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“Not all treasure is silver and gold,” saith one mythical pirate, might I add “for time spent with family and loved ones is far beyond any treasure.” Anchored at the Deep Sea Fishing Marina in Port Aransas, venture off to find the true treasure - fun times with friends and family.
This is a family experience that all will be on board with. Owners Kyle and Beth Owens got this inspiration from a trip they took to South Padre Island. “My husband and I, the more we got into our business, we realized that an excursion boat was kind of missing something to give back to the families that come to fish and hang out on the beach. But after that, what’s there left to do? So we started researching and coincidentally, the gentleman who sold us Deep Sea Fishing Marina, has a Pirate ship in South Padre Island. During that trip, I saw the smiles on the kids’ faces, the parents full of joy, and families having a real blast. I said ‘We need this in Port Aransas,’” Beth recalls.
The cruise begins offshore with a fun skit. “It ranges from sword swallowing, flame throwing, flame juggling, and all sorts of pirate tricks,” Beth explains. From the time the tour starts, it’s all action as the pirates perform their pre-show act for about 30 minutes. This is what gets the crowd engaged before embarking. The canon goes off, music comes on, and it’s time to set sail! “One of the things I like to do is sit amongst the families, and I watch some of their facial expressions. I can see some of the kids who are not into it and just want to be left alone. They may think it’s silly. But once they come back from tour, their mood is different – they’re all smiles.”
The cruise takes about 2 hours as it navigates through the Lydia Ann Canal. While aboard the Red Dragon, the show continues on. The pirates are never out of character, and they do their best so all aboard are involved. “We try to accommodate everyone,” Beth explains. That ranges from interactive games for the kids, and even a full bar for the adults! But don’t forget to take in your surroundings. As the show goes on, you may gaze out onto the breathtaking scenery. Catch a glimpse of the birds flying in formation, or watch while the dolphins leap for air and splash back down into familiar territory.
Strap on your sea legs, and partake in this new wave of interactive entertainment. In true pirate style, hear the fables, walk the plank, and talk the talk on the Red Dragon Pirateship. This is a family experience all will be on board with. Ahoy, Matey!