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Charleston: Daytime or Sunset Historic Harbor Cruise

Activity provider: Charleston Harbor Tours

Charleston: Daytime or Sunset Historic Harbor Cruise

Activity provider: Charleston Harbor Tours
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 37.12 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

Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable.
Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide


  • 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
  • Use a fully-stocked drinks and snack bar where you can purchase food and drinks
Full description

Cruise through the Charleston Harbor on an old-fashioned 1920s-Bay-Steamer-replica yacht. Enjoy live narration from the captain and purchase treats from a fully-stocked drink and snack bar. See the Civil and Revolutionary war sights and keep an eye out for dolphins. Relax in the enclosed observatory or on the partially-covered upper deck. 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.

Pass by remnants of the Civil and Revolutionary wars and look for local wildlife like dolphins and pelicans splashing nearby. Choose between indoor or outdoor seating.

  • Round-trip harbor cruise
  • Live narration onboard
  • Tips for the captain and crew

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Meeting point

Meet at Charleston Maritime Center. The closest parking is at the South Carolina Aquarium Parking Garage, 24 Calhoun Street.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

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

4.6 /5

based on 580 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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Too crowded. Need to sell fewer tickets to avoid this very crowded situation on the ship. It was a beautiful evening for a cruise. Also had a hard time hearing the captains speaking over intercom. I would have enjoyed hearing his talk about the history of sites he was pointing out. Could barely hear!

May 26, 2022

The experience was incredible. We booked on a limb not knowing much and it didn’t disappoint. The boat was clean and amazing set up with tables and chairs. I’d never seen that before. The whole crew was so ion top of their game. They walked around several times to make sure you were ok. The captain was so informative of most of the landmarks. I only wish i could give a 5 star rating but I’ve been waiting almost a week for them to figure out the payment overage i made a mistake by mistake. For some reason they can’t figure out that I paid for the sunset cruise and i was on the earlier cruse which is much less expensive.

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April 3, 2022

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

Product ID: 99081