The Henrietta is a multi-entertainment venue, hosting dinner cruises, dancing, weddings and more throughout the year.

101 South Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

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Wilmington’s Famous Riverboat Cruise

Henrietta III is named for Henrietta, a trailblazer for steamboats on the Cape Fear River, which enjoyed a long and financially successful life. James Seawell at his plantation at what is now Fayetteville, North Carolina built her in 1817-1818. Seawell named the boat for his daughter, Henrietta. The Henrietta was launched April 30, 1818 under the command of Captain Charles Taws. Her first run from Fayetteville to Wilmington was in July 1818. She ran the river between Wilmington and Fayetteville for forty years. When she was retired from service, she had run at least one and one-half million miles on the Cape Fear River and had earned no less than one and one-half million dollars for her owners.

Cape Fear Riverboats, Inc. currently operates Henrietta III and Captain J. N. Maffitt. Cape Fear Riverboats, operators have been a part of the Historic Downtown Wilmington business community for over 2 decades. Henrietta III is North Carolina’s largest Riverboat.

Lots Of Ways To Enjoy A Cruise Aboard The Henrietta

  • Friday Dinner Dance Cruise
  • Saturday Dinner Dance Cruise
  • Murder Mystery Cruise
  • Redneck Wedding Comedy Cruise
  • Sunset Cruise