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“On the water” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Amelia River Cruises & Charters

Amelia River Cruises & Charters
1 North Front Street, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL
+1 904-261-9972
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: A visit to Amelia Island is incomplete without a tour of our scenic waterways. Amelia River Cruises & Charters provides many opportunities to do just that. Our daily tours are professionally narrator by local history and nature experts. Come on along and enjoy a relaxing excursion along the beautiful Amelia River. New Tours include our adult-oriented BYOB Twilight Sunset Cruise with live music onboard. We are pet-friendly, bathroom equipped, handicap-accessible and food and beverages are allowed onboard. Private charters can be arranged for your special occasion.
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New York City, New York
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“On the water”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

The AI River Cruise was a great day. We got a tour of the harbor, saw some wild horses on Cumberland Island and heard the history of the island. It was a fun day out on the water

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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“Loved It!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We went on an afternoon cruise with Captain Kurt and Kenneth. Both were so very nice and knowledgable about island history. We got to see many wild horses and heard all about the Carnegie Family. Thoroughly enjoyable and well worth the cost on a lovely day. The blankets that were provided were a very welcome touch.

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Central Florida, Florida
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“Pleasant cruise on the water. Not great for photography.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We took the 2-ish hour morning cruise. It was also about 30 minutes longer than advertised. We had a beautiful day with minimal wind and lots of sunshine. The boat is like a long flat barge with most of the seats covered by a fabric roof. There are a few seats up front in full sun. They have sunscreen available on-board for free. And they have $1 bottles of cold water. There is also a toilet on board.
If you want to see the best views of the shore, make sure to get a seat on the right side of the boat (the side away from the dock). The boat takes the same route back, but it is much farther from shore when it returns so you can't see much.
I was hoping to get photos of the Cumberland Island horses and while we did see them, they were so far away that my 70-200mm lens on a crop sensor Canon Rebel could not get very good shots of them. From the boat with the naked eye they were tiny in the distance. You could just make out that they were horses. If you want to photograph the horses, rent a smaller boat and make sure you know the rules about stopping at Cumberland Island so the rangers don't fine you or your boat doesn't get beached by the tide. Or take the ferry over there for the day.
The captain is also the tour guide and he spends the whole time on the way out talking about the history of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, the shrimping industry, and a long time on Cumberland Island, the Carnegies, the Rockerfellers, and the other rich people who've been to the island. He also points out the house that was used to film Pippy Longstocking, Fort Clinch, and the Kings Bay Nuclear Sub Naval Station. On our cruise we saw very few birds or other wildlife. The boat is too big to make it closer to shore and stays in the large river. If you want to see more, the afternoon cruise that uses a smaller boat might be better, or they have jet skis for rent.
Anyway, it was a pleasant two and a half hours on the river and the Captain was very good about answering questions.

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Mount Kisco, New York
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“Capt. Dave Made the day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Though our cruise ran over about 30 min (totally made our tickets worthwhile!!!) it was wonderful! We were lucky we got an extra 30 min of Capt. Dave's humor and knowledge. Incredibly knowledgeable about the local history and current businesses! The cruise was smooth and beautiful.

Visited March 2014
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Richfield, NC
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“Had a Blast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This was a very informative and entertaining boat ride. The Captain was knowledgeable and kept talking the whole time, telling us about everything. While we did not get to see the horses of Cumberland Island on our trip, we did get to see dolphins.
If you're going on the evening or sunset cruise, definitely bring a jacket and a blanket. It gets chilly! While the boat offers some blankets, they are not at all thick. :)

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