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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Experience the best of New England’s marine wildlife on this guided whale-watching cruise around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Hop on a high-speed catamaran that gets to and from the whales in the least amount of time possible. See humpback and fin whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins with the help of a naturalist guide. The on-board galley offers food and beverages for purchase during the trip.
  • Boston Whale Watch Cruise aboard high-speed catamaran
  • See Humpbacks, Finbacks, and the critically endangered Right Whales during your sail
  • Enjoy a scenic whale-watching cruise around Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
  • Narrated by a New England Aquarium Naturalist as your Guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Guaranteed whale sightings, or you receive a free voucher for another cruise.
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Boston Whale Watch Cruise aboard High-Speed Catamaran
See a variety of whales, including Humpbacks, Finbacks, and the critically endangered Right Whales
Visit Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and other marine creatures
Narrated by a New England Aquarium Naturalist as your Guide
Gratuities
Food and drinks (available to purchase on board)
Long Wharf , Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, USA

The Ticket Center is located on Long Wharf, just a few steps from the Marriott Hotel. The Ticket Center has a statue of a Humpback whale on its roof. From North - Take exit 24 (Callahan Tunnel) off Route 93. Follow signs to Long Wharf Ferry Terminal. From South - From South, take exit 23 (Gov't Center/Aquarium) off Route 93. Follow signs to the Aquarium. From the East / Logan Airport - Take the Sumner Tunnel to Boston, bearing right on Cross Street. Follow signs for Route 93 South. Do not take highway (to the left), but watch for Dock Square sign (to the right). You'll see Haymarket and the Bostonian Hotel on the right. Follow the sign for Waterfront Surface Artery; Long Wharf is straight ahead on the left. Parking Parking garages are available nearby at such areas as Rowes Wharf, The Marriott Hotel, The Garage at Post Office Square, The Boston Harbor Garage, and all Quincy Market parking (within easy walking distance). Public Transport Take the MBTA Blue Line to the Aquarium station or Orange Line to the State stop.

This activity will end right where it started.
Beginning at Central Wharf in Boston, hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and embark on a whale-watching cruise to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a stretch of open water at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay that serves as a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and more.

From the ship’s three outdoor decks, view humpback, fin, minke and pilot whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins and more with the help of a naturalist from the Whale Center of New England. They share their knowledge about the animals’ behaviors, conservation status, scientific tracking and more.

In between whale sightings, relax in the comfortable, climate-controlled indoor cabin, which features state-of-the-art sound and video systems, the New England Aquarium Education Station and a galley offering food and beverages for purchase.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • The boat is wheelchair accessible, however the restrooms are not wheelchair accessible
  • Don't forget the camera, film and binoculars
  • There is a galley serving food and beverages
  • Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers
  • Bring a light sweater or jacket
  • Remember sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • The location of the whales may require more travel time, extending the trip beyond three hours. Please allow for additional time in your schedule. The average trip is between 3.5 to 4 hours
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Boston Harbor Cruises
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Should I make advance reservations for the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:Advance reservations are strongly recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Trips often sell out.
May 2021
Q:
When should I arrive for the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your departure time to allow for boarding.
May 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:There are two parking garages: The Harbor Garage, 70 E. India Row, Boston; and Rowes Wharf Garage, 30 Rowes Wharf, Boston. Parking fees apply at both locations.
May 2021
Q:
How long is the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:The location of the whales may require more travel time, extending the trip beyond three hours. Please allow for additional time in your schedule. The average trip is between 3.5 to 4 hours.
May 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available onboard during the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:Yes, restrooms are available on board.
May 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:Comfortable rubber-soled shoes or sneakers are a good idea, along with a light sweater or jacket, even on a warm day. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must and don’t forget your camera or binoculars.
May 2021
Q:
Is food available during the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:Yes! There is a selection of sandwiches as well as tasty snacks. Fruit juices, tea, sports drinks, and other beverages are also available along with beer, wine, and cocktails. Note: bring cash as the credit card readers don't always function at sea.
May 2021
Q:
What happens if I don't see any whales during the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:Whale sightings are fully guaranteed. If there are no whale sightings on your trip, you will receive a free ticket for a future trip.
May 2021
Q:
Will I experience motion sickness during the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:The catamarans are designed to be highly stable, but some passengers may experience motion sickness. Medication such as Dramamine may help. Facing forward with your head resting on the seatback near the front of the boat can help as well.
May 2021
Q:
Can I bring my pet with me on the Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:Yes - animals onboard must be kept with you and leashed or kept in a carrier at all times. Note - the cruise may last up to 4 hours, so it is up to the pet owner to consider if it is appropriate for the pet’s comfort and wellbeing.
May 2021

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  • "The catamaran is pretty fast, so bring some shell jackets for wind protection on the dock while the boat is moving at speed and sun protection when the boat is at still." See review
  • "Must do activity in Boston , try to make your reservation early in your trip or stay in Boston, so if canceled for any reason ( weather for example) , still you can do it next day ." See review
  • "Pretty cold and windy so wear a coat but was still amazing to see in the wild" See review

Reviews

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1,459 Reviews

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star-5
You won’t regret the experience!
Josh_G
, Jun 2022
The trip was amazing! The guides were entertaining, insightful, and informative. We saw a lot of whales with numerous close encounters. I will definitely go again.
star-5
Awesome Experience
JUDE_F
, Jun 2022
Very comfortable catamaran. Articulate guide. Saw lots and lots of whales. It can get very cold at the top so do come prepared. Really worth the trip. Thanks
star-4
Excellent trip
Susan_M
, Jun 2022
We saw so many whales. It was great. Wear layers and be ready for wind. I stayed outside the entire time because inside did not smell good.
star-5
We saw so MANY whales !!!...
Shelley_L
, Jun 2022
We saw so MANY whales !!! The tour was awesome, a must do !!!! Great guide and super informative. Able to see perfectly !!
star-5
Whales Galore
Robin_S
, Jun 2022
We were lucky and saw more whales than we could count, including a baby whale. The ship was very comfortable.
star-5
Whale of a Day
Linda_A
, Jun 2022
This was a fabulous trip. We saw 7-9 whales- one even swam around the ship checking us out!! Great day!
star-5
Amazing Experience!!!
Ryan_S
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience!!! We saw more than a dozen different whales, three different species, and had whales right next to the boat! By far, the best whale watching tour we have ever been on!
star-1
Horrible customer service
Edward_V
, Jun 2022
The trip was cancelled we were never notified and had to arrive at the wharf to find out such. Still have not recd our refund but yet I get a survey asking how it was. A day ruined planning around it only to be cancelled and not told even though we were informed it was cancelled the night before!
star-4
We followed one whale for...
Michael_G
, Jun 2022
We followed one whale for about an hour and a half and it was active. It came about 20 yards from the boat so we got an up close viewing.
star-5
Whale
Brenda_W
, Jun 2022
We saw about 40 whales. Amazing! Can’t wait to go again next time I visit Boston! Got splashed and snotted by a whale we were so close!
star-5
You’ll need a sunscreen...
Hrishidhar_B
, Jun 2022
You’ll need a sunscreen lotion, glasses, jacket, a good camera , you’ll be amazed with the real life size of a whale
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We were lucky
Susanne_M
, Jun 2022
We were lucky and got to see a number of humpbacks and fi whales. And we had good luck with the weather.
star-5
100% recommend
Amara_C
, Jun 2022
The photos are only a fraction of what we saw! There were 20-30 whales on our trip (humpback and minky whales) as well as a sunfish. The naturalist leading the tour agreed that it was one of the best days for whale watching. They came very close to the boat on all sides, and one even breached in front of us. My favorite experience of the entire trip.
star-4
Great trip. But air conditioning was way too cold!
Connie_F
, Jun 2022
Seeing as many whales as we did! More than I expected! The Staff was terrific! They were very knowledgeable about the whales and sights
star-5
Amazing
Lisa_L
, Jun 2022
Amazing trip! We saw so many whales. They were feeding and diving. I highly recommend this trip to anyone.
star-4
It's decent
Christopher_H
, Jun 2022
Didn't see any Whales. Still had fun. Weather was rough and half the boat got sick the 1st two hours.
star-1
Did not see any whales…
Michelle_A
, Jun 2022
I’d love to add some photos, but we DID NOT see any whales. It was a very rough ride the day we went and no whales to be seen. It’s completely absurd to not give refunds to these boats if they cannot come out another day to see the whales. Rubbish!
star-4
Whales are real ;-)
Ernest_C
, Jun 2022
We only saw one whale; but she put out a show for us. Hoping to see more, but one did the trick The naturalists kept us inform about the whale's movement and details about the whales behavior.
star-5
Great day on the water either the whales
Brenda_E
, Jun 2022
The boat experience was great. The crew were very friendly. The whales were very active: jumping, flipping, and swimming close to the boat. It was an amazing experience. The speaker did a great job of explaining what the whales were doing and proving awesome nature information.
star-5
Trip of a lifetime
Dana_F
, Jun 2022
The whale was so playful and active. It was surreal. I have never experienced such a beautiful scene before.

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