Cruising Hernando Beach in Style
Rosa and Randy are lifetime boaters who grew up on the Weeki Wachee river. They look like they are in their fifties or so, and they traveled by boat around the state of Florida & the Bahamas. Then, about eleven years ago, Marina Rose was brought into their lives.
“It was a miracle that we would have a child, we feel very blessed,” Rosa shared with me.
Marina Rose is also growing up around boats. She loves the joy of taking people out on the boat and letting them experience the magic of traveling on the sea.
Rosa and Randy were considering their next move in life, consulting with a real estate broker friend, when Marina, at the age of five, chimed in and said, “Let’s take people out on the boat and show them a good time,” Rosa said, “so we began looking for the right vessel.”
Randy was grinning from ear to ear as Rosa shared their reason for beginning Marina Rose Enterprises.
Finding the Perfect Vessel to ‘Show people a good time’ in Hernando Beach
“We found the Island Rose on the internet.” It had been custom-built in Florida and transported to Fairbanks Alaska where it worked on the river for a time. After a few
“We had it transported from there to a marina in Hernando Beach and began the lengthy restoration. It needed a lot of work, but we were up to the task,” Randy continued.
Today, you and I can enjoy this delightful boat with a small group of friends – old and new, as Marina Rose Enterprises offers sunset dinner cruises, lunch cruises, and brunch cruises on their beautiful Island Rose boat out of Hernando Beach.
NatureCoaster’s Cruise Experience aboard the Island Rose
On Father’s Day, 2019, my husband and I joined some friends for the Father’s Day Brunch cruise on the Island Rose by Marina Rose Enterprises. It was a fantastic experience, from the quality of the food to the comfort and ambiance of the vessel. The jovial crew added to our enjoyment, from start to finish.
The views along the cruise included small islands, local homes, seabirds and, of course, the sparkling expanse of the Gulf of Mexico. We did not catch any dolphin sightings on our particular journey, but they are a common
After meeting at the Hernando Beach Marina, 4139 Shoal Line Boulevard, 30 minutes prior to our cruise departure, we were welcomed aboard the Island Rose.
Its interior is quite inviting, a rectangular room with several tables set, a small bar and serving area for the food. It smelled wonderful, with the tantalizing aroma of herbed tenderloin of beef.
Food, drink, and entertainment
were included in our Cruise
The meal was fantastic. Our server carved the tenderloin and filled our plates as we cued up by table. Roasted vegetables, biscuits and gravy, quiche, cheesy scalloped potatoes made for a feast! I ate too much and loved every bite. Banana pudding capped off the meal – mmmmmmmmmm, good…
Included in the package for this special cruise
We enjoyed the fine acoustic guitar and vocal talents of Dan Benaducci on our Father’s Day Cruise aboard the Island Rose. Dan has a warm voice and guitar, entertaining us with classics from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The volume level was a nice accompaniment to our experience, not overwhelming, so we were able to talk with our friends and enjoy the music.
The Island Rose has two decks, allowing guests to get out an enjoy the fresh sea air from the front or back as we tour the area. The windows on the vessel open also to offer a gentle breeze inside. The Island Rose is also air-conditioned throughout, which makes for a truly comfortable cruising experience.
Enjoying a Cruise around the Nature Coast’s Summer Rains takes skill
The day we cruised, rain was threatening, but Randy and Rosa were optimistic, checking the radar and asking passengers if they were ok leaving a little later than our schedule. We all happily agreed and, after a short time our window of opportunity opened.
We were off on our cruise, heading through Hernando Beach waterways and out to the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. We were quite fortunate, as the Father’s Day Sunset Dinner Cruise had to be rescheduled due to weather.
Summer on the water can be challenging around here, with rainstorms coming and going. An experienced Nature Coast Captain is accustomed to finding the perfect window to get out and enjoy the water without weather affecting the experience.
It is good to know that Marina Rose Enterprises utilizes skilled captains to guide their cruises.
Does Everyone Love a Marina Rose Enterprises Cruise Experience?
Our friends enjoyed the wonderful cruise experience as much as we did. And our satisfaction with Marina Rose Enterprises offerings aboard the Island Rose is not unique. They have a 5-star rating on Trip Advisor.
Sandra Holliday Day took a sunset cruise on July 3 with her family and had this to say about it, “Our sunset cruise on the Island Rose last night was awesome! It holds (nearly) 20 people and you can have a dinner cruise or just a sunset cruise! If you want to check out the amazing sunsets in Hernando county it is a great way to do it!”
Book your Marina Rose Cruise Experience in Hernando Beach
Rosa and Randy offer sunset dinner cruises, lunch cruises, and brunch cruises on their beautiful Island Rose vessel out of Hernando Beach. There must be a minimum of ten people to make a cruise date, but the Rossi’s are great at getting people together to have a good time on the water.
You can call 352-232-8128 to reserve your Marina Rose Enterprises lunch, sunset dinner, weekend brunch, or custom cruise experience aboard the Island Rose today.
Each cruise experience is between 2 and 2-1/2 hours, although I could have stayed on mine all day.
You can also check available cruise dates for the Island Rose on their web site by clicking here. Each cruise on the calendar has its menu listed, as well as the restaurant providing the catering. Hover over the cruise date/title to see details. Prices vary from $44.99 to $59.99 per person, including the cruise, delicious meal, water, iced tea
You can tell them you’re a NatureCoaster for the best table in the house.
How about Chartering the Island Rose for a Special Event?
When you are looking for the perfect way to celebrate a special event, consider booking a private charter on the Island Rose for up to 18 passengers. Custom food and beverage packages are available also.
Complete wedding packages aboard the Island Rose start at $1,695.00 for up to 18 passengers. What a way to get hitched! I got married on a paddleboat out of St. Pete Beach nearly 20 years ago and I can tell you that it is a great way to tie the knot.
Marina Rose Enterprises shares the joy of being on the water with each Guest
As Randy and Rosa state on their website, “By the grace of God, here we are, with our lifetime passion for pleasure boating, and sunsets, with a desire to share with others the joy of being out on the water.
Our motto goes back to Marina’s statement ‘Let’s take people out on the boat and show them a good time.’ That is the Marina Rose Experience!”