Boston >Outdoor Recreation > Boston Harbor Cruises
1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA | Directions 0211042.359755 -71.050872
Open April 15th - October 31st
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
I had a very pleasant experience with Boston Harbor Cruises during my 45 minute tour of the harbor. The staff was great and the tour was very informative. I would highly recommend this tour to any tourist that wants a luxurious tour of the city.
Great Cruises for Great Prices – Boston Harbor Cruises always has the best ways to see Boston and learn about its history. We recently took their luncheon cruise and were beyond delighted. The narration was great, the food was amazing, and the staff was well trained and friendly. We are looking forward to using our Gift Card that we recieved in the upcoming spring.
Go see the whales! – I booked tickets for my family online the night before the cruise, and was able to avoid the long lines at the harbor...especially since it was Labor Day weekend. The boat has several levels, and a limited number of seats, so it's better to board earlier (ie, get there a little more than 30 min prior to departure) so you don't end up standing for the hour long ride to the Bay. Also..bring a light jacket, as the temperature is cooler out on the water.
We quickly spotted whales when we got to the bay, and saw two adults and a calf diving right next to the boat, and they stayed there for the full hour we were there. The captain was great in turning the boat around so that everybody had a good look at the boat (from the left and the right). The research tour guide was great in letting us know where the whales were, and also gave great insight into their behavior and biology.
Although it was a full boat, and thus crowded, we noticed that the enthusiasm died down after the first 25 minutes, and so we were able to see whales up close and not from behind the crowds. We started on the upper deck, and later on moved to the lower deck. I recommend the lower deck because you do get the best up close view.
The boat has a great "snack bar" which carries everything from hot dogs and beer to coffee and candy. It was very kid friendly as well.
Overall a great three hour experience!
Unprofessional Agency – My wife and I took a New Year's Eve cruise with this agency, and about 2 hours into it the captain came over the loudspeaker and said there was a small leak in the boat. He said they had to go back to the dock to address the problem. My wife, who is 5 months pregnant, became very uneasy and we decided to get off the boat. When I called the company to request a refund, the VERY RUDE female employee insisted there "wasn't a leak on the boat" and that the tickets were non-refundable.
Do yourself a favor and seeks other agencies for harbor cruises. This outfit is apparently very low-brow and not worth the risk.
Boston's oldest cruise company (1926) ferries locals and tourists to the Harbor Islands and on whale watches. – In Short
In warmer months, Boston Harbor Cruises runs ferries each day to Georges Island from Long Wharf, and from Hewitt's Cove in Hingham and Heritage Park in Lynn. The company also provides free water-taxi service in the Harbor Islands between Georges, Gallops, Lovells, Grape and Bumpkin islands. Sight-seeing cruises leaving from Long Wharf include narrated trips to Charlestown Navy Yard and U.S.S. Constitution. Harbor views are especially impressive on 90-minute sunset cruises.
A great way to go to the Cape – I had never been to Provincetown so I decided to take the ferry there. I was very happy with the experience, the trip out there was so fast and comfortable, I went on a Thursday which wasn't too busy and there was plenty of room on board. You do need to get there early to purchase tickets the line was long. I hired a bicycle when I got there and went on a bike trail, it was fun at first until I cycled about twenty minutes and realized I wasn't fit enough to do this, don't say I didn't warn you!
Very nice – I have been on one of them. I liked it a lot. It was a good experience. Great views, too.
beautiful scenes – boston harbor cruises are a must when coming to the city of boston. the boats are very clean and welcoming and food is great too.
also the night harbor cruises are beautiful to see.
Great Whale Watch – This was a wonderful trip... great family day out. The boat was very nice and we did indeed see whales! Our family had a great time and I would recommended this one!
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