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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

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star-5
Awesome hosts, super knowledgeable
Jordan_H
, Aug 2022
We saw so many whales and dolphins and the announcer was so knowledgeable. She explained so much and at down times when the whales were underwater she was able to entertain us with facts about the whales and dolphins we were seeing, plus about the other marine life and environment around us. We ended up seeing the harbor whale last minute on our way into the harbor, and the boat captain was kind enough to turn the boat around so we could get a better look. Very hospitable, would recommend getting in line early to grab a good seat but really everyone gets up and moves around when getting close to the whales
star-5
Nature at its best🐳🐬🐋
deborah_s
, Aug 2022
Beautiful cruise, amazing tour guides, sensational views and above all- getting to see sharks, dolphins , sleeping whales, very active whales and seeing a whale calf !! It was a FANTASTIC time!!! Would highly recommend to all!!
star-5
Whales & Dolphins
Cynthia_B
, Aug 2022
We saw several whales and bonus dolphins. Very satisfying. The staff gave great information about the whales. We also learned a lot.
star-5
One in a Life Time!
Roy_W
, Aug 2022
Amazing day! We saw three adult humpback whales and two calves. They put on an hour and one-half spectacular show. The crew and biologists where extremely professional and made the adventure unforgettable!!
star-1
I asked about the weather...
Pinar_D
, Aug 2022
I asked about the weather and whether we would go watch whales but you replied so late unfortunately 😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞😞
star-5
The staff was super nice...
Daphne_D
, Aug 2022
The staff was super nice and we saw a lot of whales and a couple of dolphins. It was our first time and it t was amazing! I definitely want to do it again.
star-5
Epic experience whale watch.
Simon_M
, Aug 2022
Awesome experience, glad we had a chance to see hatchback whales it’s amazing how these huge massive creatures jump Out of water. What a creation from God Almighty. Will surely come back again for the same. It was epic
star-5
Bucket list kind of experience!
Laura_M
, Aug 2022
We had 8 hump back whales circling our boat. It was an amazing experience! Truly a bucket list kind of experience!
star-5
Whale watching
Ricardo_S
, Aug 2022
Nice relaxing and exciting with a knowledgeable guide. Also a good way to cool off, as it gets cold out in open sea.
star-5
Wonderful Experience!
cpoppmcdonough
, Aug 2022
There were five in our group. We sat in the back of the high speed catamaran. The weather was perfect for our 10 am cruise. We saw three Basking sharks, a huge pod of dolphins, minke whales and several humpback whales. One was with her baby. The crew on the boat were so nice and informative. Great experience!
star-5
Water,whales,&wonderful!
Caleb_G
, Aug 2022
It was so amazing watching the whales dive over and over! To see them that close is just…well it’s magical! Highly recommended!!
star-5
Hump back whales came...
Suryakavinilavu_E
, Aug 2022
Hump back whales came closer to the ship. Awesome to watch! Worth Whale watching… beautiful view……..
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Incredible Experience!
Judy_C
, Aug 2022
Incredible whale activity! Blows, breachs, tail and flipper waves, even a lunge feeding. Definitely worth the price!
star-5
So fantastic!!!!!!
lauramiegge
, Aug 2022
We booked this at the last minute and it was fantastic, the boat was very comfortable, crew amazing and we were able to see several whales, two of them came within a few feet from the boat exactly where me and my daughter were!!!! It definitely exceeded our expectations!!!!!!
star-4
A Very Good Day
Jill_H
, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful experience, The guide was knowledgeable, lively and animated. We we’re fortunate to see many whales and even had to pause in the harbor as we stopped to see if a whale was stuck in netting. All in all, a great experience. The only draw back was the seat hoarders who claimed seating with their belongings and hardly sat which left us and others standing the entire excursion. I recommend getting there 45 minutes early.
star-5
I had a whale of a tIme.
Susana_P
, Aug 2022
This was an amazing day. We got lucky and saw about 8 whales and 3 sharks all at different time. The girl who was giving details and information was so enthusiastic that it was worth the trip.
star-5
Spending a good time with...
Ramon_M
, Aug 2022
Spending a good time with my wife while watching different whales swimming close to the boat. It was an excellent experience for us.
star-5
Enjoyable
Emily_P
, Aug 2022
I was able to see multiple whales. One juvenile who was eating around fishing boats. A mama and its baby and finally was able to see tripod and Pixar. I can't wait to go back.
star-5
WHALES ROCK!
Paul_B
, Aug 2022
Great time! It gets very windy outside the cabin, so you may want to bring a jacket. If you require inside or just want to beat the rush to the food and drinks get to the line extremely early.
star-5
A unique experience!
Gianni_M
, Aug 2022
Fantastic experience with professional people guiding us and explaining many details about the whales and their lives.

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