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Boston: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

Boston: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

From $62.84 per person

Join this whale watching cruise to spot many whale and dolphin breeds off the coast of Boston. See these magnificent creatures close up from the deck of your ship with a professional, knowledgeable guide.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Duration 3.5 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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

Go whale watching off the coast of Boston on a comfortable, high-speed catamaran with maximized outdoor and indoor viewing capacity. Getting you to and from the whales in less time means you get more time to actually watch them on your 3.5-hour trip.

Benefit from the best guided experience, with professional researchers from the Whale Center of New England, the region's foremost authority on whale populations, on-hand to provide you with expert commentary.

 

After you find your crew at the dock, board the high-speed catamaran that offers the fastest, most comfortable way to explore the Atlantic. 

Make the most of the 3 outside viewing decks, 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. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for: 

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 1 million worldwide.

White-sided dolphins

Found only in the North Atlantic, in waters just south of New England and north to Norway, these playful mammals feed on single prey such as squid, unlike whales, who feast on large numbers of small fish.

Includes
  • 3-hour cruise
  • Local taxes and fees
  • Food and Drink (available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

• Your tour departs from One Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, located between the Long Wharf Marriott Hotel and the New England Aquarium • Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled activity start time • Upon arrival, please proceed to the boarding location of your cruise, where you will present your voucher for scanning and exchange for a boarding pass

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Jacket
  • Binoculars

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

4.5 /5

based on 815 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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I honestly thought it would be like finding a needle in a haystack — a large needle in a large haystack — and resigned myself to likely just having a nice day on the ocean. But then we saw blows and flipper slaps and eventually humpbacks bowing out of the water and then tail whips before diving. And multiple whales! It was an amazing experience and a bucket list one at that. The whole excursion made the whole Boston trip!

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September 22, 2021

It was very well organized and the best part was we got to see a few whales who put up a great show for us!! Even though we were booked for an 11 am cruise which we found out had been canceled - the cruise office accommodated us on the 10 am cruise!

September 8, 2021

I did this tour over Labor Day weekend and I definitely recommend it. It was about a 1.5 hour trip out to the whales, then we followed a mom and calf around for about an hour, and then made the trip back. This should be common sense, but I saw a lot of people who were not dressed for this trip so I guess I’ll say as a reminder that it’s much colder and windier out on the ocean, and the boat goes pretty fast so bring a coat, don’t wear a dress (hello wind) and definitely secure your hair as best as possible. It was nice that there was a snack bar/ beverages on the boat too, and the tour guides were really great.

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September 7, 2021

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