Cruise down the St. Mary's River and catch a glimpse of North Florida's treasures — Photo courtesy of Amelia River Cruises
Traveling to the Jacksonville area and looking for an adventure like no other? Curious about the history of the First Coast and fascinated by her wildlife?
Explore the historic South from the unique perspective of the water when you journey with Amelia River Cruises, and discover the rich history of Amelia Island and Fernandina.
Departing daily from historic Fernandina Beach, Amelia River Cruises opens up a new world of discovery for passengers of all ages.
Discover the wild horses of Cumberland Island on Amelia River Cruises — Photo courtesy of Rodger Kirby / Amelia River Cruises
Set sail down the St. Mary’s River as it threads through the marshlands surrounding this barrier reef island, and enter a world full of natural wonders.
You’ll be at once charmed by the celebrated icons of historic Old Town Fernandina, while being intrigued by the wildlife surrounding this laid-back community.
Glide by dolphins as they frolic through the protected riverbed; follow wild horses as they graze along the coastline of Cumberland Island; and learn about Fernandina’s shrimping industry throughout the last century.
Learn about ups and downs of Fernandina's shrimping empire when you cruise with Amelia River Cruises — Photo courtesy of Amy West
Pirates, confederates and society’s elite all played a part in the character and politics of this iconic part of Southern coastline. As you cruise through these timeless seafaring paths, be regaled by tales of of the local culture both past and present, including the soldiers of Fort Clinch, the Spanish occupation and smuggling outlaws.
Cultivated as both a sightseeing tour and as educational opportunity, Amelia River Cruises professionally narrates the colorful stories that bring this unique part of the world to life.
Not only will you be entranced by amazing tales from the past narrated by the local history and nature experts on staff, but you’ll also be swept away by the stunning beauty and romance of the region.
Choose from several daily cruise packages, including a tour around Georgia’s Cumberland Island, up Beach Creek and through the vivid Southern sunset. Most cruises are family friendly; however, grownups will also enjoy the adults-only BYOB, cruise complete with live music and perfect for a romantic date night out.
Enjoy Fernandina's treasured history from the unique perspective of the water — Photo courtesy of Amy West
Owners Captain Kevin and Cecilia McCarthy share a historic connection with the area. These high school sweet hearts not only grew up in Fernandina, but Cecilia’s family also goes back nine generations native to the region.
Listen to Kevin as he shares the evolving history of the area, woven throughout with personal details of his family’s role in that history – from lighthouse keepers to the local shrimping empire.
Establishing Amelia River Cruises in 2000, the McCarthy family is a fixture in the community, and they enjoy inspiring visitors and locals alike with the beauty of the region and the tales of its evolution throughout the ages.
For an eye-opening perspective of this significant part of the Southern coastline, book a cruise with the experts at Amelia River Cruises. Be inspired by the colorful history and charming presence made unique by the characters who played a part in its past, present and brilliant future.
You’ll be swept away by the romance of the region and smitten by its natural wonders on these relaxing sightseeing cruises.