SpiritLine Harbor Cruise

The first attraction I enjoyed on my trip to Charleston was the harbor cruise provided by SpiritLine. The harbor cruise is narrated by an extremely knowledgeable licensed tour guide. The guide talks about the city’s history from the 1600’s up to present day, while pointing out several popular sites.

Charleston Harbor Cruise
Charleston Harbor Cruise
Charleston Harbor Cruise

The guide started by telling us about the history of Charles Towne (later renamed to Charleston in 1783), a walled city, to protect against such things as pirate attacks by Blackbeard. She showed us the Powder Magazine, a building that remains from the days when the wall was up. She then pointed out St. Phillips Episcopal Church.

Charleston Harbor Cruise
Charleston Harbor Cruise
Charleston Harbor Cruise

She told us that rice, then later cotton and indigo, were major sources of income for wealthy merchants, some living in The Battery. (Homes along The Battery are some of the oldest in the state, consequently worth millions.) She also pointed out Castle Pinckney and Fort Sumter to us.

Charleston Harbor Cruise
Charleston Harbor Cruise
Charleston Harbor Cruise

The tour continued on with her telling us about Sullivan’s Island, Patriot’s Point and USS Yorktown, and the residential vibe of Mount Pleasant. She then told us the history of Ravenel Bridge while talking about modern day Charleston. Modern day Charleston is a major tourist destination, with many luxury hotels, B&Bs, excellent restaurants, shopping, and of course tourist attractions.

Charleston Harbor Cruise
Charleston Harbor Cruise
Charleston Harbor Cruise

I enjoyed learning about the history of the Palmetto state.  I had no idea about some of the state and city’s history.  I found the tour very interesting and I would suggest going on the harbor cruise with SpiritLine. 

Charleston Harbor Cruise
Charleston Harbor Cruise