by VICTORIA HENLEY
Featuring a viscerally stunning design, bird’s eye vantage points of some of the Myrtle Beach’s Grand Strand’s most miraculous flora and fauna, well-trained tour guides, talented entertainers, a full cash bar, and much more, The Barefoot Queen Riverboat Cruise offers a myriad of amenities which firmly sets this dynamic attraction apart from the competition.
A stylish, smooth, and exciting way to explore the Intracoastal Waterway (a man-made channel which, in totality, runs from Chesapeake, Va. to the Florida Keys ), the Barefoot Riverboat Queen is a “must experience” attraction suitable for all ages, as made evident by the wide-age demographic on our tour (everyone from small toddlers to my nearly 90 year old grandmother greatly enjoyed their tour). Once the boat departs on its nearly two-hour excursion, guests are afforded the opportunity to browse both levels of the boat, exploring and experiencing the incomparable scenery from the bow, stern, and indoor areas.
The lower deck, featuring a full cash bar, serving up a variety of cocktails, wines, beers, liquors, and other libations sure to liven up your boating experience, contains lovely understated, yet elegant, decor, complete with artwork illustrating the rich, deep, complex history of the Grand Strand and the Intracoastal Waterway.
The upper level, also featuring a full bar, houses the onboard principal entertainer, who not only performs high energy renditions of some of your favorite chart-topping hits throughout the decades, but also provides a trove of knowledge and factoids regarding the waterway (for instance, the average depth of the waterway is only 13 feet) as well as the history of the boat itself.
Leigh King served as the host and entertainer onboard our cruise, and her bubbly personality, professional delivery of information, paired with her powerhouse vocals, were a perfect fit for the ambiance of the Barefoot Queen Riverboat Experience.
Celebrity enthusiasts will delight in the sighting of several posh, luxurious, and massive mansions lining the banks of the water channel, including the vacation home of none other than “Margarittaville” crooner, Jimmy Buffett, “Wheel of Fortune’s” Vanna White, as well as the residence of the mayor of Myrtle Beach, among many other star studded residences and summer homes.
We highly recommend the afternoon cruise experience.
However, Barefoot Queen Riverboat Cruise also offers a myriad of additional tour options, including scenic lunch and dinner cruises, a dinner and fireworks cruise, Lowcountry Lore (a spooktacular Halloween event featuring bone chilling tales of the paranormal by Leigh S. King: running select dates in October), as well as several Christmas season special events.
This 70-foot authentic riverboat is an instant icon, peacefully chugging along the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway, and the Barefoot Queen Riverboat cruise will inevitably provide you and your family with an unforgettable excision, keeping you coming back for more season after season!
PHONE NUMBER: (843) 390-2017