Health and Safety Priorities

As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to providing our patrons with a thrilling, unforgettable experience while addressing important health and safety needs. Aboard the American Victory Ship, we are taking every effort to provide a safe and sanitary attraction for guests, staff, and scare actors:

  • In addition to enhanced daily cleaning procedures, staff and scare actors will clean with hospital-grade cleaning agents and sanitize inside the ship throughout the duration of the attraction. All high-touch surfaces such as ladders, railings, and countertops will continuously be cleaned and sanitized. 

  • Scare actors are required to wear face coverings or remain physically distant. All actors and staff will undergo a health screening including temperature check each night prior to working. 

  • CDC best practices will be observed and temperature checks and masks may be required; full face coverings, decorative Halloween masks, and costumes are NOT allowed.

  • Group size is limited to 8 at a time; this is a timed-entry attraction and there is no "cattle-call" crowding inside the ship. 

  • Attraction protocols and guidelines may be modified based on evolving regulatory guidelines and practices.


Q:  What is the American Victory Ship?

A:  The American Victory Ship is a 1945 WWII ship that served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Built in only 55 days in the California Shipyard, it stands as an American icon and national treasure as it is only one of 3 fully operational cargo vessels in the country.  This floating museum is open Sunday and Monday from noon to 5pm, and Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm.  The ship embarks on a Relive History Cruise once per year and sails through the Channel for an exciting day of history, fun, music, food and more. Visit

Q:  Where do I park?

A:  The American Victory Ship is located in the Water Street District of downtown Tampa directly behind the Florida Aquarium. Paid parking is available at the Florida Aquarium parking lot. Parking may also be available at the parking garage at the roundabout on Channelside Drive across from the Aquarium (check for conflicting events). Other downtown surface lots are nearby as well. Please note there is no parking allowed on the dock itself.

Q:  Are you handicapped accessible?

A:  The American Victory Ship is an operational WWII ship that is governed by the Code of Federal Regulations Title 46 and as such is not handicapped accessible. Please call in advance and we will work to accommodate your needs. 

Q:  Is there a dress code?

A:  Yes.  Full face coverings, decorative Halloween masks, and costumes are NOT allowed. The American Victory Ship is a 1945 WWII ship and you will be climbing stairs and ladders, walking hallways, and moving through doorways across high thresholds. You will also be walking decks, which may be wet depending on the weather. For your comfort and safety, please wear closed-toe shoes. Flip flops, sandals, and high heels are not recommended. Also remember, it will be dark.

Q:  Is UNDead in the Water appropriate for children?

A:  Due to lighting and its scary nature, we recommend no children under the age of 12. Parents are responsible for children at all times. Parents are not allowed to carry children through the attraction. 

Q:  What will happen if I get too scared?

 A:   Alert one of our staff members and you will be escorted out. Please remember there are no refunds or exchanges.

Q:  Is this a rain or shine event?

A:  Yes.  However, if there is extreme weather that may affect the safety of our patrons, the attraction will be closed until the weather changes.

Q:  Is there smoking allowed on the ship?

A:  No.  No smoking. vapor or open flame.

Firearms and weapons are not permitted on the premises. Please note the American Victory Ship reserves the right to refuse admittance to anyone.  If you come aboard and are intoxicated, belligerent, or pose a threat to our staff, volunteers, actors, or other guests, you will be removed from the premises by a member of our security team.