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Pensacola's Dolphin Cruise offers the best cruising experience on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast. Cruise aboard the 63' open-air, covered catamaran - the Portofino I - and spy dolphin, birds, and the other marine life in the pristine waters off Pensacola's beautiful coast along the protected Gulf Islands National Seashore. This guided cruise, led by experienced and entertaining captains, sets sail from the Portofino Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach.

Activity Highlights

  • Relaxing cruise on the beautiful Emerald Coast
  • See dolphins and other marine wildlife
  • Experienced and entertaining captain and crew
  • Comfortable seating with optimal viewing areas

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Weather appropriate attire
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat


  • The tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The boat has a max. capacity of 100 passengers.
  • Cruises must meet a minimum of 12 passengers in order to depart.
  • Service dogs not allowed.
  • Customers are not allowed to bring food or drink on the boat.
  • Must be 21 or older to consume & purchase alcohol.
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Additional information

  • You must list the age of each customer for your booking to be confirmed.
  • The boat will cruise in the harbor of Pensacola Beach. The boat does not experience much movement, but those who are prone to motion sickness are asked to take preventative measures.
  • If weather or wind is deemed unfavorable by the vendor for your tour, another day will be scheduled or the customer may receive a full refund.
  • Free parking on-site.
  • Restrooms onboard.
  • There is a bar aboard the boat with drinks (soda, beer, water, & limited selection of liquor) and snacks for a nominal fee.
  • Large parties over 15 are asked to make reservations at least 24 hours prior to departure.

Cancellation policy

Customers may cancel at least 24 hours prior to their arrival date to receive a full refund minus a $5 service fee. Customers that cancel after the 24 hour period will not be eligible for a refund. If weather is unfavorable, the tour may be scheduled for a later time/date or a full refund will be issued. Customer may make changes to the reservation without any fees as long as it's outside the 24 hour cancellation period. No-shows will not be refunded.

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Read what other TripShock! travelers think about the Pensacola Beach Dolphin Cruise. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip. Only TripShock! customers may leave reviews. Please login to your reservation to post your review.


Review of Pensacola Beach Dolphin Cruise

  • Lori anne catrambone Alabama, USA Mar 15 2019 10:18am

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  • Laura Garcia Alabama, USA about 2 months ago

    Dolphin Tour

    The boat was was okay. However, I did not like that you couldn’t pick your seat. We sat in the middle of the boat and we couldn’t really see the dolphins because the people that had the side boat seats would stand up. So the boat ride was okay, but I wouldn’t recommend spending $27 to see other people’s heads.

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  • Management Response, about 2 months ago

    Laura, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. The seats on the dolphin cruise are first come, first serve. So if there is a particular place you'd like to be seated on the boat we suggest arriving earlier that way you're at the front of the line and have a better advantage to finding the seat of your choice. You can definitely get up and walk around the boat to see better views. While the boat IS covered, it is completely open all the way around for viewing. Thank you for your feedback, TripShock! Director of Sales

  • Kari Bross Alabama, USA about 3 months ago

    Memorable experience

    It was hot and humid in the boat. No A/C, so bear with it. We saw two dolphins from far. It would been better if we saw them closer. Good experience, but don’t wanna doit again.

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  • edward schaefer Alabama, USA about 4 months ago


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  • Cyril Pascual Alabama, USA about 4 months ago


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  • Sarah Jones Alabama, USA about 5 months ago

    Just ok for the first time.

    It was ok. We didn't get to experience seeing any dolphins. I know its a hit and miss but it was unfortunate for my family and I. It would of been nice to be told you can bring tumbler cups on the boat! We were told no outside food or drinks, yet we seen at least 6 people with one. The beverages on the boat are so over priced! We did enjoy the boat ride it self. However, kinda crowded. The tour guy gave great info and the guys working on the boat were all nice.

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  • Jordan USA about 1 year ago

    Fun Experience

    The catamaran was awesome. The boat had to make an emergency stop but the company made sure that we were properly informed 30 minutes before the boat ride. The only downside to the ride was that we only saw 3 dolphins. The ride itself was awesome and they showed us some touristic spots like Fort Pickens that made up for the dolphin sightings.

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  • Jim USA about 1 year ago

    Met some fine people, including the captain and crew.

    Fine adventure....once Leigh on live chat helped us locate the launch spot, which has no directions from Pensacola Beach.

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  • Norah USA about 2 years ago

    Premier Dolphin Cruse Pensacola fl

    It rained. Very little dolphin activity. Disappointing. Unable to hear captin over loud speaker above the music and crowd noise. Crew was very polite.

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