Haunted Ghost Tour & Cruise of Charleston Harbor

Sandlapper Tours, Inc.

Zerve Seller: Sandlapper
Activity #817

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Description

Explore haunted city sites that cannot be reached on foot!

Climb aboard the Palmetto, our 45ft catamaran, versatile enough to venture down secluded creeks and handle the harbor's waters smoothly. With a capacity of only 49 passengers, everyone will experience a personalized atmosphere.
 
*Please note, if less than 10 people booked on tour smaller boat may be taken out*

Feel the cool breeze of the Charleston Harbor as you hear bone-chilling tales all about:

  • The Hanging of Stede Bonnet, “The Gentleman Pirate”
  • Tragic deaths and the lost fortunes left behind
  • Soldiers and fishermen lost to the dark waves of the Harbor
  • Ships that appear as a warning to seafarers
  • The Holy City’s long history of bloody wars and devastating storms
Charleston’s forts, houses, and ships are the centerpiece of many of the South’s most famous ghost stories, and now you can get closer than ever before to the fascinating horror of the Holy City's ghastly past!

Under the cover of darkness, you never know what might be lurking, and after a few ghostly reminders, you won’t feel quite so alone on the peaceful waters.

We’ll make sure you will never see this seaport the same way again!

What Is Not Included?

The price of food and drinks is not included in the tour, so please be sure to bring some extra cash if you would like to take advantage of our full snack bar.

Meeting Location

Maritime Center near E. Bay and Calhoun Streets (Charleston, SC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
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Last 6 months 38 59 4 = 55 88% 4.1
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Rating: 5
Glad we went
myralouise Fri, Oct 24  7:00 PM Unspecified 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
We didn't have time to do everything we wanted on our trip. So for us the night cruise made sense. Plus it was nice to see the town litup at night. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a bit of history of the area along with several interesting pirate and ghost stories. I enjoyed letting my imagination fill in what could not be seen.
Rating: 4
Fun and entertaining
jcook1 Fri, Oct 17  7:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Good fun, great stories, and beautiful scenery.
Rating: 4
Great night and great tour!
frazdan Mon, Oct 13  7:00 PM Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
 
Went on haunted tour in middle of October. The stories were true, which made them more interesting than if they were made up for the sake of being "scary". Charleston is just as gorgeous looking in from the middle of the harbor! Storyteller and boat captain were wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable. Everyone should do a tour at least once!
Rating: 5
Excellent Experience!
Golferoxus Sat, Sep 27  8:00 PM Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
 
Tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend to anyone!
Rating: 5
Breathtaking sunset views of Charleston.
CHerms Mon, Sep 1  7:00 PM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
A beautiful evening with breathtaking views of Charleston at sunset. Friendly and entertaining crew. This was the second year we have done this and it's now one of the highlights of our vacation. Love it!
Rating: 5
Great way to spend an evening in Charleston
Dramaqn7 Sat, Aug 16  9:00 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
On a first trip to Charleston with my mother, grandmother, and younger (college-age) sister, I was looking for something to do in town that would be interesting and entertaining--without too much walking for my elderly grandmother. This tour was perfect. The staff was extremely helpful and accommodating in helping my grandmother on and off the boat, and the tour guide is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and entertaining. At the end, the captain of the boat even took us for a little joy ride before parking again at the dock. Highly recommended for anyone looking for something fun to do in Charleston for an evening!
Rating: 5
Fantastically spooky
biggiesgirl Fri, Aug 15  9:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Loved it. Great historical perspective with some ghost stories mixed in.
Rating: 2
Lackluster
GWalzl Wed, Aug 13  9:00 PM Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
We were very excited about the tour, but unfortunately less than thrilled. It would have been perfectly fine if billed as an historical tour of the Charleston harbor. The so-called ghost segment was lame. It wasn't scary and honestly if it's about ghosts, then have more stories. They seemed contrived. Maybe the walking tour is better.
Rating: 5
With right guide-fascinating, informative, & fun.
glockmom Tue, Aug 12  9:00 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Ed Macy was guide. He has written three books on ghosts in the area. His research is extensive & knowledge of the area & it's history impressive. Ed is a great story teller, bringing everything alive for the listeners. Highly recommend cruise if Ed is guide. Went on same cruise with different guide who knew little and was a poor story teller. Ed talked most of the time. Second talked for less than half of tour and provided little historical background.
Rating: 5
incredible! Loved it!
aptrent Mon, Aug 11  7:30 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
The speaker was amazing. We saw dolphins and heard all the great tales of Charleston. Loved it!
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Is this tour suitable for children?
You know your children best! Although we do tell a few ghostly stories along the way and the cruise does take place in the dark, we do not enter any haunted places or create an atmosphere that would frighten young children. However, we do ask that you do not bring children ages 3 or younger with you, as the content may frighten infants.
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is strongly recommended, and cruises often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Why does the schedule only list events running in the next couple of weeks?
The Sandlapper is a very popular choice for private charter sailing. We therefore only open the boat to public sails a few weeks in advance. If the date you are looking for is not currently listed in the schedule, please check back at this website frequently for updates, or contact Sandlapper Tours by clicking the "Contact Sandlapper" link. New events and sail times are added quite frequently, especially as the sail date draws near.
What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?
For children between the ages of 4 and 12, you can purchase a reduced price Child ticket. We ask that you do not bring children ages 3 and younger with you on the cruise, as the content of the tour may frighten infants. If you would like to attend with your infant, check out our other cruises!
What exactly do we see on the tour?
On this one of a kind tour, you'll experience a scenic cruise all around the Charleston Harbor and see sites of famous ghost stories and other historically significant landmarks. The cruise takes place in the dark, which adds to the ghostly atmosphere. You'll be able to see the Charleston skyline, churches, and bridges lit up for the night.
Are drinks or food served on the tour?
Beer, soft drinks, and bottled water, as well as a full snack bar are available for purchase on board.
Can I bring my own food or drinks on the tour?
While you are allowed to bring a sandwich or a small boxed lunch, we ask that you refrain from bringing your own drinks. A full array of beverages and snacks is available for sale on board.
What happens if it rains?
Your captain and crew watch the weather forecasts closely and want to ensure your tour is a safe, enjoyable, memorable experience. In the event the current or forecasted conditions get in the way of that happening, requiring us to cancel, we will contact you as soon as possible to join us at another date/time.
Does the tour include any stops?
No, we will be on the water, cruising the entire time. If you would like to explore the areas that we pass on the tour, just ask your guide or captain. They'll be happy to point you in the right direction after the cruise.
Are there restrooms on the boat?
Yes, the boat is equipped with a bathroom that is accessible at all times. We call it a "marine head" and it is unlike the bathroom you use at home. It involves pumping and there are simple directions posted in the bathroom on how to use it.
What should I wear?
We recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather. It can often be a few degrees cooler out on the water in spring and fall. Also flat-soled, closed toed shoes are a good idea.
Can I stow anything during the tour?
You can bring any items that you would like to enjoy on the tour, but we do have limited storage space, so please try to keep large items to a minimum. Please keep in mind that while the captain will always be on board, we cannot take responsibility for any broken, lost or missing items.
Where does the tour finish?
Our tour will end at the same pier from which it departed.
Is the Palmetto safe?
Your safety is our number one priority. The Palmetto is a stable, gentle vessel run by USCG certified Captains. We provide life jackets for every passenger on board and our crew is there to help you in any way.
Will I get seasick?
Passengers usually find the Sandlapper to be a very steady vessel. However, you can choose to take something in advance if you're prone to motion sickness.
Are gift certificates available for the trip?
Yes! Gift certificates for Sandlapper trips are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact Sandlapper" link.
Can I book a private charter?
Yes! In addition to our public tours, Sandlapper Tours also offers group and private charters. We can make your wedding party or reception, or birthday party even more memorable with an oyster roast or crab boil on a barrier island. For more information, please click on the "Contact Sandlapper" link.
Does the Palmetto have handicapped/wheelchair accessibility?
The Palmetto’s handicapped/wheelchair accessibility is somewhat limited. There are 4-5 wide, sturdy steps to board the Palmetto, but once on board there is plenty of space. Family or friends in your group would just need to provide some assistance with boarding, to account for the steps. If you do have any questions or concerns, please click on the “Contact Sandlapper” link to inquire.
Are you allowed to bring dogs on the tour?
No. Unfortunately no dogs are allowed on the boat.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

Not suitable for children ages 3 and younger.
Because this tour takes place in the dark, infants ages 3 and younger are not permitted aboard the cruise.

Sandlapper Tours, Inc.

Inspired by their love of Charleston and all of its unique stories, natives, Bryan and Timothy H. Collins founded Sandlapper Tours, Inc. The brothers have a deep affinity for the culture of the area, as well as the rich history embodied along the Harbor coastline.

The goal of Sandlapper Tours is to provide quality, guide narrated tours of the Harbor. Locally owned and operated, Sandlapper is dedicated to outstanding customer service and giving guests the most entertaining and educational experience.
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