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By Jessica Langston
September 30, 2017 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Fall is finally here, for those of you who have been craving Halloween for an entire year. Are you dying to get your fill of ghouls, goblins, witches and werewolves?
You can’t stop thinking about candy corn, Jack-O-Lanterns and scary movies? If you’re ready for a night of thrills on the high sea, book your trip to attend Ghost Cruises at Caribe Marina from Sept. 29 to Oct. 31.
This year’s story will immerse guests in a flashback to one of our first cases -- a ghost ship investigation. Get ready for a night of treasure hunting, cursed gold and ghost captains.
This family-friendly trip will feature a 45-minute cruise into Wolf Bay, a haunting ghost story told by seasoned actors, along with plenty of Halloween decorations and photo opportunities.
Chris Logel, manager at Caribe Marina, said that attendees are in for a real treat, no trick intended.
“The atmosphere is one of my favorite parts of trip,” he said. “When you arrive, you are greeted by creepy music all over the marina. Be on the lookout for some unsavory folks that may be looking for a fishing trip to join. The weather is beautiful this time of the year, especially in the evenings on the water.
“It is often eerie and uncomfortably calm. As the tale progresses, it feels like you are becoming a part of the story. By the end of the night, you just might be joining our boat crew forever.”
Logel added that “our ghost cruise is constantly evolving. We have a new story planned, as well as new surprises. More ghouls have taken up residence on the boat this year, and they have brought with them a chest of cursed gold. If the kids aren't careful, they might end up taking some of it home.”
This spooky event got its start last year, according to Logel.
“Caribe Marina started our ghost cruises in 2016,” he said. “It was born out of a desire to provide something different and unique on the Gulf Coast. We have so much to offer during the summer season and it felt like the fall was being left out. We still have visitors here in the area, as well as hard-working local people that deserve a chance to have a little fun.”
And the event started off with a bang, he said.
“Admittedly, many people were skeptical that an event like this would be successful, which only made us even more determined,” he recalled. “We passed out surveys to our early guests to make sure that we were providing them with the experience that they were looking for. This allowed us to make a few adjustments quickly, focused on maximizing our guests’ expectations.
“The results were astounding. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we ended up with more than 1,000 people attending last year. It really exceeded our expectations. We knew we had to bring it back for a second season.”
If you’d like to add to that astounding number, the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children. Trips will be Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 8 p.m., with Monday and Wednesday nights added in mid-October. The boat will leave promptly at the scheduled time, so be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early.
Children 8 years and younger will be provided a life vest that they must wear for the duration of the trip; all passengers will be instructed about safety procedures and the different locations of life jackets throughout the vessel.
While everyone’s safety is the number one concern, family fun is a close second, Logel said.
“Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are known for its family atmosphere on the beach,” he explained. “Our ghost cruise is no exception. We have designed a spooky, fun evening that the whole family can enjoy together.”
To purchase tickets or for more information, call 251-980-8410, visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..