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Hampton Sightseeing Boat Almost Ready To Weigh Anchor

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HAMPTON—It has been nearly two years since the Miss Hampton II sailed its final voyage up the Hampton River, but those who have been waiting to get back out on the popular tour won’t have to wait much longer. The Hampton Queen will be undergoing a final Coast Guard check on Wednesday, May 17. If it successfully passes, cruises can begin as early as Friday, May 19.

Following nearly the same route as the previous tour, the Hampton Queen will cover 20 points of interest and more than 400 years of history. Highlights of the tour will include the Virginia & Space Science Center, Hampton University, The VA Medical Center, Fort Monroe, Fort Wool, Old Point Comfort Lighthouse, and the Norfolk Naval Base. Dolphin sightings could also add to the entertainment.

“The tour will be very similar to what the Miss Hampton tour included, except we won’t be docking at Fort Wool,” said Drew Yochum, vice president of sales and marketing for Hampton Roads Harbor Tours. “That’s not an option now because the fort is designated a bird sanctuary, so we won’t be doing that unless something changes in the future.”

The initial cruise of the Hampton Queen has been delayed a bit, but should still be ready just in time for the busy season, which generally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Based on the contract the company has with the City of Hampton, regular sightseeing tours will be conducted seven days a week.

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