Gasparilla Invasion Cruise

Selected date

Saturday January 29

Selected time

9:15 AM  –  1:00 PM

Ahoy there, Mateys! 

Come aboard our Bay Spirit II and sail with the Gasparilla pirate flotilla!  

Join The Florida Aquarium on a swashbuckling adventure as part of the Gasparilla pirate flotilla. The Bay Spirit II, our 72’ catamaran, will travel across the waters of Hillsborough Bay to meet the Pirate Ship Jose Gaspar at Ballast Point and join the flotilla in this annual re-enactment of Tampa’s historic pirate invasion. From there, we'll journey among the colorful Gasparilla Flotilla into Seddon Channel (channel between Davis Island and Harbour Island); finally breaking away to Sparkman Channel to dock back at The Florida Aquarium.

All mates are expected to arrive at The Florida Aquarium at 9:15 a.m. Boarding and brunch will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Bay Spirit II will depart promptly at 10:00 a.m. to take our spot in the flotilla! 

Ticket Includes:

  • Brunch including an assortment of breakfast and lunch sandwich options. Snacks will also include chips with assorted dips, pirate-themed snack mix, cookies and brownies.
  • Deluxe open bar!
  • Approximately 3 hours of sailing in the pirate flotilla with spectacular views of the invasion.
  • DJ entertainment and dancing.

Cruise Schedule:

  • Board: 9:30 a.m.
  • Departure: 10:00 a.m.
  • Return Arrival: 1:00 p.m.


Adult: $175.00 per person (21+ only)

Dress Code:

Casual attire or pirate garb!


Parking is available in The Florida Aquarium parking lot for $10; free for members. Guests should allot extra time for street closings. 

Refund Policy:

Tickets for this date are NON-REFUNDABLE and NON-TRANSFERABLE. May not be combined with any other offer. No discounts, vouchers, certificates or comps of any kind may be used for this cruise.

*Please Note*

This is a bead free cruise experience. The Bay Spirit will depart the flotilla before it heads to the Tampa Convention Center due to boat traffic and safety. The Florida Aquarium is a 15 minute walk to the downtown parade route and is located along the TECO Line Streetcar System route (, which is free to ride. 

Admission to the aquarium is NOT included with ticket purchase.