Marco Island Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise

If I could re-write the lyrics to The Sound of Music’s ‘My Favorite Things,’ it would definitely include dinner, the ocean and sunset instead of doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles. It goes with saying that when I found out that the Marco Island Princess offered all three, I was definitely keen.

MARCO ISLAND PRINCESS SUNSET DINNER CRUISE

The Marco Island Princess is independently and locally operated by Sunshine Tours & Charters. It departs on its sunset dinner cruise daily out of Rose Marina. The Marina is just minutes from anywhere on Marco Island and only 15 miles from downtown Naples. The sunset cruise times vary throughout the year as the ship sets sail around the time of the setting sun. Departure times will vary from 5PM in the mid-winter to as late as 7PM in the summer. Dress code is neat casual.

Marco Island Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise

Depending on what night of the week you’re looking at, there are different dinner offerings available (you can check their current and upcoming week schedules over here to plan ahead – bookings recommended). Two words: Prime Rib. And with that, I was sold on the Admiral’s Sunset Dinner Cruise.

ADMIRAL’S SUNSET DINNER CRUISE

Boarding takes place from the main dining level where there is ample space for guests to sit and move around. We have been assigned seating on the second level so we make our way up the stairs to another nicely-sized dining and bar area to check out our table. Tables come in both high-top form and regular table/chair combos. You are free to peruse both levels of the boat including the back, front and top decks but must stick to your assigned seating during meal time.

Marco Island Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise Review

Marco Island Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise

Drinks are not included with your dinner cruise ticket, however there is a full-service bar on the top level serving up decently priced beverages. Throughout the cruise, the servers make frequent stops at all tables to take drink orders and you can order directly from the bar too.

Marco Island Princess Bar

The Admiral’s Sunset Dinner Cruise menu consists of a double entree buffet featuring chef-carved Prime Rib au jus complimented with a second entree of herb-crusted tilapia. All dinners include a fresh Caesar Salad, fresh baked roll, vegetable d’jour, garlic-whipped potatoes and dessert. I wasn’t too sure what to expect in terms of food quality. I’ve been on lunch and dinner cruises similar to this before and the food has always been mediocre at best so I was a little surprised with just how tasty everything was! The garlic-whipped potatoes were delish and the Prime Rib and herb-crusted tilapia were top notch. Dessert was Key Lime Pie – my first ever time trying it!

Marco Island Princess Dinner

Marco Island Princess Dinner

When we weren’t eating dinner and dessert, we spent a majority of our time at the back of the boat on the bottom deck; it was a lot less overcrowded than the back top deck and the front of the boat. One of the onboard staff told us we’d get the best sunset views from this location because they spin the boat around to watch the sun go down (and he wasn’t wrong!). The boat cruises through many of the channels that run throughout Marco Island. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to grab a glimpse of wild manatee or dolphin, the latter of which we saw – so cute!

Dolpin spotting on the Marco Island Princess

As the sun begins to set, the Marco Island Princess exits the channels and heads out to sea to provide us with panoramic, unobstructed views of a gorgeous sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. The many shades of orange and yellow beaming down from the evening sun and reflecting off the calm, open waters creates a spectacular backdrop and ending to our first day on Marco Island.

Marco Island Princess Sunset

Marco Island Princess Sunset

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If you enjoy good food, being on the water and spectacular sunsets, the Marco Island Princess is definitely an activity you should look into while visiting Marco Island and the surrounding area. Take me back already!!!

Marco Island Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise 
Marco Island Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise 
Marco Island Princess Sunset Dinner Cruise 
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*I was a guest of the Marco Island Princess, however all opinions are my own. 

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