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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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Review of Pensacola Beach Dolphin Cruise

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

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  • Carrie Jaxon Alabama, USA about 14 days ago

    Nice crew and boat ride.

    The crew was very nice and boat ride was fun- very friendly family activity. We only saw one dolfin fin, but that’s not up to them, of course. We did see the Blue Angels flyby, which was unexpected and nice.

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  • Sarah Jones Alabama, USA about 15 days 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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  • Norma Butcher Alabama, USA about 16 days ago

    Family Vacation 2019

    Dolphin Cruise was relaxing. To start...the reservation staff was very helpful in planning, prices were great. The trip started exactly on time. The Captains and Crew were AMAZING! Seen dolphins, very informative on historical land sight, and the kids were able to get pics of driving the boat!!! (One downside...didn't have the loading sign on dock behind Hemmingway, people were confused where to go) OVERALL: PERFECT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!!

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  • Cynthia Strand Alabama, USA about 3 months ago


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  • Robert Holberg Alabama, USA about 4 months ago


    It was bad took my 2 year old granddaughter and grandson there was some very drunk woman bothering the captain the whole trip falling down about fell in to my granddaughter took my wife and daughters also no one was pleased with the trip only saw a couple of dolphins in the distance and was very unsatisfied with the the trip with the drunk lady's and not really seeing any dolphins just made it a bad experience

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  • Management Response, about 4 months ago

    We would first like to express our apologies to you for this happening during your vacation. This is not something typical of any of the cruises we offer, and we are so sorry this happened to you and your family. We hope you all will give us another shot sometime down the road.

  • John Sweet Alabama, USA about 4 months ago


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  • Joe Fruland Alabama, USA about 4 months ago

    Evening of fun

    The guys running our tour did an awesome job of entertaining ALL of the passengers, young and old!!! Thanks for a wonderful experience!

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  • Sandra Shell Alabama, USA about 4 months ago

    Saw dolphins just not as well as we would have liked but that wasn’t anyone’s fault.

    Trip was great loved it comfortable lots of room. Nice staff enjoyed the ride.

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  • Mylene Ramirez Alabama, USA about 4 months ago


    Enjoyed the boat ride. Everyone very friendly

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  • Kelly Dunworth Alabama, USA about 4 months ago


    We enjoyed the tour! The staff was friendly and entertaining! Would definitely recommend!

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