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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 Thursday through Saturday feature Acoustic Spotlight on our Sunset Cruises with local musicians. 


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Blackwater adventure cruise

A relaxing, scenic 2 hour cruise from downtown Wilmington up the Northeast Cape Fear River.  The ideal way to spend an unforgettable morning. 

This has become our signature cruise & Captain Doug's favorite. Join us as we head up the Northeast Cape Fear River to the upper reaches of the black water system of this mysterious river.

The Northeast Cape Fear River is still largely unpopulated and looks much as it did when Wilmington was colonized in the late 1600's. We will cruise through the Castle Hayne Aquifer and by the bluffs of the Rose Hill Plantation.

This journey is comfortable, relaxing and inspirational.  Photographers, birders and nature buffs will love the variety of wildlife & native plants that adorn the river banks. Your time with us will present  you with the opportunity to see osprey, alligators,sea turtles & river otters, just to name a few. Bring your camera so you won't forget the untouched beauty of this Black Water Adventure.


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eagles island Cruise

Join us on a scenic 50 minute narrated eco-history cruise featuring views of unspoiled nature and a variety of wildlife daily.  Only $10.

On the even hours we cruise north along the Historic Downtown and Eagles Island where you will see the past come alive.  Capture unique views of the Battleship, learn about rice plantations, and view shipwrecks, flora and fauna. 

On the odd hours we head south under the Memorial Bridge to the State Ports, learn the history of the WWII Wilmington Ship Yard along with current facts while watching tug boats, container ships, pleasure boats... bring your camera along, there are photo ops in every direction!

Now we offer two Eagles Island Cruises for only $17!  Every other hour we will cruise in a different direction, one will get you up close to the State Ports and the other a great view of downtown and the Battleship.  So stay on board and enjoy both cruises for one low price.


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Sunset Cruise

Great way to end your day or kick start your evening.  Come on board and relax and leave the driving to us.  You will be mesmerized by the incredible sunsets that kiss the horizon while enjoying a tasty drink from our full bar. Watch the downtown waterfront transform as the last rays of sunshine sweep across the riverwalk and wake up the approaching evening.  Our sound system and soft lighting only adds to the atmosphere.  Dance, laugh, meet a new friend or just sit back and relax as you take in the fresh air and cool evening breeze.  We offer a selection of beer, wine, and mixed drinks.


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Sunset Cruise with Live Acoustic Music

The perfect way to end a day or start an evening on the town!  This is a great venue to hear local musicians, sit back and relax with a tasty drink from our full bar!  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.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday Sunset Cruises include live, local music onboard.


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full moon Cruise

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.  A memory you will always cherish; a night under the stars on the famous and mystical Cape Fear River.


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down river maritime history cruise

2 hour cruise south of Wilmington.  The History & Mystery cruises will have 25 - 30 minutes of narration focusing on different topics each trip.  Topics will change each week and may include: N.C. Pirates, Shipbuilding, Blockade Runners.

Step back into history when you join us for this cruise.  Time and water have hidden many clues to the history of the Cape Fear River and Wilmington, but they can be seen if you know where to look.  Cruise down the river with Capt. Ed and get a better understanding of the river and the people that traveled it's waters..


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Other seasonal cruises:

autumn escape cruise

The "Autumn Escape" cruise is a scenic, narrated, historic tour of the NE Cape Fear, NW Cape Fear and the Brunswick River. Offered only during the Autumn months, Saturdays at 10am.

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!

 


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best of both worlds cruise

Join us for this 2 hour narrated cruise that combines our eco-history cruise with our sunset cruise. Offered Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 3 - 5pm during the wintertime. This tour truly is the best of both worlds as you'll learn about the eco-history of the Cape Fear River and surrounding waters and then top it off with a spectacular view of the sunset aboard the Wilmington. Relax and enjoy the comfortable seating, sip on the drink of your choice and don't forget your camera as our sunsets are simply gorg


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