Whether it’s your first date or a celebratory occasion, a sightseeing cruise on the Cape Fear River will ensure your “date night” or “day date” is a success!

A boat ride is perfect for a first date, when you want to make someone feel special, but not uncomfortable. You’ll enjoy the water and the fresh air, listen to the captain describe selected sights, and still have time to get to know each other.

Stop for a soft drink or adult beverage at the Barge, Cape Fear Riverboats’ floating snack bar, before your trip. This is so much cooler than a cup of coffee, and less clichéd than a drink in a bar! It’s a perfect creative first date.


A sightseeing tour on the Cape Fear River is perfect for a special occasion, when you want to do something unusual for your sweetie. A dinner is always nice—you can do that before or after your riverboat cruise at one of downtown Wilmington’s upscale or casual restaurants. A walk on Wilmington’s Riverwalk is romantic, too.

But there’s something very special and unexpected about stepping onto a boat. Choose a ride on the Captain J.N. Maffitt, the John Knox, or soon, on our newest boat. Get ready for the magic of the Cape Fear River to make your day or evening something special—the perfect creative date.

Historic Downtown Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina, and other nature and historic sites along the cruise will make great photo opps for you and your date.


A riverboat ride is perfect for a double date, too. When you’re out with friends and want to try something different, try something creative: a cruise on a real riverboat on the Cape Fear. It’s no trouble—rides leave frequently from the foot of Dock Street, and you can loiter at the Barge, sipping a beverage before you depart.

Did you know you can charter a boat on the Cape Fear River? If you have a larger party, you can reserve the Captain J.N. Maffitt, the John Knox just for your group. It’s a creative date for all!

Wilmington NC Date Ideas

A riverboat ride is perfect Wilmington NC proposal location. We don’t want to presume, but you look like a nice couple…. When you’re ready, find a quiet corner aboard one of our riverboats and ask that big question. With such a creative and lovely setting, surely the answer will be “yes!”

Cape Fear Riverboats does our best to make sure your cruise is pleasant and fun. You’ll see Wilmington and other local points of interest as they were meant to be seen—from the vantage point of the Cape Fear River.

Whether you choose a cruise on the Captain J.N. Maffitt, the John Knox, or soon, on our newest boat, we think you’ll get points for such a creative date! For more information on Cape Fear River cruises, call Cape Fear Riverboats today at (910) 343-1611.

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