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Henrietta III Riverboat
From its new dock facility on Water Street at the foot of Dock Street, the Henrietta III features 1-1/2 hour narrated cruises up and down the Cape Fear River during the daytime. Originally built as a dinner riverboat and later enlarged to be a casino riverboat, Henrietta III has three decks, the lower two of which have dining and dancing facilities while the upper deck has both an enclosed atrium and an open deck.
Evening cruises, usually lasting four hours, are popular with locals as well as tourists and are especially fun for special occasions. The Riverboat can be reserved for weddings, receptions, reunions and a host of other festive gatherings. Special cruises take place throughout the year, ranging from romantic Valentine’s Day excursions to jazz cruises with musicians on each of the ship’s three decks.
Shorter cruises are available too. Operating from Water Street at the foot of Market Street, the Capt. J.N. Maffitt, originally a navy “liberty launch,” functions as a water taxi to the Battleship and also offers 45-minute narrated sightseeing cruises twice per day in season.