American Rover Sailing Cruises

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Captain navigates local landmarks along the Elizabeth River & Hampton Roads Harbor in 135-foot three-masted topsail schooner

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Promotional value expires Oct 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Not valid until 4/14/12. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to weather. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid for special events or OpSail 2012 Virginia. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man’s triumphs with today’s Groupon to American Rover in Norfolk. Choose between the following options:

  • For $18, you get two tickets to a 90-minute harbor cruise (up to a $36 value).
  • For $25, you get two tickets for a two-hour sunset cruise (up to a $50 value).

For the past 25 years, the captains and crews at American Rover have treated seafarers to the sights, smells, and sounds of the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads Harbor during regularly scheduled tours. Shipmates hop aboard a 135-foot three-masted topsail schooner, replete with majestic red sails, rippling flags, and a hood ornament stolen from Blackbeard’s sedan. During the 90-minute harbor cruise, friends and families help the crew set the sails and navigate at the helm, or they can kick back in shaded seating or two below-deck climate-controlled lounges. As the ship traverses the waterways, the captain points out local landmarks, including Old Fort Norfolk and the battleship Wisconsin, and the occasionally passing dolphin. On the two-hour sunset cruise, passengers feast eyes on the shoreline of the Elizabeth River as the ship’s musician sets a romantic mood with smooth tunes and occasional a capella renditions of heavy metal ballads.

American Rover

It's been more than 25 years since American Rover raised its majestic red sails and floated out on its first narrated tour. From April to October of each year, the 135-foot schooner still journeys across the smooth waters of Hampton Roads Harbor and the Elizabeth River. As its flags ripple in the wind, the three-masted sailboat explores sights such as Old Fort Norfolk and the battleship Wisconsin. Its captain narrates each of these excursions and invites guests to take turns at the helm and man the sails.

At night, American Rover transforms into a floating party. Twinkling harbor lights, live musicians, and a fully stocked bar set the mood for birthday celebrations or everyday outings. Meanwhile, climate-controlled lounges hide passengers who have an awkward history with the man in the moon.

Customer Reviews

Awesome experience. Sorry so late to get the feedback in. I really enjoyed it. Small group made it more special.
Deborah L. · December 10, 2016
This is a really fun tour of some interesting spots on the Norfolk waterfront. Great staff and very relaxing way to spend a couple of hours on the water!
Debbie C. · November 30, 2016
Boat was beautiful and clean. Crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. The roaming guitar player/singer was a great asset! We all sang with him and enjoyed the sunset. It was a beautiful trip, and all 6 of us plan to take the cruise again.
KRISTI E. · November 26, 2016
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    333 Waterside Dr.

    Norfolk, VA 23510


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