7 Best Dinner Cruises In Tampa, Florida - Updated 2024

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Tampa is nestled on Florida’s Gulf Coast in Tampa Bay. Aside from the amazing Vrbo rentals and Airbnb monthly rentals that you can rent, this city is also home to many museums worth visiting. Historic sights can be seen in the Ybor City neighborhood, developed by Spanish and Cuban cigar-factory workers at the beginning of the 20th century. Nowadays it is home to a number of restaurants and nightlife options. Tampa also offers a number of theme and amusement parks, including Busch Gardens, an African-themed park with a number of animal viewing areas and fun rides. Adventure Island offers a water theme park with slides and other attractions. Animal lovers will enjoy Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park with its animals and interactive exhibits and the Florida Aquarium, where more than 20,000 marine animals and plants are on display. Take time out on the water by trying some of the best dinner cruises in Tampa, Florida.

1. Starlight Majesty Dinner & Dance Cruise from Clearwater (from USD 32.0)

A short drive to the west of Tampa will bring you to Clearwater, FL, located on Florida’s Caribbean coast. With the option of outdoor or indoor seating, you will be sure to enjoy beautiful sunsets while sailing around Tampa Bay, no matter the weather. On this delightful experience, bring along a loved one for a romantic night out on the water and enjoy everything that the Starlight Majesty Dinner & Dance Cruise has to offer! Book your tickets in advance so that you don’t miss out on this wonderful sunset dinner cruise in Tampa with dancing!

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Tampa Bay Yacht Cruise from Clearwater with Dinner Upgrade

Duration: 3 hours

405 reviews

2. Calypso Queen Tropical Party Buffet Cruise (from USD 45.0)

A tropical experience that will get you out of your hotel and grooving to the beat is the Calypso Queen Tropical Party Buffet Cruise. A paddleboat that has been outfitted to be the ultimate party spot on the water, the Calypso Queen departs from Clearwater, FL - just a short drive west from Tampa. Primarily a sightseeing cruise, the Calypso Queen does offer a delicious buffet-style spread for lunch and dinner as well as all the rum punch, wine, and beer you can drink. You can even have a unique nightclub experience on the waters. Transforming into a dance club on their evening cruises, the Calypso Queen features a live DJ and ample floor space for dancing. You won’t want to miss out on one of the best Tampa Bay dinner cruises!

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Calypso Queen Tropical Party Buffet Cruise

Duration: 2 hours

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3. Romantic sunset dinner cruise by Yacht Starship Cruises and Events

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Yacht StarShip Cruises & Events on Monday, 30 January 2017

Enjoy a beautiful Tampa sunset from one of the three decks of the luxurious Yacht Starship. This two-and-a-half-hour yacht dinner cruise in Tampa includes a delicious three-course meal. The meal includes starters, delicious entrees, sumptuous desserts, and a full cocktail menu. After dinner, take the opportunity to dance onboard to the music of the DJ on the promenade or lounge deck, or relax and watch the lights of Tampa float by.

Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise by Yacht Startship Cruises and Events

Address: Tampa Dock: 603 Channelside Dr., Tampa, Florida, USA

Website: Romantic Sunset Dinner Cruise by Yacht Starship Cruises and Events

Opening hours: 7:30pm - 10pm (daily)

Price: From 74.95 USD

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Sunset cruises

4. Sunset/Dolphin Cruise (from USD 350.0)

If you want to make your cruise extra special for your partner, friends, or family, why not book a private tour? This sunset cruise from Ruskin takes you to the waters of Tampa Bay and gives you a front-row view of delightful dolphins in the area. With the Sunshine Skyway Bridge as your backdrop, you’ll be surrounded by some of the best views in the state.

Your captain will be waiting on the docks at 5pm, just in time to welcome the magnificent sunset!

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Tampa Bay Sunset Dolphin Cruise from Ruskin

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

4 reviews

5. Sunset cruises by Tampa Water Taxi Co.

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Tampa Water Taxi Co. on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Have a romantic time on the water with your special someone while watching the sunset in a blaze of color over Tampa and the Gulf of Florida. Relax onboard the boat on this affordable cruise, while the lights of Tampa start coming on and the day starts to end. Bring your own bottle of wine and some tasty snacks to enjoy while on the boat. This romantic boat ride in Tampa lasts from one to one-and-a-half hours and timing varies depending on the season, but that sunset view is beautiful all year round.

Tampa Water Taxi Co.

Address: 200 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA

Website: Tampa Water Taxi Co.

Opening hours: 4:30pm - 9pm (daily)

Price: 25 USD

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6. Exciting evening cruise on Tampa Bay Fun Boat

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Private and Public FUN Boat Rental Includes, Captain, Fuel, a Full Size Restroom, Amazing Sound System & Holds up to 35...

Posted by Tampa Bay Fun Boat on Saturday, January 11, 2020

Downtown Tampa offers plenty of things to do, and a scenic tour around Harbour and Davis Islands is one of them. Tampa Bay Fun Boat takes 35 passengers out of the marina in downtown Tampa. The captain shows guests some of the famous homes as the boat passes by and gives historical information about the area. Dolphins are often sighted while out on the water, but this isn’t guaranteed. Guests receive free bottled water and there is a restroom on board. Take along a bottle of wine for a romantic sunset cruise, relaxing on board as the lights come on in Tampa with a background of a spectacular colorful sky. This is one of the best ways to end a busy day!

Tampa Bay Fun Boat

Website: Tampa Bay Fun Boat

Opening hours: 12pm - 8:15pm (daily)

Price: 18 USD

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7. Private group charters by Pirate Water Taxi

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Posted by Pirate Water Taxi on Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Pirate Water Taxis are available to ferry you around various points in the city or to relax and enjoy a sunset cruise. You can tour around the various Tampa islands and attractions or take part in one of the fun Haunted River Tours. Season tickets can be purchased if you are planning to get out on the water on a regular basis. The boats are also available for private group charters to celebrate a birthday, wedding or another group event. Group cruises can take up to 46 passengers. Food and beverage menus are available and you can bring your own drink for a corkage fee.

Pirate Water Taxi

Address: 603 Channelside Dr, Tampa, Florida, USA

Website: Pirate Water Taxi

Opening hours: 11:30am - 10pm (daily)

Price: From 20 USD

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Get out on the water in Tampa, Florida

Tampa, Florida is the ultimate getaway. From the best cooking classes to dinner cruises, this place has everything you need for an exciting vacation. After exploring all the many attractions this coastal city has to offer, take to the water with your loved one or family and enjoy a sunset cruise on a luxury yacht or a ride on a water taxi while participating in some of the best dinner cruises in Tampa, Florida, USA. You can spend quality time with your family on the boat and even spot an odd dolphin or two along the way!

For more accommodation options in the city, you can also check out these townhomes for rent.

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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