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Weddings & Elopements

Celebrate your love in a unique and unforgettable way with
a simple and private boat wedding. Embrace love in a unique new way.

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Simple and Private

Imagine sipping Champagne as the sun sets and dancing at dusk as the boat gently sways. Our tours create a private, intimate atmosphere in nature.

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Unique and Romantic

The intimate atmosphere of the boat allows you to escape the ordinary and embrace the extraordinary. We help you make your wedding day unforgettable.

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Peace of Mind

Elope in a private environment free of any family disagreement or strife. We help couples of all relationships marry in a special way.

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

Ready To Tie The Knot? Have You Applied?

If you're envisioning a serene and unforgettable riverboat wedding or elopement on the breathtaking Cape Fear River, make sure to take the first step by filling out the marriage application for New Hanover County.

Our private riverboat tours offer the perfect setting for your special day, surrounded by love and tranquility. Don't miss this chance to create cherished memories on the water. Apply now and let us take care of the rest!

Surprise Your Love With a Unique Proposal on the Cape Fear River!

Set the mood for your special day. We can help coordinate decorations or special items that you would like to have on the boat ahead of time so that you can relax and enjoy your moment and the surprise. Our pups are part of our family and we know yours are too. Bring them along for this special day! 

Our tour takes you past historic downtown Wilmington and north up the river into beautiful serene and scenic natural areas perfect for popping the question!

We have Bluetooth on the boat so bring your playlist!

You may BYOB and food.

We can host up to six passengers if you would like to share this moment with others. 

Contact us for calendar options. We will do our best to coordinate the date and time.

**tips are appreciated and 100% goes to your Captain**


  • 1.5-hour tour on the Cape Fear River

  • Bottle of Wine or Beer

  • Charcuterie board

  • Bouquet of Flowers

  • Linen tablecloth and napkins

  • Wine Glasses

  • Bottle Opener

  • Bottled Water

  • Water bowl and treats for your pup

  • Cooler Filled With Ice

Adventure Elopement Package offerings:

All packages are Pet Friendly

Our Adventure Elope/Wedding packages are designed for those with an adventurous spirit who want to commemorate their love and commitment to each other in a unique and profound way. 

We can host up to six passengers if you would like to share this moment with others. 

Contact us for calendar options. We will do our best to coordinate the date and time.

Basic Package

Do you have your own officiant? Bring them along.  Includes everything listed on the right is included.

Deluxe Package

Includes everything listed on the right, but we provide the officiant and take all the hassle out of the paperwork and filing!

Premium Package

All the great stuff listed on the right AND:

We decorate the boat with garland and other special touches. Champagne or other beverage of choice.

Charcuterie Board – ample mixture of meat, cheese, crackers, olives, nuts and fruit and veggies

Charming bouquet – every effort will be made to put together something that is the bride's favorites

**tips for your Captain are included in your price**


  • 1.5-hour tour on the Cape Fear River

  • Scenic cruise to and from the wedding location

  • Beautiful, scenic, and natural setting

  • Quiet and private location for exchanging vows

  • Licensed Captain & Witnesses

  • Cooler filled with ice and bottled water

  • Water bowl for your furry family members

  • Wine glasses and bottle opener

  • Table with linen tablecloth and candle

  • Bluetooth so you can play your special playlist!

  • Walking distance to many fantastic dining opportunities

Why Cruise Cape Fear?

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.