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Happy Thanksgiving! Pirate Water Taxi is closed today. Hop on Friday, November 27.
Happy Thanksgiving! Pirate Water Taxi is closed today. Hop on Friday, November 27.
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Hop on Tampa’s water taxi tour of holiday lights and decorations along the river including Holiday Island. This unique holiday cruise will quickly become your new favorite family holiday tradition. As you cruise, you will get up-close views of Downtown Tampa’s spectacular seasonal decorations and holiday lights. This family-friendly event will include a visit by a jolly pirate elf, Christmas song sing-a-longs, and a chance to see snow flurries in Florida! Every child will have an opportunity to write a letter to Santa and drop it off in Tampa’s only floating mailbox. New for 2020: River of Lights will take place aboard Captain Jack II.
Safety Protocols:  Captain Jack II will operate at 50% capacity. All parties subject to assigned seating due to social distancing and/or mandatory mask requirements in compliance with CDC recommendations and City of Tampa mandates. Learn more about Pirate Water Taxi’s commitment to health and safety.

Boarding & Departure Location: Tampa Convention Center (Pirate Water Taxi Home Dock: Stop #7)

Select Dates in November & December

Cruise Times:

  • Departing at 6:20 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 9:20 p.m.

Cruise Length: 45-50 minutes

Ticket Prices Starting at:

  • Adult: $25 + tax
  • Child: $20 + tax
  • Annual Pass holders receive 10% off admission on up to 6 tickets – must call to book.

River of Lights Highlights: 

  • 45-minute cruise along the Hillsborough River
  • Mailing a letter to Santa in Tampa’s only floating mailbox
  • Festive Christmas cruise
  • Visit with pirate elf
  • Snow flurries
  • Beer, wine, hard seltzer, soda & bottled water available for purchase on board

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Customers may put reservations under another name if they cannot make it. Please remember that we do NOT accept gift certificates or vouchers for special event or holiday cruises. No outside food or drink, video/audio recording or flash photography are permitted. Cruise dates and times are subject to changes. Annual passholders receive 10% off admission up to 6 tickets (must call to book)!

*Special events are subject to change.