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Daily Cruises - Eagles Island Cruise -
50 minute narrated cruise, only $10.  Even hours go North on the river, odd hours travel south on the river - combine both cruises for only $17.

Wed., Fri. and Sat. - Black Water Adventure - 10am, $27
Come aboard for a 2 hour narrated Eco/History cruise 8 miles north of Wilmington.  Bring your camera and get up close to nature.

July 30 - Down River Maritime History - 2 hours, $27.  This weeks concentration is on the pirates that cruised this waterway south of Wilmington.

July 31 - Blue Moon Cruise - 2 hour cruise, 7pm, $27 - Music by Jim Nelson under the moonlight!  Sunsets 8:14pm, Moon Rises 8:20pm.  Blue drink specials under the full moon!

August 9th - Opera on the Water!  6:30 - 8pm.  An evening of classical music on the water.  With Michelle Lerch (soprano) and Marshall Williams (pianist) performing arias, art songs and a few classical piano pieces.

August 9th - Breakfast with the Birds - 9am, $33 for a 2-1/2 hour birding excursion, with two bird guides, while enjoying a continental breakfast on board. 

August 16 - Black River Cruise - $55, 4 hour cruise beyond the Nevassa Bridge up the main branch of the Cape Fear River to the confluence of the Black River, then up the Black about 3 miles to Racoon Island.  Bring your lunch!


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Pirate School

Mondays - 11am, Kids $17, Adults $5 - Every Monday! This is great for ages 3 to 12 years old. Come aboard and join Capt. NoBeard's crew for a 50 minute adventure on the High Seas of the Cape Fear River. Reservations are a must!

Live Music this week!

We feature some of the most talented local musicians on our Sunset Cruises on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights!  2 hour cruise departing at 7pm, $27.   This Thursday - Kim Dicso, Friday - Jim Nelson (Blue Moon Cruise), and Saturday - 6:30pm Mystery Musician.

Bizzy Bee Water Taxi  
Don't want to deal with traffic on the bridge, then hop aboard the Bizzy Bee for a smooth, stressless jaunt over to the Battleship.  Leaving from our dock and the foot of Market Street every 30 minutes.

2 Outstanding morning cruises - 2 hours, $27

Black Water Adventure
Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays at 10am

This is one of our most popular cruises... this 2 hour Eco-History excursion will take you approximately 8 - 9 miles up the NE Cape Fear River, giving you an up close adventure with nature and wildlife, with narration. 

Down River Maritime History
Thursdays at 10am

This 2 hour cruise will concentrate on history south of the city... each week the topic will rotate between Blockade Runners and their Captains, Life of the pirates on the Cape Fear, and the Shipping Industry on the river, including the Liberty ships, and the Mothball fleet.  This weeks topic is Blockade Runners. 

Pirate School

Mondays at 11am

Don't miss the chance to transform yer wee ones into swashbucklin' sea dogs!  Ye mini mates gunna have the chance to learn how to become a proper pirate 'n learn some scurvy pirate lines, song and secret handshake while settin' sail on a 50 minute long action-packed adventure. Kids ages 3 - 12 years $17, adults $5.  Reservations advised.


Bizzy Bee Water Taxi Schedule

Experience a smooth cruise to the Battleship, Market Street, or Chandler's Wharf - 7 days a week!

Scheduled Departures

Market St.         Battleship NC         Chandlers Wharf
9:00 AM                 9:15 AM                         9:20 AM
9:30 AM                 9:45 AM                         9:50 AM
10:00 AM             10:15 AM                       10:20 AM
10:30 AM             10:45 AM                       10:50 AM
11:00 AM             11:15 AM                       11:20 AM
11:30 AM             11:45 AM                       11:50 AM
12:00 PM             12:15 PM                       12:20 PM
12:30 PM             12:45 PM                       12:50 PM
1:00 PM                 1:15 PM                         1:20 PM
1:30 PM                 1:45 PM                         1:50 PM
2:00 PM                 2:15 PM                         2:20 PM
2:30 PM                 2:45 PM                         2:50 PM
3:00 PM                 3:15 PM                         3:20 PM
3:30 PM                 3:45 PM                         3:50 PM
4:00 PM                 4:15 PM                         4:20 PM
4:30 PM                 4:45 PM                         4:50 PM
5:00 PM                 5:15 PM                         5:20 PM
5:30 PM                 5:45 PM                         5:50 PM
6:00 PM                 6:15 PM                         6:20 PM
6:30 PM                 6:45 PM                         6:50 PM
7:00 PM                 7:15 PM                         7:20 PM
7:30 PM                 7:45 PM                         7:50 PM
8:00 PM                 8:15 PM                         8:20 PM

Adults $8, Children 3 - 12 years $5, Children under 3 years $1


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.

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.

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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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