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Address: 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number: 757-627-7245
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Description: Set Sail with the friendly and experienced crew of this 125...
Set Sail with the friendly and experienced crew of this 125 passengerSailing Schooner. Offering Daytime and Sunset harbor cruises under sailon the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and the Port of Virginia.Help hoist the sails, take a turn at the helm, or just relax as the captain points out the sights of the historic Norfolk Harbor. Sunset cruises feature live entertainment. This elegant ship with her distinctive red sails is Coast Guard inspected for safety. Comfortable seating is available on the shaded upper deck and in our air-conditioned below deck area with ship store, bar and rest rooms. Popular for families, weddings, field trips,group outings and company parties since 1986. Cruises depart Waterside Marina in Downtown Norfolk. Sailing Mid April through Late October (Call or go online for Spring and Fall Daytime and Sunset Schedule)Summer Season (June – August) Cruises Depart Every day except Monday2 Hour Harbor Cruise 1:30pm (Adults $20, Children $12) 2 Hour SunsetCruise 7pm ($25 Adults, $15 Children). Special Moonlight Cruises and Themed Events – Inquire for more info.
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Perfect Norfolk Afternoon

This was a great birthday celebration! A two hour cruise, suitable for anyone over the age of five. The crew engaged children in hoisting the sails and the 7 year old in our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

take a sightseeing trip, not this sailing ship........it moves very slowly and there is not that much to see........5 stars for boring

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This was a great birthday celebration! A two hour cruise, suitable for anyone over the age of five. The crew engaged children in hoisting the sails and the 7 year old in our group loved it. There was enough seating on the deck for all passengers and the sites are amazing, but if you get too hot, below deck is... More 

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Thanks for sailing with us! More 

Palmer, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We did the sunset cruise on a Saturday night. The crew was very knowledgeable, and helpful throughout the trip. As there were several youngsters on board they paid a little extra attention to them, which I thought was nice especially since we had a full boat. As my wife and I arrived late we had limited seating options. We ended... More 

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Thanks for sailing with us - hope to see you aboard in the future! More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We loved this harbor cruise! The sailing was so relaxing and enjoyable, and my daughter and I got to help pull up the sails. The captain kept up the narration with great information about the ships and structures visible from the harbor. We also enjoyed the cocktails available from the ship's bar. I'm not sure this one would be as... More 

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Glad to hear you had a great time - Thanks for sailing with us! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

American Rover - Norfolk, CT - 8/5/2015 This is my third time back. My company charters a 3 hour boat roar around the harbor. The boat is absolutely beautifully appointed with varnished wood and polished brass... There is a small bar in the front of the boat and comfortable seating/serving area in the rear. They do catering for events with... More 

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Liberec, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We enjoyed this afternoon cruise (about 2+ hours) on Father's Day. Each father was provided a free bottle of beer or soft drink upon boarding and soon after setting sail, a buffet table was made available and included in the cost of the tickets. The sails were hoisted and we leisurely made our way up and down the bay while... More 

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My family did the cruise on a whim after just arriving in Norfolk. I thought is was great, a very relaxing night. Getting a bit of info about the ships and city while in the harbor. The staff was ever helpful always patrolling the ship making sure everyone was fine. The let my children 13/8 help raise the sails. We... More 

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Victor, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is truly the icing on the cake to a great vacation. We did this our final night in Virginia, and this was probably the highlight of our trip. The boat itself is beautiful! There is a bar on board which provides alcohol and snacks. The cruise lasted about 2 hours and went around the harbor, the captain discussed the... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Took the American Rover ride this year on the schooner after taking another one of they're boats on a tour last year. Had a groupon for this one which always makes it nice but the staff were friendly, the boat was well maintained topside and below and it was a nice cruise on a beautiful day, excellent way to relax

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Columbia SC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Try to be one of the first to board so you can claim chairs on the side of the boat. We sat in the middle, but still enjoyed the cruise. The host sails slowly in the harbor and the captain points out every naval vessel docked there, which was interesting. It gets chilly quickly, so wear pants and bring a... More 

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