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“This boat tour hits the highlights of the Hampton waterfront.”

Miss Hampton II Cruises
Ranked #1 of 6 Tours in Hampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 3-hour tour of the Hampton Roads harbor includes Norfolk Naval Base, historic Civil War Island of Fort Wool, Chesapeake Bay, Fort Monroe, Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, battle site of the Monitor/Merrimac, and much more!
Reviewed April 21, 2012

We wanted to see the battleships in Norfolk, the lighthouse in Hampton, the tunnel and the Langley Air and Space Museum and this trip did them all, and did it well. The day was very pleasant and we sat in the bow of the boat where the views were spectacular and we could still hear the narrator. The narrator was very knowledgeable of the warships when we went by the piers and was able to explain what each type of boat (submarine) was, how to identify it and what makes it special. As for accommodations, the tour boat is spotless and in good condition. One person in our family was handicapped, and the rule is to board the boat on your own power, which we could, but otherwise there didn't seem to be any distinct provisions for handicapped persons which could attract future customers. That said, we did get accurate and thorough information about that through the many websites and by calling the tour company beforehand. The deck chairs are the formed plastic type so bring a comfy cushion if sitting a long time bothers you. Buy your tickets directly from the cruise operator, they are much cheaper than through the various ticketing agencies that you find in an Internet search. Items in the souvenir shack were very reasonably priced as well. If you eat lunch at the Crown Plaza Hotel's restaurant they validate your parking ticket as well, so park in the garage, it is the closest. It is the best 3 hours we spent in Hampton.

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MikeGloucester_VA, General Manager at Miss Hampton II Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2012

We appreciate your comments regarding our cruise. Our boat was built before the ADA regulations came into effect, so it is limited in handicapped accessibility. As long as someone is in a regular wheelchair, however, we will get them on board. Our crew is quite good at that. As for our plastic chairs - I agree they're not comfortable for a long time, but they're very low maintenance, an important issue on a boat! A cushion is a very good idea. Thanks for cruising with us. We appreciate your support!
Capt. Mike

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Reviewed September 16, 2011

We took the 10am tour yesterday on the Miss Hampton. Make sure you get a coupon or take advantage of their other discount opportunities. We found it to be a great value considering it is a three hour tour. The boat is very nice and has restrooms and snack bar with a good selection. The side trip to the Fort was an extra bonus that helped us pick this boat instead of the competition in Norfolk. We got to see a submarine come back into the naval base which was very interesting.
I would have given this tour a 5/5, but the tour guide for this trip was very vocal about the fact that he was not having a good day at work. He became upset when loading the boat as a large group that was suppose to board first did not have all of their party present. He was not happy about this and let a lot of the passengers know. On two different occasions he was telling the customers that he does not make the rules, and everyone gets mad at him when he has to announce them. The best way to describe his attitude on this particular day was "just plain bitter." his saving grace was that he was a wealth of knowledge and when he shared factual information it was very interesting. Maybe he was having a bad day as we all do, but working in the tourism industry he needs to keep this to himself and not let the paying customers know of his frustrations. This lost him a tip and a higher rating.
I would recommend this trip, as it was a good value and very interesting. Hopefully, the tour guide will be in a better mood and this was an isolated incident.

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MikeGloucester_VA, General Manager at Miss Hampton II Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2011

We apologize for your experience with our tour guide. Over the past 23 years, we have tried to provide our guests with an informative and entertaining cruise experience of the Hampton Roads Harbor. Whether or not the tour guide was having a bad day, he still should have performed in a professional manner. Rest assured, he was strongly counseled!

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Reviewed September 7, 2011

My husband and I did this cruise on its first sailing after Hurricane Irene. The list price for the cruise is $22.50, but it is easy to find a $5 off coupon to apply to all members of your party. This makes it a very affordable touring option. The boat departs from a marina near the Virgnia Air and Space Museum. There is paid parking near the marina and free parking across from the Air and Space Museum.

The tour goes to the Norfolk naval base. We were able to see the air craft carrier Enterprise come back to dock after being taken out to sea for the hurricane. This was quite an impressive vessel and we were within 500 yards of it. Very Cool! Our narrator was a wealth of knowledge and the information flowed effortlessly.

We also tried to disembark on Fort Wool but because of damage to the pier during the hurricane, we were not allowed to go to shore. We swung past Fort Monroe and the former Chamberlin Hotel. The tour was 2 hours and 45 minutes because we did not get off the boat.

There is food on board - snacks, drinks, beer, wine, hot dogs and hamburgers.

The entire crew was wonderful and I would not hesistate to recommend this cruise!

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Reviewed August 13, 2011

Other reviews are well justified - a great 3 hours tour - superb, knowledgeable and entertaining commentary from our guide - even if he did want a more effusive response than some customers felt up to (in the heat!). As we passed the naval base there were 2 nuclear carriers tiad up - unbeatable!

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Reviewed June 30, 2011

We chose this cruise on the strength of previous reviews and we were certainly NOT disappointed. Having taken many other tours and cruises in our numerous travels we were extremely impressed with Herb,our guide, on the Miss Hampton II. He was the most well-informed tour guide we have ever had and his easy-going style and flawless presentation made the cruise perfect from the beginning to the end. If you get a chance, make sure to put this on your "to-do" list. It is well worth the cost! Don't forget to check out the coupon on the website.

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