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St Augustine at Night Nights of Lights Boat Tour

Sparkly lights, $34 adults / $15 kids under 8, time varies according to sunset. available daily from nov. 20 – jan 31..

Our evening boat tours from Nov 20 through Jan 31, celebrate the beauty and festivity of the Old City’s Nights of Lights. St. Augustine in the evening is already a beautiful scene, but the city puts on a glowing show for the holidays, dressing up downtown with thousands of white lights that look stunning from a waterfront view. We cruise the waterfront to enjoy the light show, while also taking in the landmarks that make the city so very special. You can have some fun viewing the lights with our special 3D glasses.

Nights can be on the cool-side, so make sure to dress appropriately for the weather. This trip lasts approximately 1 hour. We depart from the Conch House Marina on Anastasia Island, just a short distance from historic downtown across the Bridge of Lions.

Tip: Nights of Lights also makes a fantastic private charter for your group!

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Festive Nights of Lights tours by land, sea, and sky.

Nightly, Nov. 23, 2024 - Jan. 26, 2025 | After Dark

During the holiday season, the City of St. Augustine becomes a festival of twinkling white lights as it hosts the annual Nights of Lights display. The festivities start at Light Up Night on Saturday, November 23, 2024, and continue through January 26, 2025.

The wonderland of lights begins at the Plaza de la Constitución , with its holiday tree in the center and every live oak strung with hundreds of white lights. St. Augustine's Historic District — bed and breakfasts, museums, restaurants, historic sites, and shops all sparkle with millions of twinkling white lights. Rachael Ray Magazine named St. Augustine's Nights of Lights as one of the nation's "twinkliest," and National Geographic Magazine listed it as one of the "Top 10 Cities in the World for Holiday Lighting Displays."

There are many ways to view the Nights of Lights, including walking in Historic Downtown and visiting pubs, restaurants, and ice cream shops. For those who want a different perspective on the lights, numerous tours are available throughout the season, some every night and some just on select nights. Visitors can walk one day and take a tour (or two) on another, experiencing the lights and the festive atmosphere with song, ice cream, a skilled train or trolley conductor, in an open carriage, or with the Grinch.

Ways to view the Nights of Lights:

  • Ride a train or trolley
  • Take a tour in an electric vehicle
  • Specialty tours: Carriage Rides and Guided Walking Tours
  • Large sail and power vessels
  • Smaller, more intimate sail and power vessels

By Air or Sky

  • Take a helicopter ride
  • Climb the Lighthouse steps

Please note, that the following information is based on the 2023/24 Nights of Lights schedule. While most tours will remain the same, we will provide updated 2024/25 dates and prices later in the year. 

Nights of Lights celebration in St. Augustine, FL

Ride a Train or Trolley

Old town trolley's famous nights of lights tour.

  • What: A 30 to 45-minute ride through Historic Downtown aboard an Old Town Trolley; includes magic glasses, an entertaining driver, and seasonal songs on the speakers, plus cider and a cookie after the ride.
  • Admission: $69.99 for a row with up to four people. Children aged three and under may sit on an adult's lap and ride at no charge.
  • When: From November 19, 2023, through January 28, 2024, starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • Where: Departing from the Visitor Information Center , 10 West Castillo Drive.
  • Contact: Call (904) 829-3800 or go here for more information and to reserve seats.

Santa's Red Express Nights of Lights Tours by Ripley's

  • What: A 30-minute "lightseeing" tour throughout Historic Downtown; includes magic glasses and the opportunity to sing holiday songs along the way.
  • Admission: $65.99 for a row with up to four people.
  • Exceptions: There are no tours on Christmas Day.
  • Where: Departing from Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum , 19 San Marco Avenue.
  • Contact: Call (904) 824-1606 or go here for more information and to reserve seats .

Old Town Trolleys Famous Nights of Lights Tour offers guests an exciting way to see the holiday lights in St. Augustine.

Take a Tour in an Electric Vehicle

Gold tours private nights of lights tours.

  • What: A private tour for one to six people includes information about the city's history and the opportunity to see the lights.
  • Admission: $140.00 for an entire cart. Reservations are required.
  • When: Sundays through Thursdays, from November 20, 2023, through January 28, 2024. Tours can be booked for 6:00 and 7:15 p.m.
  • Exceptions: There are no tours on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day.
  • Where: Departing from the parking lot behind the Lightner Museum at 75 King Street.
  • Contact: Call (904) 325-0547

GhostAugustine Nights of Lights Tours

  • What: A 45-minute tour in an electric vehicle, for up to seven people. You can book individual seats or the entire vehicle.
  • Admission: Booked in advance: $39.00 per person. Booked on the same day: $49.00 per person. Book the full cart in advance: $225.00. Book the full cart on the same day: $275.00.
  • When: Daily, November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025
  • Exceptions: No tours on Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  • Where: Meet at Beerhammer's Haunted Spirits Store, 162 St. George Street, Suite 19. If Heritage Walk is closed, meet at the entrance, 162 St. George Street.
  • Contact: Call (904) 687-1118 to book tickets.

Panda Tours Nights of Lights

  • What: a 45-minute private electric vehicle tour for up to 5 passengers. 
  • Admission: $200.00 per tour
  • When: Daily, from November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025. Tours leave on the hour beginning at 7:00 p.m. The last tour option is 11:00 p.m.
  • Exceptions: No exceptions, but the tours sell out on some evenings.
  • Where: The tour starts at Ancient City Brunch Bar, 210 St. George Street.
  • Contact: Call (904) 687-7113 or v isit the website for The Panda Tours to book tickets.

Pineapple Tours Nights of Lights

  • What: A one-hour ride through town in an electric vehicle.
  • Admission: $180.00 for up to nine people on a private tour in the electric vehicle or $60.00 for a row of three seats in a shared cart.
  • When: Daily, from November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025, at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 p.m., and 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: At 134 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, with free parking, or at several convenient pick-up spots in town. 
  • Contact: Call (904) 615-5515

Explore Tours Nights of Lights Tours

  • What: A 45-minute ride in an open-air cart, with no set route, can be booked for a private group of up to 10 people or a row of three people. The guide offers insights into Nights of Lights and St. Augustine's history. 3-D glasses are included, and the driver plays holiday music on the sound system. Dogs are welcome.
  • Admission: $75.00 for a row of three. $200.00 for a private tour of up to 10 people.
  • When: Nightly, on the hour, between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., from November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025
  • Where: This tour has two different departure points: next to the Casa Monica Hotel , at 95 Cordova Street, and at the City Gate , 1 St. George Street.
  • Contact: Call (904) 853-1500

A family aboard the Gold Tours Nights of Lights tour in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Land and Sea Nights of Lights Tours

  • What: A private and shared 45-minute electric cart tour
  • Admission: $35.00 per passenger. It is possible to rent the entire vehicle.
  • When: From November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025, at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, and 9:30 p.m.
  • Where: Trinity Episcopal Thrift Shop, 2 Artillery Lane, behind Trinity Episcopal Church.
  • Contact: Call (904) 679-9880

Specialty Tours: Carriage Rides, Photography, Guided Walking Tours

Nights of lights photography tour in a moke.

  • What: Drive a MOKE electric convertible through Historic Downtown, guided by a photographer from Seaside Adventures, and pause for memorable family photos.
  • Admission: $225.00 for up to four people.
  • When: From November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025.
  • Exceptions: No tours on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day
  • Where: 606 N Ponce De Leon Blvd, St Augustine, Florida 32084
  • Contact: 904-923-1010

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VIP Nights of Lights Historic Walking Tour - FREE

  • What: A one-hour walking tour, focused on the lights and history of St. Augustine
  • Admission: This tour is free to all. Reservations are required.
  • When: 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays from November 26, 2024, through January 26, 2025
  • Exceptions: No tour will be conducted on Christmas Eve.
  • Contact: Reservations can be made online . Call (904) 825-0087 if you have questions.

Country Carriages

  • What: A 30-minute tour of downtown
  • Admission: $150.00 for up to four people
  • When: November 23, 2024, through January 5, 2025, from 5:00 to 10:15 p.m.
  • Where: Departing from the bayfront, between the Bridge of Lions and the Castillo de San Marcos , and returning to the same location.
  • Contact: (904) 669-8619

A photo taken by Mark Krancer of a horse and carriage in front a row of buildings with holiday lights

Old City Carriages

  • What: A private 45-minute carriage ride through St. Augustine's Historic Downtown.
  • Admission: $100.00 for up to five people.
  • When: Departs from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m., seven days a week. (Lights are visible once the sun sets.)
  • Where: Old City Carriages departs from Avenida Menendez, across from Meehan's Irish Pub.
  • Contact: Call (904) 788-9229

Tasting Tours Carriage and Wine Rides

  • What: A private 35 to 45-minute tour of downtown by a horse-driven carriage for two or four people and group rides for up to eight people.
  • Admission: $175.00 for two people for the private ride; two more people can be added at $25 per person. The group ride in the larger carriage is $45.00 per person.
  • When: Departs at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays, with additional departures at 9:00 and 10:00 on Saturdays.
  • Exceptions: There are no tours on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
  • Where: Departing from ChocoLattes Dessert and Wine Bar , 47 Cordova Street.
  • Contact: Call (904) 325-3911

Tasting Tours Electric Vehicle Rides with the Grinch

  • What : A 35 to 45-minute un-merry ride through town with the Grinch.
  • Admission: $35.00 per person aged two and over. $275.00 for private tours for up to nine people.
  • When : Departs at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. on weekdays, with additional departures at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

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Large Sail and Power Vessels

Scenic cruise nights of lights tours.

  • What: This one-hour tour aboard the Victory III offers covered seating on the first level and open-air seating on the top level. Complimentary hot cocoa and cookies are included. Leashed dogs are welcome.
  • Admission: $28.70 per adult and $14.38 for children aged 4 - 12.
  • When: 6:30 p.m. each evening, from November 23, 2024, through December 31, 2024, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through January 26, 2025.
  • Exceptions: There are no tours on Thanksgiving and Christmas and Mondays through Thursdays after December 31.
  • Where: Departing from the St. Augustine Municipal Marina , 111 Avenida Menendez. There is only metered parking in the area, and it fills quickly.
  • Contact: Call (800) 542-8316 or go here to learn more and to order tickets . Tickets can also be purchased at the marina office.
  • Regatta of Lights: The Victory III will take passengers on the Regatta of Lights on December 9. Go here for tickets.

Nights of Lights on the Black Raven

  • What: This two-hour boat tour offers a spectacular view of the holiday lights during sunset. Experience life on a pirate ship, sing Christmas carols, grab a drink from the bar, and dance with the crew.
  • Admission: During the 2023/24 season, $39.95 per person for those 13 and older, $29.95 for those aged three through 12, and $9.95 for those under three.
  • When: From November 19, 2023, through January 7, 2024, starting at precisely 4:15 p.m. and ending at 6:15 p.m.
  • Contact: Call (904) 826-0000 or go here to purchase tickets and learn more . Tickets can also be purchased at their ship's store at the marina.
  • Regatta of Lights : The Black Raven will take passengers on the Regatta of Lights on December 9. Call (904) 826-0000 to book a cruise during the Regatta of Lights.

Florida Water Tours Nights of Lights Tour

  • What: Offering Nights of Lights tours on one of two multi-passenger vessels — the 45-foot Osprey has a bar on board, and the 35-foot Island Breeze is a BYOB boat that's family-friendly. Each tour includes complimentary 3D glasses and a cup of hot cocoa for every guest. Some cruises are adults only.
  • Admission: Generally, $39.00 per adult, $19.00 for children aged 3 - 12, and $6.00 for infants through two years old. Some trips, such as the Sunset cruise and the Regatta of Lights cruise, will cost more.
  • When: From November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025. Tours leave the dock at 6:45, 7:00, 8;15, 8:30, and 9:45 p.m.
  • Exceptions: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas
  • Where: Departing from Dock A-19 at the Camachee Yacht Harbor , 107 Yacht Club Drive.
  • Contact: Call (904) 827-7728 or go here to learn more and book tickets.
  • Regatta of Lights: Florida Water Tours offers a special two-hour cruise for the Regatta of Lights. Go here for tickets.

St. Augustine Boat Tours Nights of Lights Tours

  • What: This one-hour boat tour aboard an open platform boat that holds 20 people starts in Salt Run and cruises along the waterfront for great views of the lights and goes under the Bridge of Lions for additional views. This smaller boat has a shallow draft and can get close to shore.
  • Admission: $34.00 for adults and $15.00 for children under 8.
  • When: Just after sunset and again at 7:30 and 9:00 p.m., from November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025
  • Exceptions: There are no tours on Thanksgiving and on December 9, 24, 25, and 31.
  • Where: Departing from the Conch House Marina , where there is free parking.
  • Contact: Call (904) 687-8297 or go here to learn more and to book a cruise.

A view of the Nights of Lights from the deck of Sabrage in St. Augustine.

Old Town Party Boat - "Holly Jolly Yachty"

  • What: This 90-minute Nights of Lights water tour is aboard a party boat featuring festive music, a lounge in the bow, and a dance floor.
  • Admission: $42.00 per person plus tax. $885.00 for private parties.
  • When: From November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025, at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Departing from the Beaches Marina at 250 Vilano Road. The Beaches Marina shares a parking lot with Beaches Restaurant .
  • Contact: Call (904) 599-9492

Bluewater Adventure Cycle Boat Nights of Lights Tours

  • What: This 90-minute BYOB and snacks boat tour takes parties around historic sites and to see the sparkling Christmas lights from the water.
  • Admission: We will provide this when it is available to us.
  • When: Nightly from November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025
  • Where: Generally leaves from English Landing Marina , 509 S. Ponce De Leon Boulevard.
  • Contact: Call (904) 460-4004

Schooner Freedom Nights of Lights Sails

  • What: This two-hour Nights of Lights cruise takes place on a 41-passenger schooner, that is decorated from stem to stern with lights.
  • Admission: $70.00 per person plus tax
  • When: From Saturday, November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025
  • Exceptions: There are no tours on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
  • Contact: Call (904) 810-1010 , send an email to [email protected] , or go to their ticket office at the marina.

Red Boat Tours

  • What: BYOB tours aboard the Pellicano. The 5:15 p.m. tour is family-friendly and lasts 90 minutes. The 7:30 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. tours last 75 minutes.
  • Admission: The 90-minute tour at 5:15 costs $49.00 for all aged 13 and over, $15.00 for those aged 3 - 12, and $8.00 for infants and toddlers under 3. The 7:30 p.m. tour costs $40.00 for adults and $22.00 for those 12 and under. The 9:15 p.m. 75-minute tour is for adults only and costs $40.00.
  • When: Nightly from November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025, at 5:15, 7:30, and 9:15 p.m.
  • Exceptions: There are no tours on Christmas Day and New Year's Day
  • Where: Meet the Red Boat at the Vilano Fishing Pier , 260 Vilano Road.
  • Contact: Call (904) 436-3566

Sabrage Nights of Lights Tours

  • What: 90-minute tour aboard Sabrage, a 63' catamaran with a capacity of 80 guests. The boat has a bar and restrooms.
  • Admission: $50.00 per person
  • When: November 23, 2024, through December 31, 2024, at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Exceptions: Christmas Day
  • Where: 117 Dockside Drive, St. Augustine. On the dock at St. Augustine Shipyard.
  • Contact: (904) 310-4999

A couple enjoying a private Nights of Lights cruise aboard a sailboat from St. Augustine Sailing.

Smaller, More Intimate Sail and Power Vessels

St. augustine sailing nights of lights charters.

  • What: Private or shared charter cruises on a luxury sailboat. Cruises can include meals, desserts, and wine.
  • Admission by One of Four Packages: Glitter Package —  A t hree-hour exclusive cruise for up to six passengers, with a four-course meal, starts at $495.00 per person. Sparkle Package — A t wo-hour cruise for up to 10 passengers, with a curated selection of sweet and savory bites and a glass of sparkling wine, starts at $129.00 per person. Twinkle Package — A 75-minute cruise with a dessert and festive beverage, beginning at $99.00 per person. Shared Nights of Lights Cruise — A 75-minute cruise, with beverages and snacks available for purchase before departure, begins at $89.00 per person.
  • When: From November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025. Schedules vary.
  • Where: At Camachee Yacht Harbor , 3076 Harbor Drive
  • Contact: Call (904) 829-0648 or go here for more information.

Eco Tours Nights of Lights Boat Tour

  • What: Intimate boat excursions for 6 - 12 passengers, depending on the vessel: a 6-passenger sailing catamaran and a 12-passenger power boat. Both boats are open-air vessels with no cover. Multiple tours are offered each night beginning at 4:15 p.m. Tours leave the dock at 4:15, 5:00, 6:30, and 8:00 p.m. and last from one to two hours, depending on the cruise.
  • Admission: Adult prices range from $40.00 to $65.00; children's tickets range from $30.00 to $35.00.
  • When: From November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025. Multiple tours are offered each night beginning at 4:15 p.m. Tours leave the dock at 4:15, 5:00, 6:30, and 8:00 p.m. and last from one to two hours, depending on the cruise.
  • Contact: Call (904) 377-7245 or go here for more information.

Red Lion Excursions Nights of Lights tour

  • What: A one-hour private tour for up to six passengers, aboard a 26-foot power cruiser with a cabin for cold nights. Tours can be booked for 6:30, 7:45, or 9:00 p.m.
  • Admission: The private charter costs $385.00 for up to 6 passengers. 
  • When: On Saturdays through Tuesdays, from December 14, 2024, through January 26, 2025.
  • Contact: Call (904) 456-3473 , or visit the website for Red Lion Excursions.
  • Shared Tour Option: When available, a seat or two may be booked with another party. The cost is $49.00 per person, call (904) 456-3473 to book.

Cruisin' Tikis St. Augustine

  • What: A BYOB one-hour cruise along the bayfront on a floating tiki bar for up to six passengers
  • Admission: $65.00 per person
  • When: From November 23, 2024, through December 31, 2024, at 6:15 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Exceptions: There are no tours on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Christmas Day.
  • Where: Departing from Beaches Marina, 250 Vilano Road. The Beaches Marina shares a parking lot with Beaches Restaurant .
  • Contact: Call (904) 980-8454

Tiny Tug Nights of Lights Tours

  • What: Two tours, a two-hour sunset/Nights of Lights cruise, and a 90-minute Nights of Lights cruise — both are private tours for up to six people.
  • Admission: $400.00 for the sunset tour and $300.00 for the Nights of Lights Tour. BYOB is allowed.
  • When: Nightly from November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025. The Sunset/Nights of Lights cruise is 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The Nights of Lights cruise leaves the dock at 7:00 and 8:45 p.m.
  • Exceptions: There are no cruises on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.
  • Where: Hop on the boat at the Vilano Pier, on the floating dock. 260 Vilano Road, in Vilano Beach.
  • Contact: Call (904) 901-9665 to schedule a trip.

Bluewater Adventure Nights of Light Tours

  • What: Cycle boat tours during Nights of Lights
  • Where: Leaves from English Landing Marina, 509 S. Ponce De Leon Boulevard.

A view from First City Helicopter flying over St. Augustine during Nights of Lights

First City Helicopters Nights of Lights Tours

  • What: Flights over the City of St. Augustine, circling overhead three or four times and flying around the lighthouse at least once.
  • Admission: $295.00 for up to three passengers. $445.00 for up to three passengers and a longer flight. Reservations are required.
  • When: From November 23, 2024, through January 26, 2025, starting 30 minutes after sunset. The last flight is at 8:15 p.m.
  • Where: The flight leaves from the Northeast Florida Regional Airport , 4900 US-1 North, St. Augustine
  • Contact: Call (904) 824-5506 or go here for more information .

From the Top of the Lighthouse

  • What: A 90-minute tour of the grounds that are decorated with lights, garlands, and 20 uniquely trimmed trees, ending with a climb to the top of the lighthouse.
  • Admission: $24.95 for all adults and teens. $22.95 for children 12 and under. Only those who are at least 44 inches tall may climb the lighthouse.
  • When: Most Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from November 27, 2024, through January 11, 2025.
  • Exceptions: There will be exceptions and additions to those dates.
  • Where: The St. Augustine Lighthouse, 100 Red Cox Road
  • Contact: (904) 829-0745 or go here for more information and tickets.

About Nights of Lights

St. Augustine's Nights of Lights festival traces its origin to the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in the window during the Christmas holidays. The tradition continues in 2023, with more than three million white lights twinkling on the historic buildings and landmarks along the bayfront and throughout the city's brick streets.

The City of St. Augustine offers a Free Park and Ride Shuttle Service for Nights of Lights from November 23 to December 30, 2024. For information about operating times and pick-up and drop-off locations, visit here.

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And join the crew at St Augustine Sailing aboard our Sailing Charters during the Night of Lights Celebration beginning on November 18, 2023, with prices starting as low as $89.00 per person! Sit back and relax as you sail along St Augustine’s Historic Bay Front where you will see one of the most spectacular lighting displays ever. Over three million twinkling lights will be a-glow along the downtown city promenade and the Bridge of Lions. St Augustine, Florida’s Nights of Lights is a winter celebration where each downtown business and many residents participate in this historic celebration by lighting up their buildings and homes. There are many ways to experience this winter wonderland but there is no better way to experience the brilliant light display than on one of St Augustine Sailing’s luxury sailing vessels and seeing it from the water!

These special seasonal charters will be available throughout the annual Nights of Lights celebration, which concludes on January 31, 2024.

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Private 2–Hour Charter Experience will include an Upscale Perfect Pairing of Sweet & Savory Bites.

Give the gift of memories and quality time with this special 75-minute Dessert Cruise.

Shared Nights of Lights Tour

Experience festive cheer and over 3 million twinkling lights aboard a beautiful 35 ‘  sail boat.

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Glitter Package

Experience the most unique setting that our Ancient City has to offer aboard a private luxury sailing yacht.

As the sun begins to set and the city of St Augustine lights up the night –you and your guests will have a reserved front-row seat on the water and watch the dazzling lights dance along the city promenade.

The  Magic  of this exclusive  3-Hour Charter comes  alive as your  Private Chef  prepares an exquisite  4-Course Dinner  complete with  Wine Pairing  for each course. Escape the crowds and treat the special people in your life to an experience of a lifetime. All that Glitters really is Golden!

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Sparkle Package

As the sun begins to set and the city of St Augustine lights up the night –you and your guests can snuggle together while sailing the beautiful intracoastal waterways and admiring the dancing, dazzling lights of the award-winning St Augustine Nights of Lights Display.

Your Private 2–Hour Charter Experience will include an Upscale Perfect Pairing of Sweet & Savory Bites and a hot festive beverage. The endless smiles, laughter and memories are free. There is convenient and free parking at the Camachee Cove Marina. To further enhance your sailing experience warm cozy blankets are available for advance purchase.

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Twinkle Package

Experience the most unique setting that our Ancient City has to offer aboard a luxury sailing yacht. Imagine the scene –the sun is set, the city of St Augustine comes alive and you and your special someone(s) have a twinkle in your eye. Float along the intracoastal waterway and watch as over three million lights – light up the night along the St Augustine city promenade.

Your 75-minute Charter Experience will include a Delectable Dessert Cruise, Signature Festive Beverage and memories to last a lifetime. To further enhance your sailing experience warm cozy blankets are available for advance purchase. There is convenient and free parking at the Camachee Cove Marina.

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Experience the most unique setting that our Ancient City has to offer aboard a luxury sailing yacht. Imagine the scene – the sun is set, the city of St Augustine comes alive as you and your loved ones watch as over three million lights – light up the night along the St Augustine city promenade.

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See the world famous Nights of Lights from the best vantage point available – on the water. Float with us for one hour on a one-of-a-kind holiday experience.

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Fourth of July Fireworks Over the Matanzas

In this historic setting on this Independence Day – Come along with us for a ride to witness the splendor of the 4th of July fireworks show, away from the crowds and on the water.

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Anastasia Island Excursions

Feel like kickin’ back with a drink in your hand and your toes in the sand? Then hop on for a three hour (3 hours) excursion that includes some serious chill time at the Anastasia Island sandbar.

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Matanzas Bay Tours

Come float with us! Come along with us for an adventure around Historic Matanzas Bay. During this 1.5 hour trip you’ll see the Castillo, Downtown, The Bridge of Lions and the Lighthouse.

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The sun setting over the Oldest City is surely a sight to behold. Come take it all in from the most prime location – on the water!

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Please don't call us if you are concerned that we may cancel due to weather. If you are concerned with the weather, trust that we are as well. If we do need to cancel, due to weather or any other unforeseen issue, we will send an email and a text to the address and number you have provided during booking, advising you of the changes. If the contact information that you provide us when you book your ticket is not accurate, or you are not monitoring it, we can not contact you and advise you of any changes.

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Sunset Nights of Lights Cruise

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Get the best of both! A glorious sunset, plus the magic of dazzling lights.

We have 2 vessel options for the Sunset Nights of Lights Cruise.

Yes, it is dark enough to see the lights when we get down to the bayfront!

Tour Details

Osprey 5:00PM Adults only (21+) $49 This vessel has a bar on board!

Island Breeze 5:15PM – Family Friendly, all ages welcome! BYOB Adults (21+) $49 Children (3 – 12) $22 Littles (0-2) $8

Duration 1 hour 30 minutes

Location 107 Yacht Club Dr St Augustine FL 32084 We have free parking!

  • 1 Complimentary Hot Cocoa per guest, to keep you cozy.
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Sunset Nights of Lights on the water

Experience the magic of St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights in a truly enchanting way with our Sunset Cruise! As the sun sets over the historic city, you’ll embark on a journey that combines the serene beauty of a coastal sunset with the dazzling spectacle of the city adorned in millions of twinkling lights.

Tour Highlights

1. Captivating Sunset Views: Your evening begins with a breathtaking sunset over the serene waters of the Matanzas Bay. The sky is painted in hues of orange and pink, creating a mesmerizing backdrop for your cruise.

2. Iconic Landmarks: As you cruise along the coast, you’ll pass by some of St. Augustine’s most iconic landmarks, including the Castillo de San Marcos, the Bridge of Lions, and the historic downtown district. Your expert guide will share fascinating stories and historical insights about these landmarks.

3. Nights of Lights Extravaganza: As darkness falls, the real magic begins. St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights is a sight to behold, with millions of white lights adorning the city’s buildings, trees, and streets. From the water, you’ll have an unrivaled view of the city as it becomes a shimmering winter wonderland.

4. Cozy Comfort: Our well-appointed boat offers a comfortable and cozy atmosphere for you to enjoy the sights. With windows that roll up and down, we’ll make sure to accommodate according to the weather.

5. Seasonal Treats: To make your experience even more delightful, we offer a selection of seasonal treats for you to pre-order during checkout. Sip on a cup of complimentary hot cocoa or indulge in a Graze Box (pre-order) as you take in the beauty around you.

More to know

  • As the tour starts out, you will see a beautiful sunset while we make our way downtown. We have it timed perfectly so that once we get to the bayfront, it is dark enough to see the lights!
  • We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your time of departure to accommodate the check-in process as well as the captain’s mandatory safety briefing.
  • Groups up to 8 people can be purchased online, if you have more than 8 people in your party, please call to book. We do not accept groups of more than 14 on our public cruises. If you are interested in booking a Private Cruise please fill out our contact form or give us a call for more details!
  • Although the season here stays pretty mild, we suggest you dress appropriately and keep in mind it’s always a bit cooler on the water! We have windows that can go up or down, so on those colder evenings we can lower the windows for extra warmth. Pro-tip: bring a small blanket to cozy up with for those chilly evenings. Blankets along with other goodies and gifts are for sale in our marina shop!
  • Shoes: Heels are not permitted. We recommend rubber soled shoes or non-skid.
  • After booking, your confirmation email will have detailed instructions about our location!
  • We have plenty of free parking in the marina, however, spaces fill up quickly on weekends and holidays. We recommend carpooling or arriving early!

Food & Drink

  • Graze Boxes are available for Pre-Order! You can order during checkout, or call/email up to 12 hours before your cruise. Your box will be ready for pick-up in our marina shop during check in. Floating Food Co has a variety to choose from, including their Nights of Lights special: Star Grazer Box – *Includes cheese and charcuterie, gourmet nuts, olive & pepper medley, chocolate covered strawberries and a variety of decadent desserts. Serves 2-4.
  • King Fish Grill is located in the marina and offers you 15% off if you show them your confirmation email! Have a great dinner before (or after)your cruise!
  • Also located In the marina, check out Odd Birds Cafe, or Vinny’s Pizza- open for lunch and dinner!
  • Complimentary hot cocoa is available on board as always!
  • Our in-house cafe inside our marina shop will be offering some gourmet hot cocoa and coffees for sale. Stop in before or after your cruise!
  • Osprey has a bar on board, please no outside alcohol.
  • Island Breeze is BYOB, please feel free to bring your favorite adult beverages.

Cancellations – Cancel at least 48 hours before your scheduled tour in order to receive a full refund. – No refunds for cancellations within 48 hours of your scheduled cruise, or no-show’s. – A rescheduling fee of 50% of your payment will be charged if rescheduling within 48 hours of your cruise.

Weather – Your trip is 100% refundable if cancelled by us due to unfavorable or unsafe weather conditions. We will contact you as soon as the captain knows. – We make every effort to contact you a reasonable amount of time before the tour (we will call & email) but sometimes we do not cancel until the last minute due to unpredictable weather here in Florida. If we do not contact you, please head to the tour as normal. – Our Master Captains are professionals and safety is our number 1 concern. – You can reschedule your trip for a later date with no expiration or receive a full refund.

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Nights of Lights

Are you ready to embark on a luminous journey through the enchanting Nights of Lights in St. Augustine, Florida? Step aboard our exquisite boat cruise and let the radiance of millions of twinkling lights illuminate your night.

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Wine Tasting Cruise

Sample 6 delicious wine as we take you on an adventure to the bayfront, where our experienced guides give you a tour of the local nature, wildlife, and historic landmarks.

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Dolphin and Wildlife Adventure

Combining sightseeing and learning, our Dolphin and Wildlife Adventure appeals to nature enthusiasts! Enjoy the wetlands, coastal marshes, and wildlife with a bit of history on this tour great for any age.

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Nights of Lights Starts on Sat Nov 18th 2023 and Sails through Jan 14, 2024 Kick off your Holiday Season with Us!

Our family would love to become part of your family’s annual, holiday tradition.

Schooner Freedom is the largest United States Coast Guard Certified Sailing Vessel in St Augustine. We are dedicated to providing an exceptional and safe experience to all our guests. We are certified for 41 passengers but we have REDUCED capacity to provide comfort and social distancing to all.

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Nights of Lights/Sunset Sails Nov 18th 2023- Jan 7th, 2024

Enjoy the sunset and then a watch spectacular display the perfectly lit historic downtown St. Augustine come to life.  Our most popular sail is the perfect addition to your holiday fun and a way to enjoy time with your loved ones and get into the holiday spirit.  As the twinkling lights glow over the sunsetting sky, this evening sail with white canvas overhead, dolphins playing in the sea, and gulls flying overhead, is surely an adventure not to be forgotten. Reservations are highly recommended.

Departure: 4:15 pm Duration : 2 Hours

70.00 per plus tax Refreshments included

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Please call (904)-810-1010 to make reservations.

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Sunset Sail/Nights of Lights Sail Nov 18th- Jan 14th, 2024

Enjoy the sunset and then a beautiful moonrise over the perfectly lit historic downtown St. Augustine.  Our most popular sail is the perfect addition to your holiday fun and a way to enjoy time with your loved ones and get into the holiday spirit.  As the twinkling lights glow over the sunsetting sky, this evening sail with white canvas overhead, dolphins playing in the sea, and gulls flying overhead, is surely an adventure not to be forgotten. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Swash-buckling fun meets holiday cheer on Black Raven's Nights of Lights!

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See St. Augustine’s World Famous Nights of Lights from the point of view of a pirate ship! Starting the weekend before Thanksgiving through the end of January, the Black Raven sails north towards historic downtown to put its own spin on the holidays.

Join in with the crew for sing-a-longs of their best sea shanties as well as your favorite Christmas carols, and now through the month of December, Old St. Nick visits Old St. Augustine to visit his favorite pirates! Grab a seasonal drink at the bar, sing, dance, and be merry! Finally, end the trip with a front row seat as millions of holiday lights illuminate the beautiful and historic bayfront! Yo Ho Ho and Happy Holidays from the Black Raven!

**IMPORTANT: All passengers have to check-in at Black Raven’s Ship Store prior to proceeding to the ship. You will NOT be able to board the ship without the boarding passes. The store is located in the St. Augustine Municipal Marina building.**

**Due to the bridge opening times, Nights of Lights leaves at 4:15PM EXACTLY. We CANNOT wait for latecomers. If you are not on the ship by 4:15PM, we will do our best to accommodate you on another show provided you call or visit the ship store to make arrangements. We will NOT accommodate no show/no call passengers.**

**Parking Information: We DO NOT have a parking lot and parking in St. Augustine is limited. Please allow yourself at least 45-60 minutes to find parking. We WILL NOT issue refunds for parking issues.**

**WEATHER POLICY: In case of inclement weather or otherwise unsafe sailing conditions, the cruise will be delayed, rescheduled or canceled as per the captain’s decision. If canceled by the company, all customers will have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.**

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Black Raven’s Tropical Sunset Cruise

Take a pirate ship ride into paradise on Black Raven’s Tropical Sunset Cruise, inspired by the sights and sounds of the Caribbean islands!  Fully stocked bar, music, dancing, dolphins, views of historic downtown, the Castillo de San Marcos, the Lighthouse, and much more!

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Enjoy the ultimate 4th of July fireworks celebration in St Augustine with our fun pirate cruise for adults! Songs, skits and appetizers are all included.

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12 Themed Cruises You Should Have On Your Radar In 2024

T aking a cruise is an experience unlike anything else. Days at sea on a ship full of entertainment and relaxation make for a fantastic vacation. But what if you want even more from your cruise? A theme might be what's missing. In addition to all the usual cruise experiences, themed cruises allow fans of a particular artist, lifestyle, hobby (or even animal), to celebrate their passion on the high seas with activities, events, surprises, and sometimes special guests.

There are dozens of themed cruises on offer each year, usually hosted by major cruise lines like Norwegian , Carnival, and Royal Caribbean. But don't let their numbers fool you. According to  Business Insider , themed cruises are rapidly climbing in popularity, and some trips are selling out in record time. That means it's important to find your dream-themed cruise and reserve your tickets as early as possible.

Fortunately, even if they're sold out, most themed cruises will let you join a waiting list, so there's still hope! Here are 12 themed cruises that will set sail in 2024 and are well worth boarding, either now or the next time they hit the high seas.

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The Emo's Not Dead Cruise

If you truly know it's not a phase, the Emo's Not Dead Cruise is perfect for you. Gather with fellow emo fans for four days (and nights) of concerts, activities, and even a private party at Great Stirrup Kay in the Bahamas. Over a dozen bands will perform, including Yellowcard, Senses Fail, and Armor for Sleep. Alongside themed activities like a masquerade ball, cruisegoers can also enjoy surprisingly cheerful activities like a bellyflop competition in the ship's pool.

The first Emo's Not Dead cruise was in 2022. Cruisegoer and emo fan TheReelChris shared highlights on  YouTube , calling it "EPIC." Fans in the comments section agree, with Schecterplayer92 adding, "This was one of the best experiences of my life." With a killer lineup and entertaining activities scheduled, it seems like Emo's Not Dead 2024 will also be a rad experience. The cruise will be hosted on the Norwegian Pearl, leaving from Miami on February 26 and returning on March 1, 2024. But what would an emo-related cruise be without a little sadness? Unfortunately, the cruise is already sold out. If you're interested, you can  sign up for the waiting list  and hope.

Meow Meow Cruise

Some of us know that no matter how great a vacation might be, cats would make it even better. Meow Meow Cruise has solved that problem. While guests unfortunately aren't allowed to bring their own furry friends aboard Virgin Voyages' Scarlet Lady, the four-day cruise will give them their feline fix in plenty of other ways. 

Activities include cat-themed trivia and a scavenger hunt. But the best part may be communing with fellow cat people (many of whom stroll around the ship wearing cat ears). You'll also be able to mingle with real cats -- one of 2024's ports of call is Key West, where you'll find the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum and its community of about 60 friendly polydactyl kitties, many of them descended from one of the author's own pets.

It's hard to find reviews for Meow Meow Cruise, but the fact that this themed cruise has been going on annually since 2015 speaks for itself. The 2024 Meow Meow Cruise sets sail from Miami on February 21, with a return date of February 25. Tickets are still available, but to be sure you don't miss out, consider booking right now.

In My Cruise Era

Sure, cruises are great — and cruising is a multi-billion dollar industry — but is anything more popular than Taylor Swift? For those who can't imagine anyone saying "no" to that question, there's no better cruise than In My Cruise Era. While not officially affiliated with Taylor Swift, this themed cruise is a passionate fan homage. Swifties will be able to dress up in their favorite Taylor-inspired looks, exchange friendship bracelets, perform their idol's songs during karaoke sessions, and more. We're also guessing there will be of lots impromptu song breaks throughout the ship from Taylor's extensive catalog.

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas will host this cruise, which sets sail from Miami on October 21, 2024 -- which, as People Magazine points out, is one day after the Eras Tour will be in the city. Fans lucky enough to attend the concert can continue their Taylor euphoria for four more days on the high seas. Since this is a new themed cruise, there aren't any reviews, but based on the positive fan vibes from Eras Tour concerts and movie viewings, among other events, we're guessing it's going to be a great time for Swifties. Swifties must agree, since the cruise is already sold out. Cancellations do happen, though, so hopeful fans can join the waiting list.  Contact the cruise's organizers to sign up.

Disney's Halloween On The High Seas

Go on just about any cruise-related blog or website and you'll see that Disney Cruise Line's Halloween-themed cruise, officially called Halloween on the High Seas, is a popular favorite. As you probably expect from Disney, this themed cruise is perfect for a family vacation , so it's not too scary. The cruise is hosted on multiple Disney Cruise Line ships, and each one is decorated with the care and attention to detail you'll find in most Disney-related enterprises. The Pumpkin Tree is the highlight of the decor, with pumpkins that eventually appear on its branches and transform into lit and unlit jack o'lanterns.

Halloween on the High Seas also features Halloween activities (including a trick-or-treating night) and exclusive Halloween-themed desserts. Disney cruises in general are known for their opportunities to meet the studio's beloved characters, and during the Halloween on the High Seas cruises, some of those characters are in costume. Notably, Disney Cruise Line's official site tells us, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, and Clarabelle Cow will be dressed as the Sanderson Sisters -- who wouldn't want to see that? 

This magical mixture of whimsy, fun, and exclusive opportunities is the perfect way to cast a spell on Disney fans of all ages. Luckily, Halloween on the High Seas is held during a number of different times in September and October, so you and your family should be able to find a place on board!

The Hallmark Channel Christmas Cruise

Sure, Hallmark Channel Christmas movies might be a little on the cheesy side, but let's be honest: lots of us dream of being in one in real life. You can get a little of the real-life Hallmark movie experience by visiting some of the movies' filming locations , but now there's a way to have an even more immersive experience: The Hallmark Channel Christmas Cruise.

Passengers will get to meet Hallmark Channel movie stars, attend panels and photo ops, and get to see a new Hallmark Christmas movie before its world premiere. Maybe best of all, passengers can take part in lots of Hallmark Christmas movie-inspired activities, including tree lighting and cookie decorating -- all while wearing their favorite ugly Christmas sweaters.

2024 is the first year of the Hallmark Channel Christmas Cruise. It was originally intended to be just one cruise, but a second one was added after the first one sold out. As of now, two Hallmark Channel Christmas Cruises are scheduled for 2024. Both go from Miami to the Bahamas and back and last four days in November. ... And both are sold out. But Christmas is a time of miracles, so if a Hallmark Channel Christmas experience on the high seas sounds like your dream come true, sign up for the waiting list as soon as you can!

Hurtigruten Northern Lights Cruises

Themed cruises are often about fandoms and hobbies. But Norway-based cruise line Hurtigruten offers a themed cruise that's about something even bigger: the Northern Lights . There are several Northern Lights-themed cruises out there, including some luxurious options by Cunard. Unfortunately, the Northern Lights aren't always visible, but Hurtigruten stands out by offering a Northern Lights Promise for cruises scheduled between September 26 and March 31 and lasting longer than 11 days. If the Northern Lights aren't visible during your cruise, they'll give you another one. So if you're serious about seeing the Aurora Borealis, this is the company to choose.

The Northern Lights are the focus of Hurtigruten's eponymous cruises, but there are also other things to do on board, including scientific lectures and photography lessons. There are excursions, too -- notably a dog sledding option. Passengers who've taken one of Hurtigruten's cruises unanimously praise the stunning fjords and landscapes you can admire from the ship and during excursions, not to mention their experiences of seeing the Northern Lights. Some warn that the ships aren't as luxurious or modern as many other cruise ships, primarily because Hurtigruten's ships are also functional vessels intended to transport and deliver mail to various points on the Norwegian coast. Still,  Cruise Critic reviewers like cmolaison praise the friendly crew, the surprising level of comfort, and the "stunning vistas" you'll see, saying he and his family "highly recommend" taking a Hurtigruten cruise.

Cruise & Crop Crafting Cruises

If the perfect vacation for you is a combination of R&R and crafting, you're in luck! There are several crafting-themed cruises. One of the most popular is organized by Cruise & Crop, with ships around the world hosting different crafting- and arts-themed trips. This makes them the most accessible themed cruises on our list, with different price ranges, departure points, itineraries, and ports of call. One thing all crafting cruises have in common, though, is groups of like-minded people exploring their creativity amid the other joys of cruising.

For instance, one of Crop & Cruise's 2024 offerings is a Mexican Riviera cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, featuring scrapbooking and other papercraft classes taught by artist Barb Warne. The ship departs from Los Angeles on April 19, returning April 26. Many Cruise & Crop cruises sell out quickly, so if this idea has sparked both your wanderlust and your creativity, be sure to check their list of 2024 cruises and reserve as soon as you can.

Star Trek: The Cruise

For seven days and nights every year, thousands of Star Trek fans gather to be a part of a fandom extravaganza at sea. Star Trek: The Cruise is an experience that features celebrities aboard (2024's guests include LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton, among many others), costume and cosplay events, and lots of fun activities. 

But what makes Star Trek: The Cruise truly unique is that audience participation is very much encouraged. Passengers and celebrity guests are all considered the crew of one great, big, intergalactic vessel. Passengers get to interact with the guest stars in events like karaoke battles, and stars share parts of their earthly lives with Q&A sessions and even glimpses at other projects they may be involved in.

The first Star Trek: The Cruise was held in 2017 and since then it's been a fan favorite. Star Wars and cruising aficionado Aaron Bossig writes on  Trek Movie.com that many fans go on the cruise every year, and proudly wear t-shirts from the previous ones. He calls Star Trek: The Cruise "an extra special convention experience." 2024's edition will be held on the Mariner of the Seas, departing from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on February 22 and returning on February 29.

Literature Festival At Sea

Once a year, aboard the legendary Queen Mary 2, passengers can mingle with writers, poets, journalists, and critics in a full-blown literary festival in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Literature Festival at Sea invites writers in all genres to host round table discussions, participate in Q&As revolving around their work and areas of expertise, host workshops, and converse with passengers.

Whether passengers want to participate as much as possible or just attend a few events, the Festival seems to be an excellent addition to a typical Queen Mary 2 voyage. On TripAdvisor , passenger Artemis C writes of her experience at a previous Literature Festival at Sea that "the whole week was a joy". 

2024's lineup features crime novelists, journalists, historians, and more, for what's sure to be a fascinating week of discussion and discovery. If you'd like to combine an elegant transatlantic cruise and a literary experience, 2024's Literature Festival at Sea will take place from November 13-20, departing from Southampton, U.K., and arriving in New York. Cunard has also launched an Australian Literature Festival at Sea, scheduled from December 11-16, 2024, on the Queen Elizabeth, which departs from and returns to Sydney. 

Chefs Making Waves

Many cruise lines are proud of their food offerings. Some cruises feature dishes created by world-famous chefs, and others even host food and wine festivals. But no culinary cruise event seems quite as, well, fun, as Chefs Making Waves. This culinary-themed cruise will set sail for the first time in 2024. Onboard will be a number of beloved celebrity chefs, including Anne Burrell and the Cake Boss himself, Buddy Valastro. Cooking demos and, of course, food tastings of all kinds (including sit-down meals, desserts, and street food) are on the menu. Best of all, Chefs Making Waves is an all-inclusive cruise, so everyone can eat and drink without having to pay extra!

There will be all of the usual cruise-related fun, from swimming to excursions, to help you work up an appetite. There will also be unique games, with some of the chefs participating in events like bingo and a celebrity chef sing-off. If this sounds like an awesome cruise, you're not the only one who feels that way. Chefs Making Waves will take place from March 25-29, departing from Miami with excursions in Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas ... and it's already sold out. But you can still  sign up for the waiting list . With a little luck, you'll be able to enjoy this delicious, themed cruise experience.

Soul Train Cruise

Imagine a festival with a lineup featuring some of the best soul and R&B acts of all time. Now imagine it's on a relaxing cruise ship. This dream is actually reality -- it's called the Soul Train Cruise. The popular themed cruise will be celebrating its 11th year in 2024 and the lineup is on fire. Dozens of groups and artists will perform, including The Temptations, Boyz II Men, and En Vogue. Passengers can also learn how to dance like people did back in the old school days of Soul Train's TV show, with lessons from some of the show's actual dancers. There will also be wine tastings, Q&A's, comedy shows, and a lot more.

With all of this on offer, it's no surprise that the Soul Train Cruise is sold out. But sign up on the waiting list and keep your calendar free from January 27-February 3, and you may get lucky. If you do, the cruise leaves from Fort Lauderdale, with ports of call in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) and St. Maarten.

The Gothic Cruise

The Gothic Cruise is an annual event held on an ordinary cruise ship. Goths mingle with "norms" but have their own private events on board, mostly DJ sets and concerts. There's also a masquerade ball, with Goths decked out in their finest Victorian-style garb ... as long as it meets ship safety requirements, that is. The cruise's website specifies that simulated weapons aren't allowed and notes that hoop skirts are fine for the ball but not in the ship's dining areas, "due to the close proximity of the tables". And yet, the Goth community thrives on these cruises -- and even gains norm fans along the way. 

In a Porthole Magazine article about the Gothic Cruise, longtime attendee Spike Pittman says that many mainstream passengers are wary of the Goths at first, "But by the end they're begging to get into our private events." Some even book their future cruises to coincide with the Gothic Cruise, even if they don't plan on attending every event. 

The Gothic Cruise has been held since 1989. Cruising doesn't seem very Goth, but in the end, the article points out, it comes down to what all themed cruises offer: a sense of community (in this case, one that often stays up all night and sleeps during the day). If this moves your little black heart, the 2024 Gothic Cruise will be held on the Norwegian Escape (but book through the Gothic Cruise's website for private event access), departing from Orlando on March 2, and returning March 9.

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    See the world famous Nights of Lights from the best vantage point available - on the water. Float with us for one hour on a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. Tweet; ... Tiki Cruise Tours Nights of Lights Tours CRUISIN TIKIS ST AUGUSTINE (904) 980-TIKI (904) 980-8454 [email protected] ...

  12. Night of Lights: #1 Party Boat in St. Augustine, FL

    THIS IS A PARTY BOAT - EXPECT A PARTY! All tours are BYOB - Bring your own booze and food with you! AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 YEARS OR OLDER The Nights of Lights Tour is the ultimate St. Augustine booze cruise experience on the water, as we provide a positive, feel-good environment while exploring the Old Town Bayfront illuminations. Views of notorious St. Augustine sights while entertaining the ...

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    Spectacular Sun Down/Lights Up Cruise. 1 hour 30 minutes - Departing 5:15 PM Nightly Starts November 18, 2023. Family Friendly all ages. Book Early, Fills Up Fast - *Blackouts Apply - $49 Adults - $22 Kids 3-12 - $8 Infants 0-2. St Augustine is known around the world for having some of the most fabulous sunsets to be found.

  14. Sunset Nights Of Lights Cruise

    Augustine's Nights of Lights is a sight to behold, with millions of white lights adorning the city's buildings, trees, and streets. From the water, you'll have an unrivaled view of the city as it becomes a shimmering winter wonderland. 4. Cozy Comfort: Our well-appointed boat offers a comfortable and cozy atmosphere for you to enjoy the ...

  15. 2024 (St. Augustine) Nights of Lights Boat Cruise

    Florida Water Tours Nights of Lights tour was great! We attended on Christmas Eve. Our crew was excellent and knowledgeable. Not only did we get to see the lights from the water, we learned a few things about the local area. While it was cold, we were bundled up and still had a lot of fun. I would recommend this for families and for couples.

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    Nights of Lights/Sunset Sails Nov 18th 2023- Jan 7th, 2024. Enjoy the sunset and then a watch spectacular display the perfectly lit historic downtown St. Augustine come to life. Our most popular sail is the perfect addition to your holiday fun and a way to enjoy time with your loved ones and get into the holiday spirit. As the twinkling lights ...

  17. 2024 (St. Augustine) Nights of Lights Boat Cruise

    Adventure Boat Tours - Nights of Lights by Water in St. Augustine FL. 17. Christmas. from. $38.00. per adult. Adventure Boat Tours - Sunset Water Tour in St. Augustine. 47. Sunset Cruises.

  18. Nights of Lights Boat Cruise

    Celebrate the holidays in St. Augustine with a nighttime boat cruise. Choose between two different vessels - one for adults only with an on-board bar, the other family-friendly and BYOB - and set on a scenic cruise to see the millions of white lights that make up the Nights of Lights Festival. Experience the magical atmosphere of the twinkling lights on the water.

  19. Nights of Lights

    Quick Details. See St. Augustine's World Famous Nights of Lights from the point of view of a pirate ship! Starting the weekend before Thanksgiving through the end of January, the Black Raven sails north towards historic downtown to put its own spin on the holidays. Join in with the crew for sing-a-longs of their best sea shanties as well as ...

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  21. Nights of Lights: St. Augustine Night Boat Cruise

    Meeting point. St Augustine Municipal Marina. 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084, USA. Open in Google Maps. Just south of the Bridge of Lions on the downtown side.

  22. Nights of Lights: St. Augustine Night Boat Cruise

    We took the Scenic Cruise a few days after doing an Eco Tour to see the nights of lights to equally compare. The Scenic cruise is a much larger boat and is crowded. It is also a tad noisy between the christmas music and people consuming alcohol. There are complimentary cookies and soda/hot chocolate which are nice. The lights were gorgeous.

  23. 2024 (St. Augustine) Nights of Lights Boat Cruise

    Adventure Boat Tours - Nights of Lights by Water in St. Augustine FL. 17. Power Boats. from. $38.00. per adult. 2 hours - Private Sunset Sail along Historic Bay Front. 18. Romantic Tours.

  24. Nights of Lights Boat Cruise

    Night of Lights . . . where much of the historic downtown area is illuminated by hundreds of thousands of soft glowing lights. The boat cruise was most enjoyable . . . and a 'gift' of a cruise to my wife on her birthday! We have done a golf cart tour of the city streets during the event in the past . . . and also strolled the streets . . . but ...