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Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise

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Charleston, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Overview

Watch the sun set above Charleston, South Carolina with a 2-hour sunset harbor cruise aboard a 45-foot motorized catamaran. Find a comfortable seat on deck, spot the landmarks of downtown Charleston and the waterfront, and watch for the dolphins and sea birds that thrive along the South Carolina shoreline. Enjoy a relaxing break from the city while spending a romantic evening on the water.
  • 2-hour Charleston Harbor cruise
  • Watch sunset from a catamaran
  • See the sights from the water
  • Encounter native wildlife in a natural environment
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
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Departure Point

Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your guide at the Charleston Maritime Center in downtown Charleston 30 minutes prior to departure, and check in at the blue and white ticket booth onsite. Learn the basics of onboard safety before heading out into the Charleston Harbor. This is not a narrated tour, but the captain and first mate will be available throughout the sail to answer questions and point out local landmarks.

Cruise under the iconic span of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as navigate along the scenic harbor, and enjoy an mellow playlist of music. See the Battery, Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and Charleston’s scenic lighthouses from the water—with unobstructed views, this is the perfect time to snap photographs of the iconic landmarks.

Relax on deck for nature’s sunset show: the sun sets directly over the land, lighting up the clouds and waterfront. Soft drinks, beer and wine are available for purchase, and you’ll finish your harbor cruise back at the Maritime Center, close to some of downtowns best bars, restaurants and cafes.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Fort Sumter National Monument
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South Carolina Aquarium
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Fort Moultrie
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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
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Battery & White Point Gardens
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If there is any in-climate weather approaching. Please contact Supplier prior to arrival. Phone is in the Voucher.
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sandlapper Water Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Please remember to bring cash for drinks, and, also, a tip for the crew, if you want to tip." See review
  • "My niece and nephew are 10 and 6 and they were bored, so take that into consideration if you have young children and are wanting to take this cruise, Bring something for them to do." See review
  • "There were some toddlers on board but this is really not a cruise for them; they will become bored quickly." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Wonderful evening
Gail_P
, Oct 2020
Enjoyable tour around the harbor. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Great views! Lots of fun. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Gail, thank you for the awesome review! We are so glad that you enjoyed the sunset cruise and appreciate you sharing your experience. Hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again soon.
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Fall 2020
Julie_H
, Oct 2020
Crew was friendly and helpful. Even with the bouts of rain it was nice to see the small sunset. Bonus was able to see several dolphins. Timing of the cruise and sunset was good.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Julie, thank you for sharing your experience. We are so glad that you enjoyed the sunset cruise in spite of a few scattered showers. And glad the dolphins entertained you with their whimsy. We hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again under blue skies!
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dolphin sightings
elizabeth_f
, Oct 2020
Went on the cruise with friends and we had a blast. It was cold but managed to stay comfortable. The service was great, very knowledgeable about the sights and history of what we saw. Nick smiley was fun and took great care of us. We ended up seeing dolphins and one of the most amazing bright red sunsets I have ever seen. Would highly recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Elizabeth, thank you for the great review and for sharing your awesome experience on our sunset cruise! We sincerely appreciate your recommendation... so glad that y’all had a fun time and got to see dolphins and an amazing sunset! Hope to see y’all aboard the Palmetto again.
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Beautiful
Alexandra_P
, Sep 2020
The adults in my family really enjoyed this. Our captain was great and our "tour guide" was really knowledgeable about the area and was able to answer everyone questions. I will mention that this cruise might be a little long for young children. My niece and nephew are 10 and 6 and they were bored, so take that into consideration if you have young children and are wanting to take this cruise-- Bring something for them to do.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Alexandra, thank you for the great review! We are so glad that y’all enjoyed the sunset cruise and that you found the Captain and crew knowledgeable. We hope to see y’all aboard the Palmetto again in the future.
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star-5
Interesting and we saw dolphins
Anita_P
, Sep 2020
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area. Including Historical,wildlife and nature information. The Captain was very humorous so that made it very enjoyable. The sights were outstanding! Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Anita, thank you so much for the great review and recommendation! We are so glad that you enjoyed the sunset cruise and got to see dolphins. We are glad that you enjoyed the captain's humor and the information shared by our mate. We hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again in the future. Thanks again!
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You may want to bring a parka
Christie_C
, Sep 2020
I’m sure this is typically a fine sunset harbor tour. The boat was adequate, clean, and safe. The crew was skilled and entertaining. Unfortunately, the weather took an unexpected nosedive and the evening was very cold and windy. Many folks were in tshirts and shorts. At the check in, I asked if we could cancel due to the fact it was freezing and I didn’t want to get sick. They refused. So we went on the tour. But it was the coldest, longest 2 hrs I can ever remember. Almost unbearable. In hindsight, we should have just not gotten on the boat.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Christie, we are glad that you found our boat to be clean, safe, our crew skilled and entertaining. Unfortunately, as much as we wish we could control the weather, we have finally accepted that we cannot. 😀 Yes, a cold front came through bringing unseasonably cooler temperatures for September. What can I say, it’s 2020. It was forecast to get chilly in Charleston. We are a small family company that has limited seating to help with social distancing. When you asked our staff 20 minutes before the sunset cruise departed for a refund for your two tickets because it was cooler, it prevented others that we had turned away from booking as our trip was sold out. When you booked your tickets online, our no refund policy is clearly stated; no refunds are given unless our Captain cancels the trip due to severe weather. Besides being chilly, the weather was safe. However, that being said, we always try to work with our customers. Had you called us on Saturday morning we would’ve gladly offered you a refund b/c we could have sold your two seats with no problem. We are sorry that the weather was cooler than usual but we hope you can understand our policy. It is our hope that you will give us another opportunity to enjoy an evening on the water when the weather is suitable to your liking, to change this review from a 1 star to a 5 star review. We hope you enjoyed your time in Charleston despite the cooler temperatures.
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star-5
Worth it
Ruseeta_P
, Sep 2020
What an amazing and fun experience! Definitely recommend. Loved seeing the dolphins and learning about the cities history.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Thank you so much for the great review! We are so happy that you had an amazing experience and that the dolphins showed up! We sincerely appreciate your recommendation. Hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again soon..
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star-5
Saw a few dolphins
Mark_M
, Sep 2020
Enjoyed everything, crew was excellent and scenery was awesome. Beautiful sunset would definitely be back
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Mark, thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad that you enjoyed the sunset cruise. We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and look forward to welcoming you back aboard the Palmetto.
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Sunset Cruise
James_B
, Sep 2020
The captain and guide were great. They were informative and fun. Great time was had by all on board.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
James, thank you for the great review! We are so glad that y’all enjoyed the sunset cruise. We hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again soon.
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Thankful
Sherry_K
, Sep 2020
Beautiful relaxing tour on the water. First time ever going out on the water. I get motion sick very easily therefore I usually avoid activities such as this. I did not get sick! Loved it! Very Thankful for such beautiful evening.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Sherry, thank you so much for the awesome review! We sincerely appreciate it. So glad that you were able to enjoy the evening and not deal with motion sickness. We look forward to welcoming you back aboard the Palmetto!
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