This boat line offers ferry service, whale watches, sightseeing and chartered boats on Boston Harbor. Whale watches take ... More
Boston Harbor Cruises
This boat line offers ferry service, whale watches, sightseeing and chartered boats on Boston Harbor. Whale watches take about 3 hours on high-speed catamarans. Sightseeing options include a 45-minute U.S.S. Constitution cruise, a 90-minute historical tour of Boston Harbor, or a 90-minute sunset cruise. Ferry service includes commuter runs from waterfront suburbs Salem and Hingham, Boston to Cape Cod service, a four-stop inner-harbor city network and service to the Boston Harbor Islands State Park. Ships accommodating up to 550 people are available for private functions.
Briefly stated…. BHC is a class-act. If our experience was the norm, we had a pleasant one and highly recommend any tour BHC offers.
More detail…. On our recent vacation to Boston for a week, we purchased tickets online the night before for a 2-hour lunch cruise of Boston Harbor. Being mid-September, it was off-season and during a work-day. To our surprise, my wife and I were the only two on the boat that day!
The boat was rather large with 3 levels, probably accommodating 200-300 people, and was well maintained. Even though it was just the two of us, the tour still departed as scheduled and the buffet lunch was excellent. The service we received was outstanding…including a narration of the tour as if the boat had been completely filled.
Thank you to BHC for a wonderful experience.
The boat is a Transport Ferry, not a cruise type vessel. The inside seating has row after row of close together seating. Outside there is only enough deck space for maybe 25% of the people on board. Most people were stuck inside looking out of smeary water beaded windows and saw very little. There were constantly people standing trying to manuever to a place where you could see. It reminded me of a crowed subway car at rush hour.
The whale watch tour was awesome! Saw over 10+ whales. The guide on the boat was very informative and excited about the trip also!
It was 100% worth the time ( 3hr) and $ ( $36 per person)I would recommend to everyone and would go on the tour again when I return to Boston!
If you are considering this whale watch, I would definitely recommend not going. Within 20 minutes of taking off, almost everyone in our group of 30 was sick from the ridiculous turbulence. It was the kind of waves where you could not let go of the railing with both hands, and people were literally crawling on the deck to get to the stairs. The boat turned into looking like an infirmary with the number of people sprawled out with barf bags, and they had no medicine on board. It became like Survivor to just get through the 4-hour experience, with no escape from feeling dizzy and ill!
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.
we went for a a whale watch while in town. we had gone years ago but it was on a regular boat and took forever to get to the whales. went on the nora vittoria and it was so fast to get out there we spent more time watching the whales. a little confusing with the consruction at the wharf but had a great time.
I took the Historic harbor tour, it's 90 minutes. It was about $18, not worth the money, in my opinion. We were given some history of the harbor, headed out a bit to view some islands, but never too far out of the long wharf bay. After the ferry turned around, the way back seemed to take forever, I started to fall asleep. Needless to say, I was one of the first at the door to get off the boat! Also, kids seemed to get restless on this trip, and they were really annoying.
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