The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises

The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises

The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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.
Manteo, North Carolina

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2023

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Michael B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We left the dock at Manteo at 5:00 PM with 21 people aboard, the boat had comfortable seating for all. Ethan, the First Mate, was great. After giving us the required safety information, he told us some of the history of sailing on the Outer Banks, pointed out landmarks along our way, explained the origins of the names of the towns in the area, and even sang for us - old time sailing songs.

We motored out into the sound and then Ethan set the sails. The water and wind were very calm for us this evening so we had a very enjoyable trip. We were fortunate to have quite the Dolphin show on this trip. They were everywhere - very close to the boat.

We took a snack and drinks for the sail back as the sun set and returned to the dock just after 7:00 PM. This was a great way for my wife and I to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary. A great gift from my daughter and her husband.
Written September 27, 2021
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Kris S
Cincinnati, OH2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We had a wonderful time on the Rover’s sunset cruise on our last night in Outer Banks. The ship’s mate, Ethan, was great. He was personable, informative and entertaining! He even sang old time boat songs and dressed the part of a colonial sailor. We had so much fun. As a bonus, on an otherwise cloudy day, there was a spectacular sunset!
Written September 27, 2021
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Ty B
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed a sunset sail on a Sunday night with about 8 other couples. It was a beautiful evening to be out on the Roanoke Sound. The first mate/host was entertaining with his stories about the area. The trip was all smooth sailing over about two hours. The only downside was that the bench seats were pretty hard toward the end of the trip. Recommended.
Written June 27, 2022
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22VT
Burlington, VT86 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We were tightly packed in, with barely room to stay on the assigned bench, and firmly instructed that we could not move since a "70 year old" had fallen off the boat recently. First mate yelled at anyone who stood up, even to take a sunset photo for a sunset on the other side of the boat. First mate stood in one place and talked, and you couldn't hear him from elsewhere on the boat or see what he was referring to unless you wanted to sit with your head twisted around. Not a pleasant experience at all.
Written September 18, 2021
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GypsyRom
45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
I’ve been sailing over 30 years and have always sailed down on the Gulf. This was my first time sailing on a Sound. Big difference. While it was pleasant enough, being packed on a boat like a sardine is no fun. The first mate was super cool, very knowledgeable, and his singing of old time mariner songs was a plus. He also talked a lot about Roanoke Island and Sound and its previous inhabitants, things I didn’t know about, so for me personally, that was another plus. All in all it was okay. But I think I will stay on the Gulf and bigger boats.
Written October 22, 2021
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Davis F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Relaxing sail around the sound. We have a group of 7 friends and we brought coolers of wine, beer and snacks and had a great time on the bow of the boat. Crew was only 2 people and the boat isn't the biggest but plenty of space for us. The crew was knowledgeable and friendly. If you are looking for an exciting or adrenaline style boat ride this isn't it, but if you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful couple hours on the water, this is the sunset cruise for you. Unfortunately we caught a cloudy day and didn't see much sunset, but the overall experience was very good.
Written August 25, 2020
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Eric H
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We had a great time aboard the Downeast Rover. We did move our appointment but that was handled very easily, and we had a good time with all those aboard. The crew of 2 took care of the 12 or 14 of use quite well. Weather was nice going out and we angered the sea gods asking where the wind was on our downward leg to get about 30 MPH on the upwind leg. She is a nice boat and well cared for and maintained. !st mate was fun to talk to as well the skipper. I woudl highly recommend this trip and would do it again without a second thought.
Written May 31, 2022
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Paul S
Corydon, IN74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We booked the sunset cruise, brought along a bottle of wine and enjoyed the view. It was everything we expected, dolphins jumping nearby, sails flapping above as we sailed around the sound. Worth the visit. Able and informative team.
Written September 27, 2020
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Mark V
Palmyra, VA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Almost every time we visit the OBX we plan a sunset cruise on the Downeast Rover out of Manteo. This has been part of our vacation for well over 20 years and it never gets old. This 55 ft. top sail twin masted schooner floats along the water on the Albemarle Sound providing a relaxing cruise. This time we even encountered a pod of Dolphins! Captain Chris and First Mate Tim provided a enjoyable and entertaining experience. Tim really know his history and interesting tidbits and is a great source of historical information!
Written September 23, 2021
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Trip65027558738
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
The major issue was that they aren't doing decreased capacity so my husband was seated about 1 foot away from the person next to him. I was about 2 feet from a group to the other side. The people behind us were about feet away. Since we had called before making reservations and were told that there would be social distancing, we were quite surprised.

We did see a few dolphins. The first mate was very informative about the area and the boat. It would be a 5 instead of a 3 if it weren't for the social distancing issues.
Written July 31, 2020
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