Although tattered ragamuffins with gambling hands are prone to dining with the fishes, it's the esteemed members of land-society who dine atop the fishes. Merge seafaring and supping proclivities with today's Groupon: for $62, you get a three-hour dinner cruise for two with premium window seating from StarLite Cruises (up to a $124.90 value).
StarLite Cruises takes diners on luxurious journeys aboard its two multistory vessels, which are each more than 100 feet long. Groupon buyers can choose to cruise aboard either the StarLite Majesty dining yacht, which departs from Clearwater Beach, or the StarLite Princess, an authentic paddlewheeler that sets out from St. Petersburg. Plush seating fills both watercraft, and large picture windows surround their climate-controlled dining rooms. Striving to distinguish themselves from each other like competitive siblings who are both U.S. presidents, the StarLite Majesty swathes its spacious decks in modern brass and mirrors, and the StarLite Princess's detailed interior displays regal Victorian touches. Before the ship sets sail, pairs of diners choose their entrees from a menu that boasts seafood of the day, key lime- and ginger-accented chicken, filet mignon graced with béarnaise sauce, and other fine-dining options. All meals arrive with a posse of herb-accompanied bread and olive oil, a tropical baby-green salad, and a house dessert. Appetizers and a full bar's worth of drinks for purchase can round out the gustatory gala.
Before and after the meal, couples can stroll along the open deck and inhale fresh evening air, taking in the warm sky tableau of a setting sun and the occasional dolphin leaping into the sky to ask for directions back to the water. Professional musicians send mood-appropriate music wafting through the night, playing everything from ballads and postmeal requests to dance-ready hits, evoking every era since the '60s. Calm inland water ensures a smooth cruise.
StarLite Dining Cruises
The StarLite Majesty, a 115-foot dining yacht, and the StarLite Sapphire, a 113-foot dining yacht cruise Florida's coast under the emblem of StarLite Dining Cruises. Throughout the year, these vessels embark from various ports around Tampa for dining cruises in the warm Florida sunshine or under a starry sky. Passengers board the ships and are escorted to their reserved tables by the dining staff. After ordering entrees such as filet mignon and fresh-from-the-wharf seafood, guests explore the ships as onboard chefs prepare the fresh entrees in an hour. Passengers gaze at the StarLite Majesty yacht, or at the custom Club Lounge and their impressive appointments on the StarLite Sapphire.