It’s with a heavy heart that we’re saying goodbye to the Henrietta III. On January 20, 2016, The Henrietta III was sold and will be departing downtown Wilmington, NC no later than March 1, 2016.

Captain Carl Marshburn originally brought the Henrietta to Wilmington, NC in 1988 and has added to our fleet through the years. This includes the Captain J.N. Maffitt and John Knox, two smaller boats, which will remain operating from the same Water Street dock after the Henrietta III leaves the dock for the last time.

“My goal has always been to create a quality attraction for Wilmington and that our citizens would adopt the Henrietta as “their boat. And I’m proud to say that we did. And now, we look forward to bringing a new vessel to the Cape Fear River. ” says Captain Marshburn.

Cape Fear Riverboats has always been a family-run business and being part of the community has always been vitally important to them. The Henrietta III may be heading for different waters, but we they are not. Cape Fear Riverboats will continue to run their other vessels: the Captain J.N. Maffitt and John Knox for sightseeing cruises and private charters and they are actively in the search for a beautiful boat to replace the Henrietta III.

Weather permitting, Cape Fear Riverboats will be resuming sightseeing cruises on the Captain J.N. Maffitt on March 1st.

Between now and then, Captain Marshburn invites locals and visitors to the riverfront to take pictures and say goodbye to a Wilmington, NC landmark. She will be missed.

Locals and visitors that have purchased gift certificates for the Henrietta III are being contacted by Cape Fear Riverboats and will be reimbursed in full.

Featured Offerings

Cape Fear Riverboat invites you to enjoy our following offerings

  • Lunch & Sightseeing Cruises

    Lunch & Sightseeing Cruises

    Henrietta III Riverboat offers Lunch & Sightseeing Cruises along the Cape Fear River from April thru October. Please call ahead to check on available dates.

  • Dinner Cruises

    Dinner Cruises

    It's not just dinner... it's an evening out on the Henrietta III. Here you can take a look at the variety of dinner cruises we offer. Enjoy your night out with us!

  • Narrated Sightseeing Cruises

    Narrated Sightseeing Cruises

    Henrietta III offers an hour and a half cruise on the scenic Cape Fear River. The narration by our Captain contains points of interest, historical sites, and amusing anecdotes.

  • Black River Nature Cruises

    Black River Nature Cruises

    Take a 4-Hour Relaxing Getaway up to the Black River! This tour is narrated by Andy Woods a Coastal Ecologist and Author. This is a photographers dream! Limited dates available, please call to pre-purchase your tickets.

  • Year Round Private Charters

    Year Round Private Charters

    Have your next private party or corporate meeting aboard the Henrietta III. Charter the entire boat or just one deck, available year round. We offer the Capt. Maffitt for smaller groups.

  • Weddings


    Trying to plan a Wedding to remember? Looking for a venue that will give you best views of downtown Wilmington's Waterfront? We have a perfect place. Our Wedding Packages include one deck or the whole boat (minimums apply).

  • Special Events Cruises

    Special Events Cruises

    Book early for our Special Events Cruises, Mother's Day, 4th of July, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day! Make your special day unforgettable.

  • Small Boat Cruises (Capt. Maffitt/John Knox)

    Small Boat Cruises (Capt. Maffitt/John Knox)

    The Capt. J.N. Maffitt/John Knox offers daily sightseeing tours April thru October, Black Water Nature Cruises and is available for all of your charter event needs!

  • School & Summer Camps

    School & Summer Camps

    Riverboats ignited the creativity of one of America’s greatest writers, Mark Twain, & could spark interest in your group of students! Expose them to both history and adventure with a field trip aboard HENRIETTA III (groups of 40 or more). We offer the Capt. Maffitt for groups of 40 or less.

Do you know someone who could use a night out?

We offer gift certificates that can be used towards any of our cruises and tours…

Our gift certificates make perfect gifts for anyone coming into town on vacation or anyone just needing a night out on the town.  Whether its a romantic sunset dinner cruise, a relaxing sightseeing adventure, or a night of laughs at our Murder Mystery Events… Give a gift they won’t soon forget!


Purchase your gift certificates here


The absolute best way to see Wilmingtons Waterfront!
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