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The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises

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Address: 307 Queen Elizabeth Ave., End of Budleigh Street at Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Phone Number: 252.473.4866
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Description: The Downeast Rover is a 55-foot topsail schooner offering sailing tours of...
The Downeast Rover is a 55-foot topsail schooner offering sailing tours of the Roanoke Sound in the Outer Banks of North Carolina several times daily including sunset. The ship showcases views including the Jockey’s Ridge sand dunes, leaping dolphins and osprey nests. The ship docks and departs from the beautiful downtown Manteo Waterfront Marina located across from Festival Park. Reasonable prices for individuals, groups, and private charters. BYOB. Come see the Outer Banks from a completely different perspective! Enjoy a beautiful sail and the quaint village of Manteo for a day of fun and sun.
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Retirement Fun!

11 of us went on the 2 hour afternoon cruise to celebrate our friends retirement and had a wonderful time on a Windy day! Captain Brian & First Mate Billy were great. They... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

11 of us went on the 2 hour afternoon cruise to celebrate our friends retirement and had a wonderful time on a Windy day! Captain Brian & First Mate Billy were great. They answered all our questions and pointed out places of interest on both sides of the Sound to us. It was a very relaxing and pleasant time. Because... More 

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VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

May 2015, two attractive senior ladies wanted a safe, relaxed and memorable boat trip to watch the sunset. We weren't disappointed. The captain and mate did an excellent job. Our safety and happiness were their primary concern. We enjoyed talking to the crew and listening to them answer questions from the guests regarding the wildlife and local environment. All requests... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We had a great time sailing with Downeast Rover. The captain and first mate were very friendly and knowledgeable and the views were absolutely beautiful.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Had my family of 18 out for a private charter and we had a great time. Crew is friendly and knowledgeable. Even saw dolphins. Would do it again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was the best sunset cruise ever! We saw so many dolphins and a beautiful sunset. The crew was very friendly and the ship was so beautiful.

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Oak Ridge, Tn
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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Took a lovely, clear sky sunset sailing cruise, after 4 rainy days, with another couple. Parking was terrible. We were a half hour early and there were only 2 spaces remaining. The parking lot is shared with other businesses. We were the only passengers on the sailboat, which probably had a capacity of 30-40. Because of 4 days of rain,... More 

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North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Our last night in Manteo with my wife of 30 years celebration was capped by this sailboat cruise. Not much wind that evening but were very lucky with storms in forecast. Did not rain where we were but on the open water saw less than half a mile on the banks rain was pouring. Neat effect when you could see... More 

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad you and your wife enjoyed yourselves. More 

Crozet, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My newlywed wife and I took a cooler on a sunset cruise on the Downeast Rover. We were the last in the boat and sat on the bench in the bow (I think we got the best seats). The mate was helpful with moving my cooler on the boat and offered corkscrews, cups, ice, and even their bathroom. He was... More 

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Wiesbaden, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Six of us had made reservations for the Sunset cruise for Friday, but when we saw the weather might be questionable, we called and asked if we could possibly schedule for Thursday instead. Kim was very cooperative in rescheduling. Unfortunately, the weather was not so cooperative on Thursday, and the trip was cancelled. Kim automatically rebooked us for Friday, which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Four of us wanted to experience our first time on a sail boat. We saw an advertisement for The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises and called to see when we would be able to book a cruise. They had availability that afternoon. What a great time and experience. We cruised the sound for two hours on the sailboat and our captains... More 

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Please sail with us again. More 

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