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Riverfest Weekend

Saturday, Oct. 4 - Pirate School 10 and 11am, Eagles Island Cruises at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5pm, Cruise with the Pirates at 6:30pm

Sunday, Oct. 5 - Pirate School at 1pm, Pirate Tales at 2, 3, 4 and 5pm

Upcoming Cruises

October 4th - Riverfest Invasion of the Pirates Flotilla
October 8th - Nu'Orlins Dinner Cruise
October 9th -
Full Moon Cruise
October 12th
- Revolutionary War Cruise
October 25th - Oktoberfest
October 26th - Breakfast with the Birds

** New prices for our 2 hour cruises, Sunset (now called Twilight Cruise) and Eco/History. 
Was $33.00 NOW $24.50

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Captain NoBeard's Pirate School

October 4th at 10am or 11am, or October 5th at 1pm on board the Wilmington... Captain NoBeard and her crew will teach you how to be a proper Pirate.  Good for ages 2 -12 years.  It is a 50 minute cruise for $17, parents/adults $5.  Book early as we like to keep the classes at a small number.
*** Pirate School is available for Birthday Parties and private charters!

Autumn Escape Saturdays

Saturdays, 10am - 2 hour cruise, $33

We will explore the Northwest Cape Fear River in search of the changing fall colors, and hints of the season to come.  The river will be active and full of fish, one of the better times to catch an alligator out as they ready themselves for the winter months.  Bring your camera and binoculars and get ready for a breathtaking adventure on the River!

2 Hour cruise, 10am, $33

Also, don't forget our Black Water Adventures on Thursdays and Fridays at 10am, explore the Northeast Cape Fear River.  Do BOTH in 1 week and get $10 off the second cruise!

Cruise With The Pirates at 6:30pm 2 hours, $55

Don your finest moth eaten pirate outfit and join us as we cruise this mighty river in search of our fellow scallywags. Vittles prepared by Front Street Brewery, Music by Kim Dicso and front row seats for the fireworks.

We will have a 30 minute Captains reception at the dock, then depart for a 1 hour 30 minute cruise.  Once back at our dock you will have the perfect spot to view the Fireworks Spectacular.  Reserve now or ye will be floating in the river with the gators.

Pirate School at 10 am and 11am  $17 Kids, $5 Adults

Eagles Island Cruises at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5pm

Pirate Tales of the Carolina Coast Sundays, 2, 3, 4 and 5pm, $10

Come on board for a 50 minute cruise with narration inspired by the pirates that visited our coast.  For example, did you know that John Rackam, better known as Calico Jack, had among his followers two of the only women pirates ever to ply Caribbean waters?  One, Anne Bonny, had left her husband to be with Rackam, while the other, Mary Read, had purportedly been sailing for quite some time disguised in men's clothing!

* Will be on regularly scheduled cruises on Sundays

Pirate School at 10 am and 11am  $17 Kids, $5 Adults


Pirate School!

Ahoy Mateys... Join Capt. NoBeard for a class on how to be a proper pirate.  Come aboard and meet our pirate crew, get  your pirate name, your garb and weapon and be prepared to find that wayward pirate.  You will be in pursuit of the missing scallywag.  If he is found and surrenders you will then share some pirate treasure and toast with some pirate punch. 

Good for ages 2 - 12 years.  It is a 50 minute cruise for $17, parents/adults $5.  Book early as we like to keep the classes at a small number. 

Pirate School is also available for a private charter, kids birthday or an adult pirate adventure!

Live Music

Enjoy live music by different local musicians on our Sunset Cruises with Live Music.  Boarding at 6:00, departs at 6:30pm for a 2 hour cruise.  Only $24.50.

Musicians scheduled for Sunset Cruises 

Oct. 2 - Kim Dicso
Oct. 3 - Perry Smith



3 Bridges Pass

3 Bridges Pass!  This pass allows you to stay on board for 2 consecutive Eagles Island cruises, giving you a total of 1 hour 40 minutes on the river for only $17. We alternate these cruises on the hour so that you can enjoy both trips at a great value.

Even hours will venture north along the historic downtown riverfront and behind Eagles Island towards the Brunswick River.  You will get up close to the Battleship, learn about rice plantations, and view shipwrecks, flora and fauna. 

Odd hours will take you south as we cruise to the State Ports, learn about the importance this port played during the Civil War and learn the history of the Wilmington ship yards and how the river has served NC from the time of the earliest explorers.

Snacks and drinks are available for purchase on board.  Cruises leave on the hour between 12:00 and 4:00pm.

Seniors on the Go...

You have asked for Senior Citizen Discounts, we listened! 

  • Wednesday Nights Sunset Cruise - Regular Price $33, Senior Price $25
  • Thursday Morning Eagles Island Cruise at 10, and 11am - Regular Price $10, Senior Price $5

Frequent Floater Fridays

It's back... if you have cruised with us at least 3 times (this calendar year), then you are eligible to cruise on our Friday night sunset cruise for FREE... we only hold 10 spots for this so reserve early!r> 

Commodore's Club

A Commodores Club Card should be in your wallet!  Purchase of this card ($175) entitles you to come aboard any of our regular scheduled cruises as often as you would like... also any guest receives 20% off ticket price and you also get $100 off any private charter.  Good for one year from date of purchase.

Cruises that have dinner, lunch, wine or beer tasting, etc. would be an additional fee of $10.  Cruises that are excluded include Azalea Festival, 4th of July, Riverfest, Lock & Dam.

Gift Certificates Available


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The Word on the Street

We had 28 people for dinner on the "Wilmington" to celebrate my mother's 75th birthday. What a treat - everyone enjoyed the cruise, especially Mom.

E. White, Raleigh, NC

While visiting Wilmington we had the pleasure of taking a sunset cruise on the Wilmington. I highly recommend this tour. The boat was very comfortable.

B. Pindell, Roanoke, VA

The "Wilmington" was the perfect spot to propose (she said yes!). We plan on having our reception aboard in the Spring. Exceptional customer service.

B. Sanford, Wilmington, NC

The live entertainment on the "Wilmington" was such a treat! We enjoyed our cruise and loved seeing downtown all lit up at night. Will definitely do this again.

C. Rite, Wilmington, NC

Cruise with us all year round!

The "Wilmington" is the first and the finest state-of-the-art catamaran to serve Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. She has a wake canceling design and is fully enclosed (heat if needed). She is handicap accessible and offers a flexible layout for comfortable seating up to 49 guests. We offer daily scheduled cruises and are available for private parties. All ABC permits and a spacious restroom complete our package.

Cruises and Tours

The "Wilmington" offers a variety of scheduled cruises throughout the year; historic eco tours, sunset or full moon cruises, narrated tours, Eagles
Island, Blackwater cruise, and more.

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Private Charters

The "Wilmington" is available for private parties, corporate functions, private charters, family reunions, birthdays, planning committees, receptions, church groups, tour groups, etc.

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