Ocean cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with this Groupon.
$16 for a Historic Isles of Shoals Boat Tour ($28 Value)
The historic Isles of Shoals Tour whisks adventurers off the coast of New Hampshire and into the waters surrounding an archipelago of nine islands rich with history. During the Gilligan-free three-hour tour, cruise past the nation's oldest active Naval yard, five historic forts, and three towering lighthouses, all the while narrated by a knowledgeable historian.
Isles of Shoals Tours
Dedicated to upholding company founder Captain Arnold Whittaker’s passion for seafaring, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company owners Robin and Bob Whittaker introduce guests to the rich history and scenic beauty of New England’s harbors, estuaries, and islands on a variety of daily cruises. The heart of their operation is the Coast Guard–inspected and certified M/V Thomas Laighton_, a replica Victorian steamship replete with a brass staircase and open-air sundeck. During tours, a licensed captain and seasoned crew steer the ship to destinations such as the Isles of Shoals, a scenic area located a few miles from the U.S. coast and 3,577 miles from the Portuguese coast, which affords passengers a chance to glimpse historic forts and lighthouses. Additionally, fall-foliage tours along the Piscataqua, Cocheeco, and Salmon Falls Rivers, Dover Point, and Great Bay offer waterside views of color-changing flora. Along with public cruises, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company also rents out its majestic vessel for private events and hosts field trips that introduce passengers to local marine life.
Tips from Groupon Customers
“especially liked fact that went around islands and did not stop... narrator was good; captain very friendly (we talked with him before and after trip) DO NOT PUBLISH...”
“especially liked fact that went around islands and did not stop... narrator was good; captain very friendly (we talked with him before and after trip) DO NOT PUBLISH NAME ONLINE”
“Great boat tour! We were fortunate to have a beautiful day with calm water. Commentary was informative. Food and drinks available on the boat were affordable and good.”
“Great tour and cruise. The naturalist on board was outstanding both knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the cruise and liked the extended tour of Star Island! ...”
“Great tour and cruise. The naturalist on board was outstanding both knowledgeable and personable. We enjoyed the cruise and liked the extended tour of Star Island! I would recommend this to others as an outstanding activity to pursue while in the Portsmouth, NH area!”