To facilitate this review, my family was provided the opportunity to ride the Black Dragon Pirate Ship. All opinions are mine.
When visiting South Padre Island, it’s a given that you’ll want to go out on the water. But long boat rides and little kids often don’t mesh well. Enter the Black Dragon Pirate Ship.
My family has been on many sight-seeing cruises in our travels, and it never fails that our five-year-old son gets bored. The excitement of seeing a dolphin the water quickly evaporates between sightings. And on many of the boats we’ve sailed, there just isn’t a whole lot for a kid to do.
The Black Dragon Pirate Ship
That’s why I loved our experience on the Black Dragon Pirate Ship. There was never a dull moment!
The ship sails from Port Isabel, so make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to arrive. It’s run by Osprey Cruises, but in a different location.
From the time we checked in (you need to arrive at least 15 minutes early to claim your reservation), there was always something to see. Once you’ve received your ticket, head out to the back deck where you will enjoy a pirate show before your high seas adventure. One of the crew tells jokes, entertains the crowd, and even performs some flaming tricks.
Soon it was time to board the Black Dragon. The crew met us as we entered, and each child was given a name tag. My son LOVED that the pirates all knew his name! After a brief word from the captain, we were off!
We were regaled with stories and jokes from the pirates on the lower deck, but my family quickly found that the upper deck was the place to be.
It was cooler and the breeze was nice in the summer heat. The view wasn’t bad, either!
We saw a few dolphins on the trip but those didn’t hold my son’s attention for long. It was the pirate activities that got him really excited!
The children were given water guns to fight the crew (and each other!) and then they got in line to take turns sword-fighting the crew. They were given “pirate duties” (aka swabbing the deck with mops!) and the crew came around and painted pirate beards on everyone. And there was even a treasure hunt!
By the time the activities were over, we were back at the dock and the cruise was over. And there wasn’t one moment when my kid was complaining that he was bored.
That is a win in my book!