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Charleston Harbor: Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Charleston Harbor: Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

From US$ 28 per person

Experience the best Charleston Harbor has to offer on this 1.5-hour tour. Take in sights like Fort Sumter, the USS Yorktown, and the Ravenel Bridge with live narration from an expert tour guide.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Learn fascinating, historically-accurate Charleston history while you cruise through the harbor
  • See Fort Sumter, USS Yorktown, the Battery, Ravenel Bridge, and more
  • Hear amazing tales of the city's past and its most interesting characters
  • Enjoy live narration by a licensed city tour guide
Full description
Take in the amazing sights of Charleston Harbor on a 1.5-hour boat tour with live narration from an expert guide. Pick up insight into the fascinating Charleston history while you glide through the gentle waves of the harbor. Your knowledgeable and entertaining guides have been licensed by the City of Charleston and are eager to share their knowledge with all guests aboard the cruise. Make sure to bring your camera for famous American landmarks, such as Fort Sumter, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the Battery, the Ravenel Bridge, Castle Pinckney, and other sites from Charleston's past and present. This relaxing and fun tour departs from Patriots Point and Aquarium Wharf daily. Get ready to hear enthralling tales of the city’s colorful past as well as scintillating facts about its most interesting former citizens. Perfect for all ages, the whole family can enjoy cruising along the coastline of the beautiful “Holy City”. Do you know why it's called the "Holy City"? Find out on this trip around the Charleston Harbor.
  • 90-minute Charleston Harbor cruise with live narration
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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  • Sunglasses
  • Cash

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  •  Snacks and ice-cold beer are available for purchase on board (cash only)
  • Restrooms are available onboard
  • Tours operate rain or shine
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 223 reviews

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We had a great time. The historic storyteller aspect of this particular cruise is the best in the area. The gentleman was very informative and very easy to understand. We cruised at a nice speed and the weather was very kind to us on a November day. I would have liked water and a pack of crackers as we were hungry halfway through the tour. Chris

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November 19, 2021

Our guide was very knowledgeable across several historic periods. Really liked the info on the Yorktown WWII and Viet Nam service history. It was great seeing landmarks from the harbor perspective. The weather was a Misty rain, but still an enjoyable cruise. Also enjoyed our guide’s personal stories. We did find it a little confusing at the wharf as to exactly where our cruise was leaving because there were several cruises leaving for different destinations

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October 3, 2021

In my view, the success of one of these cruises, carriage rides or guided walks is dependent upon the knowledge and delivery of the guide. The guide on this particular cruise was exceptional. He claimed to be a Charleston native and based on the stories he told and his understanding of the history of Charleston I have no reason to doubt him. This cruise was more informative and entertaining than any previous experiences I have had.

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September 13, 2021

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