Planning your Whale Watching Trip
WHAT TO BRING
- Warm, wind-buffering jacket, even in the summer
- Comfortable shoes, preferably with a rubber sole
- Hat, sunscreen & sunglasses
- Camera & binocular
When going whale watching in Boston, you will want to bring the above items, most of which are for sale on board. You’ll also find snacks, hot dogs, chowder, cookies and a wide assortment of beverages (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic) at reasonable prices. Also available are hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and souvenirs, as well as Dramamine and homeopathic remedies for the prevention of motion sickness. Everything you need for these exciting Boston tours!
WHAT TO EXPECT
Dock Talk: Just before you board, our crew will update you on our most recent whale sightings, the expected weather and wave conditions, and tips for making the most out of your whale watching trip and Boston tourism experience.
Journey To and From the Whales: Like the other fast-ferry whale watches in Boston, our trips range from 3 to 3½ hours. Sometimes it is a short trip to where the whales are feeding, and sometimes it is a long trip. Regardless, we have a variety of activities, including Pilot House Tours, onboard trivia and paper and crayons available to keep you entertained. You won’t find a tour like this at the Boston aquarium!
Viewing the Whales: You’ll be part of the adventure in helping us spot the whales! We will keep you informed of where the whales are as our naturalist describes the whales’ behavior, and if possible, identifies them by their markings. On the whale watch you’ll also learn about the life cycles and feeding behaviors of whales. This is the highlight of the trip!
Back at the Dock: At the end of your whale watching experience, you’ll have a chance to ask any final questions and say goodbye to the naturalist, captain and crew. You can also take advantage of our photo memory sticks for sale, with the best photos of the day captured by our staff. The photos make great souvenirs from these sensational Boston tourist attractions – show them to your friends!
OUR BOAT, Voyager III
Voyager III is the only fast-ferry in Massachusetts that was designed and built specifically for whale watching. What does that mean? It means that this 110′, 350 passenger catamaran has many unique features specially designed and built into it. It is the ONLY whale watching boat in Massachusetts to offer:
- The most outside viewing area for Guests to see the whales
- A water-jet propulsion system with safety grates. (Water jet systems mean no propellers that could harm whales or other marine mammals. Our water jets each have grates, or strainers over the large intake holes.)
- GPS tracking on display for Guests to see where we are headed
- Certification by the USCG to transit ALL of the Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary
Other features and specifications include:
- A high-definition sound system that can be heard anywhere on the boat
- An onboard video system
- Three decks with 360° of viewing area
- Three restrooms on the main deck
- Climate-controlled cabins on the main and second decks
- Galley with full bar and sundries
Boston’s Best Cruises is very proud of its staff, and the Whale Watch Team is no exception. The total combined years of experience in whale watching for our core team is over 30 years!