Cruises, Tours & Excursions

The Wilmington offers a variety of scheduled cruises and 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.
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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!  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 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,Saturday and Sunday 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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Other seasonal cruises:

Spirit of the Holidays

Cruise the Cape Fear River while enjoying the sites, sounds and tastes of Christmas. Christmas cocktails available, Christmas carols performed by local musicians & some Christmas lights along the Historic Riverwalk

~starts the Friday after Thanksgiving and continues to the weekend after Christmas 

Also available for Private charters

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