African Queen Canal Cruise
African Queen Canal Cruise
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
In 2012 the iconic boat the African Queen was restored for her 100 year centennial celebration. In May 2012 she once again began plying the waters of Key Largo and currently offers canal and dinner cruises. We go out daily at 10am, 12am, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm. On Fridays and Saturdays at 6pm we offer a dinner cruise to the Pilot House Marina where passengers disembark and enjoy dinner in the restaurant before boarding the vessel once again to return to the Marina Del Mar. Dinner and lunch cruises are also available on request for groups of at least 4 people.
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  • Greg S
    Gulf Breeze, Florida429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see while in Key Largo!
    Just being able to touch the African Queen was fantastic! I did not take the cruise as a storm was approaching. Any Bogart fan would love seeing this! BTW … just a mile north is the Carribean Club that was used in Bogarts Key Largo. It’s kind of a dump & the locals are not a plus but you can get some pictures and visit a location from iconic movie history!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 July 2023
  • dixielucy13
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Enjoyable
    My niece & I were the only ones aboard & the personalized experience was great! Captain Eddie was very knowledgeable, attentive & a delightful conversationalist! If you’re interested in movie history or just looking for a nice, lazy break, I highly recommend!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • Jennifer V
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must-Do for Classic Movie Lovers
    A must do for fellow classic movie lovers! My husband and I were the only passengers on the Queen that day, so we moved about freely. Our Captain was very knowledgable about the history of the boat itself and the filming of the movie. He had a picture book with treasured photos of Bogart, Hepburn, and Bacall during their three month experience filming in the Congo. We were 'celebrities' ourselves on the water that day as every other vessel acknowledged the iconic boat when we passed. A highly enjoyable adventure!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 14 August 2023
  • lorna k
    Dublin, Ireland60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Super trip
    We had a wonderful trip on the African Queen. I've always loved the movie so I got a kick out of traveling on this famous boat. Captain Eddie was amazing, giving us all the movie trivia. We had a lovely time.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • riamendenhall
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must while in Key Largo!
    Captain Dave was so informative and the entire experience, no matter if you have seen the movie or not, is amazing. The canal tour was so peaceful and the homes were amazing. Captain Dave had so much local knowledge which really made the trip even better.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 21 August 2023
  • JD S
    Punta Gorda, Florida3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The African Queen rocks
    I never thought I'd get a chance to ride in the boat that was used in making the movie. It was very relaxing, and we got to see many beautiful homes in the canals. We also looked at pictures of the movie being made, and I can't say enough about Captain Dave. He was a wealth of information on the boat and so very nice. There were four of us, one younger person who had never seen the movie. He now intends to watch it. All of us highly recommend this adventure and learning experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Written 23 October 2023
  • BWD214
    Puerto Penasco, Mexico18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    A great tour and Captain Dave is wealth of information about the history of the boat. Just to see that old steam engine and boiler and hear all about that was amazing. Highly recommend the tour especially if you know the movie or just love old boats. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who went home and watched the African Queen movie again.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Ralph B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A rare piece of cinema history you can ride in.
    The real African Queen. My wife and I are fans of C. S. Forrester’s book, and of course, the Bogart/Hepner movie of 1951, so the chance to actually ride in the boat from the movie was required in our trip to the keys. The captain was friendly and full of trivia about the boat, the movie and even the canals we cruised through. He took time to position the boat offshore for the best photos and took them for the groups on the Queen. We enjoyed the ride and recommend the tour to old movie buffs everywhere.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 October 2023
  • MGB1946
    Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic experience aboard the original ‘African Queen.’
    For anyone either old enough to remember the movie “African Queen” with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, or an interest in history, this is a must do! The boat itself is the original from the movie, not a replica, with the still intact, but not working steam boiler and propellor drive shaft. (A modern outboard provides propulsion and safety for the passengers) The co-star for the trip is, however, Eddie the captain. He organises photo shots for each passenger, or couple, that show off the boat and its history, and includes you at the helm. His commentary is full of anecdotes about the movie and its two stars, but he also has an encyclopaedic knowledge of movie history. A highlight of the tour was his quiz questioning as we slowly negotiate the canals, both outbound and in. I won’t steal his show by telling you what the quizzes were all about, suffice to say we had a thoroughly enjoyable 90 minutes on the calm Key Largo water. I was not just an old boat, it was an education and an entertainment. Well done, Eddie, my wife and I loved every minute.
    Visited November 2023
    Written 17 November 2023
  • marion3034
    Malaga, Spain79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for movie fans
    We booked a trip, then watched the movie for a recap! We spent about an hour and a half cruising and learning about the history of the boat from Captain Dave. There were lots of photo opportunities too. We initially booked an afternoon ride, but rain stopped play. The captain that day was kind enough to let us sit on the boat, under cover, and helped rearrange our trip for the next morning. We really enjoyed the experience and would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the movie.
    Visited November 2023
    Written 28 November 2023
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Mary Carol H
Omaha, NE2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We enjoyed this cruise SO much (April 2023). The captain was engaging, entertaining, and full of trivia and information about the ship.We were even allowed to steer! There is so much wonderful nostalgia surrounding this vessel. We can't recommend this more, especially if you are a fan of the movie, the actors, and the history behind the African Queen.
Written 21 June 2024
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Ann P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
An absolutely great experience. Our tour guide Duncan, was extremely knowledgeable about the movie, behind the scenes fun facts about the set, the actors and the making of the film as well as the history of the boat. He did a great job narrating and took us thru some beautiful waterways. We even saw tarpon rolling in the waters on our cruise. Highly recommend
Written 17 June 2024
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Ladywithasuitcase
Chester, UK129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Take your sun cream if its a sunny day. Captain does provide umbrellas and water if needed. And don't forget your camera and maybe refresh your memory and view The African Queen movie before you go.
Written 11 June 2024
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wlcjgreiner
Texas26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We had the best time learning about the boat’s history. The captain was a cinephile like us and offered great movie trivia banter to pass the time while aboard. He was keen to pose us in photo ops similar to scenes from the movie. Great time!
Written 8 June 2024
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Danny B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
What fun! Boarding Hollywood memorabilia down a Key Largo canal was such a hoot. We started with some cocktails at a restaurant on the dock, awaiting for our boarding time. Then we met Capt Ed, who my mother swears looks like a celebrity himself, and embarked on a lovely trip learning about the history of The African Queen boat and the movie which gave it new life. Capt Ed was great. Great knowledge of Hollywood film old and not so old, beside a natural conversationalist. It’s great tours like this still exist and will be a forever memory we’ll share and bound to repeat. Thanks again Ed - if you see this, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” -The Help, 2011 🤪
Written 5 June 2024
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Lorraine C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise in the African Queen. The Captain was forthcoming with many stories about the movie. Our only complaint was not being able to buy tickets on site. - as an international we did not have ready access to wifi or phone calls. The Captain was very helpful and phoned through for us to make the booking. Please note that it is wise to book ahead online as each cruise has a max capacity of 6
Written 24 May 2024
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DiNapoli
Venice, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Learned a lot about the movie from this trip. From the site location because John Huston wanted to hunt an elephant. The actors and crew got sick except Bogart and Huston, because they only drank scotch and not the water, that made all others sick. Lauren Bacall doing laundry for the lot of them because was on set with Bogart as she put her marriage to him first before her acting career.

The Captain shared all this with us and was very personable.
Written 9 May 2024
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Julie P
Vevay, IN21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I had an amazing time! It was my birthday and it was a perfect thing to do! Our captain Duncan was so knowledgeable and fun to listen to! I learned so much of the boat and movies history! I completely recommend it to everyone!
Written 7 May 2024
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Ellie Wilk
Lakeland, FL857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is a fun little ride, takes you through the canals and some neighborhoods. Florida is hot, so remember during the summer months it will be extremely hot.
Written 2 May 2024
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youngstedtdiane
Saint Joseph, MI1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024
It was very informative. The trip was smooth and the homes were beautiful that we viewed. The driver was very kind and knowledgeable.
Written 24 April 2024
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