November 24, 2017

Ahoy Matey: 9 Kid-Friendly Pirate Cruises


Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise

With the recent release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, are pirates on your mind? If you’ve been singing “yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me,” you may be game for one of these fun and very family-friendly pirate ship cruises this summer.

  • Black Dragon Pirate Cruise (Port Isabel, TX): Board the Black Dragon, a 75 ft replica of the old Spanish Galleons and treasure ships. On this two-hour cruise, your kids will enjoy pirate stories, face painting, a water pistol battle and a treasure hunt.
  • Captain Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures (Virginia Beach, VA): Hop aboard the Lost Pearl, a perfect replica of a 65 ft Spanish Galleon, and set sea for a 1.5 hour cruise. You and your kids will sing pirate songs, engage in a water cannon battle and enjoy the dolphins that often swim alongside the boat.
  • Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise (Clearwater Beach, FL): Set sail aboard the Pirate’s Ransom for a two-hour cruise where your kids will take the pirate’s pledge, play water games and do some limbo dancing. You can sit back and take in the scenery and the sounds of a steel drum band. Book online to get a $2 discount per person.
  • Jersey Shore Pirates (Brick, NJ): Enjoy this 75-minute cruise aboard the Sea Gypsy II. Your kids will gear up in pirate costumes, battle Pirate Pete and participate in an interactive treasure hunt. They’ll also learn the rules of the seas and how to read a treasure map.  Kids will leave with a handful of loot too.
  • Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake (Annapolis, MD): On this 75-minute cruise, your little ones will be transformed into swashbuckling pirates, complete with pirate names, painted faces, tattoos and costumes. Your kids will learn to speak like pirates and go out in search of buried treasure.
  • Pirates of Lewes Expeditions (Lewes, DE): Your family will love this 70-minute interactive pirate cruise where your kids can dress up like pirates, get (temporary) pirate tattoos and take the pirate pledge. You’ll then follow a treasure map to find sunken treasure and do a pirate dance on the way home.

If you’re headed to the Caribbean, you’ll find a bunch of pirate cruises there too, including the Montego Bay Pirate Cruises (Jamaica) and Pirate Cruises of Bonaire.

If you prefer to stay on land, why not check out a pirate festival? Road Trips for Families has a great list of some of the best pirate festivals for families, including the Blackbeard Pirate Festival, which takes place this weekend in Hampton, VA, and the Palmyra Pirate Weekend the first weekend in August in Palmyra, NY.

If you can’t make it out to a festival, there are several museums that share the history of pirates year-round. These include the Pirate Museum in Massachusetts, as well as the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum in Florida.

Have you ever been on a family-friendly pirate cruise or ventured to a pirate museum or festival? I’d love to hear about your experiences so please leave a comment below.


  1. I booked a pirate sightseeing cruise with B&B Riverboats in Cincinnati for this Friday… We shall see, my son is six and we’ve been playing the lego Pirates of the Caribbean game all week, so I thought this would be a nice Kindergarten graduation gift.

  2. We had a great time on a Sea Dragon Pirate Cruise in Panama City Florida 6 years ago. We are headed there on vacation again soon. my older boys, 10 & 12, even want to do the cruise again.

  3. Pirate Cruise on the Savannah River, departs from the Hyatt Dock on River Street.
    Pirate Songs, Water Cannon Battles, Interactive Treasure Map Hunting, Pirate Booty, fun for all ages.
    Sunset Cruises and Night Cruises for Adults.

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