Frequently Asked Questions
What services do you offer?
We are proud to offer private charters, seafood cruises, special event cruises, holiday celebrations, and regularly scheduled outings. For more information about what we do, click here or check out our calendar of upcoming events.
Are food and beverage available for purchase on every cruise/charter?
We offer a selection of beer, wine, spirits, cocktails, and soft drinks on each cruise.
Please feel free to bring your own food to enjoy on your trip. If you wish to request food (seafood, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, etc.) for your private charter, please contact us at least 1 week in advance and we will put you in contact with our catering partners. You may also bring your own food onboard for private events.
Outside alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited onboard due to State regulations.
How do I make my reservation?
In order to reserve a date and time for a private charter, please contact us to request your date. When we receive your inquiry, someone from the Half Shell Adventures team will reach out to discuss your request and confirm or deny our availability. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required in order to secure your date. Full payment should be made within 1 week of your reservation. Please note that requesting a date does not guarantee Half Shell Adventures' ability to accommodate your party.
What are your prices? Are discounts available?
As a rule, our rates are generally: $250/hour for private charters (with a two hour minimum) and roughly $20-40 for tickets to our public cruises. To be the first to know about discounts and special offers, follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about our rates.
What forms of payment do you accept?
In order to reserve your service, we accept major credit and debit cards (Visa, MC, American Express, etc.) or check (mailed to Half Shell Adventures at 3375 Bayside Rd., Huntingtown, MD 20639). While aboard the Half Shell, we accept cash, check, and credit or debit cards for beverages available for purchase.
Can I bring my child aboard the Half Shell?
Of course! We happily welcome kids aboard the Half Shell. We are Coast Guard certified to carry over 35 individuals and always have adult- and child-sized life jackets available.
Can I bring my dog aboard the Half Shell?
Out of respect for our guests, please feel free to bring your well-behaved pets onboard for private events only. Stay tuned to our Facebook page and newsletter for dog-friendly public cruises.
Do you have a canopy/covering to block sun/rain?
As of July 2019, we are in the process of configuring and installing a canopy that will cover or partially cover our deck. However, in the meantime, Half Shell does not currently have any covering/shade. We have a wheel house that may be able to shelter one or two guests, but no sun shade is guaranteed. We recommend you wear lots of sunscreen and sun-protective clothing!
What should I bring with me on my Half Shell Adventure?
You are always welcome to bring your own food onboard with you, however, no outside beverages are permitted. There is no need to wear a life jacket on our vessel, but we have plenty onboard in order to comply with Coast Guard safety regulations. Feel free to bring a camera, sunscreen, and a smile!
What is your cancellation policy?
Tickets purchased for public cruises can be canceled in exchange for credit towards a future Half Shell Adventures event. Partial refunds will be given for private charter reservations canceled at least 1 week prior to charter date. Half Shell Adventures will retain payment for any cancellations made within 1 week of charter date.
What happens in the case of inclement weather?
Half Shell Adventures will make necessary decisions regarding the cancellation of an event due to rain, thunderstorms, or otherwise dangerous weather. These decisions will be made on a situational basis, and can be made as far as 48 hrs. and as near as 2 hrs. to an event, given the variables of ever-changing weather conditions and the preparations necessary to provide you with an excellent experience aboard the Half Shell.
In the event of cancellation of a public cruise, we will email ticket holders to notify them of the cancellation. Guests will have the option to receive a refund or hold their purchase as a credit toward a future event.
If a private charter cancellation is made due to weather, we will first attempt to reschedule your event to another preferred date. If no other dates are suitable, we will happily offer a full refund.
Still have questions? Contact us and we would be happy to help.