We had an excellent private family charter of the boat for a special occasion. From start to finish the the experience was first rate. Both the captain and crew member / bartender were great to engage with, and provided excellent service. The cruise provides a memorable view of the Portsmouth harbor and outlying islands.
Enjoyed taking the narrated tour (not so much info on the sunset cruise) as it touched on the ecology of the river as well as the history. Leaving from downtown , (next to 3 beautiful tugboats), you fist pause to spot submarines in the shipyard, learn its history as one of the 2 most important yards in WW-II. Tuck into several coves off the harbor to check out the former estates of several historic personages. Snap a pic as we pause in front of each lighthouse and forts as well as spotting the cribs that anchored the massive submarine net that protected the harbor during WW-II. Pass out into the Atlantic to round the back of Castle island and return.
We’ve been on lobster cruises in Maine and dolphin cruises in Florida. I’ve been a resident of NH over 20 years and FINALLY got to enjoy a NH cruise! What a great experience. The captain Dimitri was extremely knowledgeable and the staff was super nice. What a nice relaxing cruise around the beautiful NH waters. I loved the views, but I especially enjoyed the historical facts and wealth of knowledge our captain shared. It was a lovely hour plus! Well worth the money
Took the ride up to Great Bay with some friends the other day. The weather was just right, and the scenery good even though the autumn color was pretty much past. The captain’s narration was all done on the outward leg of the trip and was very informative as to the history and ecology of the area. Did have a sandwich and a bowl of chowder and both were excellent. There is also beer, wine, and a full bar available. We had the Great Bay trip because of the tides. If the tide were higher the boat goes up the river to Dover. In any case, this is a definite pleasure cruise.
This was a last minute decision and was a really good one.
Parking: There is no parking on Ceres street where the cruise leaves from. Parking there is for Oar House Restaurant only. You must park elsewhere. There is a Garage on Hanover street for 2.00 an hour. Park as close as you can to Market in that garage and walk down to Market, then make a left. You will see a set of stairs down to Ceres Street. Boat dock is behind the Oar Street seating deck.
Cruise: The trip itself is wonderful. Boat is on the smaller side than what we took on the Hudson Cruise where we live, but still a very cool boat and well maintained, clean and pretty. Whoever narrates the cruise … Captain maybe, has a very soothing voice. I wasn’t a fan of the choice in music, but I don’t like Steely Dan type music. Just my taste though. Some of the other music was okay and soothing.
Sights: You will see some awesome and pretty sights like a submarine yard and lighthouses, sailboats and older structures. You will take a brief turn on the Atlantic too. They have different cruises all through the day so choose the one that’s right for you. Sunset cruise was pretty but we went in September and it got colder towards the end. The woman who check you in is super nice and helpful. Go, you won’t be disappointed. The price was extremely reasonable for this 1.5 hour informative little jaunt.