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Choose one of our regularly scheduled cruises for that special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. For larger parties, we offer private dining areas and private vessel charters. From nature cruises to fine dining yacht cruises, casual tropical party cruises to dolphin tours, and luncheon cruises to full day tour group excursions, we offer it all! Check out our fleet of passenger vessels and variety of cruises on scenic Florida inland waters. We have a cruise for you!

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Island Soul Luxury Tampa Charter Yacht is like no other yacht located in Tampa Bay including 8 foot ceilings, Exquisite master suite with full bath, Three additional cabins with full bath, Fully Equipped galley designed to entertain, Distinct gathering areas located on 2 decks, State of the art sound system and sunbathing decks.

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This rugged, exceedingly well built Tampa Charter Yacht blends form and function in a way that makes her ideal for Bahamas cruising and other island hopping. Her shallow 2′ 6″ draft and Hamilton water-jet drives make operating across the Bahama Bank a breeze, while at the same time affording comfortable access to the many interesting harbors and anchorages often denied to deeper draft vessels.

With very nearly eight feet of headroom and equally generous elbow room in all compartments, the Island Soul Tampa Charter Yacht is well suited for spending extended periods of time aboard. Her cherry wood finish interior is inviting and relaxed, while her country-kitchen style galley facilitates convivial gatherings of family and friends. Large main-deck dining and living/entertainment areas flow together to eliminate any feeling of being cramped or confined in any way. Large windows and truly full sized doorways work to enhance the feeling that she is a much larger vessel than her 90 feet LOA.  LEARN MORE…

Island Soul’s Tampa Charter Yacht crewed charter begins with our custom-built yacht, that will create a unique experience on the water like no other. Our experienced, professional crew thrives to exceed your expectations. We look forward to creating your once in a lifetime water journey. LEARN MORE…

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When you cruise with Island Soul Tampa Charter Yacht, your charter will be a memorable yacht experience! Our spacious staterooms, wide open decks and comfortable seating areas will be a treat where your guests can relax and gather. Book a half day to celebrate a special event or take a full day or more and enjoy being on the water. We include full use of our Tampa Charter Yacht with our captain, crew, drinks, gear, water toys and more!  Island Soul can accommodate you and 12 of your guests.  Please call 813-731-2812  and we will answer any questions you may have and help you plan your own customized cruise itinerary.

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Enjoy the best nighttime experience Tampa Bay has to offer aboard the Island Soul.

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Create your dream wedding experience aboard the Island Soul, and make a lifetime memory.

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What to Expect When You Book a Luxury Yacht Charter While sailing in a private yacht with Island Soul Charters, patrons can expect opulent style and supreme elegance. The coastal destinations surrounding Florida offer a grand setting for relaxation, water exploration, or even a high-tide adventure. Cruisers have control over their entire itinerary, as well […]

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In 2018 the Island Soul was remodeled to provide you an improved yachting experience. Below are a list of some of the renovations to enhance your time on the Island Soul Charter Yacht. Island Soul’s Refit list 2018 / 2019 Salon: New stereo and audio-visual equipment, surround sound and 65” TV New HD Sertiglide blinds […]

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Come aboard Yacht StarShip for the ultimate weekend brunch experience. Enhance your experience by adding Bottomless Mimosas Available for $15 Purchase on board. Set sail as you sip on endless mimosas and enjoy a specially-prepared brunch with friends and family. Unwind from the week and relax on the water while you take in the skyline views of Downtown Tampa. After brunch, enjoy dancing and live music on the top deck while you cruise the waters of Downtown Tampa!

Cruise Information:

Location: 603 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602 Days: Saturdays & Sundays Boards: 12:00 p.m. Cruises: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m The exact times may vary. Please check the calendar and email confirmation for the exact times.

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Prices are subject to change based on timing and availability. Price does not include tax, administrative & processing fees, and marine fees. For brunch cruises, a $5 gratuity per person is to be paid on the yacht to the server. Adults: Starts at $54.95 Children (Ages 2-12): Starts at $34.95 Infants (under 2): Free, but please include them in your reservation. Groups of 25+ Passengers: Please call 813-223-7999 or email [email protected] to book.

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  • Bottomless Mimosas Available for $15 Purchase on Board
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  • The Best Views of Downtown Tampa
  • Live Music (No DJ)

If you would like to upgrade your experience, please click here to view our available upgrades.

Dress Code: At Yacht StarShip we strive to create a sea of memories for everyone on board. We expect our guests to help support our inviting and family-friendly atmosphere by arriving in the appropriate dressy casual attire. We ask guests NOT to wear the following: excessively revealing clothing or exposed undergarments, see-through attire, mesh outfits, clothing with offensive language or graphics, ball caps, or torn pants. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to inform their party of the dress code. Admittance to Yacht StarShip is at the discretion of management who reserves the right to refuse service to patrons who arrive in attire not fitting our dress code, regardless of the reservation status. Patrons and guests who arrive and do not meet dress code requirements will not be permitted to cruise and tickets will be moved to store credit that is good for up to one year.

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Rock the Yacht Live Music Party Cruises

This season, say "Bon Voyage" to a mundane evening out and hop on board the hottest live music venue on the Bay! Rock the Yacht is BACK  aboard Yacht StarShip with special musical theme nights to stretch your sea legs and get you moving! Choose from  themes like Island Fever, Latin Salsa, Motown, or all of the above! Pick your pleasure cruise and have a rocking good time on the high seas. Yacht Cafe and Drink Specials are available on each cruise so you can Party like a Yacht Star.

There is NO reserved seating for these cruises. All live event tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. These events will cruise rain or shine ! These events are 21 & up with valid ID only (guests will not be allowed to board without showing valid ID) .

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Includes Red Carpet Boarding, One (1) Welcome Aboard Premium Cocktail, One (1) Yacht Cafe' Meal Voucher and Access to Private VIP Areas on each Deck of the Yacht with a Dedicated Cocktail Server! - Only $50!

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Funk and Blues Party Cruise featuring the Gerry Williams Band

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Boards: 9:30 PM, Departs: 10:00 PM, Returns: 12:30 AM

Enjoy a Funk & Blues Party Cruise with the funky and soulful Gerry Williams Band! With influences such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Al Green and Prince, Gerry Williams is known for his powerful performances and memorable moments. On stage, he blows away the crowd with his vibraphone and timbalino solos, while bringing the audience to life with his gospel rooted vocals and talent on the keys. The Gerry Williams Band is a cross between funk, Soul, R&B and JamBand. The music is blended with funky melodies and high energy rhythm and horn arrangements.

General Admission: $30 per person*

VIP Ticket: $50 per person*

**Plus tax and must be 21 and older with valid ID to cruise!

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Mardi Gras Party featuring Brown Bag Brass Band

Saturday, August 20, 2016

This season, say "Bon Voyage" to a mundane evening out with the NOLA-inspired Brown Bag Brass Band!  This Mardi Gras Party will help stretch your sea legs and get you moving! Yacht Cafe and Drink Specials are available on each cruise so you can Party like a Yacht Star.

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Island Fever Party featuring Impulse

Saturday, August 27, 2016

An Island Fever Party band that is dynamic, evocative, charismatic and soulful! For the last fifteen years, Impulse has captivated the hearts of music lovers crossing culture, race and age. The band’s unique style of zouk, calypso, reggae, soca and meringue offer the perfect blend of island sounds for a romantic moment, leisurely hours or jump up excitement.

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Sizzling Summer Nights Dance Party

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Boards: 9:30 PM; Departs: 10:00 PM; Returns: 12:30 AM

The Raydio Band is one of the hottest top 40 bands party bands Florida has to offer. Orlando based, this unique group of people are multi-talented, hard-working, and highly experienced, offering versatility, variety, and great energy, to any event. Playing hits from the 70’s to today, The Raydio Band is influenced by many different artists. From soul, to pop, to jazz, to rhythm and blues, you are guaranteed to hear something you’ll love. With their unique look, modern interpretation, you are sure to be taken on a musical journey. Sit back and enjoy the show, or get up and dance!

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Funk & Blues Party Cruise featuring the Cigar City Rollers

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Boards: 8:30 PM; Departs: 9:00 PM; Returns: 11:30 PM

This season, say "Bon Voyage" to a mundane evening out with the Cigar City Rollers! Rooted in boogaloo and New Orleans style funk, they sure know how to move a crowd! Yacht Cafe and Drink Specials are available on each cruise so you can Party like a Yacht Star.

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  • Price: Dinner & Cruise: Adult: $79.95 – $119.95 plus tax, marine fee, and $10 gratuity paid on board to server Child (ages 2-12): $54.95 – $94.95 plus tax, marine fee, and $5 gratuity paid on board to server Cruise-Only (No Dinner): Adult: $49.95 – $74.95 plus tax, marine fee, and $5 gratuity  Child (ages 2-12): $29.95 – $54.95 plus tax, marine fee, and $5 gratuity Limit four drinks per person to guests not dining Infants (under 2): Free, but please include in your reservation Prices are subject to change based on timing and availability. Price does not include tax, marine fee and gratuity.

Tampa Dining Cruise

Set sail on Yacht StarShip with the ultimate dining cruise and cocktail adventure on the waterways of Tampa Bay. Take in spectacular views of Downtown Tampa while enjoying a Free at Sea complimentary open bar*. Whether you’re a beer drinker, wine lover, or cocktails are more your style, it’s all free with your cruise ticket. It’s time to escape and relax with the best views of Tampa, dinner aboard America’s first 3-Diamond rated dining yacht, dancing on the top deck, and an open bar that’s free at sea!  *Times and dates are subject to change. This is an ongoing event that happens weekly at Yacht Starship.*    

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New upscale dining river cruise brings unique experience to Tampa

by: Brody Wooddell

Posted: Sep 21, 2023 / 11:39 AM EDT

Updated: Sep 21, 2023 / 11:39 AM EDT

Tampa, Fla (BLOOM) – Tampa residents and visitors can look forward to a fresh and unique dining experience as Yacht Starship Dining Cruises introduces “Craft,” Tampa’s first dining river cruiser. This purpose-built vessel, representing a significant multi-million-dollar investment, is set to create employment opportunities in Tampa while offering a distinctive approach to dining on the water.

Craft has been a long-cherished vision for Yacht Starship Dining Cruises, stemming from their first Tampa cruise more than two decades ago. This specialized vessel aims to redefine the cruising scene in Tampa by providing guests with an exceptional culinary and cocktail river journey. Notably, Craft’s design allows it to navigate under the city’s low bridges, offering a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Troy Manthey, the President and CEO, expressed his enthusiasm for this new addition, saying, “Craft signifies a new era of cruising in Tampa that is certain to exceed guest expectations. We are proud to contribute to Tampa’s recognition as a top destination for boat tours.”

Craft boasts impressive dimensions, measuring 130 feet in length and accommodating up to 150 passengers. Resembling European river cruise ships, it introduces several innovations to the U.S passenger vessel industry, such as an open kitchen with a gas grill and stove, a vintage wooden cruiser serving as a bar, and multiple seating options, including indoor, outdoor, and bar seating. It also utilizes diesel outboard propulsion for its displacement dining cruise, a first of its kind.

Chef Allison Beasman, previously the Executive Chef at Edison Food and Drink Lab, will curate the culinary offerings aboard Craft. The open kitchen concept allows guests to observe meal preparation while enjoying craft cocktails from the bar. Chef Beasman is eager to bring a unique dining concept to Tampa, promising memorable meals crafted from fresh local ingredients.

Reservations for Craft’s cruises will be available soon, with the first voyages scheduled to commence in Fall 2023. For further details, interested individuals can visit Craft’s official website or follow updates on social media platforms.

Yacht StarShip, renowned for its blend of cuisine, casual elegance, and live entertainment, has been a part of Tampa’s community since 2001. Apart from Craft, its fleet includes Pirate Water Taxi, Lost Pearl pirate adventure cruise, Bay Rocket speed boat thrill ride, Tampa Riverwalk Rentals, and more.

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Jimmy Buffett’s new Margaritaville cruise ship just arrived in Tampa

T AMPA — Tampa’s newest cruise ship has arrived, coming from the Jimmy Buffett cruise line Margaritaville at Sea. The company’s second ship, The Islander, will begin sailing Friday, June 14, from Port Tampa Bay for four- and seven-day trips to Mexico and Key West.

Themed for the chill Buffett-inspired lifestyle, the Margaritaville cruise line has been offering shorter two-night itineraries to the Bahamas out of Palm Beach. But its new larger ship launching from Tampa will more than double the passenger capacity of the boutique cruise line with 1,105 staterooms, which includes six signature grand suites inspired by some of the late singer’s most iconic songs. Cruises start at $229 to Cozumel and $479 for longer trips that include Belize and Mexico.

It offers a three-story poolside LandShark Bar at Sea, a Play Pad, water slide, casino, spa and pools. Guests will be able to fuel up at the Port of Indecision Buffet, stay in shape at the Fins Up Fitness Center, relax at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Pool and take a selfie at the Flip Flop Atrium.

Savannah Buffett, eldest daughter of the late singer, songwriter and sailor, will be the ship’s official godmother . She co-authored two children’s books with her father, has hosted radio shows, and was a back-up singer in the 1998 music video “Jamaica Farewell.”

The Tampa cruises will feature mostly four- and five-night western Caribbean itineraries to Cozumel, Key West and the Yucatan town of Progreso.

Earlier this year, the company announced that teachers, first responders and military will be able sail as many times as they like for free with a paying guest. In addition, all passengers sailing in the hero’s stateroom will receive an Express Pass and other benefits as part of the enhanced program. To take advantage of the offer, book online through the link available on Govx.com or at margaritavilleatsea.com/offers/heroessailfree/ .

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The Islander arrived in Tampa on Monday, June 10.

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TAMPA — Starting Friday, a sold-out cruise will sail from Port Tampa Bay to Mexico with Parrot Heads aboard the newest ship in the Jimmy Buffett-themed cruise line Margaritaville at Sea.

We took a two-day preview tour of The Islander in advance of the first of its four- and five-night excursions to Mexico and Key West. The cruise line is known for its low prices and high-octane parties and music. The Islander is the second ship in the Margaritaville fleet, a completely refurbished 85,000-ton ship that was formerly operated by the Italian Costa Cruises.4

The first sight on board is a dramatic 14-story atrium with a giant teal Margaritaville flip-flop (and nearby pop-top) at the base. It has multistory margarita glass chandeliers, floating fish, parrots and a replica of Buffett’s own personal seaplane soaring high above the Flip Flop Bar.

With 1,105 staterooms, The Islander has double the capacity of the Palm Beach-based Paradise ship that the cruise line has operated since 2015. Islander cruises start at $229 to Mexico and Key West and start at $479 for longer trips that in 2025 will include Belize on a seven-day itinerary.

The ship sports sleek retro and tropical stylings, all in service to the fans of the late singer known for bringing a chill attitude and appreciation for sun, surf and strong drinks with a twist of lime. Buffett’s music ranges from country to rock, folk and Caribbean tales of sun-bleached days searching for a shaker of salt. That gives the cruise line a lot to work with.

The Cheeseburger in Paradise burger bar offers up a tasty smashburger lunch next to the pool at the three-story Landshark Bar. The poolside jumbo screen plays films of Buffett’s concerts, like the time in 2010 he performed barefoot in Gulf Shores, Alabama, singing “Fins” with the Gulf of Mexico glistening behind him.

The trip begins with a 5 O’Clock Somewhere Sail Away Party that even in this week’s rainy weather drew passengers to the top deck to cheer as the ship sailed under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. A giant rainbow greeted the ship as it passed under the spans of the Skyway on its first excursion Tuesday.

True to its partying nature, there are 13 themed bars and lounges sprinkled throughout the ship, each with its own signature margarita and live music at some point in the day or night. And it’s not just Buffett’s music. Tom Petty and Paul Simon tunes drift out of the lounges, and live shows range from pop acts to an electric violin.

There’s a piano bar called Bubbles, a Coral Reefer Lounge and a tip of a Panama hat to Cuba in the Havana Dreaming Sports Bar that is a sports bar by day, with marble tabletops, crushed red velvet seats, a replica of an old Chevy as a picture backdrop and lots of rum drinks. At night, it becomes a Latin nightclub with a band loudly cranking salsa and Latin pop tunes.

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At the Stars on the Water Theater (named for Buffett’s 1983 country rock hit), dancers and aerialists put on high-energy shows. One, called Caribbean Heat, is set to tropical-themed pop tunes. In a new show called Conky Tonkin’ (the original name of Buffett’s pairing with Kenny Chesney in 2004′s “License to Chill”), the dancers combine a Coyote Ugly bar scene vibe with a jukebox musical of classic country tunes, from Johnny Cash to modern country hits.

“This ship is a home run ... in the making,” said veteran cruiser Harvey Horowitz, who traveled on the preview with his wife, Phyllis. The Lake Worth retirees have been on the Palm Beach Margaritaville Paradise ship many times. It’s cheap, they said, and close to their East Coast home. But this ship, at twice the size and sparkling in its newness, won them over.

The “in the making” caveat from Harvey comes from the many hiccups that a new operation understandably undergoes. The Wi-Fi broke, they briefly lost hot water in their room, and their meals were mostly up to par, though small serving sizes and some other misses gave them pause.

“But for the price, you have a lot to work with,” he said. “The layout is really easy to navigate, the staff is great and there’s lots to do. So I think this will be a home run for the area.”

Meals at the Port of Indecision Buffet or the Fins dining room were familiar cruise offerings like Cajun gumbo and Huli Huli chicken, though portions tended to be small without a lot of flair. The Mexican Cutie Cantina and a decent pizza at Frank & Lola’s are among the five complimentary dining options. There are six specialty dining options for an extra fee, ranging from JWB Steakhouse to sushi, specialty coffees and an adults-only Tiki Grill.

Charges add up quickly for bigger rooms, technology packages, fancier restaurants, express check-in, drink packages, extra fees and gratuities. Some critics have complained that such nickel-and-diming can make the cheap admission price misleading. But defenders have noted that at that price you can expect middle-of-the-road fare on the dinner plate while enjoying the sleek stylings of a newly upgraded ship.

It has a Margaritaville-inspired cornhole and mini-golf course alongside family-friendly spaces like the Caribbean Amphibian Splash and Slide and a pickleball court.

Ashley Hartig, a Sarasota lifestyle and parenting influencer on Instagram @Ashley.Hartig and on TikTok @thehartigfamily , said after her time on the ship, “This is going to be really great for this area, to get that vacation feel so close to home.”

“It’s just a short trip and you get taken away to this Caribbean escape,” she said.

She said her impression was that it was going to be a booze-cruise party boat, “but this had way more options for kids and families than I expected.”

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a reporter covering events, things to do and family experiences through the region. Reach her at [email protected].

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