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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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Boston, United States
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Safety measures
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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Safety measures
icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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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1,373 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

Showing 1-10 of 1,373 reviews
star-5
Where is our boarding pass pic?
Donna_S
, Nov 2021
The trip was amazing. Very happy we went. Very informative. My only complaint is they took a boarding photo and I was told I could find it online on their blog wherever that is. Made many calls sent many emails to no avail to see pic. No one answered. That is a big disappointment. I even scanned that square thing to make sure I had access. Still could find it. They shouldn't tell you things that are not true.
star-1
Medical emergency on board
Sandra_G
, Nov 2021
The captain turned around due to a medical emergency on board. We never got there. Working with refund department - they seem nice. Everyone that bought a ticket directly was getting a refund. We were told to contact 3rd party - we're hoping for a refund please.😭🐋😭
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful experience
David_D
, Nov 2021
The whales were active and we had a wonderful experience. Loved the crew’s enthusiasm. Would definitely go again.
star-5
Amazing trip
Heather_B
, Nov 2021
The staff was very informative and eager to answer all questions. They kept us updated on all whale behaviors
star-5
One of Gods great wonders!
Michael_A
, Nov 2021
It was awesome. Something you have to experience in person. Pictures don’t do it justice. To see two different groups of whales was unbelievable!
star-5
Wonderful Trip
DavidKoegl
, Oct 2021
The boat ride was enjoyable. We were not expecting to see that many whales, if any. We were suprised! There was a mother and calf who were swimming all around our boat. We got to see them surface at least 5 times. This was an experience that we will not forget.
star-5
Great pick for something to do in Boston
Candice_W
, Oct 2021
Some friends and I chose this excursion for our trip to Boston. We were so glad we did. It was amazing to see these animals in there natural habitat. The guides were very knowledgeable and answered questions on the ride back. The driver did favor the left side of boat so when picking your spot might choose the left side
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
That we actually saw...
Tracy_H
, Oct 2021
That we actually saw whales. Staff were very knowledgeable. Would recommend this activity while in Boston
star-1
Very disappointed
Joan_C
, Oct 2021
Be sure to call ahead or check your email before going to the venue. Our tour was canceled due to weather by email instead of text, and I don't check my email regularly and I received confirmation text from other excursions, so I was not aware that our tour was canceled until we arrived at the ticket booth. I am looking for my refund from Viator. I was extremely disappointed!😞 I visited Boston to see the Wales.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Whale “sighting” not whale “watching”
Sepideh_Z
, Oct 2021
Very friendly staff. It’s just that the tour should be named whale “sighting” tour not whale “watching” tour. If you’re lucky, and are able to push through the crowd, you’ll get a 3 second glimpse of a whale. I understand that we’re trying to find wild animals in their natural habitat, but naming the tour “whale watching” is a misleading.

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