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Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-5500
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Ranked #7 of 15 activities in Portsmouth
Type: Tours
Traveler Description: Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers 3-hour harbor tours that include a trip out to the Isles of Shoals.  Trips sail at 9:55 AM and include the... more »
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Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

the other guests on board had actually stopped talking! One woman even whipped her cell phone out and had a conversation with her mother. The boat we were on (their newest and perhaps smallest) the Celia Thaxter was small and cramped with a bathroom that stopped working halfway through the cruise. Its one thing to have a poor quality microphone... More

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Four of us (two couples) took the M/V Thomas Laighton boat for a three hour, narrated "Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour". Parking was very convenient. For our trip the seas were calm and the mid-July day was warm. A great trip. The narration was informative with lots of stories/background on areas we were sailing past. The narration could... More

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I had told my French husband about these fascinating islands for years, but we were never near Portsmouth at the right moment until this last weekend. I bought the tickets ahead online and found all the instructions for parking and arrival without problem. We worried about the weather because this is not a trip for bad days--but Father's Day dawned... More

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Newmarket, New Hampshire
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9 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My wife and I decided to take a boat ride out to the Isles of Shoals on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. What a blast. We took a ride on the Thomas Laighton’s very professional crew. The seas were calm and the day could not have been better. Well worth the trip. We also had the privilege of seeing the US... More

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We boarded the ship on a bright and breezy September late afternoon. Heading out of Portsmouth harbour we surveyed the three decks scoping out the best vantage point. Once selected we settled in for a very enjoyable three hours on the water. The boat offers a good amount of occupancy. There is a full bar with local craft beers on... More

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Dracut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We took a half day trip via the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company out of Portsmouth, NH to Star Island. The cruise ship is clean and comfortable and has indoor and outdoor seating. The ride out to the island is approx. an hour and the guides share a lot of history of the area and point out the notable sites... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

We did the lobster clambake dinner cruise. The best part of the dinner was the corn on the cob which was cooked perfectly. The lobsters were boiled and not cleaned at all which totally grossed me out. The best part of the cruise was when dinner was over and we went onto the deck with our drinks to watch the... More

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New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Went for 1/2 day trip to Star Island as a family trip. Lovely trip, friendly staff and clean confortable ship. Perfect short walk around isle for my elderly Mum. Would love to return for an overnight sometime.

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Weatherford, Texas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Customer service was horrible. The gentleman in the office was rude. We were asking questions about the trip and he asked if we were buying tickets or not. I needed to know if it was a a strenuous walking trip on the island. He didn't bother to answer. Just turned his back to us and got on a computer. So... More

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Scarborough, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I took a friend on this cruise. I have been on it a number of times before. The staff at the Steamship Co are very nice. The ride out was AMAZING!!! So much to see. It is nice to have a narrater to tell us about the sights we see. The Isles of Shoals is a must!!!! All though, next... More

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