Southern Star Dolphin Cruise and Buccaneer Pirate Ship Conclude 2012 with National Recognition

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Maritime Charters fleet breaks attendance records, receives national awards and TripAdvisor's "Certificate of Excellence."

Southern Star Dolphin Cruise Awarded TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence

It has been such an amazing year. We are excited for what 2013 brings, says Captain Wilson.

Destin’s original dolphin cruise, The Southern Star, rounds out 2012 as the recipient of TripAdvisor’s “Certificate of Excellence” award.

The dolphin eco-tour has received over 85 reviews totaling 4.5 out of five stars.

“We are honored and humbled by this award. It has been such an amazing year with consistent bookouts on both boats while maintaining an excellent level of customer service to our visitors,” says Captain Steve Wilson.

Adding to this banner 2012, Wilson added to the Maritime Charter’s fleet with a custom-built, 100ft. vessel, the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise. The Buccaneer Pirate Cruise allows kids of all ages to enjoy a two-hour treasure quest cruise through the Destin Harbor and Gulf of Mexico.

Children are entertained the entire time with “yo, ho, hos,” story-telling, water gun fights, face-painting, searching for treasure and more, while parents and guardians enjoy an adult beverage with the onboard cash bar and wonderful sunsets. Friendly bantering by the Crew of the Buccaneer provides consistent laughter for the whole family.

“Our slogan on the Buccaneer is unlock the treasures of your heart and let your dreams come true, and we feel we have already started to capture that sentiment with both the pirate ship and the dolphin cruise. They serve as a great complement to each other, and we cannot wait for what 2013 will have in store,” continues Wilson.

The TripAdvisor certificate complements the other fine achievements made this year, including a record breaking 55,000 guests onboard, being chosen by Regions Bank as part of their national 2013 campaign and being featured by the Christian-based, OneHope, to inspire both their internal staff and missionaries abroad with their testimonials.

"We would like especially thank the entire Emerald Coast community for their continued support of our business. It would not be possible without your support," said Captain Steve and Wendy Wilson.

Stay connected with Facebook at Southern Star Dolphin Cruises and Buccaneer Pirate Cruise, follow them on Twitter at @SouthernStarFL and @BuccaneerDestin, and check out their website at and

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