Catching other forms of life is an excellent way to fill yourself up with the wonders of nature, a fact humans have been forced to teach great white sharks. Play a non-predatory role in the world’s never-ending game of catch with today’s Groupon: for $11, you get a 75-minute Critter Cruise from Viking Princess Cruises. Cruises depart from MacMillan Pier in Provincetown, about two hours from Boston. Like an all-you-can-eat buffet, this Groupon doesn’t have a limit, so customers can buy and eat as many Groupons as they want.
During the Critter Cruise, both kids and adults have the chance to exchange pleasantries with interesting marine life, such as lobsters, crabs, starfish, and Aquaman. While chugging around Provincetown Harbor on the “Viking Princess”—a 40-foot, biodiesel-fueled steel tub that features a decorative wheelhouse and smokestacks—an expert naturalist will educate passengers about various underwater life forms. As each sea varmint is lifted from the ocean depths by plankton nets, lobster pots, and bottom dredges, guests will get to safely handle them and learn how to pick them up without invoking Poseidon’s wrath. Some of the catch will be held temporarily in the onboard touch tank, which serves as a comfy hotel room for water-oriented visitors as they’re carefully observed and interrogated. All marine life is promptly returned to the harbor after the cruise.
Critter Cruises are offered two or three times every day during July and August, and at select times from September through October. Check the calendar before calling ahead to schedule your exciting, hand-moisturizing experience with the creatures that live down under the sea. 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.