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American Rover Sailing Cruises

Sunset Cruises, Norfolk Harbor Tours, & Private Boat Charters in Norfolk, Virginia


Setting Sail from Downtown Norfolk Since 1986

Sail the Elizabeth River & the Port of Virginia

Set sail with the friendly and experienced crew of this 120-passenger sailing schooner. We offer daytime and sunset Norfolk Harbor cruises under sail on the smooth waters of the Elizabeth River and the Port of Virginia. Help hoist the sails, take a turn at the helm, or just relax as the captain points out the sights on this historic Norfolk Harbor tour. Sunset cruises feature live entertainment.

This elegant ship with her distinctive red sails is Coast Guard inspected for safety. Comfortable seating is available on the shaded upper deck and in our air-conditioned below-deck area with ship store, bar, and restrooms. Our sails and charter boats in Virginia have been popular for families, weddings, field trips, group outings, and company parties since 1986. Cruises depart from the Waterside Marina in Downtown Norfolk. Come aboard and sail with us!

Read Reviews of Our Incredible Crew & Boat Tours in Norfolk, VA

Sunset Cruise

I imagine a lot depends on how the weather is, but we lucked out. It was calm (didn't help the sailing portion I suppose), and the skies were clear. Not too hot either. We got to experience a perfect sunset, and even got a bonus moonrise out of the deal! The ship's Captain was great and explained everything as we were sailing. As it got to sunset time, a musician entertained the ship by walking around and taking requests. It was fun all around and everyone seemed to enjoy it.

– Jerry H. | TripAdvisor
Awesome sunset cruise!!

I have been on this cruise four times now. It is great! The crew is friendly and knowledgeable. The boat is extremely clean and very comfortable. There are two very clean bathrooms onboard. They sell adult drinks, sodas, and snacks. Also, there is a musician that walks around singing and playing the guitar. He plays fun sing-along songs by a variety of artists. This cruise is my favorite thing to do in Norfolk!!! I will be back for a fifth time later this summer!!

– Footprints790053 | TripAdvisor
American Rover sunset Cruise

This was probably a highlight for me, I absolutely loved it and told my husband I couldn’t wait to go again. The captain gave a wonderful tour and for couples wanting to experience a romantic evening, this is very romantic, watching the sunset was just beautiful. I highly recommend it, you won't be sorry!

– Kathy J. | TripAdvisor
Great Experience

This was a great way to entertain the family. We enjoyed drinks, musician and the narrative from the captain. The night was warm with a slight breeze and the sunset even cooperated. It was a peaceful and relaxing time.

– Cindy S. | TripAdvisor
Perfect experience!

This was a perfect activity for a beautiful day! The crew was very friendly and the Captain gave a narrative of what we were seeing. It was really impressive to see them set the sails. A great way to see the harbor!

– Roving38084130475 | TripAdvisor

Perfect, affordable outing for my family! 2 of our teenagers was away for the weekend which left us with our 10 & 2-year-olds! So peaceful and relaxing for ALL!

– Passport66808411736 | TripAdvisor
Great sail on the river

Would highly recommend, great commentary, friendly staff, bar and snacks available and length is just right

– Aramoana | TripAdvisor

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