Wilmington Water Tours
Wilmington Water Tours
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Wilmington Water Tours is a 46' catamaran which accommodates up to 49 passengers. We offer daily cruises as well as private charters. Our daily cruises include but not limited to: Eco/History tours, Sunset Cruises with Live Music, Birding tours, Holiday Tours and all on the Cape Fear River and its nearby waterways. Our full schedule is listed on our website, call us or book online!
Wilmington, North Carolina

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2022

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Jeff R
Athens, GA9 contributions
Nov 2022
My wife and I and another couple had a delightful time. Beautiful time of evening and a great combination of the sunset in the beginning and the River Walk lights towards the end. The crew was kind and attentive. The acoustic music was a great backdrop (albeit a tad quieter would have made conversation a bit easier) and the musician was very talented. Get there early to get a good seat if there are more than two of you. I very much recommend this if you are looking for a chill way to spend an evening with that special person(s).
Written November 8, 2022
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Wilmington W
Thank you for cruising with us on one of our Sunset Cruises with live music. The great thing about our boat is if you don't like your seat,if you want to get up and move around or engage more in conversation you can find a place to do that. Hope you'll consider another one of our many cruises next time you are in the area.
Written November 10, 2022
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lasullivan05
1 contribution
Jul 2021
With a max of 50 people on the boat, including staff, I went on a lovely sunset cruise with live music by a local musician. The hosts were so welcoming, the staff just as much, the boat clean (especially the bathroom, which was also super cute!), and the river enchanting. Love the added touch of the live music and with the right musician, it makes for a nice feature. I enjoyed the musician the night I was on the cruise. Would highly recommend any of their cruises, but most certainly, the sunset with live acoustic music. Well worth the price!
Written July 27, 2021
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m0llyb321
Leland, NC1 contribution
Jun 2022
Glorious night, awesome music. It was so much fun to see the Wilmington shoreline from the water, especially as the sun set and the lights went on. We left on schedule and arrived on schedule. The captain was adept at minimizing wave action from passing boats. The crew was so nice. And drinks were not expensive!
Written June 27, 2022
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Wilmington W
Glad to know you enjoyed our Sunset Cruise with Live Music. Thanks for your review! Diane & Crew
Written July 15, 2022
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sheridan0308
Raleigh, NC1 contribution
Jun 2022
We booked the sunset cruise 7:30-9pm and it just wasn’t what what we expected. it was crowded, we had a hard time finding a seat and when we did we couldn't hear each other talk without yelling because it was full of big groups. We expected more of a romantic setting with a bunch of other couples trying to enjoy the views, but instead we just sat next to each other zoning out waiting for it to end. The live music was great though!
Written June 27, 2022
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Wilmington W
Our summertime sunset cruises with live music are very popular. For a more romantic sunset cruise, on Sundays and earlier in the week our sunset cruises typically have less people and our Captains have playlists for music, our boat staff is happy to answer questions and give you information about the area. Hope you'll consider cruising with us again. Best, Diane & Crew
Written July 15, 2022
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Heath B
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Sunset cruise was a chill 90 minute ride on the Cape Fear River. There was an acoustic guitar player who played a good arrangement of tunage. Bar had a more than decent selection of beer, mixed drinks, and Im pretty sure wine too although none of us indulged in the mashed grape refreshment. Great view of the U.S.S. Wilmington Battleship, and the Wilmington harbor area which has some pretty awesome apartment buildings along with a lot of sweet looking restaurants. If we hadn't eaten prior to the cruise, we would have tried one. Good bang for your buck.
Written September 19, 2022
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Wilmington W
With the cooler weather on the way, this is the time of year when the sunsets are magical with our 360 degree views of the river. Glad you enjoyed! Next time do try one of many local restaurants where tou'll find something for everyone.
Written October 1, 2022
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ang09092019
Alexandria, VA1 contribution
Aug 2021
We had a blast cruising the Cape Fear River on an afternoon tour! We had a really great tour guide who answered everyone’s questions and shared so much info and history about the area. They played music in between, and the on-board bar was a pleasant surprise. Having a frozen margarita on a gorgeous summer day with the wind in my hair was an excellent way to enjoy an hour on a very reasonably priced boat ride!
Written August 20, 2021
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Explorer564602
2 contributions
Jul 2021
Overall nice tour! The captain was knowledgeable and had an obvious love of his work. His first mate was a pleasant young man who interacted with everyone on board and answered questions. The only negative comment is that when we first started the tour and the captain was telling his story on the microphone, the speaker box was located near the snack stand. The girl working the snack stand was having a loud conversation with a patron and because she was so close to the speaker she was talking very loudly and it made it hard to hear the captain who was at the front of the boat. We had to get up and ask her to lower her voice. She did, though she was not happy about it. Seems like it would be helpful for the staff to know not to speak over the captain as we not only pay for the boat trip but to hear the information about the area.
Written July 8, 2021
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Paul S
St. Augustine, FL19 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
I booked the 1-hr Wilmington Water Tour trip for 10 during a family (mostly adults) reunion. I had taken the trip several times myself and thought it would be a good way for them to see the Cape Fear and learn about Wilmington, its history and environment. It was a nice thing to do before having dinner on the Riverwalk. The speaker/driver of the boat was a little difficult to hear, but to be fair, everyone was talking/chatting during the ride, so that wasn't entirely the tour's fault. I would recommend this as an inexpensive way to see our local river and its environment and learn a little about Wilmington's history and ecology. Then have lunch, dinner, or a drink at one of the Riverwalk restaurants!
Written August 4, 2021
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sean F
1 contribution
Jul 2021
The boats crew was friendly, safe, and very talkative about local experiences. The live music was amazing and interactive with the audience. They also took song request. They had a Large variety of alcohol for a small boat going out for an hour and a half. They have multiple beers, seltzer’s, and liquor as well as soft drinks and small snacks. Yes the boat does have a bathroom.
Written July 26, 2021
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gayle f
Knoxville, TN182 contributions
Dec 2022
We liked the tasty bloody marys on board the boat. The tour was peaceful and very informing of the shipping areas etc. that line the river. The boat is covered and enclosed as it was December and chilly outside. An employee took a picture of us with my camera for my souvenir. I really appreciated that. We'll do additional tours when we visit again.
Written December 26, 2022
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Wilmington W
Comfortable cruise vessel, full service bar, large clean bathroom, 360 degree views, heated in the cool weather, friendly & knowledgable staff! Thank you for cruising with us and writing a review! You help us do what we love to do! We look forward to your return visit!
Written January 22, 2023
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