What You'll Get
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Smugglers, pirates, plunderers, patriots, and redcoats ruled Boston Harbor before hotels and yachts. Today’s Groupon gets you their ghosts for $14 on a Boston Ghost Cruise (normally $28). If you want to smell the smell of a briny pirate or behold the bodice of an eighteenth-century fishwife, the cruise will let you do that too. The company’s professional troupe of ghouls dresses up as doxies, privateers, and sailors. You’ll get to sail the inky sea of the Boston Harbor and see the actual sites of bloody betrayals, disastrous shipwrecks, gruesome executions, and terrifying encounters with ghosts, specters, and actors dressed as ghosts and specters.
Your late night of cruising on the bay includes bearing witness to the following reenacted stories:
- “Come Away”—the Puritan Spirit
- The Sea Serpent of Mass Bay
- The Horrid Death of Captain Green
- Vampire of Boston
- The Hanging of the Dread Pirate Fly
- Ghost Walk and the Tragedy of Boston Light
- Phantom ships
- Boston’s most infamous ghost—The Lady in Black
Disclaimer: If the hanging of the pirate Fly doesn’t terrify you (he supposedly retied the shoddy knot the hangman had tied for him), it’s probably because you’re either too busy laughing or administering the Heimlich to a shipmate. The cruise is produced by veteran comedians and entertainers; Ghost Cruise brainchild David Goldstein also created the Boston Harbor Mystery Cruise and founded the comedy touring troupe Comedy Theater Productions. He knew Boston’s best ghost stories happened on the harbor, so he decided to get his sea legs to bring them to life (or death) on the bay. The first cruise set sail this summer.
Trips are on Saturdays at 10:00 or 10:30 p.m.–midnight, and leaving from Long Wharf aboard the Ft. Independence.
Since Boston Ghost Cruise is a new tour company, there aren’t a lot of online reviews, but one early reviewer left an excited comment on the company’s Facebook page:
- This was a wonderful adventure and all the mystery cafe players were simply outstanding. The best part of the sinister stories told were that they were not only riveting to hear, but that they were TRUE!! I was on edge with every word….very cool…I feel this was a wonderful success. – Michelle, Facebook
A wise man once said, “A city tour is only as good as its sights.” Boston Ghost Cruise takes that to heart and delivers some of the most unique and riveting Harbor spectacles: real live ghosts. Here’s just a sampling of the terrifying sights you may or may not see:
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Sep 13, 2009. Amount paid never expires. May purchase multiple as gifts Only valid for scheduled dates and times Must call to schedule Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.