Monday, June 29, 2015

Meet the Florida brown Pelican

If you have been on one of our cruises or visited any of our beautiful beaches you have seen our brown Pelicans, flying or diving for fish.  The Pelican, also called the American or common pelican inhabits the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coast of both North and South America.  The brown pelican, while measuring up to 54 inches long, with a wing span between 6 ½ and 7 ½ long are the smallest of the seven species of Pelicans.  Brown pelicans are completely at home in the water.  Even young pelicans barely able to fly, can swim 3 m.p.h.! 
Pelicans are primarily fish eaters.  They enjoy herring, sheepshead, mullet, and menhaden.  They consume about 4 pounds a day.  They have keen eye sight and can spot fish from heights as much as 70 feet in the air.  Once they locate their prey, they will dive into the water and come up with a mouthful of fish.  The air sacs beneath their skin not only soften the impact of the dive but also help the Pelican to surface.  
The Pelican is a social member of flocks which is made up of males, females and juveniles.  They will breed between ages 3 and 5 years.  They will nest in tree tops, bushes or shallow ground.   The male will deliver nesting materials to the female who will build the nest.  She will typically lay 2 to 3 eggs, chalky in color which will hatch in about 30 days.  Both parents will share in the incubating process. 
The Pelican has a long life span.  In fact, there is a record of one that was banded 31 years earlier!

Just come to our marina when our fisherman docks after their charters.  The Pelicans wait just in hopes to get a little leftovers! #swflorida #pelican #loveflorida #swflattractions #nature #boating #sightseeing #gulfofmexico #cruisingnaples #naplesbay

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Getting Familiar with the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico is the 9th largest body of water in the world.  The Gulf is a partially landlocked basin.  There is only a narrow connection to the Atlantic as the Gulf is surrounded by North America and Cuba.
The coast line of the Gulf measures approximately 3500 miles starting from the tip of Florida, to the Yucatan, and about 230 miles along Cuba. 
Although much of the Gulf basin is shallow water over Continental shelves, it does have a trough that measures about 14,000 feet!
The population of people who live along the Gulf is projected to reach 61.4 million by 2025!
The Gulf is home to many species including 5 types of endangered sea turtles.  49 different types of sharks are known to inhabit these waters as well.  Also calling the Gulf their home is the bottlenose Dolphin, the West Indian manatee and humpback,, minke, and sperm whales.  
60% of brown pelicans breed along the Gulf coast.  Fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico include red snapper, shrimp, grouper, amberjack and oyster.  The Gulf also can also boast about having 8 of the top 20 fishing ports in the nation, by dollar value.

Exploring the the water ways leading up to the Gulf by Jet ski, Hurricane Deck Boat, or Pontoon is always fun!   Port of Naples Marina has great summer rates!  (239) 774-0479.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Join us on the Naples Princess for Wine Tasting with Decanted

Check Your Wine IQ

Do you know how Red wine gets its color?

ans.  Grapes of Red wine are fermented with the skins-extracting it's color.

What is the ideal temperature wine should be stored at?

ans.  The ideal temperature for wine is about 55 degrees.  Keep wine in a darkened area.  Storing the wine on its side will prevent air from entering the bottle via a dry cork. Enjoy white wine at a drinking temp of 45 to 55 degrees, and red wine at 65 degrees.

Test your wine knowledge and learn about popular wines when you join The Naples Princess and Decanted for our More than Hors D'ouevres and Wine Tasting Cruise.  The next 'wine cruise' will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm.  See our flyer for future dates and times!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Easter Sunday Aboard The Naples Princess

Come relax and enjoy your Easter aboard the Naples Princess.  Don’t worry about cooking or cleaning we will do it all for you.  Come aboard and enjoy time with family and friends.  Have a cocktail and enjoy the amazing views of Naples.

We offer two full Easter dinner cruises.  An early dinner at 1:00 p.m. and our sunset dinner cruise at 6:30 p.m.  Each cruise is 2 hours long served with roasted turkey, baked ham, salad and dinner rolls, vegetable medley, mashed potatoes and of course dessert!  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Rehearsal Dinners/Welcome Parties

The Naples princess can host a variety of wedding related events including rehearsal dinners and welcome parties.  With either of these options you can have a private area, the whole boat or reserved seating on a public cruise. 

Welcome your guests to the beautiful Naples area with a cruise through Naples Bay and Port Royal out into the Gulf of Mexico for the sunset.  Your guests can either enjoy a full sit down dinner, heavy hors d’oeuvres or just cocktails.  

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Year's Eve Aboard The Naples Princess

Come ring in the New Year with the Naples Princess on our New Year's Eve Cruise.  The cruise will be 9:30-12:30 with a live DJ on board.  It will also include heavy hors d'oeuvres, carving station, open premium bar and a champagne toast ad midnight. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

No Cooking - No Mess - Let Us Treat You This Thanksgiving

Come relax and enjoy your Thanksgiving aboard the Naples Princess.  Don’t worry about cooking or cleaning we will do it all for you.  Come aboard and enjoy time with family and friends.  Have a cocktail and enjoy the amazing views of Naples.

We offer two full Thanksgiving dinner cruises.  An early dinner at 12:00 and our sunset dinner cruise at 4:45pm.  Each cruise is 2 hours long served with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, ham, salad and dinner rolls, vegetable, potatoes and of course dessert!