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Dolphin Cruises and Sunset Sailing Cruises in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

Welcome To Cetacean Cruises!

(set TAY shun)

Close your eyes and daydream with us for a moment. Imagine a blue-sky day aboard a boat, surrounded by shimmering water. Seagulls dive into the water for their dinner- truly a fresh catch. Friendly dolphins dance in sequence, just a short distance from the boat, and Caribbean music sets the tone for a relaxing dolphin cruise or sunset sailboat cruise through Wolf Bay and the surrounding waters of Orange Beach, Alabama. We stay in the back bays, along Orange Beach’s Intracoastal Waterway for a smooth boating experience. There’s no reason to daydream when you can experience this treasure first-hand with the Cetacean Cruises team.

Come Sail Away With Cetacean Cruises

Have you ever experienced a sailing adventure aboard a two-hull sailboat? Two hulls provide stability for a smooth ride without leaning to one side. Come enjoy a two-hour sailing cruise at sunset or a day sail aboard the Cetacean, a 52-foot Hawaiian catamaran. Our Orange Beach day sailing tours are great for the entire family! With the wind in our sails, the Cetacean skims along the waters of Orange Beach, Alabama and Perdido Key, Florida. While out sailing, you see coastal wildlife and marine life all around. Take in the sights and sounds as pelicans and cormorants dive into the water, bald eagles, egrets, sea gulls, herons and osprey fly nearby, schools of bait fish surround the sailboat, and our resident pod of dolphins plays in our bow wake.

Top-Rated Cruise In Orange Beach, Alabama


The Explorer is fully loaded and can move efficiently through as little as two feet of water. There is a bathroom on board for your comfort and half of the boat is covered from the sun for shade. The open bow is perfect for walking around and taking photos. And, our captain routinely invites our junior passengers to take a turn driving the boat. Our dedicated crew will educate and entertain you and your family through the entire cruise.

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Our Sailboat “The Cetacean” is the only sailing vessel that offers a full service cocktail bar onboard in Orange Beach, Alabama.

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We hire only educated professional tour guides and captains to ensure that our guest leave happily entertained and educated!

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The Wharf has a lot of events going on at all times, enabling you to experience other activities before or after your chosen cruise.

Our Happy Customers

Magical dolphin intercoastal experience Cetacean Cruises

Captain Truelove & crew made this the most fun & magical evening intercoastal excursion ever! Dolphins (70 make their home here) were everywhere! We saw them feeding & they even suprised us by surfing in our boat's wake! I think our Captain conspired with them to entertain us. Crew members gave each of us 38 passengers special attention, especially the two youngest passengers. Photo ops included great blue herons, a baby dolphin, family photos, intercoastal marsh grasses, pines and inlets. Drinks and snacks came out early, and the adventure on Wolf Bay ended with a gorgeous sunset & new moon! Did I mention great music, singing and trivia, along with a most knowledgeable and charming crew! The offer a discount if you return, and your wrist band gets you more local dining discounts. The Explorer was truly a special trip.

– Ellen V., TripAdvisor
Beautiful sunset cruise

When planning our trip to Orange Beach there were several cruises to choose from. We decided on this sail and we were glad we did. Crew is awesome. You get a table and chair with options to buy drinks both hard or soft including water. The sail was smooth, great music and wonderful photo ops of a beautiful sunset. Highly recommended!

– 982marissab, TripAdvisor
Such a Lovely Vacation

It was my 4 year old daughter’s first time on the water and I really feel they helped make it such a pleasure for her. She loved it. I just want to thank everyone at your business for such a lovely vacation. I will be telling everyone that I know to go there and my daughter and I will definitely be back again. Thank you so much!

– S. Fortenberry
Best dolphin cruise ever!!

Best dolphin cruise ever!! We saw LOTS of dolphin and a magnificent sunset!! Very friendly captain & staff! I would definitely recommend!

Great experience

The staff was extremely knowledgeable about dolphins and many other native animals in the area. They know how to locate the dolphins very quickly and we were able to watch them for quite some time. It was a great experience and I would recommend to anyone wanting to see the dolphins and nature.

Excellent Family Cruise

We took our 4 children on this cruise. They were very informative and interacted with all of the kids. They had drinks and snacks for kids and adults. (Try the dizzy dolphin) it's well worth the money and we will be taking my mom when we go back next spring break!

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My wife and I truly loved our experience. We saw many dolphins. We highly recommend this cruise to families with children and older adults as well. The crew and captain were highly enthusiastic and very entertaining. We will definitely book another trip the next time we come down.

– John Yearwood, Google
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Captain, and crew were amazing! They made sure we had fun as well as ALL the kids on board! We got to see lots of dolphins when we went out as well! They loved playing!! Had great tips on how to get a good photo as well!!! Definitely would do again with them!

– Tiffany Bourne, Google
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This was by far one of the best parts of our vacation! The crew were amazing, the boat was comfortable and spacious and the service was top notch. The crew played fun music throughout the entire cruise and we saw so many dolphins! We will definitely be coming again in the future and look forward to booking another cruise!

– Christie Hazeltine, Google