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Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise with Live Narration

Charleston, United States

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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The "Holy City" skyline is on full display with this scenic Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise. Sail past notable American landmarks, such as Fort Sumter, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, The Battery, the Ravenel Bridge, Castle Pinckney and other sites from the past and present. You will hear enthralling tales of the city’s colorful past as well as scintillating facts about her most-interesting former citizens. Sit back and relax while a Licensed Charleston City Guide shares stories from Charleston’s historical sights, including some listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Great photo opportunities and a fresh sea breeze round out this pleasant and informative Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise.
  • 90-minute Narrated Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise
  • Licensed Charleston City Guide shares fun facts and stories about historical sights as you sail
  • See the full Charleston Skyline plus notable American landmarks such as Fort Sumter, USS Yorktown, Castle Pinckney, and more
  • Relaxing alternative to a Charleston walking tour for warm-weather visitors
  • See marine life like Dolphin
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90-minute Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise
Live Narration by Knowledgeable Licensed Charleston City Guide
See top Charleston sites such as Fort Sumter, USS Yorktown, Ravenel Bridge, and Castle Pinckney
Hear enthralling tales of the city’s past as well as scintillating facts about her former citizens
Food & Drinks (Cash Only Snack Bar Available)

Departure Point

360 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
  • Accesibility: Charleston Harbor Tour is not handicap accessible as we have steps that must be climbed in order to board.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Charleston

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled 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.
What is the policy on sanitization during Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise with Live Narration?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise with Live Narration.
What is the maximum group size during Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise with Live Narration?
This activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise with Live Narration.

Traveler Tips

  • "I recommend this particular boat over some of the others because the top deck is covered, providing shade and cover from rain." See review
  • "Make sure you go to the one that’s right next to the aquarium." See review
  • "Good weather certainly made it better, but glad we took sweatshirts with us." See review


61 Reviews
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Enjoyable cruise
, Nov 2020
We enjoyed the harbor cruise, and the narration was excellent. He made the history of the area come alive. It was a very relaxing experience.
Nice ride
, Nov 2020
Seeing dolphins was a highlight. The tour guide speaker was hard to understand. I think he held the mic too close to his mouth. You just had to strain to understand. It wasn’t the southern accent because I’m from the South! It was nice of them to still take the tour though because there were just 4 on board. I’m sure the company lost money.
Fun afternoon
, Nov 2020
Trip was good and worth the money! you saw some history sites you can’t see my land and we saw a ton of dolphins which was awesome! Tour guide was knowledgeable and taught us a lot of history. Was spaced out well and cleaned for covid which was nice. Cash bar for snack and beer and wine. Bathrooms were clean
Poor directions
, Nov 2020
Booked Charleston Harbor tour. Was provided a misleading address, was not advised there were no signs to ticket office, no parking and GPS doesn’t help because area in under construction. Arrived at 2:10 pm for a 2:45 pm departure because I am 100% disabled vet. My walking with cane is slow. After walking for 30 mins finally found ticket office at 2:40 only to be told the loading ramp was in process of bing removed. We missed a tour that we were really looking forward to. A little heads up on finding ticket office and parking would have us there by 2:15 instead of a 30 min walk an arriving at :2:40 I requested a refund and was told it will take 3-4 weeks! To decide!
A most enjoyable way to learn about 300 years of Charleston history in two hours
, Nov 2020
Charleston is a historical treasure and the harbor is the perfect vantage point to experience almost three hundred years of history. Our guide ( a retired history teacher) was extremely knowledgable and did a great job educating us, especially, with little known historical anecdotes and side stories. His passion for the subject made our experience even more interesting. There were many points of interest and for us, Charleston's dramatic civil war history was probably #1. The Fort Sumpter story was most interesting. I would highly recommend this harbor tour to anyone who would appreciate a pleasant day out on the water, learning the "Charleston story' probably better and more in depth than anywhere else. P.S. We had an 'adventure' locating the departure dock and boat when we arrived at the harbor...recommend you provide more precise detailed info upfront on that subject
Calm weather
, Oct 2020
We enjoyed the harbor tour, The ship was spacious and comfortable. It would have helped to have had a street address and parking information before wé arrived. The trip itself was good.
Best experience in Charleston
, Oct 2020
Really enjoyed the tour. We had beautiful weather. Our tour guide was very informative and made us laugh a few times. They sanitized hands before getting on the boat and again off. We were able to take some beautiful pictures and even seen dolphins! It did get a little chilly but we expected that. For never being on a boat I would do this again any day! Recommend to sit on the RIGHT side but you can move about the boat while it’s moving.
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Great history lesson!
, Oct 2020
Loved the Russell's narrative, very interesting and informative...sometimes he spoke just a bit too fast.
, Aug 2020
The tour was canceled due to the storm. It was canceled Prior to us booking the cruise. Please contact me to discuss a refund
Our Guide was awesome
, Jul 2020
Excellent historical information Lovely ride through the harbor I highly recommend Parking is right across the street

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