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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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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

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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1,358 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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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
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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.
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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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Disappointed
Angelina_B
, Oct 2021
Planned this trip for months for my 40th birthday. On our last day we had planned the whale watch tour... I was beyond excited as we're my kids... Something I've always wanted to experience. We got to the ticket booth only to be told that it was cancelled and viator was supposed to notify us , got no notification only an hour and half later after our tour would've stared. I was extremely disappointed and still have not received my full refund.
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star-1
Multiple cancellations without notifications. Beware!
Jessica_Z
, Oct 2021
Kept cancelling without any notification emails or texts. Came down to pier early morning two weeks in a row, to find out both days were cancelled. Kids extremely disappointed. Needs better communications from Viator.
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star-1
Customer service is not to par
Shaine_T
, Oct 2021
We showed up found out it was canceled due to rough seas which is fine and understandable it happens you can't control that, but I'm still waiting to here back from someone about a refund since we booked third party we must wait for them to reach out to "discuss" a refund we are from NY and can't reschedule
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star-5
Awesome
Robert_C
, Oct 2021
I could never do this again it was awesome we saw 19 whales in total. We saw a mom and her kid we saw 2 diving together we saw 3 diving together it was an amazing day
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star-5
Fun!!
Kimberley_R
, Oct 2021
The trip was a beautiful day abs i got to share it with my beautiful daughter! And we got to actually see the whales! 😃
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star-5
Great tour!
Julie_D
, Oct 2021
Easy to find pickup location with instructions given. Knowledgeable crew! Get there early as we got there 30 minutes before departure and there was already a long line waiting. We saw 2 sets of whales and a ton of dolphins who were definitely showing off for us. We were out on the water a good 3 to 3-1/2 hours, which was nice since it was a sunny day
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star-5
Great presentation
Ted_B
, Oct 2021
Kate, our naturalist, was great! She was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful presentation during the entire trip. We saw more whales and other animals than on a normal trip.
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