FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS TIPSY TIKIS?
Tipsy Tikis is Ocean City's original tiki bar boat! Propelled through the water by a 60hp outboard motor, our 14 ft. x 26 ft. tiki boat features an incredibly stable hull with a thatched-roof tiki bar – complete with bar stools and island music (...or bring your choice of music!). Best of all, a beverage package is included with each cruise. Accommodating up to 12 passengers plus crew, we embark on daily cruises on the waters of Isle of Wight and Sinepuxent Bays. Our cruises are private charters that you can book in 1.5 hour (90 minute) blocks.
HOW DO I BOOK A CRUISE?
Booking your tiki cruise is easy!
- 1. Click on the BOOK NOW red button or BOOK A TIKI at the top of the page and select your desired cruise.
- 2. Select your date and time.
- 3. Checkout with a credit card using our 2048-bit encrypted payment platform.
WHAT IS THE COST?
90-minute Cruise = $280 (for up to 4 passengers), $70 each additional passenger (max: 12 passengers total)
4th of July Cruise (July 4, 11:00am-12:30pm, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 3:00pm-4:30pm, 5:00pm-6:30pm, 7:00pm-8:30pm) = $340 (for up to 4 passengers), $85 each additional passenger (max: 12 passengers total)
4th of July Special Fireworks Cruise (July 4, 9:00pm-10:30pm) = $400 (for up to 4 passengers), $100 each additional passenger (max: 12 passengers total)
(Rates do not include Maryland sales tax and a booking fee of 6%)
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
All cruises include a captain, a bartender and complimentary beverages, including beer, wine, spirits, our signature "Tiki Juice" cocktail and non-alcoholic beverages. You must be 21 or over to consume alcoholic beverages. There is a maximum of 5 alcoholic drinks per person and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages during the 90-minute cruise. Please note: A person's unconsumed alcoholic beverage(s) CANNOT be transferred to another person and drinks are NOT allowed to be taken off the boat.
WHAT DAYS AND TIMES DO YOU OPERATE?
We are OPEN EVERY DAY from Monday, APRIL 15 to Saturday, OCTOBER 5, 2019.
We run cruises from 11:00am to 10:30pm: 11:00am-12:30pm, 1:00pm-2:30pm, 3:00pm-4:30pm, 5:00pm-6:30pm, 7:00pm-8:30pm, 9:00pm-10:30pm (last departure).
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
We accept credit card and debit payments only: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover.
CAN I PAY ON THE DAY OF THE CRUISE?
All cruises must be pre-booked online and paid for at the time of reservation. Cruises cannot be paid for at the boat, unless other arrangements have been made.
HOW LONG IS THE CRUISE?
Our standard cruises run approximately 90 minutes (1.5 hours) from beginning to end, including a quick safety run-down before we depart.
WHAT IF I WANT TO GO LONGER?
You can book TWO cruises back-to-back and you'll GET A HALF HOUR FREE! That's a total of 3.5 hours. You can also book THREE cruises back-to-back and you'll GET AN HOUR FREE! That's a total of 5.5 hours. These back-to-back bookings are perfect for barhopping in Ocean City!
WHAT WATERS DO YOU CRUISE?
We depart from the West Ocean City Harbor and embark on daily cruises on the waters around Ocean City (Isle of Wight Bay) and Assateague Island (Sinepuxent Bay).
DOES THE BOAT MAKE ANY STOPS?
Yes! We are happy to make requested stops at any waterside location that has a pier, but you must let the captain know BEFORE departure. Please note that accommodating any stops will serve to shorten your time on the open water and will count towards your 90-minute cruise.
CAN WE BARHOP?
Yes! We make barhopping in Ocean City easy and FUN! You can avoid traffic and skip the lines when you arrive at a bar on a floating tiki bar! We recommend booking at least two back-to-back reservations if you'd like to go barhopping. Our most requested stops are at the following bayfront bars and restaurants: SEACRETS, FAGER'S ISLAND, MACKY'S, FISH TALES, DE LAZY LIZARD, REEL INN, THE ANGLER, M.R. DUCKS and MARINA DECK
WHAT IS THE DRESS CODE?
There is NO dress code for the boat! If your cruise is in the daytime, you may want to consider bringing hats and sunglasses. If your cruise is at night, you may want to consider bringing a sweatshirt or light jacket. Please note that you may be splashed due to waves and wakes as other boats pass by. To make your experience more enjoyable, you should wear shoes that you don't mind getting wet.
SHOULD I BRING SUNSCREEN?
Yes! We encourage passengers to bring sunscreen. We do ask that you refrain from bringing spray sunscreen as it tends to get everywhere when sprayed, including on the bar and can make the deck/hull slippery. We thank you in advance for your understanding.
WILL I GET WET?
Our vessel is subject to others' boat maneuvers along with strong inlet and bay currents that can create waves, wake and spray. While the amount of water also depends on weather and water conditions, all passengers should expect to get at least some spray. For this reason, you may also want to bring a hand towel.
DO YOU OFFER WEDDING PACKAGES?
Yes! We are proud to host weddings aboard the Tipsy Tikis. Our all-inclusive wedding package (including a wedding officiant, champagne toast, drinks and more) starts at only $800. For more info, click on TIKI WEDDINGS at the top of the page.
BEVERAGES (& food options)
WHAT KIND OF ALCOHOL IS SERVED ON THE BOAT?
We serve beer, wine, spirits and our signature "Tiki Juice" cocktail – a tasty combination of rums with a secret blend of tropical fruit juices. Prior to your cruise, our management will coordinate with you to determine the beverages that are suitable for your party's needs.
DO YOU OFFER NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES?
Yes! We also offer non-alcoholic beverages, including sodas and bottled water.
IF SOME OF MY PASSENGERS DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL, DOES THE PRICING CHANGE?
The price is the same regardless of how many passengers drink alcoholic beverages; the price does not lower for non-drinkers. The cost is for the rental of the boat for 90 minutes.
CAN I BRING MY OWN BEVERAGES?
No. Absolutely no outside beverages may be brought on the boat.
DO YOU PROVIDE FOOD?
No, we do not provide food. You are welcome to bring your own food and snacks. Due to the sometimes windy conditions on the water, it is best to bring food and utensils in containers with lids. (Sorry, we do not provide plates, cups and utensils and there is no refrigeration available for passenger use.) You may want to grab some meals or snacks at THE SHARK ON THE HARBOR RESTAURANT (where we are located) before boarding. The drinks from The Shark are not allowed off the dock.
And before or after your cruise, consider eating at THE SHARK ON THE HARBOR RESTAURANT or at one of the other 7 restaurants within a short walking distance from our dock location in West Ocean City.
Also, PIZZA makes a great choice for the boat trip! If you're looking to grab a pizza in West OC:
LOMBARDI'S (Rt. 611): 410.988.4806
MIONE'S PIZZA (Rt. 50): 410.213.2231
PIZZA TUGOS (Rt. 50 & 611): 410.524.2922
CAN I BRING MY OWN COOLER?
Sorry, coolers are not allowed to be brought onboard.
HOW FAST DO THE TIKI BOATS GO?
It’s a slow, relaxing ride... our tiki boat has a top cruising speed of around 6 knots (approx. 7 mph), depending on wind, current and the number of people on board.
CAN I PLAY MY OWN MUSIC ONBOARD?
Yes! We have a bluetooth-capable speaker system that can sync to your phone and play your choice of music. Feel free to dance or sign karaoke!
IS THERE A USB CHARGING PORT AVAILABLE FOR USE?
Yes, we have USB charging ports available.
IS THERE A BATHROOM ONBOARD?
No. Passengers are strongly encouraged to use bathroom facilities before boarding the boat. The West Ocean City Boat Ramp parking lot has public restrooms available. There are NO bathroom facilities available at The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant. If you need to go to the bathroom during the 90 minute tour, we may be able to stop at a public restroom if necessary.
IS THE TIKI BOAT U.S. COAST GUARD-CERTIFIED?
Yes! Our tiki boat has been U.S Coast Guard inspected and meets all U.S. Coast Guard specifications.
ARE THERE LIFE JACKETS ON BOARD?
Yes! There is a type 1 wearable U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket on board for each person. All children under the age of 13 MUST WEAR a life jacket while the boat is underway. If you do not know how to (or cannot) swim, you MUST WEAR a life jacket at all times. There is also a throw ring on the boat.
WHO IS THE CREW?
Your crew will consist of a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain and a bartender.
WHO IS MY CAPTAIN?
All of our captains are licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard and have been vetted and trained per U.S. Coast Guard requirements. "The captain's word is the law on the boat." For the safety of all passengers and crew, please listen to and follow instructions given by your captain. Please pay attention to your captain's safety procedures at the start of your cruise. The captain will provide a short rundown regarding safety equipment and emergency protocols, including how to stop the boat in case of an emergency and man overboard procedures. This important information could save a life!
WHO IS MY BARTENDER?
All of our bartenders are professionals who are dedicated to helping you and your guests enjoy your trip. They'll take care of the drinks... you make the memories!
SHOULD I TIP MY CAPTAIN AND BARTENDER?
Gratuity is greatly appreciated as our captains and bartenders work hard to ensure your enjoyment, comfort and safety. Tips are equally split between the captain and bartender. If you are pleased with the level of service received, the customary gratuity is 15-20% of the charter fee.
HOW MANY PASSENGERS CAN WE BRING?
A minimum of 4 passengers / maximum of 12 is allowed.
IF I HAVE LESS THAN 4 PASSENGERS, DOES THE PRICING CHANGE?
The price is the same regardless of how many passengers you have. The cost is for the rental of the boat for 90 minutes.
ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED?
Yes, we are family-friendly and children are allowed! Please note that children under 13 years old MUST WEAR a life jacket which we have on board or you can bring your own U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket(s). Please let us know if you plan to bring more than two children so we can make the appropriate accommodations for life jackets.
CAN I RIDE IF I AM PREGNANT?
Since each pregnancy is different, we encourage you to consult with your physician. Please let us know upon arrival so we can accomodate your accordingly.
CAN A DISABLED PASSENGER TAKE PART IN THE TRIP?
Our passengers may be exposed to sun, rain, sea spray and other outdoor elements and may be splashed due to waves and wakes as other boats pass by. Please consider this when determining suitability for all passengers. Only passengers in good health should participate. For your safety, please consult your physician if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, have heart, neck or back issues, have had recent surgery, suffer from motion sickness or have any other condition that may be aggravated by this boat ride. All guests, including those with disabilities or those who use a wheelchair, must be able to transfer into and out of the boat by themselves or with assistance of a member of their party.
ARE PETS ALLOWED?
We love our pets ...but for the safety of all passengers, pets and/or therapy animals are not allowed onboard.
CAN WE BRING A SERVICE DOG ON THE BOAT?
An active service dog for physically impaired individuals is allowed. Notification that a service dog will be boarding with you is required upon making your reservation. Please bring your own dog life jacket. As a safety measure, we do not allow pet carriers onboard.
CAN I GO SWIMMING IN THE BAY?
No, swimming is not allowed. Passengers are not allowed to enter the water from the boat or swim off the boat. SHALLOW WATER – NO DIVING.
CAN I BRING MY FISHING POLE OR CRABBING NET?
Sorry, we do not allow passengers to fish or crab from the boat.
IS SMOKING ALLOWED ON BOARD?
Sorry, smoking or vaping is not permitted on the boat.
WHAT ARE SOME OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE BROUGHT ON BOARD?
Firearms, fireworks and drugs are not permitted onboard. No outside alcoholic beverages or outside drinks. No coolers. No glass containers. No pets.
WHERE DOES THE CRUISE START AND END?
Our boat is docked at and departs from 12924 Sunset Avenue, West Ocean City, MD 21842 (behind The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant) in slip #4.
WHEN SHOULD MY GROUP ARRIVE?
For a timely departure, we ask that guests arrive 15 to 20 minutes before their scheduled cruise. Be sure to plan for delayed travel due to seasonal traffic.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO GET ON THE BOAT?
1) Your printed ticket from Tipsy Tikis.
2) Valid I.D. (driver's license, passport, military I.D., immigration card). YOU MUST BE 21 OR OLDER WITH A VALID I.D. TO CONSUME ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. I.D.s are checked at the dock.
Before departure, our Liabilty Waiver must be completed and signed by all passengers.
HOW DO I GET TO THE BOAT?
FROM OCEAN CITY: Take Route 50 West. At the second light after the bridge, turn left onto Golf Course Road. Go approximately one mile and make a left turn onto Sunset Avenue. We are located at 12924 Sunset Avenue (behind The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant) in slip #4. Please note: There is NO parking available at The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant.
FROM POINTS WEST: Take Route 50 East and turn right onto Golf Course Road in West Ocean City. Go approximately one mile and make a left turn onto Sunset Avenue. We are located at 12924 Sunset Avenue (behind The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant) in slip #4. Please note: There is NO parking available at The Shark on the Harbor Restaurant.
BY BOAT: Approach Ocean City Inlet to West Ocean City Harbor. We are less than one mile from the Inlet. GPS Coordinates: LAT 38 deg 19'40.53" LON 75 deg 6'31.496"
WHAT IF IT IS RAINING? DO YOUR BOATS OPERATE IN THE RAIN?
Tipsy Tikis sails rain or shine thanks to our synthetic thatched-covered tiki roof that covers the entire bar area. However, the captain can decide at any time to cancel a trip for any reason and will make the final determination. No shows will be charged the full price.
DO YOU PROVIDE RAIN GEAR OR PONCHOS?
Sorry, we do not provide rain gear (due to lack of space) and we do not offer disposable ponchos (to better protect the environment). While the bar area is covered, getting wet is still possible when it rains. We highly recommend passengers to prepare accordingly for the weather to make their experience more enjoyable.
WHAT IS YOUR INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY?
Inclement weather may occur and a "captain's call" will be made if conditions appear too hazardous. Cruises cancelled by us in advance due to weather will be given a gift certificate to reschedule your cruise for another day. Cruises that are cancelled by us during a cruise's first 45-minutes due to weather WILL receive a gift certificate to reschedule, and WILL NOT receive a gift certificate to reschedule if cancellation occurs after the cruise's first 45-minutes due to weather. We reserve the right to cancel any cruise at anytime due to weather, safety, mechanical or behavioral issues. No refunds are given for behavioral and/or alcohol-related cancellations. No shows will be charged the full price.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
We do not issue refunds for cancellations and bookings are non-refundable. We reserve the right to cancel any cruise at anytime due to weather, safety, mechanical or behavioral issues. The captain has full discretion to terminate a trip at any time that they feel the safety of passengers has become a concern. The captain has full discretion to dismiss any passenger from the boat at any time during the cruise. If you are visibly intoxicated, you will not be permitted aboard. No refunds are given for behavioral and/or alcohol-related cancellations. No shows will be charged the full price.