Guests on our Historic Savannah Cruises got lucky today, as they saw one of the World’s largest container ships!
This super ship is as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall! It’s the first time it’s ever come to Savannah. And guess what? Our boat tour group got to see it up close! You can imagine the kids’ reaction when they saw surely the largest thing they’ve ever seen in their lives.
Docked in Savannah, we studied it as we cruised into Port of Savannah and then laid our eyes on it from the riverfront.
Thankfully, we didn’t get a Suez canal moment in Savannah.
2nd Biggest Container Ship in the World!
Sized at over 1,300 feet long, the ‘Marco Polo‘ has a capacity of 16,022 – making it the largest mega container ship ever to visit the Savannah ports.
It was a memorable day in the area, as Governor Henry McMaster and Congresswoman Nancy Mace welcomed the ship upon arrival at the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant around midday.
The impressive ship is named after the famous explorer known for traveling the silk road to china.
It’s soon heading overseas, but it’s a great example of the unexpected thrills we regularly get on our Savannah Historic cruises.
These ports are a hive of activity. Although this super ship isn’t here every day, other wonders of engineering are. Massive ships pass through here all the time.
The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project will be finished by next year, allowing us to see these mega container ships on a more regular occasion.
What Else Did We See on Our Savannah Boat Tour?
So, we saw history be made this week on our Historic Savannah Cruises! But what else did we see?
A Thriving Riverstreet
Riverstreet is looking alive again after everyone’s least favorite year, 2020.
We’ve missed the buzz of life, so this was a great refresher. Disembarking on the old cobblestones, we saw loads of little boutique shops and art galleries.
Our group told us they found a nice restaurant to eat outside. Fresh air and fresh fish! Delicious.
Of course, they got a chance to take in the history of Riverstreet, too – from the monuments to the old cotton warehouses. Success!
Dolphins That Didn’t Disappoint
It’s not all man-made creations that catch our eyes, though.
Of course, on route, we saw something even better than mega-ships – dolphins! The dolphins swam within meters of the boat, so our guests were not disappointed. Clicking, squealing and jumping, they put on a great show(as usual)! We hoped for some jumping stingray, but maybe next time!
With the summer arriving, the sea birds are also out in their droves. Ospreys and herons were on the list this time as we left Hilton Head Island! Last week it was bald eagles and egrets!
Savannah Historic Cruises from Hilton Head Island, SC
If you’re interested in booking a guided historic Savannah boat tour leaving from Hilton Head, SC, contact us today.
Our booking slots are selling fast as the summer approaches, so it’s highly advised to book in advance.
If you’re looking for an exciting adventure other than our historic Savannah cruises, check out some of our other packages: Hilton Head Dolphin Tours, Hilton Head Sunset Cruises, Hilton Head Crabbing, Hilton Head Vanishing Island Tours, Hilton Head Fireworks Cruises or our Hilton Head Booze Cruises.