Boston Harbor Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended Boston Harbor Cruises & boat tours

Boston: Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

1. Boston: Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise

Board the luxury Northern Lights yacht decked out in holiday décor and set sail for a 1.5-hour evening cruise on Boston Harbor. Listen to Christmas carols and get into the holiday spirit with friends and family. Sit back and enjoy the gorgeous views of Boston from the heated salon of Northern Lights, a 1920s-style New England yacht. Holiday tunes will be played throughout the cruise in addition to Irish Christmas carolers. Enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Boston skyline with iconic sites such as the Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution, and the Marriott Custom House Tower.

Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

2. Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

Embark on a sunset yacht tour of Boston Harbor. Step aboard the classic Northern Lights yacht, a coast guard certified vessel with a captain and crew. The motor yacht Northern Lights is stylized after the classic New England 1920s-style steamships. Sit back and relax in a climate-controlled (with heating and air-conditioning) cabin, or enjoy the sea breeze on the open-top deck. Be sure to visit a fully stocked bar on the main deck to purchase refreshments by credit card, to sip refreshing drinks as you cruise along the harbor. The Northern Lights yacht is one of the most comfortable and versatile cruise vessels in Boston Harbor, at 115 feet in length it features six bathrooms and provides ample seating throughout the ship for up to 149 passengers. Built for taking groups of people on spectacular sightseeing adventures, she is the perfect vessel for taking groups of friends and family out to see the harbor.

Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

3. Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

Admire the sights of Boston with a 2-hour lunch or 3-hour dinner cruise on Boston Harbor. Savor an extensive buffet aboard the Spirit of Boston, and visit any of the 3 climate-controlled decks to watch the city glide by. Upon arrival, receive a personal greeting and have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private table, feast on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you eat, listen to tunes from an onboard DJ. After your meal, go out on deck for panoramic city views. SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Salads Caesar Salad Romaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes, and Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets, Creamed Corn and Cheddar Cheese Casserole, Mashed Potatoes Entrees Baked Ziti Pasta, Oven-Baked Atlantic Flounder, Filet Honey, and Sesame Chicken, Italian Beef Meatballs, Braised Beef Short Ribs Desserts Seasonal Spirit Dessert Display Please note that menu items are subject to change.

Boston Harbor: Winter Holiday Weekend Brunch Cruise

4. Boston Harbor: Winter Holiday Weekend Brunch Cruise

Take a relaxing 2-hour cruise through the Boston Harbor during the holiday season in the warm, cozy, and festively decorated interior of your boat. While aboard, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa from a hot chocolate bar and enjoy the harbor sites. Enjoy a hot and freshly prepared three-course brunch as you soak in the panoramic views of Boston Harbor.  First course Pastries, Scones and Croissants, Fresh fruit and berries Yogurt Cranberry granola Bagels and lox Second course Scrambled eggs with herbs and cheese Roasted potato hash Bacon and smoked ham Winter salad Third course Peppermint bark chocolate squares and pumpkin bread pudding

Boston: Guided Autumn City Tour with Boat Cruise

5. Boston: Guided Autumn City Tour with Boat Cruise

The tour will begin with pick up directly from your hotel in downtown Boston. The next stop will be at the Bunker Hill Monument, which commemorates one of the first battles in the American Revolutionary War. Following, your guide will take you on a narrated drive through the city, passing multiple points of interest including MIT, Harvard University, and the famous baseball stadium, Fenway Park. Conclude your tour with a relaxing 90-minute boat cruise where you will get a chance to see Boston's historical sites including the site of the infamous Boston Tea Party. Sit back while enjoying a beautiful ride through Boston. After a full day of adventure, transfer back to your downtown Boston hotel where you can unwind with the day's memories.

Downtown Boston Harbor Weekend Cruise with Brunch

6. Downtown Boston Harbor Weekend Cruise with Brunch

Weekends are a time for relaxing and getting your days started the right way. Join a Mimosa and Bloody Mary Cruise aboard the elegant Northern Lights to jump start your relaxation mode. While aboard, choose from a variety of mimosas and bloody Mary's. Enjoy the gourmet brunch buffet and select a cozy seat aboard the Northern Lights as you cruise around Boston Harbor to capture panoramic views of Boston. This is the perfect event for groups looking to entertain guests from out of town. You can see the sites without giving up a relaxing weekend. Small bridal parties can be accommodated and next day wedding parties. The Brunch Cruise offers the perfect event for individuals or a group looking to celebrate and relax. Also, see historic sites along the harbor such as: the harbor islands (Castle Island, Deer Island, Spectacle Island, Long Island, Lovells Island, Georges Island) Independence Fort, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Cassin Young, USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston’s Seaport District with historic Fishing Markets and Boston’s incredible skyline.  The brunch menu includes pastries, granola, yoghurt, smoked salmon, bagels, fruit, scrambled eggs, potato hash, bacon, ham, salad, and dessert.

Boston Harbor: Gourmet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

7. Boston Harbor: Gourmet Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner Cruise

Experience an elegant dining cruise on the Boston Harbor aboard the luxury cruising vessel, Odyssey. Your voyage begins with being welcomed aboard by the captain and crew. The ship's photographer will take a picture to capture the memory.  After being seated at your private table, tuck into your gourmet brunch buffet or 3-course lunch or dinner consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily by the on-board executive chef. After your meal, dance to the live music or relax on one of three climate-controlled decks as you enjoy the scenery of the Boston skyline. SAMPLE LUNCH & DINNER MENU Starters (choice of one): Watermelon & Baby Arugula Salad Hornblower Signature Seafood Chowder (Dinner, Wed-Sat only) Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail (Dinner, Wed-Sat only, available for additional price) Seafood Tower (Dinner, Wed-Sat only, available for additional price) Main Course (choice of one): Root Vegetable Fricassee Broiled Salmon Filet with roasted tomato vinaigrette Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast with rosemary & thyme Braised Beef Short Ribs with Fresno Pepper Demi Glaze (Dinner, Wed-Sat only) Choice of Dessert:(choice of one): Signature Chocolate Cake Mixed Fruit with Strawberries New York Style Cheesecake SAMPLE BRUNCH BUFFET MENU Early Risers: Breakfast Pastries Scrambled Eggs Breakfast Meats Breakfast Potatoes French Toast Late Risers: Kale Quinoa Salad Green Goddess Pasta Salad Ceasar Salad Oven-Roasted Whitefish Kid’s Station (Chicken Tenders/French Fries) Hand Carved Strip Loin Hand Carved Oven-Roasted Turkey Desserts: Odyssey Signature Dessert Station (Cakes, Brownies, Seasons Fruits) Menu items are subject to change.

Boston: Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

8. Boston: Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

Embark on a sightseeing sunset cruise on Boston harbor and soak up the views of the famous skyline. Admire city highlights, including the Inner Harbor Islands and the Boston Fish Pier.    Board an elegant sailing yacht, the ' Adirondack III.' Travel in style on a classic 80 foot pilot schooner that is comfortable and spacious. Glide smoothly over the water and have the option of purchasing a refreshing drink at the onboard bar. Admire views of the historic scenery of Boston Harbor as you pass by the Boston Fish Pier and the Moakley Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier. Capture pictures of Castle Island and the Donald McKay monument. Cruise through the Inner Harbor Islands. Step back in time as you cruise by the historic Charleston Navy Yard. Go by the lush greenery of the Waterfront Park and take in the modern architecture of buildings like the New England Aquarium. Take a selfie in front of the Boston skyline. Have your questions about the sights and history of Boston Harbor and its surrounding areas answered by the attentive crew. Hear facinating facts and old-time legends about the maritime world of Boston. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Boston: Downtown Harbor Sailing Cruise

9. Boston: Downtown Harbor Sailing Cruise

Experience Boston like never before onboard the 80-foot pilot schooner Adirondack III. Enjoy a round-trip of smooth sailing, with some invigorating speed to boot. Within minutes of leaving dock, you’ll forget the distractions of life on land as you experience the joy of a sailing adventure. Cruise past landmark attractions, such as the Boston Fish Pier, Moakley Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier, and Castle Island. Drift past the Inner Harbor Islands and see the historic Charleston Navy Yard. Look out for the green oasis of Waterfront Park and the home to hundreds of marine critters, including sharks and sea turtles, at New England Aquarium. Your knowledgeable captain and crew will be on hand to answer questions about the sights and history of Boston Harbor and its surrounds, from interesting facts to old-time legends. Wines and local micro beers are available to purchase onboard, while complimentary soda and water will keep you hydrated along the way.

Boston: 1.5-Hour Dog-Friendly Harbor Cruise

10. Boston: 1.5-Hour Dog-Friendly Harbor Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing sightseeing cruise with the entire family — dogs included. As you sail along the Boston Harbor, see beautiful views of the skyline and tick off the city highlights. Start from Rowes Wharff and glide past such historic landmarks like the Federal Courthouse, the Seaport District, and the working pier. Enjoy snacks and drinks available on board as you take photos of the Boston skyline. See the historic USS Constitution, the US Navy's oldest warship, in her berth in the Charleston Navy Yard. Finish the cruise at the North End of the harbor and head back to Rowes Wharf.

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What people are saying about Boston Harbor

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based on 757 reviews

Turned up at the wharf to see a small group of people sitting waiting for the boat to turn up. Had 45 minutes until the tour so decided to explore around the wharf. When we got back, the line was huge. Convinced that this must be about three ships worth of people, we were shocked to learn that all of these people were going with us. That being said, once you got on the boat, there was plenty of room to pitch up at your preferred spot, either inside or out on deck. I would recommend taking a drink/flask with you as the line for the servers was very long at times. If you struggle to stand, you may want to arrive early to get the start of the line to secure a seat but that will hinder your view as they are not around the side rails and that’s where the majority of people stand to see the action.

It was a great experience. And my partner and I had a blast. We enjoyed the meals…very delicious

saw the biggest pod of dolphins & 4 whales played by the boat forever!

Food was really good, nice cocktails and a lovely view from the boat

Nice, pleasant afternoon around the Boston Harbor.