You don’t need to own a boat to explore the Chesapeake from the water. There are a number of companies offering day or overnight cruises for you to enjoy.
Tangier Island Cruises invite you to cruise across the Chesapeake to Tangier Island, Virginia. The “Steven Thomas” is a 300 passenger ship, which leaves from the Thomas Dock in Crisfield, Maryland, about a one hour and 45 minute drive from Wilmington. The cruise takes about one hour and 15 minutes.
Tangier Island has a population of about 850 residents, many of whom still speak with the noted Island accent. The “Steven Thomas” departs daily (including Sunday) May 15 through October 15. The roundtrip price for adults and children is shown below, however, group rates are available.
$27 per person for Same Day roundtrip
$35 per person for Overnight roundtrip
$20 per person for One-Way trip
$12 per person for ages 7 to 12 years
Free for person under age of 6 years
Departure time is 12:30 p.m. For more information visit www.tangierislandcruises.com.
Watermark Cruises, in Annapolis, offers a variety of harbor and local cruises to satisfy many tastes and budgets.
Adults will enjoy Watermark Cruises’ popular lighthouse tour, lasting 2-3/4 hours and passing by some of the region’s most picturesque lighthouses—Sandy Point Shoal, Baltimore Harbor, and Thomas Point. Relax as you enjoy the view of the lighthouses that lit the way for over a century of seafarers.
You can also spend a full “Day on the Bay” cruising from Annapolis to historic St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Alternately, “Day on the Bay” cruises are offered to Rock Hall, a tiny unspoiled fishing village.
For more information about these or other Watermark Cruises, visit www.watermarkcruises.com.
This story was first published in the News Journal in 2004 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.