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During this scenic and relaxing 90 minute tour you will experience Charleston Harbor on the unique 80-foot Carolina Belle. Your professional licensed captain will narrate history, sights, and facts about the Charleston Harbor as you pass locations critical to United States history. Enjoy the beauty of the Charleston Harbor and learn its rich history while you are in town.
Book ahead to guarantee a day and time for this Charleston history cruise
Travel by a different mode of transport—an 80-foot sightseeing boat
Learn about the city’s history from a guide, including the Civil War
Choose from multiple cruise times to best suit you
Cruise ship is wheelchair accessible
What to Expect
Meet for your Charleston Harbor cruise at Charleston Maritime Center on Wharfside Street in the city. Turn in your voucher at check-in, and board your sightseeing boat.
When you board, find a spot you’d like best for this guided tour. If you’d like you can purchase drinks on board the boat (own expense) to sip on while you sail.
Your guide starts right away telling you the history of the city as you pass by antebellum houses and pass under bridges. Follow the Cooper River all the way to the Fort Sumter National Monument.
Your guide tells you stories about the Civil War and WWII, and you might even catch sight of wildlife as you cruise, including dolphins and pelicans. See Fort Moultrie and Fort Johnson, along with St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.
Your Charleston tour ends back at the place where it began on Wharfside Street.
10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Returns to original departure point
Narrated Charleston Harbor History Cruise aboard the Carolina Belle
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Stunning views of Charleston Harbor with notable sites such as Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Dress code is smart casual
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Relaxing day out on the water. Unfortunately, people were allowed to stand along the railing blocking the view of those who stood in line before boarding to get a decent seat on the upper deck. Therefore we were very limited in what we could actually...More
It was in the mid 90's when we went so it was a nice break from the heat. The Captain was very informative; initially my wife did not want to go because she prefers shopping but afterwards she was glad we did. You get a...More
We made our reservations late the night before online, went on the 11:30 a.m. tour. It was a very charming, laid back way to spend the mid-day hour, especially after hoofing it on foot all around Charleston for 3 days. If you need a break,...More
We enjoyed this harbor cruise very much. The captain / commentator gave great history info, and we were able to see three of the historic forts in Charleston harbor, as well as many other important sites to Charleston's past and present. I would recommend this...More