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Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise

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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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10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

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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
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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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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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Amazing!
Kendra_C
, Apr 2021
Absolutely loved it! It is my new favorite thing to do when we visit. It was the perfect end to our night out in the town for our anniversary.
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star-5
Great experience
james_t
, Apr 2021
The sunset! Absolutely gorgeous! Friendly crew! Fun group of people! Good beverage and interesting tidbits of information!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
James, thank you for the great review! We are so glad that y'all had a great time on the sunset cruise! We appreciate you sharing your experience. Hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again soon.
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Not great
Windy_C
, Apr 2021
You should explain the parking situation in details. Also it wasnt clear where boarding dock was. Also would’ve been nice to have more commentary on Cruise. Also too many people that didnt allow Social distancing.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Windy. We are sorry that you did not enjoy the Sunset Cruise. By design, it is not a guided tour of the Charleston Harbor. It is meant for one to be able to relax, take in the sights and sounds and hopefully enjoy a beautiful sunset while on the water. However, our Captains and crew are more than happy to point out specific landmarks and answer any questions. The parking situation is explained in detail with an interactive map to guide you directly to our location on our website. We also have a phone with the number on your voucher in which our reservationists are always happy to assist. There is construction of the new International African Museum that is currently underway and multiple boats that leave from the Charleston Maritime Center which can cause confusion. We do have signage in the area to try and alleviate confusion but have found that some folks do not pay attention to it. However, we are in the process of having more signs made! Our boat is an open boat that can accommodate 49 passengers. The night of your trip we did not have full capacity. As more and more states open up, people will need to make decisions based on their own level of comfort as it pertains to COVID. We are an outside business and are following the appropriate guidelines. Again, we are disappointed that you did not enjoy your experience and hope that you enjoyed your stay in Charleston.
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star-5
A Must-Do in Charleston!
Kristen_B
, Apr 2021
Gorgeous sunset, lots of marine life, and a beautiful view of Charleston Harbor. Captain Rob and Smiley were great! Knowledgeable, funny and very welcoming. Highly highly recommend. The entire family loved it.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Kristen, thank you so much for your fabulous review of the sunset cruise! We are delighted that the entire family loved it! Thank you so much for giving our staff a shout out too. Captain Rob and Smiley do an outstanding job as do all of our staff. Thank you again for your recommendation. It means a lot...We hope to see y'all aboard the Palmetto again soon.
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star-5
Great value! Great night!
Gerri_P
, Apr 2021
It was an unseasonably chilly and windy night, but the staff was warm, entertaining and very informative. My adult children didn't want to go due to the weather, but ended up having a wonderful time. So glad I booked this cruise Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Gerri, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad that y'all had a wonderful time. It was definitely a bit chilly for this time of year. We sincerely appreciate your recommendation! Thanks again!
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Sunset Cruise
Ildiko
, Apr 2021
The tour was good, absolutely worth it. Excellent guides, beautiful nature, drinks on board. Bring a jacket.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
We are so glad that y'all enjoyed the sunset cruise and appreciate the great review! Yes, the weather this week has been unseasonably cool for this time of year. It definitely helps to have a jacket just in case.
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star-5
Fun facts, possible dolphin sightings and a pleasant cruise around the harbor!
Michelle_A
, Mar 2021
We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise with your company. My only concern is your tour and at least one other that departs from a nearby dock leave many people confused as to where they should show up, as evidenced by the many calls we heard fielded by the lady running your booth. The captain and the tour guide were both friendly and helpful. Although your tour guide may want to brush up on his facts (his information regarding the cost of a local bridge was way off). I would definitely recommend this cruise to friends and family.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Michelle, Thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad y'all enjoyed the cruise. Yes, it has been a problem. We check the names on the reservation manifest to ensure we have everyone. The other tour company is much larger than us and does not do this. We have addressed this with them. We do have signage but it doesn't always work. We are hopeful that after the construction, this problem will be resolved. Thanks for letting me know about the guide and the facts he presented. I will address this. We hope to see y'all aboard the Palmetto again soon. Thanks again
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star-5
Great tour
Scott_W
, Mar 2021
Good tour the harbor Smiley our guide and bartender was very knowledgeable history and very personable
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Scott, we are so glad that you enjoyed our sunset cruise and appreciate you taking the time to give us a great review! Yes, we agree that Smiley does a great job!
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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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