Pensacola Bay Cruises tour boats link downtown Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and the Fort Pickens Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. HMS Ferries, Inc., operating as Pensacola Bay Cruises, a private, nonsubsidised, for-profit company has a concessions contract to operate the service.
On March 5, 2019, the National Park Service and HMS Ferries, Inc. signed a 10-year concessions contract for the operation of Pensacola Bay Cruises.
The Pensacola Bay Cruises system operates between the City of Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Fort Pickens located at the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island.
Ride time is approximately 30-40 minutes to each landing location.
Schedules vary throughout the season, visit www.pensacolabaycruise.com for today’s schedule.
Two National Park Service tour boats are operated by Pensacola Bay Cruises under a concession contract with the National Park Service.
The tour boats are not be able to transport vehicles. Parking will be available at all departure points.
Tour boat tickets will offer “hop-on, hop-off” privileges, allowing passengers to travel in either direction between the service's three endpoints during the day.
Seasonally, a free trolley currently runs on Pensacola Beach. Additionally, the Fort Pickens Tram Service runs in conjunction with the tour boat service.
Beverages and snacks are sold on the vessels.
Yes, the tour boats are accessible including wheelchair ramps on to the boats and tie-down inside the cabin and on the first deck.
The tour boats were designed with passenger storage space and bike racks. Storage space on the boats is fixed, so the operator may have to more specifically define the size and quantity of items brought on board by passengers.
The tour boat operator is required to have a Weather Preparedness Plan. The plan will cover the preparedness levels for high winds, rain and thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes, and designate specific actions to be taken.
The tour boat operator is authorized to offer "specialty cruises" outside of the regular schedule as approved by the park.
Unless otherwise agreed to by the park, the tour boat operator must provide a minimum level of service.
Last updated: March 12, 2021