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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-1
Good tour, poor followup from Viator
Suzie_P
, Aug 2022
Poor customer service from Viator. The tour itself is very nice although on the day of our trip, we did not see any whales. The boating company offered full refunds as per their policy. For those of who purchased through a third party, we needed to contact them. I have sent email in response to Viator’s followup email. There was no response. I called and received a run around. I am still awaiting full refund.
star-5
Great experience
Sarah_D
, Aug 2022
Had a great time! The staff was very knowledgeable and the captain was great! Got to see so many whales. Had food and drinks on board. Would do again
star-5
Seeing the whales was...
Wayne_C
, Aug 2022
Seeing the whales was great. The crew was friendly and super informative. And it was fun just riding on the boat!
star-5
Watching the whales 🐳 so...
Maria_M
, Aug 2022
Watching the whales 🐳 so close and personal. And the reaction in the faces of my Great niece and nephew
star-5
Great experience
KARI_A
, Aug 2022
Very fun event. Saw lots of whales and multiple groups of dolphins. This was very much worth the time to do. I highly recommend this. Bring water and sun screen as you are out for 4 hours on the water.
star-5
Mother Daughter Trip
Anjie_P
, Aug 2022
It was a mother daughter outing. We had a great day. Funny story, we almost missed the cruise because we were on the wrong boat. Thank god someone from the boat started to talk to us and we realized we were on the wrong boat. And someone from that cruise helped us get to the right one. Thank goodness.😊
star-5
Lots of whales!
Preston_W
, Aug 2022
The high speed catamaran trip was very good. Nature is unpredictable but we ended up seeing quite a few Minke whales and Wright whales. The captain and guides did a good job finding activity on the horizon and then carefully moving us to see the whales. As others have commented, all seats are pretty good but keep in mind it’s cold on the deck on the ride out to the shelf.
star-1
Lost out on money - no whale sightings.
Stephen_P
, Aug 2022
Better off buying at location because you get a refund if they see no whales - here I only received another ticket to be used later and we left to go home to Michigan and may not ever be back.
star-5
Whale watching was pretty cool!!! :)
HaeJung_C
, Aug 2022
After going about 1.5 hours into the waters, there were many whales on all sides of the ship and I got some great pics. It was another fun trip from Viator. Thanks guys!!!
star-5
Amazing!
Genevive_P
, Aug 2022
We were very impressed with everything we saw! At least 6 whales and lots of dolfins right beside and even below us. The whole experience was a lot of fun and very comfortable.
star-5
Great outing!
Anson_R
, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful experience. Such an incredible time. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable. The only feedback would be some better food options and specifically quality GF options.
star-2
Crew was great and Experts giving us information on wildlife
Susan_O
, Aug 2022
Crew was wonderful. No controlling the waves which were too much. My grandson was very seasick, I was not as ill as him. Ill people all around. No whale sightings but couldnt get all the way out. I was told I can call Viator for a full refund. Which I hope is true
star-5
Sharing
Troy_H
, Aug 2022
Sharing this event with my family and seeing the actual whales. The entire whale crew was fantastic and worked hard at making sure the whales and passengers where safe and very well informed and also got us as close as safely possible
star-5
Magical experience!
Melinda_V
, Aug 2022
We seen so many whales, which were on every side of the boat, you couldn't miss them. It was a beautiful experience!
star-5
Terrific whale experience
Brian_S
, Aug 2022
Great scenery, terrific Naturalist to provide info on what we were seeing. Captain and crew did everything possible to insure everyone had a great experience. I would do it again with friends that visit.
star-5
Boston whale watch
Sylvia_C
, Aug 2022
Beautiful day trip. Saw many whales. The guide was so wonderful. Amazed at how she identified the different whales by name
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Disappointed
Tim_W
, Aug 2022
It was a very nice 75 mile boat ride, very relaxing with lots of good information. The tour guide was very informative.
star-5
Whale watching plus an added surprise!
Patricia_B
, Aug 2022
Saw a dozen whales over an hour period and at one point they were surrounded by, what the guide said, were about 75 dolphins. All jumping and splashing about in their watery playground. A great experience for all ages to see!
star-4
Really fun. We didnt get...
Andrea_M
, Aug 2022
Really fun. We didnt get to see any whales, but we were all given free vouchers to come back ! We'll be back!
star-5
Magical experience I...
deirdre_p
, Aug 2022
Magical experience I will cherish forever! It was a perfect day as we were so fortunate to see 6 whales up close!!!

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