Destin Weddings and Cruises Featured in Destin Magazine

Thanks to Courtney Murray from Destin Magazine for featuring the SOLARIS yacht for Destin weddings, dinner sunset cruises and more!
 
Destin Florida is filled with incredible water activities. With crystal clear waters and sugar white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, our little slice of heaven is an obvious choice for local and destination weddings alike. How many places do you know where you can dine, dance, cruise and get married? You can do all of those and more aboard the beautiful SunQuest Cruise’s SOLARIS yacht! “Where Amazing is Unforgettable”
 
This family-owned and locally operated business began with Jim Murray and his family in Niceville. Jim was always passionate about the nautical lifestyle and spent his life building ships and yachts in the Panhandle area. Following his passion, Jim discovered a need for a dining and entertainment cruise experience for residents and guests on the Emerald Coast. The idea was born and SunQuest Cruises launched the stunning 125 foot SOLARIS yacht in Sandestin Florida specifically for dinner cruises, weddings and events in 2004. It was especially built for Destin weddings in mind, featuring an open-air sky deck with a bridal platform for sunset ceremonies and a private bridal suite.
 
SunQuest Cruises is a truly unique family centric business that Jim’s son James Murray carries on to this day. The entire family embraced the business, coming together and spending Thanksgiving and holidays on the yacht folding napkins and preparing the yacht for guests; it was always a team effort!
 
When James was asked what his favorite part of the job is, he responded, “Offering our guests an experience that they will never forget. Whether it’s a wedding or a sunset dinner cruise, we want our guests to revel in the experience of cruising the local waters on a luxurious 125 foot yacht and enjoying a great meal. The best part is when our customers and wedding couples take the time to share a photo or review of what made their experience unforgettable. Everyone takes away a different memory, whether it’s the food, service, music or the overall experience.” This is the difference that this business in Destin provides, unwavering personal attention to detail for each and every client.
 
Unlike many water activities that are seasonal, SunQuest Cruises offers a unique dinner cruise experience for all types of holidays, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Fireworks for the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve. They also offer a few signature events including a Mardi Gras Dinner Cruise and the fabulous Sandestin Wine Festival Champagne and Seafood Cruise. Throughout the summer, they offer the extremely popular weekly Fireworks and Dinner Cruises.
 
Being a locally owned and operated company, staying involved in the community is extremely important to SunQuest Cruises who work with many local charities. Charitable events that they have partnered on include the Florida Public Relations Association, Caring and Sharing, Boys and Girls Club, Billy Gray Ministries, Mattie Kelly Arts Association and various local military organizations including Wounded Warriors. SunQuest Cruises is also a Restaurant Baron for the 2016 Emerald Coast Cattle Barons’ Ball benefiting the American Cancer Society.
 
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and a wedding aboard the Solaris is guaranteed to be unforgettable! SunQuest Cruises is a full-service wedding company with a team of experienced wedding planners that can plan everything from a sunset beach wedding to a majestic yacht wedding/reception. The proof is in the pudding; SunQuest Cruises and their wedding planners have won the Knot’s Best of Weddings Award for the past 7 consecutive years, WeddingWire awards and many local accolades.
 
Every wedding on the SOLARIS yacht is as unique as the couple themselves. The wedding planners work closely with the couple and local vendors from start to finish to ensure a smooth sailing process that is personally catered. SunQuest stands out from the crowd in many ways, especially because wedding planning services are included in all of their packages.
 
James describes a typical wedding; “A sunset yacht wedding begins with the SOLARIS setting sail into the serene open waters with absolute privacy, fresh coastal breezes and unobstructed views of the sunset. The bride ascends the staircase to the open-air sky deck and walks down the aisle to meet her love at the altar. Captain Matt officiates all ceremonies that are sealed with a kiss at sunset. Then the reception celebration begins on all three indoor and outdoor decks, including a full-service bar, award-winning menus prepared on board by our chefs and live entertainment. Many of our couples also take advantage of our location at the all-inclusive Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, which offers a variety of accommodations steps away from the SOLARIS yacht.”
 
SunQuest Cruises is always growing and expanding and now offers their wedding expertise to plan beach weddings and provides the option for delicious off-site catering. SunQuest Cruises has a number of wedding venues available to accommodate any requests by the couple.
 
SunQuest Catering features a variety of special event menus for any occasion, including fresh local seafood, prime steaks and more to satisfy every palette! They offer unparalleled value, personalized service and always the highest quality food.
 
SunQuest Cruises also features the 45 foot SunVenture, a motor catamaran docked at the Destin Harbor that cruises daily in the summer. Leisure and group cruises include Crab Island, Dolphin Cruises and Fireworks Harbor Cruises. So step out of the box and experience an adventurous luxury cruise experience that you’ll never forget!

 

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Dine, Dance, Cruise, Drink Wine | SOLARIS Yacht Sandestin

Cheers! It’s National Drink Wine Day – but who says you only have to celebrate one day a year? Did you know the SOLARIS offers nine different types of red wines and nine different types of white wines on all of its dinner cruises? The full-service bar also offers Round Hill certified sustainable wines, including chardonnay, cabernet, merlot and white zinfandel.
 
Another reason to celebrate is the upcoming Sandestin Wine Festival Champagne and Lunch Cruise on Friday, April 15th. Celebrate the kick-off of the highly anticipated Sandestin Wine Festival on a luxurious 125-foot yacht that cruises the open waters while indulging in fresh local seafood and premium champagnes.
 
The SOLARIS chefs are featuring an elaborate four-course, Gulf Coast seafood menu, each paired with premium champagnes. Patrons will embark on an unforgettable day that begins with a Dockside Reception at noon with hors d’oeuvres and sparkling bubbly. It’s smooth sailing for the rest of the afternoon as guests enjoy all three decks of the SOLARIS yacht, including the open air sky deck, and three additional coastal cuisine courses and champagne. Reservations required online for the Sandestin Wine Festival Seafood and Champagne Lunch Cruise or by calling 850.650.2519.
 
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Sandestin Wine Festival Champagne and Seafood Lunch Cruise

SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise
Celebrate the Kick-Off of the Sandestin Wine Festival on the SOLARIS Yacht

 
Sip, savor and sail for the Sandestin Wine Festival as sparkling waves and soft breezes set the mood for SunQuest Cruises’s Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise on Friday, April 15th from 12 – 3 p.m. In partnership with Coastal Wine & Spirits, SunQuest Cruises presents the ultimate way to kick off the Sandestin Wine Festival just steps away on a 125 foot yacht. Patrons will embark on a culinary adventure of four different courses all paired with premium champagnes.
 
“The Sandestin Wine Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year and our location just steps away makes it a perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend,” stated James Murray, General Manager for SOLARIS. “Our chefs have created a signature menu that is art for the palette featuring fresh seafood and sparkling champagnes.”
 
This signature SOLARIS event begins before the Sandestin Wine Festival with a dockside reception at noon. Guests can take in the panoramic views and fresh coastal breezes from the open-air sky deck while enjoying Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne with Sauteed Gulf Coast Oysters and champagne butter, Lobster and Waffles and Seared Rosemary-Crusted Sea Scallops. As the SOLARIS yacht cruises the open waters, the “Make Way” Course will be served, including Fried Green Tomatoes with Roasted Corn and Crawfish Cream and a Chandon Delice Champagne / Ketel Citroen cocktail.
 
Following is the “Waypoint” Course, a Lemon Grass and Ginger Soup with Gulf Shrimp, paired with Ruinart Brut Rose Champagne. The final course is the “Marker” Course, featuring a Persillade-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Three-Potato Hash and a Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne / Nolets Gin cocktail.
 
The SOLARIS Sandestin Wine Festival Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise is $90 per person including a four-course meal, premium champagne pairings and two-hour cruise. The dockside reception begins at 12 p.m. with cruise from 1 – 3 p.m. Reservations required online or call 850.650.2519.
 
About SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS
 
Docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS yacht is a magnificent 125 foot, 5,200 square foot yacht with three decks of indoor and outdoor spaces.  The SOLARIS is the onlydining and entertainment yacht in Northwest Florida, offering public dinner cruises year-round for up to 150 people. Since 2004, the award-winning SOLARIS has also served as a unique venue for weddings/receptions, corporate functions, group activities and other events. The SOLARIS has been the recipient of several review-based accolades, including the “Best Wedding and Reception Venue” Knot award for seven consecutive years and the 2016 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award. For more information, visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 850.650.2519. 
 
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