A red sky at night is a sailor's delight, but a red sky in the morning means you've woken up on Mars. Get an eyeful of earthly delights with today's Groupon: for $14, you get a 90-minute sunset cruise from Viking Princess Cruises (a $26 value). Cruises depart from MacMillan Pier in Provincetown, about two-and-a-half hours southeast of Boston.
During the 90-minute sunset cruise, seafarers have the chance to take in the rosy-hued harbor scenery while enjoying a tasty spread of finger foods and drinks. While chugging around Provincetown Harbor on the Viking Princess—a 40-foot, biodiesel-fueled steel tub that features a decorative wheelhouse—sedentary sailors can observe ever-curious and -hefty gray seals and sea birds soaring amid the fiery setting sun to settle in their breakwater roosts while listening to the soothing calls of a stowaway Eugene Levy, who insists he saw a mermaid. The ship smoothly sails past sights such as the Long Point lighthouse and through the calm harbor waters before finally docking with the approach of darkness.
Sunset cruises are offered at dusk on various days throughout the summer. Check the calendar before calling ahead to schedule your eventide tour. Keep in mind that cruises are subject to change as required by inclement weather and British naval blockades.
Viking Princess Cruises
Sailing daily from MacMillan Wharf and stretching 39 feet lengthwise and 16 feet abeam, the Coast Guard–approved Viking Princess accommodates up to 42 passengers and two crewpersons per cruise. Several different cruise formats introduce water wanderers to coastal views of varying sites, such as Cape Cod’s prime real estate, well-known lighthouses, and hidden Provincetown gems. The Princess also embarks on festive holiday-themed voyages, such as Fourth of July or Tax Day cruises. Cape Cod Life's 2010 Gold winner for Best Kids' Activity, the Critter Cruise invites wee ones to pull up lobster pots and bottom dredges from the waters and safely inspect and handle the findings— such as blue fish, sea turtles, or humpback whales—alongside an expert naturalist. The Princess is wide enough to facilitate groups dancing to the sounds of the ship’s overhead stereo or to the tunes of local musicians during live-music cruises.