FAQs / General Info

General Information About the Boat

The Barefoot Princess is 64 feet long and 24 feet wide, and is a U.S. Coast Guard inspected and approved passenger vessel for 130 passengers. All boarding/disembarking is through the front door of the lower level. The lower level is primarily used as the dining room and also has a restroom and speakers for the narration and music. The second level has a restroom, snack bar, entertainer/narrator, dance floor, outside seating/observation deck. The third level is all open-air with seating.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is required for all meal cruises. Sightseeing and Sunset cruise advance purchases are strongly recommended. Advance online ticket purchases for all cruises require a major credit card. Sightseeing tickets may also be purchased in our office at 4898-B Highway 17 South in Barefoot Landing shopping center in North Myrtle Beach, or at our ticket booth, located in front of the riverboat at the Barefoot Landing Marina.

Can I smoke on the boat?
In accordance with North Myrtle Beach Town Ordinance, the Barefoot Princess Riverboat is a NON-SMOKING VESSEL, both inside and outside. This includes all forms of smoking, including electronic cigarettes.

Can I bring my pet?
Pets are not allowed aboard, however, trained service animals are welcome when they are engaged in providing the service for which they are trained.

Can I bring my own food?
No food or beverages may be brought on board. Food and beverages are available for purchase onboard at the Riverboat Snack Bar.

Are food/drinks served on the cruise?
Advertised meal cruises (Dinner, Deli-Lunch,…) include the food and drinks listed for that cruise. Passengers on all cruises may utilize the snack bar for light snacks (crackers, chips, candy, soda, water,…) A government-issued ID is required to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Where do I park?
The parking lot is located in front of the Greg Norman Australian Grille, at the back of Barefoot Landing. Please see our Map and Directions for location.

What forms of payment do you accept?
MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover are accepted and, of course, CASH!

Do you cruise when it rains or it is windy?
ABSOLUTELY! Our 1st and 2nd decks are enclosed and climate-controlled with great viewing for all. Cruises will only be cancelled for weather purposes when the General Manager and Captain determine there are unsafe conditions for cruising. Cruises will be held dockside if the weather does not permit the riverboat to leave the dock. *Passengers will not receive a refund  if not attending because it is raining, nor if the event is held dockside.

*In regards to our local area, in the case of a named storm (i.e. a hurricane or winter storm), tornado warning in the forecast or if the governor declares a state of emergency in the case of inclement weather, prior to boarding time, then guests will be contacted immediately regarding cruise updates. Guests will be then be presented with options regarding their cruise.

Is entertainment provided on the cruise?
Yes, there is entertainment provided. Our entertainers provide music through singing or playing instrumentals, or music provided by one of our great DJs! The dance floor is always open if you feel like dancing to the beat! Sightseeing cruises include a narrative of the area and music. Dinner cruises include soft music for dining and more lively music for dancing afterwards.

Is there a dress code?
Yes…..be comfortable! All bathing attire must be covered. Shirts and shoes are required. For our holiday and special dinner cruises, appropriate attire is recommended. High heeled shoes are not recommended.

Are children allowed to attend?
Children are more than welcome! Children ages 2-10 years of age are free with each paying adult on Sightseeing Cruises only. Children have a reduced ticket price on all cruises. Children under age 2 are free, but must obtain a boarding ticket due to U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

Is the vessel handicap/wheelchair accessible?
The Barefoot Princess crew is available to assist wheelchairs/powerchairs with boarding. Access to the boat is via a ramp to the lower deck/dining area.  The incline angle of the ramp varies depending on the tide.

Are there restrooms aboard?
Yes. Restrooms are located on the first and second decks.

Will I get seasick?
Seasickness should not be an issue since our boat glides smoothly along the Intracoastal Waterway. However, if you are prone to motion sickness, please take the necessary precautions before the event.

Are Gift Certificates available?
Yes. Gift Certificates can be purchased by contacting Barefoot Princess Riverboat directly.  To inquire or purchase gift certificates call (843) 272-6796.

Are private charters available?

Yes. The Barefoot Princess Riverboat is available for private charter. Please visit our Private Charters page or contact Group Sales at 843-272-6796 directly to inquire. Click on the Contact Info link for contact info.

Refund / Rescheduling Policy
Once tickets are purchased, there are no refunds. Cruise ticket purchase guarantees your ability to participate. Unlike airline ticket purchases, the cruise boat is never oversold. Our capacity is dictated by the U.S. Coast Guard and your advance ticket purchase guarantees your space.

In the event of severe weather or other safety concerns, the Captain and/or General Manager will determine if a cruise must be cancelled for safety reasons. If a cruise is cancelled, we will allow passengers to reschedule their cruise, based on availability.


Prices, cruises, and menu subject to change. Call 843-272-2140/6796 to confirm cruise schedule. ALL cruises subject to minimum passenger count. No refunds once tickets have been purchased.


Some of our menu items may contain, or have been processed on equipment that also processes items containing:

  • Milk/dairy
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Soybeans
  • Mushroom
  • Peanuts
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(843) 272-2140

4898-B Highway 17 South

North Myrtle Beach, SC, 29582