The Shine’s on Pier Dolphin Cruises

Posted On 03/12/2021 by St. Pete Chamber

Pier Dolphin Cruises has been located at the St. Pete Pier since 1992. After an unprecedented and career-pivoting year, Christian Obenshain and Jon Reno LaBudde decided to purchase the business in September of 2020.

Christian’s father and long-time local yacht broker, Page Obenshain, was the listing broker for the Dolphin Queen vessel.  Out of work due to the pandemic, Christian discovered the news and researched the possibility of purchasing the Dolphin Queen. Having had most of his career experience in corporate America, Christian sought further guidance as well as a partnership with long-time friend and “unofficial older brother,” Jon Reno LaBudde. The funding was put in place and the two made the purchase.

“We are in our first year and first tourist season. This is a real stretch of a business to buy during a pandemic.  However, not to be dismayed myself and Jon have made the best of it and are looking to be successful and give back to the community,” said Captain Obenshain.

Co-owner and Captain Christian Obenshain, is a fourth generation native of St. Petersburg. He and his business partner and co-owner, LaBudde, are extremely passionate about St. Petersburg and sharing its unique history and present growth with visitors and guests.

“We also are the only Dolphin Cruise and Sightseeing vessel with a locally educated Marine Biologist, McKenzie Mungai on board,” shared Captain Obenshain.

Learn more about Chamber member, Pier Dolphin Cruises.