Read official testimonials from the guests of Happy Cruises Miami

Cynthia W and family

Our family of 5 - youngest 22 and oldest 89 had an extraordinary experience cruising with Capt Derek. A pristine boat, a charming captain with lovely commentary. We relaxed on a wounderful boat, amazing views and a vista of Miami that should not be missed. You are in the wonderfully competent hands of Captain Derek.

This is perfect! is the only way to describe it.


Cheryl M. and family

My family and I booked a 2 hour Sunset cruise for 7 of us for my father-in-law's 80th birthday. The entire experience was exceptional from beginning to end. Capt. Derek called me back within 5 minutes of my original inquiry and was very friendly and informative. His follow up via email and phone throughout the process was always prompt and friendly.The boat is beautiful - fully equipped, beautifully kept with plenty of comfortable seating for all. There is a large area on the front deck of the boat with 2 seats and room for others to sit. There is also plenty of comfortable seating at the back with coolers and a table to lay out snacks.

Our private sunset cruise, not only included the services of Capt. Derek and the fuel for the boat, but also the stewardess services of his lovely wife, Anna, a bottle of wine, soda, water, snacks and a yummy appetizer prepared by Anna. We were able to bring our own snacks and drinks and Anna took care of serving them, as well.

I can't say enough good things about Capt. Derek, Anna, and the Happy Ours boat.

Our cruise left at 4pm from the marina at Matheson Hammock (get there early and check out the park, if you can) and went out toward Key Biscayne with a beautiful view of the Miami skyline to our left. Capt. Derek gave information along the way and answered any questions our guests asked, but there was no cheesy commentary over a loudspeaker (instead we brought our iPod and listened to our own music via the boat's sound system). We cruised over to the beautiful residential section of Key Biscayne. When we headed back in, we went through Stiltsville, and were treated not only to an amazing sunset, but to a visit by 2 dolphins that chased along the side of the boat so close we could look them in the eyes:-)

Surprise Reactions

My mother-in-law is not a boat person, but the speed and comfort of the cruise were perfect and she was able to relax and really enjoy herself. This was such an amazing experience - perfection from start to finish - that we plan to book another trip when more family returns in a few weeks.

Fernando and Joanne F. from Miami, FL

Thank you for a wonderful experience in Biscayne Bay!

From the moment Joanne and the girls stepped aboard with me, we knew we made the right choice to spend a relaxing time enjoying what so many here in Florida take for granted and those that travel here on vacation need to see instead of just shopping and partying on South Beach. I am so glad we made the time to slow down and smell the salt air. I love the fact that we felt so at home on board "Happy Ours". Sipping a cool beverage while sitting on the bow as we left the marina set the tone for the day, as the warm breeze seemed to let us know it was "time to chill".

Again, on behalf of my family, thank you so much for a fantastic day. I will be sure to inform my friends of the wonderful experience.

Boca Chita was such an enjoyable stop and even though we anchored off the island because of the bugs this time of year, the feel of the place and the history of that little island is so wonderful and interesting. I can't wait to do a charter in the cooler months when we can tie up and explore or sit in chairs in the water at the inlet and watch the tide flow in or out. A sunset celebration from that quaint little lighthouse would be the highlight of any vacation.

At Elliot Key, Joanne was very impressed with the ease of operation of the boat. She commented on how Ana and yourself were in sync and in no time we were anchored and ready to swim in that refreshing clear water. The girls really enjoyed snorkeling at Coon Point. Who knew there was so much to see in the bay.

Lunch was delicious and what an appetite we all had after all that swimming. I am so happy that I took my nap in the chair on the back deck before we headed back. I would have been so disappointed if I missed that amazing sunset on the way in.

Please give Ana our best.

Gabriel D. and girlfriend

First of all, thank you! If I would have known I could find a private charter with sights of Miami even a local like me hasn't seen, I would've done this so much sooner! I was so impressed and genuinely satisfied with my trip, I have been writing reviews on any and all websites I can find. Captain Derek and the crew were so welcoming and honest, I have nothing but good to say...

  • The food was phenomenal. For a small fee-which doesn't compare anywhere else in Miami-I had two bottles of champagne too!
  • My girlfriend and I were able to jump into a beautiful little sunset lit lagoon.
  • Captain Derek took wonderful pictures of the whole evening, allowing for memories that will last forever.

As a Miami born and raised local, I could not believe what I had been missing out on my whole life in this city. I will never forget my experience made entirely perfect by the Captain and his crew. We even dubbed each other nicknames and all! I have told everyone I know about Derek and hopefully his business thrives for as long as possible.

Thank you "El Capitan"

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