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American Rover Sailing Cruises

333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510
757-627-7245
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Ranked #3 of 16 Activities in Norfolk
Type: Tours
Owner description: Set Sail with the friendly and experienced crew of this 125 passengerSailing Schooner. Offering Daytime and Sunset harbor cruises under sailon the... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Norfolk, Virginia
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95 reviews 95 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

Cruising the Elizabeth River under sail at sunset with a cold craft brew in your hand has got to be the best way to end a hard day at work. The crew of the American Rover delivered an outstanding experience. Great food, entertainment and, did I forget to mention, locally-sourced craft beers make this a trip worth taking. Once the... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We really enjoyed our time aboard the American Rover. Staff was EXTREMELY friendly. Boat was very clean. What a nice way to be on the water and see the sunset. The added bonus was a very fun guitar/singer on board that really made the trip pleasant. I will take friends when they visit. Highly recommend.

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Tonawanda, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

After a long day of moving our son, we decided to take a harbor cruise! A wonderful result! This vessel is beautiful and the sunset cruise was wonderful! The crew were very friendly and helpful, the narration was just perfectly full of information, and the musician on July 1st was great! It was such a nice and relaxing ride on... More

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virginia beach, va
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52 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I really like fireworks and I really don't like crowds so much. So how do you meet both needs? Pay a little cash and get on the American Rover! We boarded around 6:45 and set sail up the Elizabeth River around 7;30. The crew unfurled the sails and away we sailed. The captain gave a running commentary - not bothersome,... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

I bought this offer through Living Social at half off, so for $25 for two people, it was definitely worth a try! We arrived a little later to board the sailboat but pretty easily found seats near the front of the boat. Caveat: along with a few other young couples, we were some of the youngest people on the boat... More

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Kihei, Hawaii
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26 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

My wife and I decided to take the afternoon cruise on Sunday. Was one of the last cruises of the season and we were not disappointed. Very relaxing cruise around the historic bay and lots of interesting things to see. The crew were great and very attentive to your needs. The Captain of this beautiful ship really knew the local... More

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Suffolk, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I received an offer for half off, so at $25 for two people, how could I go wrong? I bought this 2 hour cruise for myself and my husband. I have been on sailboats before and when I saw pictures of the ship, I knew right away that it wouldn't be like any sailboat ride I had been on before.... More

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LEWES
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We like to take these sunset cruises whenever we're in a port city. This was one of the best. The captain and crew were very friendly and professional. We sailed past all of the important elements in our part of the Elizabeth River: the dry docks, the coal depot, parts of the naval base, etc. On the inbound portion of... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Went on 9/11 and viewed our American flag at half mast while touring the harbor area of downtown Norfolk at sunset. It was a gorgeous breezy night so we could use the full sails and it was great fun to watch the crew in motion. The captain gave a narrative of what we saw along the way. There were some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

I took my family on this boat ride and everyone enjoyed it. It wasn't anything amazing or spectacular but neat for the kids to see. It was their first time on a boat. There were only 15 people onboard during our cruise. The weather was perfect. I think the action that we saw off the boat was more interesting than... More

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