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Island Cruises - CLOSED

Curtis Merritt Harbor, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Island Cruises is a tour company based out of Chincoteague Island, Va (Year round tours!) and Naples, Fl (Jan-Feb) offering luxury boat tours. From Scenic Nature Tours, Sandbar Shuttle, Annual Pony Swim Encounter, Sunset Tours, private parties and more! Come and experience the rich history and nature which surrounds the beautiful islands of Chincoteague and Assateague with an island native, Captain Carlton Leonard. Journey aboard one of our state of the art vessels while seeing breathtaking views, and have a variety of nature encounters! Dolphins, osprey, bald eagle, egrets, and the famous wild ponies of Assateague - only name of a few of the likely sights you may catch on your tour. A memorable trip sure to pleasure any visitor or sightseer! Reservations suggested call now, visit our website, or find us on Facebook.

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86 reviews from our community

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We knew nothing about this company and booked on a whim. Not sure what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of our boat tour. We spoke and met with Captain Carlton but we had another Captain for our trip, if I remember correctly, his name was Fred. He was SO nice and VERY knowledgeable. I'm sure these... More

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East Canaan, Connecticut
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Our trip was filled with interesting history and beautiful sights. Captian Carlton shared his extensive knowledge and lore of the islands at a leisurely pace. He wasn't satisfied until he found ponies to watch right at the waters edge.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We really appreciated the customized trip which focused on finding the wildlife and ponies. He was very knowledgeable and accommodative. While we didn't need them, he also brought along blankets, extra hats, gloves and jackets just in case someone wasn't dressed warmly enough for our December cruise. We got some great views of birds and the ponies. Loved it!

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Bel Air, Maryland, Usa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We are so lucky to have chosen Island Cruises to tour Chincoteague and Assateague and are greatful for all we learned and saw. Excellent local knowledge and choice spots so we got pictures of all that we wanted and more. We were thankful for the blankets and the covered deck so a little rain didn't ruin our cruise. If you... More

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Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We came to spend time at Chincoteague for the purpose of being on the beaches of Assateague and hiking to watch the ponies. The Gov't shutdown meant the refuge was closed, so the only way to see the ponies was to take a pontoon tour. The captain and tour guide made our trip memorable by boating all the way to... More

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Hamburg, NJ
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

We took the Island Cruises boat to the sandbar with our children, ages 3 and 5. They still beg to go back, a year later. What a perfect day. The sandbar is in the middle of the bay. It started out at high tide, but as the tide went out, many little warm water pools formed. The kids loved playing... More

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Yorktown, Virginia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This boat ride around the waters near Chincoteague and Assateague was really nice. Captain Carlton took us to places where he had seen the birds before. He maneuvered the boat so that all the occupants could see all the sights. He was able to give us information about the area and was knowledgeable about both the history and the wildlife... More

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Manassas, Virginia
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Our captain was knowledgeable and fun for the sunset cruise. He was intent on showing us what we wanted to see -- and didn't disappoint. He took extra pains to take the pontoon boat into different inlets so we could get a good look at the famous ponies. What a treat to see them from that vantage point. Highly recommend.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

For any size group, this is the cruise to take . The crew was most accommodating and took us to see what we wanted to experience up close! Everyone had fun and the Captain shared personal stories about the island and it's history and local traditions. We had come to see shore birds, and we did, in their natural habitats... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We originally were planning to go out on a Thursday evening but received a call from the captain letting us know that the wind was really strong and that while he would take us, it would be better for all to reschedule. I'm so happy we did! We left the dock around 10am Friday and they were super helpful. My... More

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