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Southern Star Dolphin Cruise
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Expect a Miracle aboard Southern Star! Enjoy a relaxing 2 hour tour aboard Destin’s Original Dolphin Cruise, as seen on National Geographic Explorer and CNN Earthwatch. Join us as we cruise the pristine waters, along the sugar-white sand beaches of the Emerald Coast. Witness the Coastal Bottlenose Dolphin in their natural habitat. Family owned and operated by Captain Steve and Wendy Wilson for 20 years, our 80’ Glass Bottom Boat is all about family fun! With over 10,000 dolphin sightings, you are sure to see something extraordinary.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We visited when the weather was a bit chilly and the waves were high, creating some issues for some of our group. However, the cruise itself was good. We saw the promised dolphins. The captain took us to more than one location and was very clear about why it is sometimes hard to find them. There are several outfits all looking for the same dolphins in the harbor, so it felt a little like a competition for perfect placement for viewing. Overall a nice time. Crew seemed friendly, but mostly young, making it hard for them to enforce rules when others were not listening to the instructions from the captain. We would book again.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This was a waste of 2 hours. We went out the day after a storm and because of that they would go out into the ocean. I paid for a tour of the ocean, NOT going in a circle around the harbor hoping we see one dolphin so that they make good on there advertising. Since we didn't see a single dolphin, we were offered a rain check to come back. Well, we were leaving the next day and not sure if we are ever coming back to Destin so that is pretty much worthless. Make sure you ask if the weather permits you to go out on the ocean because they will run the trip even if they know they will not go out on the ocean just to make the money and give out rain checks that half the people will never use!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This was the best part of our vacation! The staff is extremely friendly and the trip is relaxing and fun. Great for kids as well

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

This ride was worth paying. I loved this experience seeing the dolphins for the first time. Everything was amazing, and I think this ride deserves a good rating.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Saw 20-25, feed seagulls off back of boat. Captain and crew we're really curtious and helpful. Defendant recomend for familys.

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