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Upcoming Cruises

Monday - Pirate School 
-  Autumn Escape Cruise (begins Sept. 6th)
Sundays -  Pirate Tales of the Carolina Coast Cruise  (begins Sept. 7th)
October 4th - Riverfest Invasion of the Pirates Flotilla

August Schedule:
Mondays:  11am Pirate School, Eagles Island 12 - 7pm
Tuesdays: Eagles Island Cruises 10am - 7pm
Wednesdays: Eagles Island Cruises 10am - 7pm
Thursdays: 10 am Black Water Adventure, Eagles Island 12 - 5pm and Sunset Cruise with Live Music at 6:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 10am Black Water Adventure, Eagles Island 12 - 5pm, Sunset Cruise with Live Music at 6:30pm, and Starlight Cruise at 9pm

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Captain NoBeard's Pirate School

Join us Monday's at 11am on board the Wilmington... Captain NoBeard and her crew will teach you how to be a proper Pirate.  Good for ages 12 and under.  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!
*** Beginning Sept. 7th Pirate School will be on Sundays at 1pm

Breakfast with the Birds

Sunday, August 31st at 9am, $35

Join us for a 2-1/2 hour birding excursion while enjoying a continental breakfast on board. You have the expertise of three bird guides aboard to help you spot and identify the birds. When we cruised in early June we identified 24 different species!

Join Jill Peleuses, co-owner of Wild Bird & Gardens located in Wilmington, Gretchan Schramm, a professional photographer and board member of the Cape Fear Audubon Society and a member of Carolina Bird Club and the Native Plant Society, and Dave Wesner, a retired Park Ranger from the State of Maryland who will be teaching an "Introduction to Birding" class at CFCC this fall.

2-1/2 Hour cruise, 9am, $35

Autumn Escape Cruise

Saturdays, starting Sept. 6th, 10am - 2 hour cruise, $33

We will explore the North West 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

Labor Day Weekend

Friday and Saturday, August 29th and 30th

- 10am Black Water Adventure 2 hours
- 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5pm Eagles Island Cruises 50 min.
- 6:30pm Sunset Cruise with Live Music 2 hours
- 9pm Starlight Cruise 1 hour

Sunday, August 31st

- 9am Breakfast with the Birds 2.5 hours
- 1,2,3,4, and 5pm Eagles Island Cruises 50 min
- 6:30pm Sunset Cruise with Live Music 2 hours

Monday, Sept. 1st
- 11am and 12pm Pirate School 50 min
- 1,2,3,4,5, 6 and 7pm Eagles Island Cruises 50 min

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

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 $33.

Musicians scheduled for Sunset Cruises 

August 28 - Randy McQyay
August 29 - Jim Nelson
August 30 - Rob Ronner
August 31 - Kim Dicso



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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