Scientists have praised dolphins as one of nature's greatest communicators, which is why most are hired as public relations professionals after they retire from performing at SeaWorld. Explore nature unfettered with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get two tickets to either the two-hour afternoon Dolphin Tour or the two-hour Sunset Party Cruise on The Fort Myers Princess (up to a $50). All tours cast off Wednesdays and Saturdays from nearby Nervous Nellie’s at Snug Harbor Marina in Fort Myers Beach, with the Dolphin Tour boarding at 1:30 p.m. and departing at 2 p.m., and the Sunset Party Cruise boarding at 6 p.m. and departing at 6:30 p.m.
USCG-certified The Fort Myers Princess, which towers 75 feet above the scenic Matanzas Pass’s sparkling waves, can leisurely glide up to 149 aquatic explorers through the area’s panoramic coastal vistas. The Gulf of Mexico’s crystalline waterways set the stage for parades of dolphins, manatees, and seabirds on the two-hour Dolphin Tour. As they ride, sightseers catch a close-up view of photogenic maritime creatures as they splash in the boat's wake and read syrupy love messages taken from bottles. Or bid a teary-eyed adieu to the sinking sun on the two-hour Sunset Party Cruise, with an open-air upper deck or an enclosed lower deck to ensconce passengers amid air conditioning and majestic windows. Post-sunset, sailors of all ages can swivel hips to thumping dance tracks or head to the ship’s full-service cash bar to procure spirits, sodas, and snacks from Davy Jones's meat locker.
The Fort Myers Princess
Under the capable direction of Captain Dan and/or Captain Jim, the 75-foot Fort Myers Princess glides into the Gulf of Mexico on a variety of day and night cruises. Certified by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry up to 135 passengers, the boat offers dual styles of relaxation on its decks: the climate-controlled lower level, where guests can sip on the ship's signature drink, the "Princess Punch," and the open-air upper deck that can accommodate more casual events. Sightseeing cruises put passengers up-close with southwest Florida wildlife and other water inhabitants.