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Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise
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Overview

Watch the sun set above Charleston, South Carolina with a 2-hour sunset harbor cruise aboard a 45-foot motorized catamaran. Find a comfortable seat on deck, spot the landmarks of downtown Charleston and the waterfront, and watch for the dolphins and sea birds that thrive along the South Carolina shoreline. Enjoy a relaxing break from the city while spending a romantic evening on the water.
  • 2-hour Charleston Harbor cruise
  • Watch sunset from a catamaran
  • See the sights from the water
  • Encounter native wildlife in a natural environment
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
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Charleston Maritime Center , 10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Address: 10 Wharfside Street Charleston, SC 29401

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide at the Charleston Maritime Center in downtown Charleston 30 minutes prior to departure, and check in at the blue and white ticket booth onsite. Learn the basics of onboard safety before heading out into the Charleston Harbor. This is not a narrated tour, but the captain and first mate will be available throughout the sail to answer questions and point out local landmarks.

Cruise under the iconic span of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge as navigate along the scenic harbor, and enjoy an mellow playlist of music. See the Battery, Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and Charleston’s scenic lighthouses from the water—with unobstructed views, this is the perfect time to snap photographs of the iconic landmarks.

Relax on deck for nature’s sunset show: the sun sets directly over the land, lighting up the clouds and waterfront. Soft drinks, beer and wine are available for purchase, and you’ll finish your harbor cruise back at the Maritime Center, close to some of downtowns best bars, restaurants and cafes.
Itinerary
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Fort Sumter National Monument
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South Carolina Aquarium
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Fort Moultrie
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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
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Battery & White Point Gardens
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If there is any in-climate weather approaching. Please contact Supplier prior to arrival. Phone is in the Voucher.
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Paid parking is available in the SC Aquarium Parking Garage (5 minute walk) or at the parking meters on Concord Street. Please keep in mind that street parking can sometimes be difficult to find. The Charleston Maritime Center (owned by the City of Charleston) sadly does not offer parking to the public. However, passengers are allowed to be dropped off. As you get closer to the water look for the blue & white Sandlapper Tours ticket booth on the left dock. Feel free to call if you have questions or need help.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Sandlapper Water Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Charleston Harbor Sunset Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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  • "Please remember to bring cash for drinks, and, also, a tip for the crew, if you want to tip." See review
  • "The boat was full so if you want to get a good seat get there a little early and be one of the first ones down the ramp when they say it is time to board." See review
  • "My niece and nephew are 10 and 6 and they were bored, so take that into consideration if you have young children and are wanting to take this cruise, Bring something for them to do." See review

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star-5
Relaxing experience
Tori_T
, Jul. 2022
The Charleston Harvor Sunset cruise was relaxing. I went with my partner and we had a good time enjoying the views, the sunset and vibes. The cruise had beer and chips to purchase but nothing you would really want. The hosts weren’t as entertaining as the previous sunset cruise I’ve been on but none the less we still had a good time. I would definitely do it again. It is worth the money and time spent.
star-4
Great Sunset Cruise.
Sandy_S
, Jul. 2022
The narrators were very informative and funny.They made sure to point out every point of interest and explain the story behind it. The dolphins jumping in the water was the highlight for me. Highly recommend this sunset cruise if you are in Charleston.
star-5
Fun evening with Victor and Bob on the sunset cruise
christa_b
, Jun. 2022
What an awesome evening: so much with Victor and Bob!! What a great experience! They were so entertaining!
star-5
Amazing crew on board and...
Breeann_B
, Jun. 2022
Amazing crew on board and beautiful sunset. Even got to see some dolphins. Couldn’t have asked for better
star-5
An Absolute Must Do for Everyone!
Allison_D
, Jun. 2022
Capt Bob and and 1st Mate Vic were incredible! Their knowledge and humor made it fun for the whole boat. Getting to see the many views, learn neat facts about some of the private homes in the area, and seeing the forts up close are why we will be returning asap! P.S. if you’re a fan of the show Outer Banks, so is Capt Bob…
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Allison, wow! Thank you so much for the kind words. We really appreciate your great review of the sunset cruise. So glad that y'all enjoyed the experience. Captain Bob and Vic do a great job for sure. We look forward to seeing y'all aboard the Palmetto again soon!
star-5
Victor and Robert were...
Kathy_M
, Jun. 2022
Victor and Robert were great tour guides. Victor made sure everyone was having a good time while Robert narrated the tour. We had a memorable evening!!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hey Kathy, thanks so much for the great review! We are so glad that you had a memorable evening and that you enjoyed Captain Robert and Victor.
star-5
Sunset Serenity!
Patricia_W
, Jun. 2022
The sunset was stunning! The atmosphere was amazing. Loved the music and meeting and making new friends.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Patricia, what a great review! Thank you so much. We are glad that you enjoyed your time aboard the Palmetto and that you were able to share a beautiful sunset amongst new friends
star-5
Fun in the sun(set)!
Katie_K
, Jun. 2022
Victor and the Captain were great! Very informative and fun! We would recommend this to anyone who was visiting Charleston :)
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hi Katie, thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad that you had “fun in the sun (set).” We sincerely appreciate the recommendation. Hope to see y’all aboard the Palmetto again soon.
star-4
Sunset cruise 2 thumbs up
Ang
, Jun. 2022
The sunset cruise has amazing views! The best part is probably the last hour of the cruise. The captain and other gentleman, we’re both very very entertaining and knowledgeable. The one drawback was we were near the end of the line getting on, so we could not all sit together. It worked out though, thankfully we were able to sit in the front of the boat which has the best view during the sunset.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Dear Ang, thank you so much for the great review of the sunset cruise! We are so glad that you had a good time. So glad you had a beautiful sunset!
star-2
Mechanical issues canceled our trip
Jody_B
, Jun. 2022
Our trip was canceled after waiting to board for an hour. The boat, apparently had mechanic issues, so it wasn't anyone's fault The staff was happy to give us refunds, but very disappointing that we were not able to go
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hey Jody, We were disappointed to. When you have a boat sometimes things don't work. It's the first time we have had to cancel for mechanical issues in 5 years. Sorry for the inconvenience. We hope to see you next time you are in Charleston! Captain Bryan
star-5
Perfect Way to Relax
Stephanie_M
, Jun. 2022
Great way to spend a relaxing evening in Charleston! Captain and first mate were wonderful and knowledgeable, saw lots of dolphins, and great photo ops with landmarks and amazing sunset. Highly recommend!!!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are so happy you enjoyed the Sunset Cruise! Thanks for coming out with us! I'm glad the dolphins showed up and you had a amazing sunset! We hope to see you again next time you are in Charleston! Captain Bryan
star-5
Book THIS cruise, you won't regret it!
Betty_R
, Jun. 2022
Cruise was great! The crew especially Victor, made it memorable, alot of fun! Despite it being cloudy and we didn't see the sun set, we still had a great time! Good playlist, beer and wine available, and we even saw dolphins! Would book it again next time in Charleston. Thanks again.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hey Betty, We are glad you enjoyed the Sunset Cruise with our entertainer Victor! I'm also happy the Dolphins showed up for you! We look forward to taking you back on the water next time you are in Charleston! Captain Bryan
star-5
Anniversary celebration
Yvonne_M
, Jun. 2022
Everything🎉. Weather perfect. Joe & Chrystal professional, knowledgeable , friendly. Saw dolphins pelicans dive bombing Would highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
So glad y'all enjoyed the Sunset Cruise! Thanks for spending your anniversary with us! We hope to see you again on your next one! Captain Bryan
star-5
We almost didn’t go on...
Deborah_L
, Jun. 2022
We almost didn’t go on the tour because of a rain storm but so glad we made it out The weather cleared up & the tour guide was excellent & fun. Nice group of people on board. We saw dolphins & caught a beautiful sunset.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Just shows. We watch the radar! We no what's going on! So glad you joined us! Thanks for the great review and coming out with us! Captain Bryan
star-3
Offensive Jokes
Cally_S
, Jun. 2022
Very nice boat and friendly staff. Did not give 5 stars because the captain and tour guide both made very offensive and inappropriate jokes the whole ride.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
We are glad you enjoyed the Sunset Cruise and found our staff friendly. I was aware that Victor told some mild jokes that are harmless. However , I was not aware of the jokes during the whole trip. I'm sorry that you were offended by them. This is the first complaint we have had this whole year of this nature. Victor is one of our guides that people adore. His reviews are outstanding! I'll look into the mater more. My apologies. Captain Bryan
star-5
Wonderful Sunset
aubrey_s
, Jun. 2022
We had a great time! Rob and Victor were amazing tour guides! The sunset was just beautiful. Even though it was a little cloudy it was still a wonderful. We will definitely use them again!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Aubrey, thank you so much for the excellent review! We are so glad that y’all enjoyed the sunset cruise. We look forward to welcoming you aboard the Palmetto again the next time you are in Charleston!
star-5
Nice, pleasant, informative and glad we did it 😀
Kevin_H
, Jun. 2022
Seeing the forts and ships up close was awesome and hearing their history was profound. Victor was an excellent guide and definitely not camera shy, lol 😆. The weather, cruise, scenery including sunset was all great
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hi Kevin, thank you so much for the excellent review of your experience on the sunset cruise. We are so glad that you had a great time.
star-5
Birthday Trip to Charleston
Jill_C
, Jun. 2022
Four friends traveling to Charleston for a 70th birthday celebration. This sunset tour was a fabulous way to end our trip. Beautiful scenery and a fun vibe!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thanks for celebrating your birthday with us! We are glad you enjoyed the Sunset Cruise and we created a special day for you and your friends! Captain Bryan
star-5
A must do in charleston
Tracy_B
, Jun. 2022
I would recommend this sunset tour. The staff was very friendly and entertaining. A member of the staff actually called prior to departure to make sure I was able to find the boat!!! The captain made the trip very memorable for my daughter.... we were able to see dolphins and had amazing photo opportunities throughout the cruise...I will definitely be booking with this company the next time I am in Charleston...the price was great for the experience!!!!
star-5
Great cruise!
Scott_W
, Jun. 2022
Tour guides and captain sharing their knowledge of all the interesting sights along the way and making it extra enjoyable by injecting humorous comments that kept us all laughing!
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hey Scott, Thanks for the great review and coming out with us! We are glad y'all enjoyed the cruise! Captain Bryan

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