amelia-river-cruisesThe Cumberland Sound Ferry’s ship The Bald Eagle, is a 59’, 80 passenger vessel equipped to transport people, pets and non-motorized transportation between Amelia Island, Florida, and St. Mary’s, Georgia. The two seaside ports are rich in history and a perfect day-trip outing.

The last ferry between the two towns was in 1916, when the automobile became the favored mode of travel.

Amelia River Cruises and the Cumberland Sound Ferry both offer exclusive private charters for weddings, reunions, birthdays and corporate events. Either cruise offers a two hour, narrated adventure whose tour guides are an abundant wealth of knowledge in the local history of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, Fort Clinch State Park, Cumberland Island, Georgia, and the St. Mary’s and Amelia Rivers. Whether you are interested in Civil War era history, the magic romance of famous names connected to Cumberland Island, such as the Carnegies, Rockefellers or the Kennedy’s, or you want to see abundant wildlife in their natural habitats, you won’t be disappointed.

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You may see the endangered manatees, watch dolphins at play or see wild horses graze along the seaside. You’ll hear the role Fernandina Beach played in modernizing the shrimping industry and learn how important our port is today to delivering everyday necessities to the people of Bermuda. You’ll hear how pirates, smugglers and local citizens earned their money through the back door of America, when Amelia Island was part of Spanish Florida.

I have lived on Amelia Island for nearly 20 years and thought I knew all about its rich history. After taking both tours, I was amazed at how much I learned from Willie Sweat and Kevin McCarthy’s live, humorous and interactive presentations. The price of a ticket is nominal for such a wonderful experience.