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About Us

Vagabond Cruise is Hilton Head Island’s original sightseeing and excursion cruise operator, located under the world-famous Lighthouse in Harbour Town Yacht Basin, since 1968.

Mission Statement: To Provide the Best Experiences on The Water 

Our Vision

To continue to evolve through the development of new opportunities for our passengers, clients, partners, and crew members by striving every day to do better than we did yesterday by seeking new opportunities,  adopting new technology, and maintaining our position as the low country’s premier provider of excursion cruises, private charters, weddings, events, comprehensive charters, and wedding support services.

Meet the people who get this done! 

Keith & Laura Walston Owners

From: Georgia & Pennsylvania

Vagabonding For: 31 years


Melainie Allen Private Charter Sales & Events

From: Columbus, OH

Vagabonding For: 3 years


Danny Pegg Marketing Director

From: White Lake, MI

Vagabonding For: 13 years

Peter Ovens Captain - Stars & Stripes

From: Canada  

Vagabonding For: 6 years


Justin McKee Captain - Vagabond

From: Crocker, MO

Vagabonding For: 13 years


Spike Ivory Captain - Tammy Jane

From: New Jersey   

Vagabonding For: 5 years


Harold Sumner Engineer

From: St. Thomas, USVI

Vagabonding For: 8 years

Philip Mckee Captain - Spirit of Harbour Town

From: Charleston, SC

Vagabonding For: 6 years

John Cartrette Captain - Spirit, Vagabond, Mystique

From: Lake Murray, SC

Vagabonding For: 20 year


Chuck Johnson Captain - Stars & Stripes

From: Hilton Head, SC

Vagabonding For: 20 year


Kelsey Warren Reservations Manager / Food and Beverage Manager

From: Mukwonago, WI

Vagabonding For: 3 year


Ellie Thompson Assistant Reservations & Assistant Food and Beverage Manager

From: Broomfield, Colorado

Vagabonding for: 6 months

Lauren Hedden Chief Mate

From: Waterford, CT

Vagabonding For: 6 years


Luke Barnwell Mate

From:  Greenville, South Carolina 

Vagabonding For: 1 year

Skye Folan Mate

From: Bluffton, South Carolina

Vagabonding for: 1 year

Jenna Wertz Mate

From: Toledo, Ohio

Vagabonding for: 1 year

Wyatt Smith Mate

From: West Lafayette, Indiana

Vagabonding for: 1.5 years

Alyssa See Mate

From: Morris, Illinois

Vagabonding for: 6 months