First dates are exciting—and a little scary. You want everything to go well. You want to like your date. And you want to avoid any uncomfortable moments with a person you barely know.

Have we got a great first date idea for you: A cruise on the Cape Fear River! Here are 5 reasons a Cape Fear River Cruise makes a perfect first date.

1. There’s Always Something to See on the Cape Fear River


On our hour-long sightseeing cruises, there’s always something fun to look at! The captain offers an entertaining narration about the river and its marine life and wildlife, some local history, and fun facts about the film industry in Wilmington. You and your date will be busy viewing the scenery and learning about the area, so you won’t be bored.

(And it’s only an hour, so if you don’t like your date, you can make an early escape.)


2. You Get a Chance to Talk on a River Cruise Date


Don’t bother with a movie—you’ll never get to know your date when you’re silently watching a screen. But there’s plenty of time to talk as you cruise down the Cape Fear River, enjoying the breezes and seeing the sights. The captain’s narration offers time for each of you to comment, or you may launch into your own conversation—then your first date is off and running!

3. There’s Casual Dining Dockside


Our River Grill is newly renovated this year for comfortable, casual riverfront dining. Nothing too fancy for a first date—order a couple of burgers and fries and, if the date’s going well, maybe a beer or glass of wine. You won’t break the bank on this first date, and the casual, fun atmosphere hits just the right note.

4. After Your Cruise, Take a Stroll on the Riverwalk


Let’s say you really like your date. If you want to linger a little longer, take a walk on Wilmington’s Riverwalk. You can even play Riverwalk Bingo and find all the riverside attractions!

5. Your Date Will Be Impressed

River Grill

A Cape Fear River Cruise is a modestly priced ($10 per ticket) and very creative first date! Your new admirer will be impressed by your innovative choice, and if you like each other, will look forward to the next date. Win!

Come down to the corner of Dock and Water Streets to find our ticket booth, or book your cruise online right now! We have our fingers crossed that your first date will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Book Now! Book your cruise!