We didn't book in advance and got 3 seats with no problem. No bathrooms on boat so make sure you use the bathroom indoors before boarding. Bring your camera and sit back and watch your child get into the character of being a pirate. It was so much fun watching him and the other children. The staff really get into character and make the experience a true adventure--hunting for treasure and spraying 'stinky Pete' with water cannons. We went at the beginning of August and I'm still talking this attraction up to anyone that I know headed to MB with small kids because it was so much fun!!