Boston Whale Watching Cruise

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You'll visit Stellwagen Bank, the East Coast's most famous whale watching destination. Stellwagen's heavy concentration of humpback, finback, and minke whales guarantees an adventure filled with opportunities to view and learn about whales as they frolic in their natural habitat.

Each Boston Whale Watching Cruise is narrated and guided by a naturalist from the noted Whale Center of New England (WCNE). The WCNE has been studying the whales of New England for more than 20 years and its members are recognized worldwide as authorities on whales.

One of the whales you're likely to spot during a Boston Whale Watching Cruise is the humpback. These Northern hemisphere humpbacks reach an average length of 50 feet, and a weight of about 37 tons! Sadly, they're also among the most endangered, and its estimated that only 8 percent of their original population remains.

With the data collected on each cruise, WCNE is able to further the understanding of whales and their world. And, their presence on board ensures that your whale watch will be an exciting and educational trip.

Whale sightings on every whale watch. If you do not see a whale on your trip, you will receive a free ticket for a future Boston Whale Watching Cruise.

The catamarans feature 3 outside decks for optimum viewing capability. Inside you will find climate controlled cabin space with cushioned seating, tables, state-of-the-art audio-visual, and a galley offering snacks and beverages for purchase.

  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Customer Reviews
  • Scott V
    October 2017


  • Manfred H
    October 2017

    After there was only one fountain to be seen far away, the ship took us out for another half hour, and there we had about a dozen sightings of whales, sometimes as near as fifty metres away. Most were short sightings of whales coming up to breathe and then disappearing again, but it was nevertheless amazing seeing those animals in the wild. We had a full hour of watching before returning, so you have to plan four hours for an hour's watch. We were glad they took us farther out though we had already seen one whale we got the impression they really want you to share their enthusiasm.

  • annaconner20
    September 2017

    My husband and I did the noon Boston Whale Watching Cruise while visiting Boston this week. We took our repurchased vouchers to the ticket window to exchange for boarding tickets. I recommend you do this at least 30 minutes before the sailing because this process was slow. I saw no advantage to pre-purchasing tickets since we had to wait in line anyhow. They need to have a separate window for Viator to exchange vouchers.

    The boat itself held a lot of passengers, but didn't feel crowded. There is room to sit inside or on top. The trip to Stellwagen Bank took a little over an hour and the air and wind at cruising speed is cold. So, if you want to stay outside on the trip to and from the whale watching area, dress warmly. I mean jacket and pants. We sat inside on the way out and back and there was plenty of room to move around and they had a good snack bar too.

    When we arrived at the whale watching area there was plenty of room to move outside for the viewing. We saw a sea turtle and there were three humpbacks that made multiple appearances for us. We even got to see one breach. It was a very successful whale watching cruise.

    We returned to Boston Harbor around 4PM. This cruise lasted around an hour longer than posted, but they told passenger this in advance. The area the whales were being sited was further out. I felt like we had plenty of time for the whale watching and excellent guides and would recommend this company for your tour.

Product Details
  • Three-hour whale watching cruise
  • Taxes
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks (available to purchase on board)
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The boat is wheelchair accessible, however the restrooms are not wheelchair accessible
  • Helpful Hints:
  • 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
Schedule and Pricing
Departure Point

Cruise departs from Long Wharf in Boston

Departure Time and Comments



3 hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

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