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Address: 333 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number: 757-627-7245
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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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Relaxing evening on the water

Went with a small group of friends on a Sunday evening cruise on the American Rover and we all had a wonderful time. Our group arranged for food beforehand, so we had a nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
David R
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Went with a small group of friends on a Sunday evening cruise on the American Rover and we all had a wonderful time. Our group arranged for food beforehand, so we had a nice sampling of appetizers and bought drinks at the bar. Prices for beer and wine were well priced with a decent selection. The Captain, Brandon, was very... More 

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Nanuet, New York
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Have taken this cruise a few years ago and again recently with grandchildren. Thoroughly relaxing with excellent captain and crew attentive to everyone's needs. Informative dialogue with interesting sights. Grandkids were asked to help raise the sails. Enjoyed watching our youngest when his feet came off the deck a few inches trying to raise the sail. Engine was shut off... More 

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amrover, Manager at American Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for sailing with us! More 

Victoria
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

If you would like an informative but relaxing cruise this is for you. We had a wonderful time on a beautiful ship. The captain and crew were very informative on the ships and landmarks that we passed.

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Thank Sandi L
amrover, Manager at American Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for sailing with us! More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

If you desire a boat trip up and down a river and some history of the area/ships provided, which was interesting, this is for you. However, if you seek a "sailing" ship experience on open ocean . This is not. Ninety percent of the time, approximately, the ship was on engine. Briefly on sails which were set where the ship... More 

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amrover, Manager at American Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Good afternoon - thanks for cruising with us even though the experience did not live up to your expectations. The American Rover is a true sailing ship and we do sail as much as possible - sometimes when the wind is not favorable we do have to use our engines so we can tour the sights of the Elizabeth River,... More 

Winchester, Tennessee
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

We went on a private party cruise aboard the American Rover and we thoroughly enjoyed our time cruising along the Elizabeth River to the mouth of the Chesapeake and James River. The Guide was knowledgeable but allowed some times of silence and just enjoying the beauty of the water and the sunset. We were served heavy appetizers but this may... More 

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Thank 62kat
amrover, Manager at American Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for sailing with us - glad you had a great time. More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

My wife and I took a sunset cruise last night and found it to be a very relaxing and informative experience. The ship's captain gave a very informative tour of the sights we encountered while traveling along the Elizabeth River. On our way back there was live music, and we couldn't have asked for better weather. We highly recommend this... More 

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Thank FB40
amrover, Manager at American Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for sailing with us! More 

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
1 review
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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amrover, Manager at American Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thanks for sailing with us! More 

Palmer, Massachusetts, United States
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5 reviews
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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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amrover, Manager at American Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

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

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

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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amrover, Manager at American Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

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

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