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Remembering a Famous Marco Island Cruise Ship

Rosie O’Shea – A Vessel Designed by Bill Rose was a Marco Island Tour Boat

How long have you been coming to Marco Island? If you remember the famous side paddle sternwheeler called the “Rosie O’Shea” then it’s been quite a long time. The Rosie O’Shea has taken thousands of Marco Island visitors on sunset dinner cruises from 1986 and to 1998. Ask us about the Rosie O’Shea or Marco Island activities, or share reviews. To feature your FL business, contact us.

Marco Island Memories: The Rosie O’Shea Dinner Cruise Boat

Rosie O’Shea – A Classic Riverboat Style Cruise Ship

Rosie O'Shea was docked at Rose Marine. The Marco Island Princes now leaves from this area.

Rosie O’Shea was docked at Rose Marine. The Marco Island Princes now leaves from this area. | Click photo to enlarge view.

This classic “Huck Finn” styled riverboat spent its recent history in Erie, PA. The vessel was renamed the “Victorian Princess” and performs lake excursions on Lake Irie. Getting this metal hulled boat out of the salty Gulf waters was a primary reason for sending this impressive vessel north.

The Rosie O’Shea was designed by the late Bill Rose of Marco Island. The Rosie O’Shea was built in La Crosse, Wisconsin and her maiden journey was down the Mississippi River to beautiful Marco Island. At last notice, this stately vessel is undergoing yet another renovation and hopes to be back in service on Lake Erie. Lunch, Dinner and Marco Island Sunset Cruises are now offered by the Marco Island Princess and are a wonderful way to experience the famous Gulf of Mexico sunsets.

Sunshine Tours Marco Island
Sunshine Tours and Charters, Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island FL | 239-642-5415
Sunshine Tours offers the best in Offshore, Back Country and Near Coastal Fishing, Island Shelling and Sightseeing aboard one of our four fishing boats. Since 1984, Sunshine Tours has provided unsurpassed on-the-water experiences for locals and visitors alike. Shared and private charters available.
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Marco Island Princess Sightseeing Tours
Marco Island Princess / Sunshine Tours, Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island FL 34145 | 239-642-5415
The Marco Island Princess is a 90' luxury yacht offering daily Sightseeing, Lunch and Sunset dinner Cruises. enjoy delicious meals, two cash bars and a great view. Also available for Weddings and Private Charters. Marco Island's most unique dining experience!
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Double R's Fishing and Tour Company
Double R's Fishing & Tours Co. - 25000 Tamiami Trail East - Port of the Islands, Naples, FL 34114-9602 | 239-642-9779
Explore the natural habitat and wildlife eco-system of the south Florida Everglades. Our two and a half hour eco-nature tour starts in the heart of the Everglades where you will see manatee, then takes us out into the middle of the estuaries of the 10,000 Island to observe the Everglades wildlife.
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Black Pearl Pirate Excurions Marco Island FL
Black Pearl Pirate Tours, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island, Florida 34145 | 239-404-5422
Welcome aboard! Black Pearl Pirate Ship Cruises - Marco Island Private Charters, Sunset Cruises, Interactive Adventures. Join the fun on the Gulf of Mexico and let your pirate out with the whole family. We offer a variety of fantastic boating experiences in Marco Island, FL, including interactive pirate-themed tours, sunset cruises, and even private charters for birthdays, weddings, business, or any other event you may have. Join us for an Awesome Adventure on the water.
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Naples sweet liberty
Sweet Liberty, 53' Catamaran, 880 12th Ave South, Naples,FL 34102 | 239-793-3525
RATED #1 Things to Do While Visiting Naples, FL by the NY Times. From the moment you leave the Naples City Dock, you will see magnificent million dollar homes along the Gordon River, passing through mangrove protected areas and out to sail in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Sunset Cruise, Beach Shelling Cruise, Nature & Sightseeing & Private Charters.
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Marco Island Civic Association
Marco Island Civic Association, 1770 San Marco Rd. #204 Marco Island, Florida 34145 | 239-642-7778
Gain access to the most beautiful beach on Marco Island. If you own improved property or rent on Marco Island for one month or longer, you are eligible to join Residents’ Beach! The Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) is the oldest and largest civic group on Marco Island, Florida, contact us for more information.
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Visit Southwest Florida. We found Naples and Marco Island Hotel Deals available for a limited time at some of the best hotels in southwest Florida. Play on the Gulf Coast sand beaches or take in a round of golf at a great Naples Golf Resort.
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Holiday Inn Club Vacations
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Sunset Cove Resort, 571 West Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL 34145 | 877-539-5782
Located on the bay on Marco Island, Florida - a premier vacation destination, this waterfront resort features our most luxurious villa accommodations. Granite counters, stainless steel kitchen, designer furnishings, balconies and concierge services provide an unforgettable vacation experience.
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Boathouse Motel, House & Condo Rentals
The Boat House Waterfront Motel - 1180 Edington Place Marco Island, Florida 34145 | 239-642-2400
Welcome to the Boathouse Motel, Gazebo House and Oceanview Condo - Marco Island's best kept secret and you hideaway in southwest Florida. The Boathouse is committed to preserving the charm of "Olde Marco". Enjoy island fun and feel right at home watching the dolphin, casting a line or just relaxing and enjoying the view. Stay a day, a week or a month. Some pet friendly rooms are available. Check our website for details, rates and specials.
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Famous for viewing sunsets. The Rosie O'Shea and now Marco Island Princess offer Sunset Cruises.

Famous for viewing sunsets. The Rosie O’Shea and now Marco Island Princess offer Sunset Cruises.

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