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“Four hours is too long”

Cape Fear Riverboats
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Cape Fear River Cruises Take a 1-Hour Narrated Sightseeing Cruise! Our Captain will teach you all about the Cape Fear River and downtown Wilmington while you sit back and just enjoy the ride and the view. Black River Nature Cruises Take a 4-Hour Relaxing Getaway up to the Black River! Narrated by Coastal Ecologist and author, Andy Woods. You’re sure to see tons of wildlife and ancient trees. This is a photographer’s dream! Private Charters Celebrate your Special Event aboard the Captain Mafffitt, John Knox, or Jacob’s Run! We can accommodate up to 49 guests. Great for business parties, celebrations, and family gatherings. Weekly Murder Mystery Show (seasonal) Join us at The River Grill every Tuesday evening and help to solve the crime! This season’s interactive play is called JUDGE NOT and is full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end! The River Grill New for 2016 is The River Grill. We serve the best riverside burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, fries, and tasty beverages around! Gift Certificates Make it easy! Give the gift of an hour (or four) on the river. Great for couples, groups, or folks who need a break to refresh their minds.
Caryville, Tennessee
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127 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Four hours is too long”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

The four hour nature cruise up the Cape Fear River and the Black River with a very interesting guide was just a little too long. The nature and environment expert was fascinating, interesting and extremely knowledgeable. I just think the return ride could have been a little faster or the whole trip could have been a little shorter. There were drinks on board the boat, but you are encouraged to bring your own lunch.

Visited October 2013
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Georgetown, South Carolina
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Riverboat Tour”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

Nice boat, very well maintained. An hour and a half though is a long time to see what would be basically 15 minutes of waterfront in a faster boat. If you just want a relaxing ride and don't care about how much of the river you will be viewing, then this is the trip for you.

Visited September 2013
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London, UK
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524 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
“Relaxing cruise, limited amount to see”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We went on an hour long sightseeing river cruise on a small boat. The cruise started and ended in downtown Wilmington. We were the only ones on the boat so we effectively had a private cruise. There was narration through most of the cruise that was quite interesting and informative. The most interesting parts of the cruise are around the USS North Carolina battleship and the down-town area. The rest of the cruise is around the port area which is of less interest. However, on a hot summer's day, it was a relaxing way to spend an hour and our children quite enjoyed it.

Visited August 2013
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Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Dinner cruise”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

Boat was in need of some updating but didn't take away from the overall experience. Had a great BBQ dinner and was all you can eat. Tour was a little over 2hrs long and had great scenic views of Wilmington and the Cape Fear River.

Visited August 2013
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Manhasset, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Boat is in need of renovation”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Went on a lunch cruise....the staff was friendly. The boat can use updated renovation it has an old stale smell, outdated dining furniture and curtains, no sanitzer throughout the boat. Lunch they provide is good.

Visited July 2013
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