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The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises

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Address: 307 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Behind Poor Richards Sanwich Shop, Manteo., Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9398
Phone Number: +1 252-473-4866
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The Downeast Rover is a 55-foot topsail schooner offering sailing tours of...

The Downeast Rover is a 55-foot topsail schooner offering sailing tours of the Roanoke Sound in the Outer Banks of North Carolina several times daily including sunset. The ship showcases views including the Jockey’s Ridge sand dunes, leaping dolphins and osprey nests. The ship docks and departs from the beautiful downtown Manteo Waterfront Marina located across from Festival Park. Reasonable prices for individuals, groups, and private charters. BYOB. Come see the Outer Banks from a completely different perspective! Enjoy a beautiful sail and the quaint village of Manteo for a day of fun and sun.

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A romantic night out on the water

My husband was so excited about this cruise. This is a true vintage sail boat that anyone on board can help sail if they wish. He loves boats of all kinds! It was a great way to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband was so excited about this cruise. This is a true vintage sail boat that anyone on board can help sail if they wish. He loves boats of all kinds! It was a great way to spend a few hours out on the water and see a beautiful sunset. You can bring food and drink if you wish. It... More 

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you Cheryl. We are so glad you and your husband had a great time. We really appreciate the stellar review. More 

West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

It was a perfect evening for a sunset sail, a little cloudy, just enough to get some good color in the sky, and a lot of sparkle on the water. The crew of two were very friendly and helpful. They encouraged you to bring food on board, as well as some libation if you wanted some during the sailing. Whta... More 

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Logan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Captain and mate(Billy) were great. Knew what they were doing and made you feel a part of it. Fun and relaxing time.

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you Melinda. We appreciate your review and are very happy you had a good time. More 

Cary, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We booked a sunset sail cruise on the Downeast Rover and it was one of the highlights of our trip. The captain and first mate were so pleasant and sociable. I even got to hoist the sails. The boat only carried 10 psssengers which made it more enjoyable and not touristy at all. We could bring whatever we wanted to... More 

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your five star review. Bryan and Billy love sailing and they are so happy when others enjoy it too. Please come again next year. :) More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Complete tourist trap, while the Captain and First Mate were very friendly and talkative, the whole trip consisted of sailing to the Roanoke harbor entrance and back. Sorry but I expected more for$40. $160 for four. Boring.

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

John, We're so sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us. I spoke with the Captain to learn more about your sail, and he said he remembered that evening because the weather was poor. You are correct in stating he didn't sail far from the Manteo Harbor, but that was due to thunderstorms and the associated safety concerns. And, unfortunately,... More 

Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

What a great surprise! Very relaxing and plenty of room. The sunset was gorgeous and it was great to be able to watch many dolphins swimming right next to the boat. Was a great experience!!

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed your sail with us! Thank you for sharing. -Kim Winslow/Owner More 

Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This was our third time on the sunset cruise. We loved it so much we wanted to share the experience with our son and his girlfriend. The crew is always helpful and friendly. They, along with the dolphins, made the trip one to remember. With the sun setting into the sound, and our family with us, it was the perfect... More 

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

We appreciate the kind words. Thank you for introducing your family to us. -Kim Winslow/Owner More 

King William, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We opted for the sunset cruise and we're not at all disappointed. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. The boat holds 25 but really didn't feel too crowded - we were able to get up and move around for pictures and just to see from a different angle. They really knew how to time it for perfect sunset shots... More 

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for sailing with us. We appreciate your review and hope you will sail with us again soon. Kim More 

Decatur, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Twelve of us (family group) chartered the Downeast Rover for a private cruise. Captain Brian and First Mate Billy made our adventure perfect from start to finish. They were extremely professional, personable and friendly. The Downeast is a 55-foot topsail schooner. As confirmed before our charter, we brought a cooler of adult and children beverages with us. Once out on... More 

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CaptainKim, Owner at The Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We appreciate you sailing with us. Please come again next year :) More 

Delaware, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

This was a good experience. We'd been on many dolphin cruises before so we wanted to try something different. the kids had lots of fun helping Cpt Brian and crew with sailing.

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Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you again! More 

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