A massive new dining experience is about to set sail on the Hillsborough River.
Today, Yacht Starship Dining Cruises released details about its newest concept – a first of its kind European-style river cruise ship called "Craft
At 130-feet in length and only 11-feet of air draft, the upscale dining ship will be the largest commercial vessel currently on the Hillsborough, all while still being able to pass under five of the river's lowest bridges.
According to the company, Craft will be able to accommodate 150 passengers, and will be the first dining ship to feature diesel outboard propulsion, an open kitchen concept with a gas grill and stove, three dining options including indoor, outdoor or bar seating, and a 1914 vintage wooden cruiser that's been transformed into a bar.
The menu will helmed by Executive Chef and Tampa native Allison Beasman, and will feature brunch, dinner, and craft cocktail options. Specific menu items have yet to be released, but the website states that Beasman enjoys creating a blend of "innovation and traditional" cuisine.
The company did not release details about an exact launch date, but did say Craft expects to start taking reservations this fall.
"Craft has been a dream of ours since the first cruise in Tampa over 22-years ago," said President and CEO Troy Manthey in a statement. "it’s a purpose-built vessel, creating a new era of cruising in Tampa, which is sure to exceed guest expectations. Tampa was recently ranked first in boat tours by Wallet Hub and as the operator of Florida’s most diverse fleet of passenger vessels we are proud of this distinction!"
Yacht Starship Dining Cruise already has a significant fleet of companies operating in downtown Tampa, including Pirate Water Taxi, Lost Pearl, Bay Rocket, Tampa Riverwalk Rentals, and of course, Yacht Starship.