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The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises

168 reviews
Manteo, NC, USA
About The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises
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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Many years ago my husband and I took a trip to the Outer Banks with our (then small) daughters and had a wonderful experience taking a cruise on the Downeast Rover. Fast forward 25 years we decided to go back to the Outer Banks for...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Diane S
Reviewed yesterday

My family and I rode the sunset cruise. It was so relaxing and although it had been cloudy that day, the sunset was still gorgeous! Well worth it

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank AwkwardlyBeautiful85
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a busy day on the beach, this was a relaxing way to spend 2 and half hours on the water to see the sun go down - staff are friendly - it’s a neat sail boat - the waters are calm.

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Expattraveler100
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we come to Manteo quite often we had never tried one of the cruises. I read the reviews for Downeast Rover and was not disappointed. We had a glass of wine to toast the setting sun and experienced a smooth sailing.

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank TravelingfriendsCS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I did a sunset cruise with Downeast Rover and had a wonderful experience. The captain and the first mate were very nice and knowledgeable. The sunset from the sail boat was beautiful and worth every cent. We even saw a group of...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank kdpollard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had been on the Rover several years ago. The color of the sails and the skipper may have changed, but it is still a rally great way to get out on the water for a few hours. We had a stiff breeze, so we...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank mhomo
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

We took a long weekend trip to Manteo the weekend after our 20th anniversary. For something fun and different, we decided to go on the Downeast Rover! The crew was knowledgeable and very nice. It was a perfect way to spend my birthday - Yes,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CrystalF395
Reviewed January 20, 2019

Over the years I have sailed on the Downeast Rover many, many times. I was my way of relaxing and enjoying the peaceful sounds of the wind in the sails and water slapping the ships hull. I highly recommend taking advantage of this beautiful ship...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Gusthesaint
Kim_0990, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2019

Thank you very much for the recommendation. We are so glad you have enjoyed you sails with us

Reviewed October 20, 2018

We have tried for 6 years to go n this cruise. We visit the OBX every other year with our adult children. In 2014 it was supposed to be our anniversary present but it rained every day and we were unable to go. In 2016...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank brw0807
CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2018

Thank you for your kind review. We are so glad you finally got a chance to sail with us and we are happy you enjoyed yourself. :)

Reviewed October 12, 2018

Kim and first mate Watson did a great job of making us feel welcome and comfortable. The cruise around the sound was great fun and we were very fortunate to have many dolphins traveling with us including mom, baby and dad. We were able to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 8, 2016|
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Response from Kim_0990 | Property representative |
Hi there Deb (and Rob?)! Our private sails range in price from $450 to $800. It just depends on what time of day you'd like to sail (sunset sails are more popular and more expensive). If you have any questions or concerns... More
June 19, 2016|
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Response from Lrussett | Reviewed this property |
No not at all. Very relaxed boat ride and easy to get on to with the help of the boat operators
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July 16, 2015|
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Response from Lrussett | Reviewed this property |
I used it. Not that bad but I would go before hand