Island Cruises Inc was started by Capt. Tony Newberry in March, 2021. His career in Carolina Beach passenger boats began in 1990 when he was just 14 years old. After working his way up to captain at the age of 19, he worked full time on the passenger boats of Carolina Beach. In 2003 he went to sea on ever larger boats and ships. He worked on cruise ships, oil field vessels, offshore construction vessels, offshore wind farm vessels, and core sample drill ships.
When the opportunity came along, Capt. Tony saw a chance to bring passenger boats back to Carolina Beach and opened Island Cruises with our first boat, Island Explorer. Over time we hope to continue expanding the company to bring people together and show the the beauty of our slice of paradise!