Drink up, me hearties! It’s Gasparilla season in the city of Tampa. While the pirates will make their collective presence felt during the parades and performances downtown and Ybor City, another ship is set to dock in the city on a more permanent basis.
Don’t worry, no need to raise the white flag. The pirates aboard this ship have no interest in taking over the city. Instead, these pirates are just out to let you cruise around the city in buccaneer fashion.
All aboard The Lost Pearl
Yacht StarShip announced the addition of a Pirate Ship to their fleet of dining yachts and water taxis in Downtown Tampa. The Pirate Ship, Lost Pearl, will be located at Yacht Starship and Pirate Water Taxi’s Dock, Stop 7, at the Tampa Convention Center.
“We have long recognized Tampa’s rich pirate history, theming our Water Taxi operation with a pirate theme and now adding a full-blown Pirate Ship to the fleet! Locals and visitors can take a real pirate ship adventure in search of treasure and dolphins on the beautiful waters of Tampa Bay,” says Yacht StarShip President and CEO Troy Manthey.
Public cruises begin in February
The Lost Pearl will offer public cruises beginning February 8, 2020. In addition, Lost Pearl will be available for private charters including birthday parties, weddings, corporate and convention events.
These cruises will include a rowdy pirate show, dolphin sightings and tons of photo ops. There will be plenty for the younger patrons to enjoy, too.
The vessel has two decks and a capacity of 125 guests. Lost Pearl previously operated in Virginia Beach, Va. and was acquired on December 26, 2019. The massive ship sailed to Tampa on its own power for the 1,110 mile voyage made by Yacht Starship’s crew. The transit took seven days, departing Virginia Beach, Va. Dec. 27, 2019 and arrived in Tampa Jan. 3, 2020.
Debuts at Gasparilla
Lost Pearl’s maiden voyage will take place on Gasparilla with a regular cruise schedule beginning Feb. 8, 2020.
Learn more on Yacht Starship’s website.