Pirate Ship Blog

A Brief History of Pirates

Ahoy Maties! Did you know that the history of pirates dates back thousands of years? Or that there were strict rules for the crew aboard a pirate ship? There’s all sorts of great information on pirates that you might find interesting.   So read up on your pirate history before sailing the high seas aboard the […]

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Our Favorite Restaurants in John’s Pass

When you visit Madeira Beach, FL, you can expect amazing weather, gorgeous pastel-colored Florida sunsets, and fun activities centered around the beauty of Boca Ciega Bay. What you can also expect is some seriously good food. Considered the #1 tourist attraction in Pinellas County, John’s Pass at Madeira Beach is home to a wide variety […]

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The Anatomy of a Pirate Ship

Ahoy Maties! January is a fine time for pirates as we celebrate Gasparilla and the first pirate invasion of Tampa Bay. Of course, aboard the Royal Conquest, we celebrate pirates year round, seeking fun pirate adventures and swashbuckling the high seas. However, to be a pirate, you’ve got to know the ways of a pirate […]

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Fireworks + Pirates

What pirate doesn’t love a good fireworks display? Head out on the Gulf of Mexico waters with a crew of pirates for the best fireworks show in Tampa Bay! The Royal Conquest will be hosting a special 3-hour cruise on Independence Day, leaving Johns Pass at 8pm for guests to enjoy the fireworks. Guests will […]

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Year-Round Pirate Adventure

Everyone knows Gasparilla as the ultimate pirate event in Florida, but here at Royal Conquest in John’s Pass, our pirate festivities occur year-round. So in case you missed Tampa’s parades in January, we can help! The Pirate Ship at John’s Pass is fun for all ages! Join us aboard a two level pirate ship as […]

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The Legend of Gasparilla

Ahoy mateys!  Gather round for a story to be told, that of the legend of Gasparilla… Tampa’s famous annual carnival, Gasparilla, was named after the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar, “last of the Buccaneers”, who terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida during the late 18th and early 19th century.  Nicknamed “Gasparilla”, Gaspar originally served in […]

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10 Most Famous Pirates in History

Sir Francis Drake (English, 1540 – 1595): One of the most celebrated privateers of his time, he relentlessly sacked his life-long foe, the Spanish army, most often on the order of Queen Elizabeth I herself.  One of his greatest achievements was sailing to North America where he claimed new land on the Pacific coast for […]

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How to Talk Like a Pirate

To be a pirate, ye must talk like a pirate!  So before you set sail, you better brush up on your pirate lingo.  Here are a few pirate phrases that will keep you from walking the plank! Ahoy: “Hello” or used as an interjection to attract attention or to hail a ship or a person. […]

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Things To Do in Tampa Bay: The Royal Conquest Pirate Adventure

Ahoy, ye maties!  Looking for things to do in the Tampa Bay area?  Well, air out your sea legs and embark on a family friendly pirate adventure aboard our vessel, The Royal Conquest.  It’s a great idea for a spring or summer weekend excursion, birthday party, or activity for out of town guests. What can […]

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Your Post-Gasparilla Pirate Destination

With the final Gasparilla event over this past weekend, Tampa bay area residents may be dealing with pirate separation anxiety. But we have good news—Boat Tours at Johns Pass offers a Royal Conquest pirate ship! After the children’s parade, the invasion, the parade of pirates, and the distance classic come to a close, most residents […]

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