Dinner cruises are a popular way to enjoy the balmy ocean breezes off Myrtle Beach's coast. (Photo: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images )
Dinner cruises in Myrtle Beach range from quiet, dinner-only trips along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to more lively buffet feasts aboard a casino ship that prowls the area's coastline. Myrtle Beach is a popular beach resort in South Carolina that lies on the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches are wide, flat and long; the water temperature is warm. The town of Myrtle Beach is home to dozens of high-end resorts, including condominium "plantations, " that let visitors stay right on the water's edge. The town also offers various other attractions, from shopping, dining and entertainment complexes to an alligator farm and a Ripley' s Aquarium.
The Jungle Princess, operated by the Great American Riverboat Company, offers dinner cruises as it takes guests along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The boat leaves the Barefoot Landing Marina in North Myrtle Beach and cruises south toward Grande Dunes. Dinner cruises last two to three hours and include buffet dinners consisting of salad and rolls, boneless chicken breast, boneless BBQ ribs, green beans, mashed potatoes, and cheesecake for dessert. A cash bar is available.
Jungle Princess 4932 Highway 17 South North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 800-685-6601 mbriverboat.com
Big M Casino Cruises
Big M Casino Cruises offers gambling cruises out of Myrtle Beach aboard a 186-foot yacht. Meals are served aboard the boat, including lavish buffet dinners on three nights, featuring prime rib on Wednesdays, Italian food on Thursdays, and seafood and prime rib on Fridays. Passengers can eat their fill between trips to the casino to play such games as blackjack, raps, roulette or poker. The yacht cruises along the Myrtle Beach shoreline, departing from Little River, just minutes south of the town of Myrtle Beach. Sailings are year-round.
The Big "M" Casino 4491 Waterfront Ave. Little River, SC 29566 843-249-9811 bigmcasino.com
Hurricane II, at 90 feet in length, is the largest boat operated by the Hurricane Fleet charter fishing service; it also offers non-fishing charters for groups of 25 to 150. The yacht features an air-conditioned cabin that can set up to 40 guests in a formal dining setting or up to 150 guests for a buffet. The Hurricane II cruises along Myrtle Beach's 60-mile Grand Strand. Full bar service is available. Three different buffet menus are available: Italian (featuring lasagna and spaghetti), All-American (hot dogs and hamburgers) and Carolina Country BBQ (barbecue pig and chicken, baked beans, candied yams, cole slaw, and corn bread). The boat departs from the Hurricane Fleet Marina in Calabash, about four miles north of North Myrtle Beach.