take medication early enough prior to setting sail (please read label instructions) to be sure it’s working. If you or anyone in your group begins to feel queasy, please make the Captain or one of the crew aware and we will try to help.

What happens if it rains?

It’s not uncommon for weather on the Florida coast to be inconsistent. It’s entirely possible for rain to be falling in your area, but still sunny at our location. However, if we do have to cancel a cruise due to inclement weather, we will contact you at the phone number you gave us when you made the reservation. If you are concerned and haven’t been contacted, please feel free to call us. Also note that rain squalls do occur on the Panama coast, but generally pass over within 10-15 minutes without interfering with our cruises.

Is smoking allowed on the cruise?

No. Due to the seating on our boats and for the comfort of everyone on our cruises, we ask that you not smoke while we are out enjoying the ocean air and Florida sunshine.

Are your boats accessible by wheelchair?

Unfortunately, no. We do welcome individuals with mobility issues who require the use of a cane or walker. The Captain and the crew will do whatever we can to help get you safely aboard and settled on deck.

Are there bathroom facilities?

No. However, there are facilities on our dock that you are welcome to use before and after our cruise.