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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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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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A Terrific Excursion

We took the sunset sound sail cruise on the Downeast Rover for the first time in September. We were DELIGHTED with this trip. The ship is, shall we say, shipshape. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 2, 2015
Jack_ChorusBoy
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We took the sunset sound sail cruise on the Downeast Rover for the first time in September. We were DELIGHTED with this trip. The ship is, shall we say, shipshape. The reservations were handled in advance promptly, efficiently, accurately, and with a friendly spirit. The crew, Billy and Brian, were very personable, but not intrusive. They were always willing to... More 

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

You made my day. Thank you from all of us. More 

Canandaigua, New York, United States
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

We had such a great time. The wind was up and we were gliding along. Mom even got to sail the boat. Always a great time.

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Lansdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Nicely done, relaxing sunset cruise. We really enjoyed it. The captain and mate were friendly and informative. Well worth the money!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful end to a busy vacation day. Brian and Billy made us feel right at home from the minute we walked onto the dock. Plenty of room to relax and enjoy the scenes from the water, including dolphins and a beautiful sunset. The crew engaged our teenaged son, who hoisted sails and manned the helm, making it a memorable... More 

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Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed our cruise immensely. The crew was great and the entire experience was very relaxing. We did not see any dolphins and were told that only happens about 10% of the time. Our kids enjoyed being able to help raise the sails and steer the ship.

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Amherst, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday. Family and friends enjoyed the beautiful sunset views. The crew was knowledgeable and answered our grandsons questions. My husband is disabled and they were very helpful in smoothing the way for him to board. We will be enjoying this beautiful sail again in early Oct.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We sailed in the “sound” with family in the evening. The sail was calm, quiet and peaceful. This is the first time that we have experienced being on a sailboat. Bring your camera because while on the sailboat, you can take some primo "shots" from the water of the sound as well as of the Marches replica Lighthouse and the... More 

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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We had a delightful 2.5 hours sailing in the Roanoke and Albemarle Sounds with our competent and knowledgeable crew. If you want to try your hand in hoisting the sails or even taking the helm, Bryan, the captain, and mate, Bill, are keen to let you join in. They freely share their knowledge of the Outer Banks, the weather, tides,... More 

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delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately we did. I'm sure judging by the reviews and the nice lady that runs the reservation office that this would be a good time. It never occurred to me that we could have too much wind. Of course the captain knows best. Just be flexible with your plans.

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Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

This has to be one of the best things I have ever done on any vacation. The sunset sail lasted over 2 hours and was unbelievably a great time. The 2 man crew provided local information and made the sail fantastic, They even allowed anyone interested passenger assist in manning the boat. My Daughter actually got to "drive" the boat,... More 

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