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Lil’ Toot Offering Special Private Charter Rates In July and August

Throughout communities around the world, small local businesses have needed to make adaptations. Not only to ensure the safety and security of their customers and staff but to also ensure the business’s safety and security. At Celebration Cruises, our time was spent closely evaluating how we could change our business to succeed during this challenging…

Plan For The Optimistic Unknown With Unpaid Reservations at Celebration Cruises

Like so many other businesses and people in our community, we face a very uncertain future with a lot of unanswered questions. We don’t know when there will be fewer cases, and we don’t know when health officials will say it’s safe to go outside, and we don’t know how much time after things attempt…

Updated Statement Regarding Celebration Cruises Closure

Celebration Cruises has made the incredibly difficult decision to close all of our vessels and our retail location until further notice. While this is normally a time of whale watching cruises and looking forward to a lively spring break, it is essential that we protect our amazing staff and beloved customers while taking the warnings…

Statement from Celebration Cruises About Santa Barbara COVID-19 Concerns

  At Celebration Cruises, we always make passenger safety a top priority. With additional safety and health concerns present due to the COVID-19 concerns in our community, we want to keep you fully updated on the precautions we take aboard our vessels and updates to our procedures due to suggestions from the CDC, Health Department,…

Captain Fred and Lil’ Toot featured on NPR’s ‘Ask Me Another’

From NPR – “For Santa Barbara residents, Lil’ Toot is simply a water taxi. But to the Ask Me Another staff, Lil’ Toot became something of an obsession. The captain of the boat, Fred Hershman described it as a “cute, lil’ yellow tug boat that goes back and forth across the harbor.” While the ride…

2019 Harbor Seafood Festival – Special Offers and Events from Celebration Cruises!

The annual Harbor Seafood Festival is one of the most exciting days of the year for the harbor and waterfront as a whole! Tons of vendors and a huge crowd celebrating everything Santa Barbara Harbor ramps up to become a huge, family-friendly day of activities, food, and fun. Every year, Celebration Cruises tries to bring…

Now Available: Lil’ Toot Water Taxi Parade of Lights Charter

The 2019 event marks the 33rd Annual Parade of Lights. Starting with fun for the entire family at Santa’s Village, the event culminates with a 5-minute fireworks display. The boat parade is preceded by Santa’s Village activities beginning at 3 p.m. on the City Pier in Santa Barbara Harbor (by the boats). Hundreds of families…

Lil’ Toot Summer Schedule Continues Until Labor Day – Monday, September 2nd

Lil’ Toot loves being out and about 7 days a week all summer long. This year, our summer schedule will come to a close at the end of Monday, September 2nd, 2019. As always, Lil’ Toot will still be operating weekends, holidays, and holiday school breaks after as usual. Weather permitting, we’re still at it 7 days a week from 12:00 to 6:15.

Celebration Cruises launching new cruise for 2019 summer season…

Celebration Cruises – Photoshoot Santa Barbara – May 2016 © Kevin Steele Beginning on May 25th, Celebration Cruises will begin offering a happy hour cruise! The happy hour cruise is a late afternoon cruise during the golden hour for adult passengers over the age of 21. This 90-minute cruise will make for a happy hour…

Azure Seas Whale Watching Season Begins March 1st!

For the upcoming 2019 whale watching season featuring the annual gray whale migration, Azure Seas will begin our trips starting March 1st. While whale watching season is often described as ‘Mid-February to Mid-May’ in Santa Barbara, the Azure Seas has been undergoing some serious maintenance, including an entirely new set of engines as well as interior upgrades. We are so excited to not only begin our whale watching season but also with the boat in the best shape it has ever been in! Our tw0-hour whale watching excursions depart multiple times per day from Stearns Wharf in Santa Barbara. While it’s not a 100% guarantee to see whales on each trip, we feel like starting two weeks into the season actually increases our chances. Along with the migrating gray whales, there are also chances to see humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins,…

Lil’ Toot’s 15th Birthday Celebration – This Saturday!

Take an adventure to the Santa Barbara Harbor or Stearns Wharf to celebrate everyone’s favorite water taxi’s fifteenth birthday! Come join Captain Fred and crew for a special day celebrating all things Lil’ Toot with free kids tickets all day, 20% off of merchandise and giftcards and other great surprises! Learn facts about the Santa…

Special 4th of July Fireworks Cruise On Sale!

The celebration is almost here – do you have your July 4th plans in place? Celebration Cruises can help with our awesome 2-hour fireworks cruise. The cruise departs Stearns Wharf at 7:30PM and returns to port at 9:30PM. The cruise is $70 per person and includes free light appetizers. The Azure Seas yacht has ample…

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