History buffs and Disney fans alike know that there are endless sources of entertainment and amazing stories to be found in the legacy of pirates. While some can be brutal and grim, others are downright inspirational. From the real-life accounts of Grace O'Malley, to the fictional hilarity of Jack Sparrow—sorry, Captain Jack Sparrow—pirates have made for some incredible tales for years. While the times of true sea thieves are long gone, you can set sail with Buccaneer Pirate Cruise in Destin, Florida, that’s pretty close to the real deal.

The Buccaneer is a 100-foot, triple deck vessel that sees over 50,000 passengers a year. It’s an exciting experience of family fun with original characters who all boast intricate backstories. And any fiction-loving nerd knows that the lore is the best part of the story.

Owners Captain Steve and Wendy Wilson had a dream of adding to the diverse cruise adventures offered on Florida’s coast with their own pirate-themed attraction and began their journey in 1994.

They knew what many fans of the sea know, and it is that pirates never truly go out of style.

Today, the image of the vessel alone is enough to draw in guests. The Buccaneer commands a dramatic presence, boasting reclaimed wood and lofty sails.

The cruise entertains passengers with interactive sword fights, water gun battles, storytelling, dancing, and treasure hunts, and is good fun for all ages.

There is a variety of food and drinks to purchase onboard. The ship coasts through the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Destin Harbor, and the East Pass where the water is calmer, and the tour lasts for about two hours.

While you're out on the water, keep an eye out for right whales this November, or visit these stunning gulf coast beaches.

Buccaneer Pirate Cruise 

Price: $36

When: Reservations recommended

Address: HarborWalk Village Marina Level 100 Harbor Blvd, Suite Destin, FL 32541

Why You Need To Go: Hop aboard this massive vessel and live a pirate's life for a day!


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