On Fridays, we have Coffee and Donuts in the South Hall with a short program from an invited outside guest. In early February, Breakaway Cruises from South Padre Island was invited. They told us of all the cruises they offer, Dolphin Watch, The Thriller, Pirate Ship, Deep Sea and Bay Fishing, Port of Brownsville, and Dinner Cruises. They were offering tickets at special prices. Rich and I, and Debby and Rick (park managers) decided to buy tickets for the special Valentines Day Dinner Cruise. It would be a 2 hour cruise in the bay, not the Gulf side, with dinner on the top deck. NICE…….
On Saturday afternoon, we arrived around a half hour early for our 4 o’clock cruise. It was such a beautiful day. It seems like every time we had been to South Padre Island, it was overcast. Today would be the most beautiful day we had ever been their……Sunshine and Warm…..We boarded the boat finally after we watched them load all the food and dinner supplies. Usually this boats capacity is much more, but for this Dinner Cruise, they limited it to 25. The tables were all set up on the top deck, with table cloths and Valentine decorations.
This was a beautiful private boat, that was docked near ours. Notice the bench’s on the upper part of the boat?….Just imagine cruising through the water sitting up their watching the sunset, feel the boat swaying to and fro, and the wind blowing through your hair with the sun beating on your face…………DREAM ON……..
We finally pulled away from the dock and began our cruise.
Across the aisle was 2 other couples from the Park. Gloria and her husband, and Marilyn and her husband. We followed the Island to the mouth of the Port of Brownsville.
We watched as the Island became just a levee of concrete and rocks, with the Gulf on the other side. The sea gulls were flying everywhere. Finally we turned and headed towards the Port of Brownsville.
As we headed in we passed a Shrimp boat heading out to the Gulf. Ahead of him was also a tug boat.
As we road along, their was also a Party Boat following us, doing the same trip. Behind the party boat, you can see the dredges working on keeping the mouth of the Port cleaned out.
As we cruised the waiter began the dinner. First we were served our drinks, water, soda, tea, or beer. Our dinner was served. First came our dinner salad. Then we had a choice of Encrusted fish or chicken, with shrimp and peppers on a bed of rice. Next we were given a small plate of fruit, consisting of grapes, strawberries, and watermelon. Last, we had a marvelous piece of Cheesecake. All this time we are just gently cruising in this beautiful sunshine with the gentle breezes blowing.
Finally, we turned and headed up by Port Isabel. We passed by an old oil rig that had been towed in from the sea. It was waiting to be towed down river to the scrap yards. You can see on the left the heliport.
On we went nearer to Port Isabel. The sun was now getting lower in the sky……Beautiful….
We passed some of the shrimp boats docked by the side.
We went by a portion of Port Isabel that is an island. It is only accessible by a bridge. It was full of homes that all had water access at their back doors. What a beautiful place to live.
Finally we were back in the bay area near the causeway that crosses from Port Isabel to the Island. Such a Beautiful Sunset…..
We passed the Pirate Ship, that had been out on their cruise and was coming back…..We haven’t been on that one yet, but we did in Cancun. This one is similar, as the staff is all dressed as pirates, and their is some “battles” ….lol…AYE…..or so I hear….
Finally we cruised up towards our dock area, passing the downtown area of the island, passing the tall Hotel in the distance.
Such a beautiful Sunset cruise……On a Beautiful Saturday Evening…..The end of a Beautiful Day at South Padre Island…….