American Beauty Cruises & Charters

Frequently Asked Questions

about boat rentals, boat rides and charters


Are food and drinks allowed on board?

Yes, you are allowed to bring drinks on board. We do not sell or provide any food or drinks.

Can I purchase tickets at the dock on Long Wharf?

If the scheduled trip is not sold out, you can purchase tickets at our ticket stand on Long Wharf. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance, especially if you are traveling a distance on a popular day.

Do you have pictures of the boat?

Yes, please look at INFO -> VIDEO for videos and photos.

Does the boat have a restroom?

Yes, there is a restroom on board.

How many people can the boat carry?

Per our 2019 Coast Guard inspection, we are allowed to carry 33 passengers plus crew.

Is it ok to bring champagne glasses on board?

Glass is OK, but please be careful.

Is the boat wheelchair accessible?

Yes, we have a ramp to go from the dock to the boat and have crew members to help with boarding and deboarding.

Where should I park?

Please refer to our Parking page. 

Open Boat Cruises

Answers to questions about Sunset & Nature Cruises

Can I bring my dog on board?

For open boat cruises, dogs may scare or cause allergic reactions to other ticket holders, so they are not permitted on board

I have a large group, can I get a discount?

Sorry, no. When we purchased American Beauty II, one of our objectives was to get a boat sufficient enough to handle large groups. This is one of our specialties and we complete multiple US Coast Guard inspections before every season in order to be able to offer this. Our 33 guests maximum is set by the US Coast Guard. We are one of the few boats in Sag Harbor that can handle more that 12 guests and one of the few that is US Coast Guard certified.

What if it rains?

If we cancel due to weather, you will receive a full refund. Many guests request to go out in inclement weather and we will usually cruise on a cloudy day or a day with a light rain. However, Captain Don does not like going out in inclement weather and he will certainly cancel the cruise if the weather is dangerous, including high winds and dense fog.

What if someone in our party is running late?

On open boat cruises we are unable to hold the boat. We must be able to maintain our schedule as well as respect the time for the other guests. 

What is you cancellation policy for open boat cruises?

Refunds will be issued if a cruise is cancelled by the Captain. If you are unable to attend or are running late and miss the boat, you will not receive a refund.

Where do I check in?

Everyone must check in at the ticket stand. Our ticket stand is on Long Wharf. Look for the blue umbrella. Remember to bring your receipt with the QR code.  Both paper print outs and mobile devices are accepted. Other notes:

  • Please arrive at least 20 minutes BEFORE the start of the cruise. We depart on time.
  • Please have your entire party with you when you check in
  • If your QR code is on a mobile device, please ensure it is available. There may not be a cell signal or WIFI available on Long Wharf.
  • Also stop by the ticket stand only if you need to purchase tickets. 

Private Charter

Answers to questions about private charters

Can I bring my dog on a private charter?

Yes, dogs are OK to bring on charters. 

What are the advantages of taking a private charter over the 90 minute Nature Cruise or the 2 hour Sunset Cruise?

There are a number of advantages to the private charter, including, but not limited to:

  • Private charters schedules take precedence over the Sunset and 90 Minute Nature open boat cruises.
  • The open boat cruise’s schedule and duration are fixed. Private charters start and end on your schedule.
  • The trip is private. Other than the crew, only you and your guests will be aboard. You can bring your dog.
  • Plan the route you want to take with Captain Don
  • For very large groups, the private charter is less expensive than the open boat cruises.
  • Play your own music through the boat’s sound system. You can plug your mobile device directly into our sound system or access it via bluetooth.