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$45 for a Scenic Harbor Cruise ($90 Value)
- Cruise aboard one of four ships during Tall Ships Week from Friday, June 29, to Friday, July 6
- Cruise aboard one of the same four ships during any day in July
Hestia Cruises sends its four ships cruising by historic islands, docked naval ships, lighthouses, and the city skyline as guides reveal city history through facts and anecdotes. Gather on the open top deck of the Full Moon motor yacht for two-hour tours, or pass 75-minute tours strapped into seats aboard the BeachCat catamaran or sprawled atop the cabin on the sailboat Hestia. You can also cruise the sights at speeds up to 40 miles per hour during 75 minutes aboard a rigid inflatable boat built to Navy Seal specifications. During Tall Ships Week, guides focus much of their narration on the visiting tall ships, which interrupt the skyline at docks in South Boston, Downtown, the North End, Charlestown, and East Boston.
Gray-hulled naval ships sit stoically by weathered docks, as sailboats and yachts dart to and fro in graceful traffic. The tide ebbs and flows around islands, piers, and against harbor walls under the Boston skyline. Hestia Cruises' four ships glide among this nautical throng, carving wakes across the busy waters on seasonal cruises in the morning, afternoon, at sunset, or under the light of the moon. As the classic 1948 motor yacht Full Moon rumbles through the water, on-board tour guides divulge facts about harbor history and point out ideal landmarks to photograph. The ship's open decks host passengers for sightseeing tours, and its staff also guides morning cruises with massage services or yoga classes, evening voyages with wine and whiskey tastings, and photo-shoot cruises.
Captains also ferry visitors past harbor sights on an EPA-acclaimed private catamaran or the 32-foot Catalina sailboat Hestia, where passengers can help pull lines, unfurl the main sail, and make a mix-tape of sea shanties. They also pilot a rigid inflatable boat—built to Navy Seal specifications—for adventures to far ends of the harbor at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. The speedy craft lies low to the water, letting passengers feel the harbor's salty spray while hunched securely on saddle-style jockey seats.