Caribe Marine in Orange Beach, Alabama, will have Ghost Cruises in Perdido Bay this October.

By John Mullen

October 1, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - The popular ghost cruises on the Caribe Cruiser are coming back this October with excursions planned for Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the month out of Caribe Marina at Perdido Pass. Storytellers will regale riders with spooky local legends as they glide around the bay.

“I think the most important thing that I want people to focus on is that it’s family-friendly,” Caribe Marina’s Chris Logel said. “It’s absolutely appropriate to bring kids to. If you want to dress up and the kids want to dress up that’s fine.”

The comfortable Caribe Cruiser out of Cariba Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama.What it’s not, Logel said, is a place to seek out frightening thrills.

“We’ve tweaked it and this year it’s going to be very, very family-friendly,” said. “We’re not trying to terrify people, scare people. This is not a haunted house type of experience. This is a moonlit cruise around the bay and it is designed to accomplish two things. First, it’s to get out on the water at night in October which is always beautiful. The weather’s usually wonderful that time of the year. Also, we want you to hear some of the spooky tales of legend and lore in the area.”

The cruises first started in 2016 and grew in popularity as more and more had to be added to accommodate the crowds.

“The first year was more popular than I thought it would be,” Logel said. “We began by offering trips only on weekends but quickly found it necessary to open up additional nights throughout the week due to demand. By the time October was done, we were doing five nights a week that first year.”

Less cooperative weather put a bit of a damper on things in 2017, and in 2018, Logel said maintenance around the marina and boats took up his time and he wasn’t able to put together the cruise package.

He’s back this year with a slightly different approach and these cruises will run at 7 and 8 p.m. on the weekend nights. Costs are $19 for 12 and under and $24 for those 13 and older. Three and under will ride for free.

“The best way to describe what this is modeled after is like a walking tour in a larger city,” Logel said. “But instead of walking around you’re sitting on a nice comfortable boat listening to stories.”

He thinks he has found the right person for the job and is looking forward to watching her work.

“Jessica Taylor, she’s been a longtime dolphin cruise deckhand in the area and she’s very charismatic and energetic,” Logel said. “She is the one that is going to be providing all of the details about the area. I’m sure that Catman Road may come up, as well as other local stories. That’s going to be determined largely by her. Having the opportunity to listen to a great storyteller will provide our guests with an unforgettable experience, and she’ll do a great job.”

Reservations are encouraged and some cruises might be canceled if not enough riders are signed up. For more info call 251-980-8410 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Caribe Cruiser has room for 48 passengers but only 40 will be booked for the ghost cruises.

It’s the same boat we use for our dolphin cruise which has soft cushion seats, and a bathroom on board,” Logel said. “We are going to provide complimentary water as well as complimentary hot apple cider and we hope to see everybody there!”

Two mermaids relaxing on the sand in Orange Beach, Alabama.MERMAID CRUISES

Logel said the new Mermaid Cruises on the Caribe Cruiser were a hit this summer. Mermaids would welcome visitors on the north side of Robinson Island in Perdido Bay.

“We had an awesome first season and it’s something that’s definitely going to stick,” Logel said. “We’re going to bring it back next year. We had to stop since our mermaids had to return to mermaid school but everyone is excited about next season!”

Mermaid cruises will be back in 2020 starting Memorial Day and run through Labor Day, Logel said.