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Whale Watching Cruise from Boston

Product ID: 7101
Join this 3-hour cruise for the opportunity to spot whales off the coast of Boston. See these magnificent creatures close-up from the deck of your ship. Spot Humpback and Finback whales and see White Sided Dolphins frolicking in the waters.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See whales in their natural habitat
  • Talk with researchers from the Whale Center of New England
  • Enjoy a 3-hour cruise
  • Spot White Sided Dolphins
Full description
Our high-speed catamarans are the fastest, most comfortable way to view the ocean's most fascinating and magnificent creatures. Getting you to and from the whales in less time means you get to spend more time actually watching them.

Our catamarans feature 3 outside decks for optimum viewing capability. Inside you'll find climate-controlled cabin space with cushioned seating, tables, state-of-the-art sound and video systems, and a galley offering snacks and beverages for purchase.

Professional researchers from the Whale Center of New England, the region's foremost authority on whale populations, are onboard for every trip to provide narration. Want to feel what it's like to join them?

Get the chance to see:

Humpback Whales

The humpback’s name comes from the way its back arches out of the water when preparing for a deep dive. “Megaptera” is its true scientific name which means “large-winged,” in reference to its long flippers.

Finback Whales

Finbacks are second only to Blue Whales in overall size, measuring in at 45-70 feet in length and weighing approximately 40 tons as full-grown adults.

Minke Whales

A sleek, small dolphin-like baleen whale, Minkes are the most abundant whale in the world today with a population numbering well over one million worldwide.

White Sided Dolphins

Found only in the North Atlantic, in waters just south of New England north to Norway, these playful mammals feed on single prey such as squid, unlike whales that feast on large numbers of small fish.
  • 3-Hour cruise
  • Local taxes and fees
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and Drink (available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Your tour departs from One Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, located between the Long Wharf Mariott Hotel and the New England Aquarium. Upon arrival at Long Wharf in Boston, please proceed to the boarding location of your cruise, where you will present your voucher for scanning/redemption.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Jacket
Know before you go
• The location of the whales may require more travel time, extending the trip beyond 3 hours. Please allow for additional time in your schedule
• The average trip is 3.5 to 4 hours in duration
• Departure times are subject to change and so your departure time may have changed. Phone and email contact details will be on your voucher
• Don't forget to bring your camera, binoculars, sunscreen and sunglasses. We recommend comfortable shoes or sneakers and a light jacket or sweater
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 548 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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It's a great product but I was disappointed that we only really saw one pair of whales and they were feeding so their appearances were sporadic. I would have preferred to have stayed out later to try and find other whales. I am astounded that you have PLASTIC straws and stirrers at the snack bar!! Really? You talk about the environmental impact of waste on marine life and and use disposable, single-use plastics???

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October 26, 2019

Had some great whale sightings - kick feeding, breaching, bubbles, fluke flipping, etc. but it was very crowded and cold and wet. when the notes say bring a jacket, they aren't kidding!! Probably because we went on this excursion in Oct, but should've brought gloves, scarf too! make sure your jacket is waterproof!! Overall, it was a worthwhile trip. just be weather ready!!

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October 6, 2019

Changed the embarkation point and did not inform us until the last minute. Other people had been told before us, even though we had waited at the meeting point for over half an hour. So by the time we got in the boat there were no seats with tables available. Very disappointing when we had young children with us who could not get a good view.

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October 27, 2019

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Boston Harbor Cruises

Product ID: 7101