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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Boston, United States

From US$68.07

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 Travellers Choose This Tour

Guaranteed whale sightings, or you receive a free voucher for another cruise.

What's Included

  • 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)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Additional Info

  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 400 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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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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Traveller 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.
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 .
Pretty cold and windy so wear a coat but was still amazing to see in the wild
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David_O, Nov 2022
Crew was great - saw literally dozens of whales dolphins and others. Highly recommend trip for anyone
Fun day
Anna_C, Nov 2022
Friendly staff, met some fun people, and the tour was very well organized. We didn’t see any whales this time but got a rain check to come back!
1 traveler found this review helpful
I would mention perfect...
Pablo_I, Nov 2022
I would mention perfect organization and instrumental professional guide. We spent a little over 4 hours to catch best place to see whales.
Great tour!
Cheri_K, Nov 2022
The crew was wonderful and knowledgeable and worked hard to get us a whale sighting. I like the fact that this tour is run by an organization that is very ecologically concerned and focused conservation and preservation of ocean life.
Best experience ever!
Evelyn_Z, Nov 2022
I had the most amazing experience. I was expecting to just see maybe one whale from affar but I got to see 2, up close, slashed us, and hung out with us for about an hour. It was so worth it. The crew was amazing, the boat was well equipped with snacks, drinks, a bathroom, and even plugs for your phones since all of ours died. I highly recommend taking this tour! It was cold tho, but the inside of the boat was fine.
Whale of a time
Laurie_K, Nov 2022
We were very fortunate to see a mother and calf humpback whale. We were told this was unusual to see them so close to the boat. The staff were very knowledgeable and provided some fun and interesting facts as we took off from the harbor. Was a little surprised by how much the boat rocked and had to hang on. Would recommend this tour for families.
A great experience
William_W, Nov 2022
The naturalist was highly informative and the experience was unique— I could have stayed out there all day!
Best tour ever!!
Abhishek_M, Nov 2022
Great day with the tour, saw atleast 10 whales. With one baby whale constantly breaching and putting on a show! It was spectacular.
Whale soup
Matthew_C, Nov 2022
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Waa fortunate enough to see several whales up close. It was amazing.
Sunny day out with the whales .
Iain_M, Nov 2022
Very lucky ,weather was excellent and we had close up views of about 35 humpback whales ,a terrific day out .
Great trip
Shelly_M, Nov 2022
Great trip. Great staff. Very knowledgeable guides. The team worked tirelessly to get us the best sightings possible
These staff were very...
KAMRAN_K, Nov 2022
These staff were very knowledgeable. The whales just came to the boat and hung out for quite a while. Really up close and personal.
Greatest experience ever
Stephen_j, Nov 2022
The way the experts gave out information about the different whale species as well as how the boat captain drove the boat
1 traveler found this review helpful
Whale watching
Matt_J, Nov 2022
Fantastic experience, very friendly and knowledgeable staff on board the boat. Definitely worth the time and money
Amazing trip!
laurenwain44, Nov 2022
This trip was amazing! We were very lucky and saw a feeding frenzy of 30-50 whales and 300 dolphins. It was an incredible experience and all the staff were very friendly.
Georgina_B, Nov 2022
This cruise will forever remain in my memory because it was so, so special. I saw at least 50 whales, including humpback families with their calf. And there were around 100 dolphins as well. So lucky to have experienced this!
Get your tickets
Michele_L, Nov 2022
What an amazing experience! We saw 3 whales that just hung out and let us take photos. Highly recommend. Michele L.
Amazing Experience
PhyllisF, Oct 2022
It was totally amazing. Saw whales up close and it was awesome. The crew were great. Very professional and answered questions we had. Great tour. 110% happy!
Great experience
Stewart_K, Oct 2022
Amazing and wonderful with extremely nice staff. Got to see several whales and though it was a rough trip on the water, I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Amazing Experience!
Jason_H, Oct 2022
We followed three humpback whales for 1 1/2 hours! They slept, dove, waved their fins and spouted multiple times and we all had wonderful views of their natural behavior without disturbing them.


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