Q: Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
We strongly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance as tours very often sell out. This way you can be sure to get the day and time booked for the tour you want. Tickets can be purchased on FareHarbor using the button at the top of the page, or you may call 727-934-0547 (or 727-484-2937 after hours) if you have any questions about our cruises.
Q: Where will we go on the tours?
Tours depart from the Historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks and travels down the Anclote River out to the gulf of Mexico and to the Anclote Island. The location of the dolphins and other natural circumstances may cause the route to vary slightly from tour to tour.
Q: What will we see on the tours?
Each tour is a unique experience and no two tours are exactly alike. While dolphins are the main attraction for most tours, we will be seeing a variety of wildlife including nesting osprey, herons, egrets and sometimes endangered species like the manatees and sea turtles.
Q: Do you cancel tours due to bad weather?
Tours usually run in light rain and minimally poor weather conditions. If we decide the weather conditions are unsafe we will cancel the tour. Weather conditions are monitored right up to the departure time and cancellations are made by Odyssey Cruises up to one hour prior to departure. If we cancel the tour you will have the opportunity to reschedule based on availability or receive a credit towards a future tour. All of our boats have a roof that runs the length of the boat. Don’t be too disappointed if your tour departs in less than ideal weather conditions. Our tours taken in light rain often experience the best wildlife and dolphin shows.
Q: Can I get a refund or reschedule my tour after buying tickets?
Yes. If you notify us at least 24 hours before your scheduled departure.
Q: Will I get wet on the tour?
Unless it is raining, you will probably not get wet on your tour. Our boats are fully covered on top but the sides are open. If you experience light rain or wind on your tour you may get some sea spray or rain through the sides, but we have side curtains we can roll down in those cases. Please note that if you are taking a tour that disembarks at the island, your feet may get wet when getting off the boat.
Q: Are food and beverages available on the tour?
Soft drinks, beer, wine, and our famous margaritas are available for purchase on board. You are more than welcome to bring food on board, but please no drinks.
Q: Is there a restroom on the boat?
Yes, we have restrooms on all of our boats.
Q: How smooth is the ride? Am I likely to get seasick?
Our tour boats are a dual-hull design which provides a very smooth ride. The Anclote river to very calm and the Intercostal is calm. We have not yet had anyone get seasick on one of our tours.
Q: Are children allowed on the tours?
Yes. Our tours are appropriate for all ages. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We offer a reduced price ticket for children ages 2-10 and children under 2 years old can tour for free. Please note that due to Coast Guard rules all children are required to have a ticket, even a free childrens ticket.
Q: Can we bring a cooler onboard?
Do to safety issues, Please do not bring coolers on board.
Q: Are the tour boats handicap accessible?
Q: Is the tour safe for pregnant women?
We recommend you consult your doctor to be sure. Our tours are safe, calm and comfortable we have no restrictions for pregnant women.
Q: What are the chances we will see dolphins on this tour?
We see dolphins 95% of the time.
Q: Will we be able to feed, pet or touch the dolphins?
No. . Dolphins are protected by the national marine mammal act therefore we do not touch, chase, pursue, harass or feed wild dolphins as it is against the law.
Q: Is gratuity included in the price of the tour?
A gratuity for your Odyssey Cruises Crew is not included in the ticket price. If you had a great time and wish to recognize your crew for a job well done, you are welcome to give a gratuity. All gratuities are shared and appreciated. We are sometimes asked what is appropriate, and while it is entirely up to you, 15% is most common in the industry.
Q: Is there parking available nearby?
Yes, There are paid parking lots up and down Dodecanese Blvd, the ‘main drag’ of the Sponge Docks. including one located at our ticket booth, 776 Dodecanese blvd.
Q: Are there life jackets on-board?
Per Coast Guard regulations all tours have life jackets for everyone on board. This includes life jackets for both adults and children. If you have infant coming on-board, we recommend you bring a life jacket that fits your small child.
Q: Is smoking permitted during the tour?
No, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the boat.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
Yes. There is a 35 pound weight limit, your dog must be on a leash and must be well behaved. The State of Florida does not allow dogs on the beach. Our Crew will watch them while you’re on the beach.
Q: Should I bring a camera or binoculars with me?
We highly encourage guests to bring a camera or binoculars as you will see many photo opportunities.
Q: What should I wear?
Dress as you normally would for the weather conditions. If you are taking an evening tour you may want an extra layer since temperatures drop once the sun goes down. It is also recommended to bring beach attire and water shoes if you wish to disembark on the island.
Q: Is there shade on the boat?
3/4 of our boat is covered, providing some shade. There are seats that are not covered.
Q: Is there music on board?
Yes. Additionally, during all of our cruises your Captain and crew will be having fun talking and educating you on our Bottlenose Dolphins, Nature and the importance of the Eco Systems.
Q: Do you offer gift certificates for your tours?
Gift certificates are available for purchase. If you wish to purchase a gift certificate, please call 727-934-0547 or 727-484-2937 after hours or email us and we will be happy to assist you.
Q: Are private charters available?
Yes, if you would like to book a private group tour or have one custom tailored for your needs, please click here and we will be happy to assist you. Whether you are planning a wedding or a private party, Odyssey Cruises will work with you to create the perfect tour for your occasion.
Q: What else is there to do in the area?
Tarpon Springs is full of history and that are lots of fun things to do. Visit SpongeDocks.Net for more information on Tarpon Springs.
Q: Why choose Odyssey Cruises?
All cruises offer you a chance to witness “once in a lifetime” views of the historic Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks as well as the beautiful and amazing wildlife only found on the West Coast of Florida. It’s not just a tour, it’s an adventure! We do not allow guests to take any live shells on our boat.