Spring Aboard the SOLARIS Yacht Sandestin

Spring Aboard the SOLARIS Yacht with Specialty Dinner Cruises in Destin Florida
 
Weekly Spring Break Fireworks Dinner Cruises, Easter Lunch and Sandestin Wine Festival
 
There are many reasons to ‘spring’ aboard SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Yacht in Destin, Florida. As the only dining and entertainment yacht in Destin Florida, the SOLARIS yacht’s weekly dinner cruises are a popular activity for families, couples and friends during the spring and summer seasons. In addition to the weekly public dinner cruises, there are many specialty dinner cruises scheduled to welcome a new season of fun and unforgettable memories.
 
“We are thrilled to add some specialty dinner cruises and signature events to our regular spring schedule,” stated James Murray, General Manager for SunQuest Cruises. “Our goal continues to be to offer every guest an unforgettable meal and experience on our beautiful local waters.”
 
Beginning March 21st, the SOLARIS will host a weekly Fireworks and Dancing Dinner Cruise every Tuesday night in Destin for the next three weeks from 6 – 9 p.m. The Solaris is a popular alternative to fine dining restaurants in Destin. The evening begins with cocktails from the full-service bar as the 125 foot yacht cruises the local waters with panoramic views. Guests will indulge in a three-course, chef prepared fine dining meal featuring prime steaks, fresh Gulf seafood and more. Live music can be heard from all three decks, including the open air sky deck. The night concludes with a bang as the sky above illuminates with fireworks from Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf.
 
SunQuest Cruises’s annual Easter Lunch Cruise in Destin has become a time honored tradition for families seeking a relaxing and memorable experience. The open air, sky deck becomes a popular starting point for pictures and to take in the amazing views and fresh air. The SOLARIS chefs freshly prepare the three-course meal aboard the yacht’s galley. This year’s menu includes Southern Shrimp and Grits, Blackened Bone-in Pork Chop, Petit Filet, Pasta Primavera and a special children’s menu. The Easter Lunch Cruise is from 1 – 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 16th.
 
The highly anticipated Sandestin Wine Festival kicks off just steps away on the SOLARIS yacht on Friday, April 21st from 12 – 3 p.m. This signature Champagne and Seafood Lunch Cruise begins with a dockside reception at noon. As the SOLARIS cruises the local waters, patrons will indulge in a culinary voyage of four decadent courses, all paired with premium champagnes. Menu highlights include a butter-poached Lobster Salad with a Chandon Brut and Coconut Sake Cocktail, Shrimp Ceviche with a French 75 cocktail, Jumbo Sea Scallops with Chandon Sweet Star Champagne and Blackened Red Fish paired with Cliquot Yellow Label Champagne.
 
All specialty menus, Destin dinner cruise schedules and online reservations are available at www.SunQuestCruises.com.
 
About SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS
 
Docked at the all-inclusive Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, 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 only dining 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 Destin weddings/receptions, corporate functions, group activities and other events. The SOLARIS has been the recipient of the “Best Wedding and Reception Venue” award by the Knot for eight consecutive years and was inducted into the Knot Best of Weddings 2015 Hall of Fame. For more information, visit www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 850.650.2519.
 
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The SOLARIS yacht in Sandestin offers weekly public dinner cruises in addition to special event cruises for Spring Break, Easter and the Sandestin Wine Festival.

Sandestin Wine Festival Cruise – Champagne & Seafood

Sip, savor and sail as sparkling waves and soft breezes set the mood for SunQuest Cruises’s Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise on Friday, April 21st from 12 – 3 p.m. 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 voyage of four decadent 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 with a Dockside Reception at noon at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Guests can take in the panoramic views and fresh coastal breezes from the open-air sky deck while sipping a Cocomoso Cocktail (Chandon Brut Champagne with Coconut Sake) and savoring a Butter-Poached Lobster Salad atop a toasted French Baguette, Shrimp Ceviche and Tuna Nachos with sweet Wasabi Aioli. As the SOLARIS yacht cruises the open waters, the “Make Way” Course will be served, featuring Jumbo Sea Scallops with Pineapple Mango Compote paired with a French Prohibition Cocktail with Moet Imperial Champagne.
 
The culinary voyage continues with the “Waypoint” Course, including New England style Seafood Chowder and Chandon Sweet Star Champagne. The final “Marker” course features a Blackened-Redfish with Southern Style Cheese Grits and Creamed Maque Choux, paired with a Cliquot Yellow Label Champagne.
 
The SOLARIS 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 only dining 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 Destin 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 eight consecutive years and the 2016/2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award.
 
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Docked just steps away from the Sandestin Wine Festival, the SOLARIS yacht’s Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise on Friday, April 21st features four-courses with premium champagne pairings and a two-hour cruise.

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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