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The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises

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Address: 307 Queen Elizabeth Ave., Behind Poor Richards Sanwich Shop, Manteo., 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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Lovely evening on the sound

We opted for the sunset cruise and we're not at all disappointed. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. The boat holds 25 but really didn't feel too crowded - we were able... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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King William, Virginia
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King William, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We opted for the sunset cruise and we're not at all disappointed. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. The boat holds 25 but really didn't feel too crowded - we were able to get up and move around for pictures and just to see from a different angle. They really knew how to time it for perfect sunset shots... More 

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

Thank you for sailing with us. We appreciate your review and hope you will sail with us again soon. Kim More 

Decatur, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Twelve of us (family group) chartered the Downeast Rover for a private cruise. Captain Brian and First Mate Billy made our adventure perfect from start to finish. They were extremely professional, personable and friendly. The Downeast is a 55-foot topsail schooner. As confirmed before our charter, we brought a cooler of adult and children beverages with us. Once out on... More 

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

Thank you for the review. We appreciate you sailing with us. Please come again next year :) More 

Delaware, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a good experience. We'd been on many dolphin cruises before so we wanted to try something different. the kids had lots of fun helping Cpt Brian and crew with sailing.

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

Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Brian and First Mate Billy are terrific. They made the experience fun and comfortable. Most of the trip was under full sail. A must do for visitors and locals alike!

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

Thank you Rita! I hope you can go sailing with us again. More 

vandalia
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I along with another couple took the sunset cruise on 6-22-16. Brian and Billy were outstanding from the beginning. We left right on time, they both went out of their way to make the evening entertaining, telling stories and jokes. They involved the kids on board to help raise the sailes, answered any questions took pictures and... More 

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

Thank you so much for your awesome review. We are so happy you enjoyed it. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family had a wonderful time on this cruise. It was my first time on a sailboat and I had a blast, I can't wait to do it again. This cruise is very cheap compared to other activities that lasts the same amount of time. Thanks for the memories. JB- Lexington, SC

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

We can't wait to have you sail with us again. Thank you for the wonderful review. More 

Newington, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brian and Billy were great. They let passengers help with rigging as well as steer if they wanted. Very enjoyable evening. Highly Recommend doing this.

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

Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves! More 

Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brian and Billy are great hosts! Don't forget to bring some wine and cheese. They have ice and cups available on the boat you can use. They will let you help set the sails and steer if you would like to volunteer. Very pleasant experience!

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your sail with us! Thank you for your review. Kim More 

Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My review is a tad late, but here it is. Took a sunset cruise on the 'Rover in the summer of 2015 - it was the key event I was looking forward to more than anything else, and it did not disappoint. Gorgeous ship, immensely friendly (and tolerant of an abundance or questions with my childish admiration and intrigue) and... More 

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

Thank you for the wonderful review. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Kim More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

This is a must do at the outer banks. The sunset was beautiful. The boat and crew were great. We look forward to doing it the next time we come. The kids enjoyed helping the crew hoist sails and taking the helm.

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Thank you for sailing with us, we are so glad your family enjoyed the sail. Kim More 

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