Dine on the Water (Literally) in Tampa Bay

Break bread in style on these Tampa Bay dining cruises.

A candlelit table for two, overlooking the water—what could be more romantic? How about a table for two on the water? Tampa Bay takes waterfront dining to the next level with an assortment of cruises perfect for wining and dining. Whether you prefer a themed buffet with a party vibe or a meal made with local produce, enjoyed aboard a private vessel, you can find it here. 

Dinner With a View

Set sail as the sun sinks over the water on Yacht StarShip’s Clearwater Sunset Dinner Cruise. Voted “the nation’s best place to watch a sunset by USA Today,” this dinner cruise provides exquisite views and freshly prepared cuisine. Guests will be shown to their private, reserved table and treated to a seated appetizer, buffet selection and dessert. After dinner, Yacht StarShip invites sailors to make their way to the lounge deck, purchase a champagne toast and sway to romantic classics and chart-topping tunes. 

A Marvelous Mid-Day Meal

Hop aboard StarLite Cruises’ Daytime Dining Yacht Cruise for a relaxing ride along Florida’s inland waters. The cruise features narration from the captain and the option to purchase a lunch in one of its climate-controlled dining areas. Its menu includes appetizers and entrees such as Vegetarian Harvest, Shrimp Creole and a daily selection from the seafood market. Guests can also indulge in a glass of wine or a cocktail from its large specialty drink menu—Aloha Paradise, anyone? 

Take a Tropical Trip

Munch on Mango Glazed Chicken and take part in “interactive entertainment with a Caribbean flair” on StarLite’s Evening Casual Tropical Buffet cruise. Those who set sail on the Calypso Queen can purchase meal tickets and dig into a Tropical Island Style Dinner Buffet, which includes complimentary beer, wine, rum punch and soft drinks. After they've had their fill, fun-loving couples can do the limbo and dance to island party music on this dinner cruise. 

Luxury and Leisure

Branding itself as much more than an ordinary boat ride, Olde World Sailing Line’s Sunset Dinner Cruise boasts first-class service. Guests will experience an award-winning orchestra musician playing sea shanties and a customized three-course dinner. Departing from downtown Tampa two hours before sunset, Olde World’s Sunset Dinner Cruise exudes luxury, never sailing with more than six guests. 

Choose Your Own Adventure

Kuma Too’s Full Day Sail is an eight-hour experience, chock-full of swimming, sunning, exploration and, of course, a lunch made with local ingredients. Kuma Too also provides a spread of fresh hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soda, ice and bottled water. The catamaran’s captains, Mandy and Joe Rosello, say guests rave about having access to fresh fruit from the Dunedin Market or local produce stand while on board. Kuma Too is decked out with staterooms, a lounge, sound system, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a thousand square feet of open deck space, perfect for spoiling that special someone with a lunch date and a day on the water. 

Madison Sullivan
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Madison Sullivan is an Assistant Editor with Morris Visitor Publications, based in Aug...