Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. (FHBI) is offering their popular marsh cruise programs again in 2020. This one and a half to two-hour interpretive tour leaves the Hammocks Beach State Park mainland and navigates the waterways around Bear Island, Huggins Island, and Swansboro on a Coast Guard inspected pontoon boat.
Space is limited and preregistration is required.
A minimum donation of $20.00 per passenger secures a seat on the cruise. All registrations must be completed online at www.fhbi.org/Marsh-Cruise for contactless registration. A minimum of 15 registered passengers is needed to leave the dock and capacity is reduced 50% or a maximum of 21 passengers for each cruise.
Check in time is 1:15pm at the Hammocks Beach State Park mainland ferry waiting station. Departure time and length of tour is subject to the discretion of the ferry captain. Average tour length is 90 minutes. Please allow adequate time for arriving and checking in prior to departure.
Participants agree to be rescheduled in the event a minimum of the 15 passengers per cruise is not reached or unforeseen circumstances make it necessary to cancel any cruise. FHBI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule cruises without prior notice.
Proceeds from this year's marsh cruises benefit the Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc., the non-profit 501 (c)(3) support group for Hammocks Beach State Park. Some recent projects the friends have helped with is purchasing 5 kids kayaks to assist with the kids kayaking orientation and camp, purchase of a touch tank for live specimen programs, materials for a story walk trail, two projectors in the auditorium for programs, along with support and educational materials and supplies for special events, and ongoing educational and interpretive programs. Proceeds this year will go toward events, educational programs, special projects, as well as any assistance that may be requested by Hammocks Beach State Park or the Division of Parks and Recreation.
For more information on becoming a member of Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. go to www.fhbi.org/join. Additional donations are also welcome and can be made online at www.fhbi.org/donate or during the cruise.
A decision will be made at 3:30 pm the day before any scheduled marsh cruise event to determine if the minimum of 15 registered paid participants has been reached and allow for the cruise to leave the dock. Participants will receive an email advising if there is a decision to cancel.
In the event a minimum of 15 passengers per cruise is not reached or unforeseen circumstances make it necessary to cancel any marsh cruise, passengers agree to be rescheduled or may receive a refund of the donation. FHBI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any cruise without prior notice. Sorry, no refunds will be given for no shows. Please allow up to 14 business days for refunds to be processed.
Refund requests should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be honored if received by the following deadlines:
Individuals: 24 hours prior to the scheduled marsh
cruise departure time.
10 or more: 7 days prior to the scheduled marsh cruise
departure date and time.