Blues & BBQ

Blues and BBQ Cruise between April 9 and May 7 will be taking place aboard the Carolina Belle from the Charleston Maritime Center.

Join us aboard the Charleston Princess for a fantastic evening on the water. We have partnered again this year with local blues legend, Shrimp City Slim for a fantastic cruise featuring amazing live music, breathtaking views of the "Holy City" and Charleston's best BBQ from Swig and Swine Restaurant! The delicious buffet includes pulled pork, smoked chicken, mac & cheese, cole slaw, buns and sauces on side, tea and water. Fully stocked cash bar on board! This cruise is perfect for date night, groups of friends, group outings, or any occasion.

There are two ticket types for this great event:

February 29, 2020 Special Guest Hitman from Savannah, GA! Adult - $52.95 - boarding begins at 6:30 and includes the delicious BBQ buffet, cruise, live music and cash bar.

VIP Adult Ticket - $75.00 - includes everything above plus premium early boarding at 6:00 PM (30 minutes earlier than normal boarding) and 2 complimentary drinks per person!

Gary Erwin (aka Shrimp City Slim) is a keyboard player/singer/songwriter based in Charleston, SC. This year, 2019, he is celebrating thirty two years as a full-time professional musician. Shrimp City Slim has released 8 CDs to date and plays throughout the Southeast and overseas. A new CD entitled "Star Marina" was released in February.

While aboard the Charleston Princess listening to the blues, you'll get close-up sunset views of the Holy City's most famous and charming sights, including:

  • Fort Sumter: One of Charleston's most popular landmarks, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired
  • Confederate and Union army Forts Moultrie and Johnson
  • USS Yorktown: the famous World War II “Fighting Lady”
  • St. Michael’s Church: A survivor of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, whose steeple was painted black so as not to be an easy target
  • Stately homes on the Battery: Symbols of Southern elegance and perseverance
  • the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge: A state of the art span that accommodates the largest ships in the world

Party the way the locals do... with Charleston Harbor Tours and The Shrimp City Slim Band!

What Is Not Included?

Your fantastic sunset boat ride is included with LIVE Blues from Shrimp City Slim and his rockin' band or a host of other guest Blues Artists throughout the year. A delicious buffet will be provided by Swig and Swine BBQ, including pulled pork bbq, smoked chicken, mac n cheese, cole slaw, cookies buns and sauces on the side as well as sweet and unsweetened tea. The City Marina has paid parking available. Parking vouchers can be purchased as an extra while in the checkout process. Alcoholic beverages are not included in this cruise, but we do have a fully stocked bar on board with beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase. Taxes are included in the ticket fee.

Meeting Location

Safe Harbor, Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Dr. (Charleston, SC)
(Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?

Advance purchase is highly recommended and tours often sell out in advance. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance.

What exactly do we see on the cruise?

Some of the sites you'll see include: the white steeple of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the stately homes along the Battery, the three forts – Moultrie, Sumter, and Johnson, Patriot’s Point, the home of the Yorktown, the famous “Fighting Lady” of World War II, Charleston’s landmark Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. You may see wildlife sightings such as dolphins.

Tell me more about the band!

SHRIMP CITY SLIM (aka Gary Erwin) is a keyboard player/singer/songwriter based in Charleston, SC. This year, 2015, he is celebrating twenty-eight years as a full-time professional musician. SCS performs solo and also has a great band (usually Silent Eddie Phillips, guitar/vocals; John "Clam Chop" Etheridge and others, drums/vocals; Juke Joint Johnny or Chuck "The Cat" Morris, harmonica/vocals). Shrimp City Slim has released 8 CDs to date and plays throughout the Southeast and overseas. A new CD entitled "Star Marina" was released February 12, 2013. The Shrimp City Slim band has shared the stage with BB King, Bobby Blue Bland, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, Little Milton, James Cotton, NRBQ, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Herbie Mann, Jesse Colin Young, Mick Taylor, Lee Oskar, more. If you love blues and blues-based original songs brimming with vitality, real commitment, and a sense of humor, welcome to the world of SHRIMP CITY SLIM.

What happens if it rains?

The cruises take place rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions. The Charleston Princess has has a glassed-in, enclosed observatory and the mid-level deck is also covered, so you'll be able to get great views of the Harbor's famous sights in any weather!

What food is included in the cruise?

We will have a delicious BBQ Buffet provided by local favorite, Swig & Swine Restaurant featuring smoked chicken, pulled pork, mac n cheese and cole slaw, buns and sauces on the side and sweet and unsweetened tea. We will have a fully stocked bar with beer, wine and cocktails available for purchase.

Can I bring my own food or drinks on board?

No, we ask you not to bring any food or drinks on board. Your food will be included in your ticket price for this cruise and we will have drinks available for purchase at our bar.

Does the cruise run year-round?

No, the Blues and BBQ sunset cruise runs from April through October, with some special events in February, November and December. Check our calendar for special dates.

What should I wear?

Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Keep in mind that the temperature on the water is significantly cooler than on the land, so you may want to bring a sweater in the cooler months, especially because this is an evening cruise!

Is there any narration on the cruise?

No, this cruise will not feature narration because you will be listening to the blues stylings of Shrimp City Slim and his rockin' band.

Are there any stops along the way?

No, there are no stops. We will be cruising for the entire tour.

Is the Harbor Boat Tour safe?

The Charleston Princess is a safe vessel with a normal operating crew of five. She is certified to cruise the inland waterways by the USCG and meets all the US Coast Guard safety requirements.

Is the trip wheelchair accessible?

The Charleston Princess is not ADA compliant, however, we are able to accommodate guests with wheelchairs for the most part. Entrance to the boat is via a 30-foot ramp, which varies in steepness depending on the tide. Once aboard, there is not an elevator to reach the salon where dinner is served and the restrooms are located.

Is parking available near the departure point?

Yes, parking is available at The City Marina for a charge. You must purchase a discounted parking voucher from Charleston Harbor Tours if you will be parking a vehicle. This voucher will be good for up to 4 hours. Vouchers are available for purchase at the time of purchasing your tickets. You will be given your voucher when you check in at boarding time. Additional vouchers are available for purchase at the bar on board the vessel.

How does my prepaid parking voucher work?

You pay for the parking when you book online. You take a ticket when you enter the lot. Your physical parking voucher will be handed to you when you check in with our crew while boarding the vessel. Simply hand the gate attendant your voucher and parking attendant when you exit the lot.

Where does the cruise finish?

The tour finishes in the same place that it departs from, the Charleston City Marina, off of Lockwood Drive.

Is there a restroom on the boat?

Yes, the boat is equipped with a clean restroom.

Can I stow anything during the cruise?

We do have limited closet space for wheelchairs and strollers on board. If you have a backpack or other item, we ask that you keep it under your seat. We are not responsible for lost or missing items.

Are dogs allowed on board?

No, unfortunately dogs are not allowed on this cruise.

Are gift certificates available for the trip?

Yes, gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.

Can I book a private trip?

Yes! We can accommodate a variety of special requests. Please click “Contact HarborTours” to inquire further about special group rates.


Refund/Rescheduling Policy
Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled. Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy
Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).

Other Policies
Tobacco Free Event — Charleston Harbor Tours is proud to be a smoke free / tobacco free environment. Smoking is not permitted on our vessels.


Charleston Harbor Tours is the longest continuously operating harbor tour company in Charleston, tracing its roots to 1908.

The company specializes in introducing its guests to the beauty and history of Charleston, the Holy City. Your captain and staff will be eager to make your experience aboard the Carolina Queen a pleasant and enjoyable one.

The Charleston Princess is Charleston Harbor Tours newest vessel featuring 3 decks for entertaining, 2 bars and spacious restrooms. The Main Salon is enclosed and climate controlled and the top deck is open to enjoy the lovely Charleston weather and breathtaking views!



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