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Living In Moments That Matter - Come cruise along the Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. View the gorgeous skyline, sunsets and scenery of Wilmington while unwinding with friends, family or your significant other.

Cruise Cape Fear — Private, Intimate, and Pet Friendly Family Fun on the Cape Fear River


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Erica decided to make Wilmington home in 2018. Christian has been in this region for over 30 years. His life has always centered around the water and he is an amazing steward of the waters and loves to share his knowledge and experience.

The universe brought them together in 2019 and they have been attached at the hip ever since. They are grateful every day for the ability to share their love of nature, the water, and boats with guests who are looking for a fun and meaningful experience!

Weddings & Elopements

Elevate your special day with the enchantment of a sunset wedding or elopement on the Cape Fear River. Our intimate boat ceremonies offer a picturesque backdrop for your love story.

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Private Tours & Events

Unlock the Cape Fear River's charm with our array of tours and events. Our private riverboat tours offer you a relaxed vacation experience tailored to your needs. Create experiences and memories onboard today!

Cape Fear River Watch

We are thrilled to partner with Cape Fear River Watch, an organization committed to enhancing water quality in the Cape Fear River Basin, all while actively supporting local businesses downtown. Christian and Erica actively clean up trash and engage with the community when not on the boat. We also use our net to capture floating debris whenever possible.

Cape Fear River Watch Pickup


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Our passengers say it best


We offer pet-friendly voyages, knowledgeable captains, an inclusive and accepting environment and sights that guarantee unforgettable memories.

How Many People Can I Bring?
Our boat currently has a maximum carrying capacity of 6 people. Our crew will accommodate you and your family, friends or pets to safely fit everyone on board. Have a larger party? Contact us and we'll do our best.
Can I Really Bring My Pet?
Yes, you can really bring your pet. 
Are you LGBTQIA+ Friendly?
We believe that love is love, regardless of who loves who. At Cruise Cape Fear we create inclusive environments so your elopement or tour is private, safe and fun for all involved.
What If The Weather Is Bad?
Safety and comfort are paramount and if the weather is bad our first goal is to try to reschedule you to a date your calendar permits. If not we will gladly give you a full refund! View our cancellation policy in the footer below.
Where Do You Pick Up Guests?
We pick up our guests at the public dock in front of the Ballast Hotel along the Riverwalk. This convenient location allows easy access to our river tours and ensures a smooth and enjoyable boarding process for our guests.
Are the Captains Licensed?
Yes! Our captains are USCG Licensed, meaning they have obtained the necessary certification from the United States Coast Guard. This certification signifies that they have the knowledge and skills required to safely navigate US waterways and prioritize the safety of passengers on board. You can rest assured that our captains are experienced professionals who adhere to strict safety standards, ensuring your journey with us is both enjoyable and secure.
How Long Do Tours Last?
All of our tours typically last an hour and a half, providing you with enough time to immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and historical insights of our tours.