Boston Harbor Cruises

Boston Harbor Cruises sails from the largest city and capital of Massachusetts, Boston, to the coastal towns Salem and Provincetown, and Georges Island and Spectacle Island in the city’s harbour.

Who are they?

A family business for over ninety years, Boston Harbor Cruises was founded by Matthew Hughes in an effort to provide Bostonians with quick and reliable summer excursions to the nearby islands in 1926. It has since become one of the biggest privately owned ferry operators in the United States, and the largest maritime employer in the city.

Based in one of the nation’s most historic harbours, the company boasts over five hundred daily departures, two hundred and fifty year-round employees and over six hundred seasonal staff. Despite its size, Boston Harbor Cruises still offers a personal and friendly service, with a family-orientated business ethos.

What ferries do Boston Harbor Cruises use?

Named after the famous mathematician, credited as the founder of modern maritime navigation, the Nathanial Bowditch holds a hundred and forty nine passengers, featuring two decks and spanning ninety two feet long. With a cruising speed of up to thirty three knots, it offers one of the fastest available ferry routes from Boston to Salem.

Salacia, the ancient Roman female divinity of the ocean, is one of the largest and fastest catamarans of its kind on the continent. On board this vessel are contemporary amenities, a cocktail bar and a full-service concierge desk helping with restaurant recommendations and tourist attraction bookings, making your trip to the Harbor Islands even easier. allows you to compare Boston Harbor Cruises timetables and fares with all alternative ferry operators before deciding on the best option for your trip.

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Boston Harbor Cruises routes and ports

All Boston Harbor Cruises routes