Explore St. Pete and Clearwater aboard a StarLite Cruise

Enjoy fun-filled cruises ranging from upscale dining on a yacht to family-friendly dolphin tours

By Kara Franker,

There’s no better way to explore the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area than by boat. A perfect activity for the whole family, StarLite Cruises offers several boating styles and experiences – from upscale dinner yachts to dolphin cruises and eco-tours.

Expect incredible bay and city views; explore small islands; and enjoy life on the water.

Let’s take a look at each of StarLite's cruise options.

Book the ultimate dinner cruise on the "StarLite Majesty" — Photo courtesy of StarLite Cruises

StarLite Majesty Dining Yacht of Clearwater Beach

The recently remodeled StarLite Majesty is the flagship of the StarLite fleet. Take your pick from a lunch or dinner cruise on this majestic yacht, featuring three expansive decks. Two of the decks are enclosed for dining, and a top deck is open for sightseeing.

All meals are served at your table and include two to three courses, depending on the type of ticket you purchase.

The Sunday Luncheon Dance cruise includes an extended cruise time, as well as live music.   

StarLite Sapphire Dining Yacht of St. Pete Beach

The newest addition to the StarLite fleet, the two-deck StarLite Sapphire offers lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises.

The Evening Dinner Cruise includes an upscale four-course, 10-entrée menu; two dance floors; and non-stop entertainment.

Perfect for an outing with friends, the "StarLite Sapphire" cruise showcases panoramic views — Photo courtesy of StarLite Cruises

Calypso Queen of Clearwater Beach

The Calypso Queen is famous for its fun and casual vibe, with a tropical ambiance.

The cruise runs seven days a week and features an island-style buffet with shrimp cocktail, mango-glazed chicken, beef teriyaki, pulled pork, vegetarian baked ziti, blackened whitefish, a variety of vegetables, fruits and salads.

Buffet tickets include unlimited free beer, wine, rum punch and soft drinks. There’s also live entertainment to keep the party going.  

Set sail for sunset on the "Calypso Queen" — Photo courtesy of StarLite Cruises

Dolphin Racer of St. Pete Beach

Departing the Corey Causeway location, the Dolphin Racer includes an exhilarating high-speed ride on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico.

Watch as acrobatic bottlenose dolphins surf and dive alongside the boat. The Dolphin Racer creates a large wake, inviting the dolphin to jump and bodysurf nearby.

Unlike other dolphin cruises, StarLite guarantees that passengers will see dolphins. And for the rare occasion that no dolphins come to play, customers are offered free passes to cruise again, which never expire.  

See dolphins in their natural habitat on the "Dolphin Racer" — Photo courtesy of StarLite Cruises

Sea Life Safari at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Kids and adults alike love this one-of-a-hands-on boating experience. This trip includes a 90-minute search for dolphins, sea birds and other marine life, as guides narrate the scenic ride to Shell Island.

A marine biologist from Clearwater Marine Aquarium performs a net pull and passes around sea creatures before releasing them back to their natural habitat. The cruise also stops at a small island for 15 minutes of shelling.  

StarLite Cruises is a family business that has been around for 30 years; all of the vessels are family owned and operated.

StarLite Cruises caters both to groups and individuals, offering event planning for meetings, corporate groups, birthdays, anniversary parties, weddings, rehearsal dinners, youth groups, senior groups or individual cruise options.

Known for their dining experiences and attention to detail, the company prepares and serves an option of more than 10 entrees, unlike most cruising companies that offer only one.