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Address: Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-722-1112
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Description: Come aboard the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute, live narrated, harbor...
Come aboard the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute, live narrated, harbor history tour on the beautiful Charleston Harbor. See the "holy city" from a new perspective and take in over 300 years of history that has shaped the Charleston we know today. Tours daily 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30. Season Mid February through November. Closed December and January.
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Great tour of the Harbor

The captain of the vessel was very good at informing all those aboard about the tour. The weather was perfect, little breezy and I lost a hat to the harbor, and got a sunburned... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The captain of the vessel was very good at informing all those aboard about the tour. The weather was perfect, little breezy and I lost a hat to the harbor, and got a sunburned head, (lol) Small price to pay for the very informative tour. This was our second trip to Charleston, the first time we took the Ft. Sumter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

After spending several days touring charleston I was tired but still wanted to explore the area some more. Well this was perfect because not only does it tour the area it has AC as well. The boat was nice and clean and I enjoyed seeing the fort, bridge and other various attractions. A nice plus is that there is free... More 

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Jackson, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

By combining the boat tour with the bus tour, you can spend a relaxing afternoon sightseeing. The hosts on both the boat and bus are very knowledgeable and you quickly get information overload, but it's all for fun and learning. We did the 1:30 pm boat tour and the 3:15 pm bus tour. A van from the bus tour was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This was such a wonderful way to spend our afternoon! The tour took about 90 minutes, and it took us out by Fort Sumpter and back, with narration about everything we saw along the way. There were cocktails to be bought on the ship, and a space set aside for special needs, which was helpful. Coming back we were able... More 

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A party of eight ladies enjoyed the 90 minute narrated cruise around Charleston Harbor. The narrator told us of the history of the area, describing the forts, naval battles , rivers, bridges and helped us understand the pride that local people enjoy. The tour begins at the dock near the Aquarium with a parking garage near by. Discount tickets are... More 

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Sarasota, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I was glad to get out of the crowds and heat to settle on board the Carolina Belle for a 90 minute getaway complete with drinks and snacks available. Our narrator sounded just like Mathew McConeghey (actor) and was pleasant and well informed. The breeze was cooling and I love the "motion of the ocean" and find it very relaxing.... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We went on a tour of the Charleston Harbor this past weekend. We enjoyed seeing all of the forts in the Charleston harbor and hearing about the city of the history. It was a great day and the boat had plenty of room for all of the guests. It was nice to be outside however still be under the shade... More 

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Thomasville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We took the harbor on Spiritline Cruises and it was not at all what I expected. We rode out into the harbor while a guide gave us a history lesson on Charleston and the civil war. Then we turned around and went back to the port. I had taken a tour before to Fort Sumpter and wished we had done... More 

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Took the 6pm cruise. It was pretty fun and informative. Saw dolphins, and got up close the an out going container ship. Snack bar and alcohol on board. The only thing I didn't care for was they asked for tips at the end and had tip jars at the bar.

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Moore, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

After leaving the aquarium, I stumbled upon this tour. I was able to buy tickets online through Zerve.com. It saved me time because we caught the last tour of the day. The tour was a couple hours and well-worth it. Got to see alot of history. Definitely worth the money!

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