Pirate Ship Blog

Know Before You Go: Madeira Beach, FL

Every year, devotees of sun and sand flock to Madeira Beach’s 2.5-mile stretch to enjoy its pristine beaches, waterfront restaurants, and gorgeous sunsets.   Legends say that a pirate first settled our hometown. Today, Madeira Beach – a small strip of land along the beautiful blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and just west […]

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5 Fierce Female Pirates

When you think of a pirate, what’s the first thing that comes into mind? An angry bearded man with a hook for a hand, right? Ha! Well, you should know to never discount the ladies who roamed the high seas! In fact, there were many female pirates – fierce ones at that. Here are a […]

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Guide to Gasparilla Parties, Celebrate Like a Tampa Local

Ahoy! The countdown is on for Gasparilla, that amazing time of year when pirates (yes, pirates!) take over Tampa Bay! Our Pirate ship’s Gasparilla guide is everything you need to know about how to get your pirate on just like us locals. About Gasparilla Gasparilla is an annual pirate-themed parade that has been celebrated almost […]

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The Pirate Legend of Libertalia: The Pirate Utopia

What’s a pirate ship adventure without pirate legends, history, and lore? While aboard the John’s Pass pirate ship in Tampa Bay you may hear the story of the infamous pirate colony of Libertalia (also known as Libertatia). While historians still debate whether this pirate utopia actually existed, as long as you’re a mere pirate fanatic […]

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8 Pirate Themed Cocktails

Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time to cool off with a pirate-inspired cocktail that’ll make you go “argh”! Although we only offer beer and wine onboard the ship, the krewe loves a great pirate themed cocktail. So, to help you celebrate the summer, we’ve provided some of our favorite concoctions that even […]

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How to Throw the Perfect Pirate Birthday Bash

Calling all Salty Dogs, Scallywags, Cabin Kids and Mini Pirates! Want to throw an unforgettable pirate themed birthday party? What better way than on board the Royal Conquest, Tampa Bay’s finest pirate ship at John’s Pass Village! The only time a pirate is indoors is usually when they are locked in a dungeon. So why […]

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Pirate Lore: The Kraken

Come aboard the John’s Pass pirate ship to hear stories of pirate lore and fantastical experiences on the high seas! From Angola to Norway and across the oceans, the tale of this mystical sea creature struck fear in the hearts of even the most fearsome pirates. Tales spoke of a monster so big that it […]

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Pirate Payroll: Earnings, Loot, & Treasure

Pirates didn’t roam the high seas for nothing. It’s all about the loot and treasure that is at the stake of every captured ship with wealth and riches as the main objective. After all, there was much to be found aboard these vulnerable ships that were often loaded with gold, silver, and jewels as well […]

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How Pirates Captured a Ship

Ahoy mateys! Think it’s easy being a pirate? Think again! Back in the Golden Ages, when piracy was an actual career, pirates were faced with the challenge of capturing ships (or just the cargo on those ships) and was no simple task. In fact, the risk of going after a bigger and more powerful ship […]

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Top 5 Pirate-Themed Movies

Ahoy mateys! We all love a good pirate-themed movie, and in no specific order, we’ve listed our top five favorites. Check it out.. Peter Pan (1953) Peter Pan: “Tinker Bell! I hereby banish you forever.” Wendy: “Please, not forever.” Peter Pan: “Well, for a week then.” It took Walt Disney over twenty years to buy […]

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