Captain Steve Wilson was raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a lifelong passion for the sea and adventure. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed studies toward a Master’s of Business Administration with emphasis in International Marketing at the London School of Economics. At the age of 25, he earned his Captain’s License, and later went on to pursue his Ocean Master’s License. With over 20 years of sea service, he has sailed more than 300,000 sea miles, captaining ocean tugs, government vessels, and specialty ships. Before creating Destin’s Original Dolphin Cruise, Captain Steve had spent a career sailing coastwise and deep sea in all weather conditions from ice in extreme latitudes to hurricanes in the Gulf and Caribbean. Now, the father of 3 says he is a fair weather sailor.
Captain Steve and his wife, Wendy relocated from Ocean Springs, Mississippi to Destin, Florida in 1994, where they pioneered Destin’s first dolphin cruise to fulfill the area’s need for high-value family entertainment at a low cost. The Southern Star began as a 75-passenger wooden boat, and over the next 8 years the Wilsons’ business grew and flourished, creating the need for a larger boat. Captain Steve designed and built the 150-passenger, glass bottom boat that we know today as the Southern Star. Over the past 18 years, the Southern Star Dolphin Cruise has taken vacationing families on scenic tours of our beautiful Emerald Coast to witness something extraordinary. More than 8,000 dolphin sightings have been experienced by guests of all ages. Come Expect a Miracle aboard Southern Star!