Cruises, Tours & Excursions
The Wilmington offers a variety of scheduled cruises and customizable private charters. Cruises and tours are offered mornings, afternoons and evenings throughout the year. Schedules and specific cruises vary by season. Choose between historic eco-tours, sunset cruises or narrated tours of the beautiful Cape Fear waterways. The Wilmington offers a full bar including beer, wine, and mixed drinks.
Our Calendar is updated often as new tours and adventures are added. Sunday's are our favorite Captain's Lazy Day Cruise and Thursdays include Acoustic Spotlight, with local musicians.
Thursdays, 10am - 12pm - This cruise focuses on the history of the shipwrecks that lie beneath the dark waters of the Cape Fear River. A narrated video presentation will guide you back to a time of pirates, blockade runners, ship building and more. This cruise will leave you with a new appreciation for the importance and the impact of shipping on this mighty river and an understanding of the effects on commerce in this region.
This is Capt. Doug's favorite trip! We head up the Cape Fear to explore the upper reaches and black water systems of the river. From the Rose Hill Plantation to the mysterious Black River the exploits of the early explorers and history of the basin comes alive. The Cape Fear is still largely unpopulated and looks much as it did when Wilmington, North Carolina was colonized in the late 1600's.
Eagles Island is a 50 minute narrated cruise for $10...but now we offer 2 Eagles Island cruises for $17. Every other hour we will cruise in a different direction. Even hour cruises head north with views of historic riverfront then behind the battleship to the Brunswick River. Odd hour cruises head south, getting up close to the State Ports.
The perfect way to end a day or start an evening on the town! Book early this is one of our most popular excursions. We will slip away from the dock in time for you to be fully relaxed as the sun sets over the Cape Fear River.
The movement of the tides and moon energizes and stirs the imagination. Your sharpened senses clear your thoughts as you glide along the gently lit waterfront. You only wish that all of your friends could be with you to enjoy something so unique and special.
Join us for great local entertainment and a wonderful tour! Enjoy the beautiful Cape Fear River tour while we showcase local musicians. And don't miss The River Club - at the dock from December until the time changes in March.