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Meet the Crew

Steve and Wendy

Steve and Wendy

Meet Captain Steve and Mrs. Wendy Wilson

Meet Captain Steve and Mrs. Wendy Wilson, the founders of Southern Star and Buccaneer Cruises. Captain Steve served the public as the original captain of the Southern Star Dolphin Cruise! With over 20 years and 300,000 miles of sea service, Captain Steve has steered government ships, speciality ships and ocean tugs.  He has experienced navigating through deep draft ports along the east coast, west coast, Panama and Central America, Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.  Over 28 years ago, Captain Steve and his wife decided to settle in Destin, Florida, where they pioneered the first dolphin cruise and began a new industry of tourism in Destin!  Nowadays, he and his wife are enjoying their retirement, and spending their time contributing their time and resources to their local church and community.  Internationally, Captain Steve and Mrs. Wendy are involved with spreading the gospel through the OneHope ministry.

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Captain Jason

Captain Jason

Captain Jason is our well-loved and highly experienced captain for the Southern Star!  He is a local resident in our community and always has been.  He has been happily married to his wife for over 23 years.  He and his wife have three boys!  When he’s not sailing the seas of the Destin Harbor, you can find him supporting his boys in their extracurricular activities, going on family adventures and playing tourist around town!

Nicole Atwell

Nicole and her daughter, Eliza

Nicole Atwell – Office Manager

Nicole is the right-hand girl and “Jill” of all trades when it comes to the Southern Star and the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise.  She has worked with the Southern Star since 2008 after graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in English Literature with a Minor in Communications.  She and her husband, Cliff (also known as Captain Cannonball aboard our sister ship, the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise®) have been married since 2015 and have a beautiful daughter, Eliza, together who was born in 2017.  Nicole can always be found with a cheerful smile on her face and usually a pumpkin spice latte in hand when it’s Fall.  When she’s not at the office, you can find her chasing Mickey at Walt Disney World® or plundering through treasures at the local Target.