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Cape Fear Riverboats Wilmington

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Cape Fear Riverboats
P.O. Box 1881
Wilmington
NC
28402
Tel: (910) 343-1611

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Come aboard the The Henrietta III, one of North Carolina's largest riverboats, offering public lunch, dinner and sightseeing cruises from April through December and private event charters throughout the year. Cruise in comfort and style along the historic Cape Fear River.

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    Went on my first CFR dinner cruise after being here 17 years. Captain Carl is the most experienced Captain on the river, and the experience is the perfect mix of party and private. For the money, the food was pretty good, very generous, the views are great, and it was a good long dinner cruise. Good value, and you're in good hands on an interesting river. - DTE

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    The Class of 1964 (W.B. Wicker School, Sanford, NC) celebrated our 50th class reunion. The dinner cruise on The Henrietta III was indeed enjoyable.

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    I am down from Connecticut with family. We chose the $17 12pm sightseeing tour on the bigger of two boats henryetta 3. It was an hour and a half ride that gave us a view of the battleship straight across the river that you can basically see from the dock if the ferry wasn't in the way. That was basically it. Took 45min goin down river looking at some cargo ships and the bridge that's in sight from the dock and then turned around and came back. Such a waste of time and $17. Really take my word for it. It was boring and sucked. No wildlife, no cool...Read More

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    I am a fairly recent transplant to Wilmington, NC and have been out on the Henrietta III a couple times now. Both times its been a great experience and I've been able to get some amazing photos of the waterfront, wildlife and the Cape Fear River / Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. They serve food but I have never eaten on board the boat so I cant comment on the meals. Every who was eating seemed to be happy and having a great time though.

    Also some of the reviews mention rude staff and customer service people. I didnt experience any of that, in fact...Read More

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    Had my wedding here early October 2012.

    Positives: Great view for a wedding. Staff, upon arrival, were nice in trying to resolve issues that I had with their company

    Negatives: MaryAnn Beachemin was a complete hag to work with the whole 4 months I had to plan my wedding. Being that we live out of town, we couldn't come inspect the area before hand. You would think she would be a bit more helpful when trying to explain details to me. She was always short and snippy. I would even send her thank you emails to see if she would get the hint...Read More

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by Kevin Dougherty

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I am down from Connecticut with family. We chose the $17 12pm sightseeing tour on the bigger of two boats henryetta 3. It was an hour and a half ride that gave us a view of the battleship straight across the river that you can basically see from the dock if the ferry wasn't in the way. That was basically it. Took 45min goin down river looking at some cargo ships and the bridge that's in sight from the dock and then turned around and came back. Such a waste of time and $17. Really take my word for it. It was boring and sucked. No wildlife, no cool or interesting sights. Just cargo ships on the way down then the same the way back.

by Lou Neofotistos

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I am a fairly recent transplant to Wilmington, NC and have been out on the Henrietta III a couple times now. Both times its been a great experience and I've been able to get some amazing photos of the waterfront, wildlife and the Cape Fear River / Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. They serve food but I have never eaten on board the boat so I cant comment on the meals. Every who was eating seemed to be happy and having a great time though.

Also some of the reviews mention rude staff and customer service people. I didnt experience any of that, in fact the owner was on the boat personally thanking everyone as we left... and genuinely seemed to care that we had a great time.

If you get a chance to come down to Wilmington, NC or if you live here and are looking for something fun to do when family or friends come to visit... Put the Cape Fear Riverboats and the Henrietta III on your list of places to check out! Make sure you bring a camera, the views are amazing.

by Lauren Locklear

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Had my wedding here early October 2012.

Positives: Great view for a wedding. Staff, upon arrival, were nice in trying to resolve issues that I had with their company

Negatives: MaryAnn Beachemin was a complete hag to work with the whole 4 months I had to plan my wedding. Being that we live out of town, we couldn't come inspect the area before hand. You would think she would be a bit more helpful when trying to explain details to me. She was always short and snippy. I would even send her thank you emails to see if she would get the hint that she was being rotten the hole time! She didn't. IF she would answer emails, they wouldn't be clear. She told me to call her, not email her with questions (now I know why! NO PROOF!!!!)

She booked me on Riverfest weekend and didn't tell me until 2 weeks beforehand. Parking was a complete nightmare for me and my guests. I had to walk almost 5 blocks, in my wedding dress and heels just to get to the boat. My poor guests had the same treatment. They only allotted me 30 minutes for my wedding, and one hour to decorate. The 3rd deck, where they do the weddings, was slanted (oops, forgot to tell me that too.) I stood my whole wedding, on a slant, and my guests felt like they were going to fall back in there chairs.

MaryAnn told me I had 2 options when it came to music for the ceremony (had a DJ for the reception), either I could use their stereo, or use there jack (for an Ipod). We opted for the stereo. Upon arrival, there was NO STEREO. Music was a HUGE factor in my wedding and this ruined it. Luckily, my DJ had a laptop, but you could hardly hear the music. I couldn't even have that special moment with my hubby because I was so irritated! I couldn't hear my own music and wasn't even sure if it was time for me to come out.....

Food was mediocre. I would expect more, a lot more for $40 per person.

The staff butchered my cake. They were supposed to keep my top layer. They were supposed to serve ice cream along with the cake. They only served it to half my guests without asking if they wanted any or not. I was told that hubby and I would get any leftover champage that was unused, I didn't. Groomsman told us later he saw the staff drop a whole tray of it by the bar....wow, that's where my champagne went.

To top it off, afterwards, when I complained, MaryAnn told me that they have done their jobs, and they felt as though there was nothing to resolve. Even tried to lie and say they didn't promise some of the things she had, even though I had SOME email to back it up (mind you, she hardly responded via email, always phone). I now know why they have so many bad reviews all over the web. I recieved no compensation for them ruining what was supposed to be the most happiest day of my life.

Mind you, we paid completely upfront, followed all deadlines and the ways of the ship. We even helped clean up, and this is how they treated us. Do yourself a favor, and have your wedding somewhere else. Just because they have beautiful scenery doesn't mean they should be able to treat people this way.

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