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Charleston: Daytime or Sunset Historic Harbor Cruise

Charleston: Daytime or Sunset Historic Harbor Cruise

From US$ 36.34 per person

Climb aboard the historic “Carolina Belle” and coast along the Charleston Harbor for a relaxing cruise. You’ll learn about the rich history of Charleston, passing a multitude of landmarks and points-of-interest.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Cruise along the historic Charleston Harbor aboard a replica 1920s-Bay-Steamer
  • Discover more than 75 landmarks and points-of-interest
  • See Fort Sumter - where the first shots of the Civil War were fired
  • Look for dolphins and pelicans
Full description
Experience Charleston on board a 1920s-Bay-Steamer-replica yacht. Listen carefully as your captain guides you on a journey through more than 300 years of American history. You’ll pass by 75 landmarks and points-of-interest on this 20-mile trip. Get close-up views of the “Holy City,” including Fort Sumter - where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Glide past Confederate and Union army forts and see the famous “Fighting Lady” of World War II. As you pass by remnants of the Civil and Revolutionary wars, don’t forget to look for dolphins and pelicans splashing nearby. Choose between indoor or outdoor seating. There is also an enclosed observatory and a partially-covered upper deck in case of rain.
  • Live narrated tour of the Charleston Harbor
  • Fully-stocked bar and snack bar where you can purchase food and drinks
  • All taxes and fees
  • Optional gratuities for the captain and crew
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401. Closest parking is at the South Carolina Aquarium Parking Garage, 24 Calhoun Street.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Please dress appropriately according to the weather
  • Temperature on the water is significantly lower than on land
  • You may want to bring a sweater during the cooler months
  • This tour is non refundable
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 450 reviews

Review summary

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Captain JP and his crew navigated a delightful sunset cruise for my family last week. The sunset was glorious, and the narration that continued throughout the cruise gave us so much information about Charleston and the sights we were seeing. The captain pointed out the dolphin escorts accompanying our boat. It was a grand way to end another perfect day in Charleston.

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November 2, 2021

We arrived late so the only available space was below deck. I wasn’t sure it would be as good as on the above deck. There were 5 in our group and we could see everything good and we were in the air conditioning. The other thing is you couldn’t feel any moving or rocking in the boat. It was a wonderful experience.

June 20, 2021

This is a great experience for people wanting to learn about the history of Charleston and see beautiful views! The only negative thing was seating. If you don’t get there first you have a middle seat or have to stand the whole time. It was very crowded. Overall a great experience and would definitely recommend

June 19, 2021

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