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Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-5500
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Ranked #5 of 16 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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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The steam company is well organised. Runs on time. Clean boat. Excellent guide with lively, clear historical information. A pleasant outing worth the money. Gave me the desire to read and learn more about New England area, the history of Salt, Cod, lobster, etc...

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Deering, New Hampshire
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125 reviews 125 reviews
50 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I went out to the Isles of Shoals with my 15 year old son and my friend and her son who is 10 years old and everyone absolutely enjoyed them selves. We had beautiful weather. Calm seas for our afternoon trip. The island is beautiful with peaceful places to sit and enjoy the quietness of the ocean sounds. I could... More

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Tewksbury, MA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We took the 4+ hour harbor cruise and trip out to the Isle of shoals on their larger vessel. The trip included a 1 hour and 45 minute stop at Star Island. First, the weather was great. Sunny and mid 70s and the seas were calm. While the cruise line can't take credit for the weather, I mention it because... More

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Huron, OH, USA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
34 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went on a last minute cruise on a Sunday evening. The tickets were only $15 each for a 2 hour ride with a band. The views & photo ops can't be beat. I wanted to do the tour of Isles of Shoals which was $28 for 3 hours; but we didn't have time.

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Wells, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Whilst on a 2 week trip to Portsmouth NH, we decided to take the MV Thomas Laughton one sunny afternoon, to do a trip out to the Isles of Shoals. The trip took approximately 3 hours. We walked down to the dock, about 5 mins from Market Square, bought our tickets and got on board. Although the boat has a... More

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Belmont, New Hampshire
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107 reviews 107 reviews
19 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

After living in NH for 60+ years, my wife and I finally decided to visit this part of New Hampshire that we had never visited. On a recent Wednesday morning we took the MV Thomas Laighton out of Portsmouth Harbor to visit Star Island. Parking was very convenient, I parked right on the dock. Having purchased and printed my tickets... More

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New England
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

For years we always have seen the Isles of Shoals from land, and this year we decided to take a trip out to see them. We took the M/V Thomas Laighton boat for a three hour tour narrated "Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor". The staff was very friendly and helpful, and very knowledgeable of the area. We also lucked... More

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Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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