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Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise

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

Address: 10 Wharfside Street Charleston, SC 29401

This activity will end right where it started.
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
  • Paid parking is available in the SC Aquarium Parking Garage (5 minute walk) or at the parking meters on Concord Street. Please keep in mind that street parking can sometimes be difficult to find. The Charleston Maritime Center (owned by the City of Charleston) sadly does not offer parking to the public. However, passengers are allowed to be dropped off. As you get closer to the water look for the blue & white Sandlapper Tours ticket booth on the left dock. Feel free to call if you have questions or need help.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sandlapper Water Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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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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
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  • "Please remember to bring cash for drinks, and, also, a tip for the crew, if you want to tip." See review
  • "The boat was full so if you want to get a good seat get there a little early and be one of the first ones down the ramp when they say it is time to board." 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

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Beautiful night & sunset!...
Suzanne_H
, Sep 2022
Beautiful night & sunset! Victor very entertaining. Had hoped to see dolphins, but sadly none appeared…
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Suzanne, we are so glad that you enjoyed the sunset cruise, had a beautiful sunset and found our first mate, Victor entertaining. We appreciate the great review..sorry that the dolphins didn’t show up!
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star-5
Relaxing and fun time on the water
Sia_M
, Sep 2022
Well run and entertaining trip. The first mate went above and beyond to engage the one child present on the 2 hour tour. Passengers were relaxed and struck up conversations with each other.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Sia, we are so glad that you had a fun time on the water during the sunset cruise. We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again in the future.
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Birthday Bash!!
Tracy_M
, Sep 2022
Victor was hysterical! Engaged in all his patrons! We had a blast with him and JP! There was a young girl that was by herself and he made sure that she was doing okay.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hey Tracy, we are so glad that y’all had a blast with Victor and Captain JP on the sunset cruise. Thanks so much for the great review. We appreciate it! Happy birthday…
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Great time with friends.
Cathy_S
, Sep 2022
The pilot and Victor were excellent! We really enjoyed the banter between them and the guests. They had us laughing all through the trip!!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hey Cathy, we are so glad that you and your friends had a great time on the sunset cruise and sincerely appreciate the great review!
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star-5
Fun sunset cruise
Tracy_G
, Sep 2022
Victor and captain Mike Phillips were great, fun, funny, good music playing, some cool facts shared, beautiful sunset, so fun being on a boat
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Tracy, thank you so much for the awesome review! We are so glad that y’all had fun on the sunset cruise. We hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again soon.
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star-5
Amazingg!!
Ashley_W
, Sep 2022
Victor was a comedian! He made the trip so fun! The sunset was amazing!!! They take pictures of your group. There are snacks and drinks available. The experience is well worth the price! Amazing boat ride , lots of laughs, great music and history of Charleston.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hey Ashley, we are so glad that your group enjoyed the sunset cruise. Victor is quite the character for sure and does a great job! Thanks for giving him a shout out…we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and for the great review!
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star-5
Terrific!!!!!
David_B
, Sep 2022
Terrific cruise; fun people, great sites, fab music, beer and Cheetos, Victor was a living doll!!!! Highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
David, wow! Thanks so much for the great review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience and sincerely appreciate the recommendation.
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star-5
Amazing Sunset
Scott_A
, Sep 2022
What an Amazing Evening my wife and I on the Sunset Cruise. Capt. Mike and Lee were Awesome host and even gave us a little history about what you’ll see on the tour. Highly recommend the Sunset Cruise.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Scott, we are delighted that y’all had an amazing sunset experience! Thank you so much for the great review. We hope to see y’all aboard the Palmetto again in the future.
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star-5
Beautiful sunset.
Vanessa_G
, Sep 2022
The most memorable pat was the sunset The next thing was the dolphins jumping in and out of the water.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Hey Vanessa, so glad that you enjoyed the sunset cruise and that you got to experience a beautiful lowcountry sunset. It’s always an added bonus when you get to see dolphins at play. Thank you for the great review!
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star-5
Highly recommend
gina_p
, Sep 2022
Victor was amazing! So much fun, very welcoming and personable, even though we arrived exactly on time (not late!). Highly recommend a tour with him
icon Response from Host , Sep 2022
Gina., we are so glad that you enjoyed Victor and the sunset cruise. He does an outstanding job for sure. We sincerely appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again soon!
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star-4
Good experience
Sorani_G
, Aug 2022
Our experience was very nice. I think it was a little too long of a tour since there wasn't a ton to observe or do on the cruise. Maybe 1.5 hours is more than enough.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Sorani, we are glad that you enjoyed the sunset cruise. However, we are sorry that you found two hours to be a tad to long on the water. Thanks so much for the 4 stars!
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star-5
Great excursion
Dayna_B
, Aug 2022
Loved the history and info about residences. Victor is awesome. He was so aware of my elderly mother in law’s needs. And brought the trip to life. So personable
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dayna, thank you so much for the great review! We are delighted that y'all enjoyed the sunset cruise. Victor does a great job for sure. We will be sure and pass along this great review to Victor and our team. Enjoy your stay in Charleston!
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star-5
Beautiful Sunset
Christine_C
, Aug 2022
Victor & JP were Great! Awesome ride & informative. Nothing else to say so please accept my submission
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
HI Christine, thank you for sharing your experience on the sunset cruise. We are glad that you enjoyed the Captain and crew, as well as the ride! Appreciate the great review..
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Sunset Cruise
Michelle_R
, Aug 2022
JP & Victor were awesome! A+ hospitality!!! Enjoyed the tidbits about the sights along the way! Would definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Michelle! We are so glad that you enjoyed the sunset cruise, Captain JP, Victor, and the sights along the way! Thank you so much for the awesome review and for your recommendation. We appreciate it!
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star-5
Great experience despite weather.
Zachary_M
, Aug 2022
Great experience. Very entertaining crew. Lots of time to enjoy the water. It was raining but the crew made it fun. I would do it again. High recommendation.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Hi Zachary, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the sunset cruise in spite of the rainy weather. We wish every evening could bring spectacular sunsets but alas, we have not figured out how to control the weather. Glad that y'all found the crew entertaining and fun! We sincerely appreciate the excellent review and look forward to welcoming you back aboard the Palmetto for a spectacular sunset, the next time that you are in Charleston!
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Enjoyed this cruise....
Monica_B
, Aug 2022
Enjoyed this cruise. Beautiful sunset and we saw several dolphins. The crew was helpful taking our pictures
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
HI Monica, we are so glad that y'all enjoyed the sunset cruise and glad that you were able to see dolphins. They are beautiful creatures. Thank you for the great review! We hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again soon.
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Breathe Taking Evening
Edwardine_C
, Aug 2022
The beautiful views from the water. Getting to see Charleston from the water was amazing. The sunset was as beautiful as promised. Our crew JP and Victor were the best. Was a great end to our vacation.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Edward, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your sunset cruise experience. What a perfect way to wind down the vacation--on the water with a beautiful sunset and spectacular views. Captain JP and Victor do a great job for sure. We hope you enjoyed your stay in Charleston and sincerely appreciate the great review! Safe Travels!
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We had a blast!
Latonya_J
, Aug 2022
Victor was awesome. PJ navigated us safely and gave us lots of information on the history of historical sites.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Latonya, we are so glad that y'all had a blast on the sunset cruise with Victor and Captain JP. Thank you for the great review. We look forward to seeing you aboard the Palmetto again...
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A 25th or Wedding Anniversary Vacation to remember 🌹
AnnelleLeroy_E
, Aug 2022
We had no clue this sunset Cruise was gonna be so beautiful (Wow). After a total of 5 Tours/ Cruises and attractions; we both agree this was the best! The scenery and lovely breeze was all you could ask for and to have a Marine biologist on board. It was great to get educated on ocean/ sea a d marine life. My husband snap great photos and took many videos. Thank you for sharing the richness of American and Charlestons SC History! There is now a special place in my 💜 and yummy for Charleston SC.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Wow! We are so glad that we were able to help you and your husband create a new memory on your 25th Wedding Anniversary during our sunset cruise. We are delighted that you enjoyed the beautiful scenery and your guide. So glad that your husband got great photos. Thank you so much for your great review and for sharing your wonderful experience. Happy 25th Anniversary! from your friends at Sandlapper Water Tours!
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Victor and captain Robert...
Jacob_M
, Aug 2022
Victor and captain Robert were a great team, offering fun historical tidbits and comic relief. Was a lot of fun!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Jacob, we are so glad that y’all enjoyed the sunset cruise and we totally agree that Victor and Captain Robert make a great team! Thank you for the great review. Hope to see y’all aboard the Palmetto again soon.
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