Charleston Harbor Cruise

| 10/20/2016 3:53:00 PM

Marilyn JonesThere are two things I like to do when I visit a city, if they are available. First is a tour. This may be a walking tour, carriage tour, or bus tour. It helps me get my bearings before I set off on my own. The second activity I think is important is a cruise: river, harbor, or ocean. The cruise often offers insights into why a location was chosen for settlement, as well as into city commerce.

It was a rainy day when I visited Charleston, South Carolina recently. I wasn’t dodging raindrops, but rather downpours. After a short time trying to balance an umbrella, camera, and purse as I walked along tree lined streets with their grand centuries-old mansions, I decided the timing was perfect for a bus tour and cruise. I’d be out of the weather and be able to sit back and relax for a couple of hours.

I chose Gray Line City Tour, which offers a combination minibus tour followed by SpiritLine Cruises’ harbor cruise. The rain poured and the driver/guide pointed out different historic sites, houses, and churches as he wove in anecdotes and fun facts.


Just as we reached the Battery Seawall where we would disembark for the harbor cruise, the rain slowed to a drizzle and the sun started to peak out from between angry gray clouds.

I boarded the boat and settled in, hopeful the rain would hold off for a little while.