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10 Tips for Planning the Perfect Sunset Cruise

Updated: Feb 13

In 2019, almost 30 million people enjoyed the experience of a cruise. Passenger numbers took a massive hit due to the global pandemic in 2020. But now, as it's coming to an end, more people than ever are planning to tick a cruise off their bucket list.


There are plenty of cruise options. From a party boat to a dolphin excursion, there's a voyage for everyone's liking. However, a sunset cruise is arguably the most beautiful and sought-after of the lot.


You'll have a wonderful evening no matter where or when you book a cruise at sunset. But there are a couple of things to know first if you want to get the most out of this fantastic experience.

So read on to discover ten tips for planning the perfect sunset cruise!


1. Plan Your Budget

Like every other experience, you need to set up a budget and know how much of your hard-earned money you can spend. The last thing you want on a romantic date is to overspend on the cruise and run out of cash during the night.


Your budget should include the price of your cruise, food, and drinks. Once you figure out your budget, you can relax with peace of mind knowing you won't be struggling for cash.


2. Choose the Best Time and Date

Sunset cruises are fantastic. However, a cold and wet midweek cruise in March doesn't compare to a balmy Saturday night in June.


Booking a sunset cruise on an anniversary or birthday makes things that bit more special.

Since it's a sunset cruise, there's likely only one available departure time. So be sure you can make it on time. Even if the boat does wait for you, you'll miss the picture-perfect setting.


3. Plan Ahead for the Weather

Your partner's birthday or anniversary might fall during the colder months. If so, you should plan and prepare for the weather.


Hilton Head, South Carolina, has a warm temperate climate. During the summer, temperatures can reach up to 95°F.


Some essential items during that time are sunblock, sunglasses, and a sun hat.

January is the coldest month of the year. Temperatures at this time of the year have an average low of 43°F.


You must bring a hat, gloves, scarf and rainproof clothing. Otherwise, you could be in for a long evening.


4. Make Romance the Theme of the Evening

A sunset cruise is a romantic night in itself. But you can put the cherry on top of the cake if you continue showing romance throughout the evening.


Everyone is different, and everyone has their idea of romance. But one thing everyone finds romantic is a bottle of prosecco or champagne. You can bring drinks onboard. So don't forget them back on dry land!


If you're celebrating a special occasion, you can present the lucky person with a bunch of flowers.


5. Decide Who's Attending

A romantic evening can involve more than the two of you. Your partner might appreciate friends or family if it's their birthday.


If you have kids, you can turn it into a pleasant family evening.


6. Research Your Upcoming Sunset Cruise

Before you book a cruise at sunset, make sure you do your research. Find out everything included and not included.


Start by figuring out the amenities. Check if there's a toilet onboard, covered seating, and other facilities you might need.


Next, you should check how long the boat tour will last. You don't want to be stuck at sea when you have an upcoming dinner reservation. All of our sunset cruises are on the water for 75 minutes.


Finally, find out any extras. We offer all guests onboard a dolphin and wildlife watching session, along with name tags for children that grow flowers if planted. Plus, much more!


7. Charge Up Your Phone and Camera

Usually, we prefer leaving phones in our pockets while on a date. However, you can snap up some postcard photos for some well-earned likes on Instagram.


Not only will you be lucky enough to capture the sunset, but you'll be on the water during the golden hour.


Golden hour is a term used by photographers. It's the last hour of sunshine before sunset. The sun is lower in the sky, creating long shadows, and the light is at the perfect intensity.


You'll be glad to know it's the perfect time for taking selfies. So you can take home the perfect souvenir for remembering your day.


8. Bring Your Favorite Snacks

Even if you have a dinner reservation in the evening, you should bring some snacks. But avoid heavy meals in case it triggers seasickness.


These snacks will line your stomach for dinner or drinks in the evening.


9. Avoid Seasickness

Yes, there are tips and techniques to avoid getting seasick.


If you've experienced seasickness, you know how fast it can destroy a fun day out. If you haven't, consider yourself lucky.


There's a good chance that you suffer from seasickness. Experts estimated that one in three people endure the illness. But even if you are prone to it, there are ways to prevent it.


The most common way to stop seasickness is motion sickness tablets. Take these tablets 5-10 minutes before you step onboard.


Motion sickness bracelets are the second most popular treatment. A stud on the bracelet presses against a pressure point, and in return, it relieves the sickness.


10. Get the Best Deals

There's nothing like the feeling of getting a great deal. The more money you save on the cost of a sunset cruise, the more you can put toward your romantic night.


To get the best discounts, it's best to book in advance. Èven booking tickets online can save you money rather than buying at the gate.


Book a Sunset Cruise

A sunset cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime venture. If it's your first time or you're an experienced sailor, there are tips to help get the most out of your trip.


After reading this article, you learned how to turn your romantic date into a memorable night. All that's left is for you to book your tour and sail into the glimmering waters.


Boat watching the sun go down on a sunset cruise
Sunset Cruise in Hilton Head Island


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