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“Boat ride had LTE signal”

Ship Island Excursions
Ranked #2 of 10 Tours in Gulfport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Relaxation, recreation and history; these are the gifts offered to you on Ship Island. Here in the north central Gulf of Mexico, about 11 miles off Mississippi's Coast, are some of the last undeveloped barrier islands in America. Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore and protected by the U.S. Park Service, these exquisite sand islands offer visitors the first high quality beaches for swimming and shelling east of New Orleans. Travel to a special place where attractions include: outstanding beaches, beautiful water and clean gulf air. Locals and visitors consistently rate the 22-mile round trip to Ship Island as the coast's premier beach experience. Visit historic Fort Massachusetts on your own, or on a Park Ranger guided tour offered after passenger ferries dock at West Ship Island pier. Shrimp boats, tugs with barges and ocean-going freighters are some of the many sights you'll see as you venture across the Mississippi Sound out to the clear, green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Watch for dolphins! Atlantic Bottle-nosed Dolphins are frequently seen playing in our boats' wake and feeding near the island beaches. The finest beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are located on Ship Island. Tranquil stretches of barrier island shore invite you to picnic, explore, and "decompress". Pristine gulf waters surrounding Ship Island attract swimmers and body surfers. The National Park Service provides a designated swim area with life guards in summer. Emergency assistance is available 24 hrs. on the island. Beach chair and umbrella rentals are provided. An easy one-third mile stroll along a boardwalk is required to reach the more popular Gulf of Mexico swim beach on the south side of the island. Don't expect to find condos or a shopping mall on the island. Except for the old fort, boardwalk, restrooms with showers, and a covered picnic area near a small snack bar, you'll find very little development. Food service is also available on the boats. Dress comfortably and be prepared for the sun, especially from mid-June thru August. Hats, eyewear and sunscreen are important. Small backpacks and coolers are allowed on the ferries. Be advised, glass containers are prohibited on Ship Island. Since the National Park Service does not supply waste receptacles, visitors must pack out whatever they carry on Ship Island.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 4, 2018

It takes one hour on the boat to reach West Ship Island and another to come back. It's a two-deck boat with a enclosed sitting area on the lower deck where you can buy some food and snacks. Prices are surprisingly reasonable. Even more shocking is that I had 4G LTE phone signal via Sprint for 50 of the 60 minutes boat ride. There was only a 10 minute period in the middle of ride where I couldn't get data.

Thank Barry L
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Great day excursion from Gulfport for a family with kids! The boat was clean, left on time, and had an air conditioned inside seating area with a snack bar. The sea was calm on the way out, and we saw several dolphins, some of which the crew members pointed out for everyone to see. There was a National Park Service ranger led tour of the fort right after we arrived - it was the only one, so it was too crowded to hear well, unfortunately. The kids loved being able to explore the fort on their own, though. They don’t have any Junior Ranger badges, because their ranger station was destroyed in the last hurricane. We brought a picnic lunch; there’s a nice covered picnic area on the boardwalk to the beach with clean bathrooms and soap. The kids had fun playing in the sand and water and collecting broken shell pieces. I was surprised by how much trash was on the beach... You can rent umbrellas and chairs, and there’s a snack bar near the beach.

Thank MarcieJ
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Reviewed March 31, 2018

Loved getting my ticket online. The boat loading and unloading was seemless and the trips to and from were very smooth. Being able to rent a chair and umbrella for only $20 made the trip less of a hassle and the restroom facilities were relatively clean and neat. Beautiful day and all the staff were very helpful and friendly!

Thank Connie L
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

After last year’s hurricane, Shop Island tours announces their 2018 Spring Schedule. Here it is.....take your family for a Mississippi boat ride.

Ship Island Ferry Schedule
Spring Schedule
March 24th – May 11th
Good Friday March 30th; 2 departures at 9am & 12 noon in Gulfport
More Information: 228-864-1014

5  Thank ZeroBoxes
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Reviewed December 25, 2017 via mobile

Great dolphin watching cruise. Teenagers really loved trip. Crew was very friendly. Would recommend!

2  Thank okie5799
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