New dining cruise ‘Craft’ sets sail in Tampa this March

TAMPA (BLOOM) – Get ready to set sail on a culinary journey like no other! “Craft,” Tampa’s inaugural dining river cruise, has officially opened reservations for its much-anticipated river journeys starting Friday, March 8, 2024. Setting off from the vibrant Channel District at the StarShip dock near Sparkman Wharf, Craft offers a two-hour voyage that combines elevated dining with picturesque views of Tampa’s waterways.

Innovations on Board

Craft is not just a boat; it’s a revolution in river cruising. With a design reminiscent of European riverboats, this sleek, low-profile vessel is poised to navigate under the numerous low bridges along the Hillsborough River and downtown channels, offering an unobstructed view of Tampa’s scenic beauty.

A highlight of this unique experience is Craft’s commitment to culinary excellence. Featuring the first open kitchen and cook-to-order galley on a U.S. dining cruise, Craft raises the bar with its use of gas cooking equipment—a rare find on water-bound eateries. The vessel also introduces Florida’s first low-profile river dining cruise, including a “boat within a boat” concept with a 1914 vintage wood cruiser, repurposed as the Bow & Stern bar.

Food and Cocktail Artistry

At the helm of the kitchen is Executive Chef Allison Beasman, whose expertise promises to deliver an unforgettable dining experience. With a menu that celebrates the craft of culinary arts, guests can look forward to a selection of dishes prepared with the freshest ingredients and a touch of innovation.

“Tampa is a food-forward destination,” says Chef Beasman. “I am thrilled by the opportunity to blend the art of cooking with the spirit of exploration on Craft. We’re ready to welcome guests aboard for a journey that tantalizes the taste buds and captivates the senses.”

A Journey Awaiting

Craft’s river journeys are an invitation to explore Tampa’s waterways in style, with three dining settings to choose from: indoor, outdoor, or bar. Each offers a unique perspective of the city’s beauty, ensuring that every guest finds their perfect spot to enjoy the journey.

With a capacity of 150 passengers, Craft aims to provide an intimate and immersive experience, making it an ideal choice for both locals and visitors looking to discover Tampa from a new vantage point.

Setting Sail into the Future

Craft is the latest venture by Manthey Hospitality, a family-owned business with a rich history of creating memorable experiences on Tampa’s waters. With this new addition, the company continues to expand its portfolio, which already includes the Yacht StarShip, Pirate Water Taxi, and several other attractions.

As reservations open, excitement builds for the launch of Craft. It’s not just a cruise; it’s a journey that promises to blend the art of fine dining with the serene beauty of Tampa’s rivers. For more information and to book your journey, visit Craft’s website or follow them on social media.

Tampa’s culinary and cruising scenes are about to embark on an exciting new chapter with Craft. Don’t miss the boat on this unique dining adventure!

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