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Charles Riverboat Company

100 CambridgeSide Place, Suite 320, Cambridge, MA 02141
617.621.3001
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Ranked #5 of 11 Activities in Cambridge
Type: Tours
Owner description: Charles Riverboat Company offers our guests the best views of Boston and Cambridge on our Sightseeing Tours, Sunset Cruises, and Architecture Cruises.... more » Owner description: Charles Riverboat Company offers our guests the best views of Boston and Cambridge on our Sightseeing Tours, Sunset Cruises, and Architecture Cruises. Our tours depart daily from the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall from May through October, with special prices for children, seniors, and groups. Join us aboard the Charles I, Henry Longfellow, or Lexington for an interesting and relaxing local experience on the Charles River and Boston Harbor. « less
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Massachusetts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Took the Architecture Cruise on Labor Day weekend. Super convenient loading immediately out the back door of the main level of the Cambridgeside Galleria mall, and parking is only $3.99 for 10 hours on Sundays. I also had a Groupon for the cruise itself. Call in advance for a reservation number and write it down - they had a little... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I loved this little sailing around Boston; this Cruise goes at a slow pace so you can enjoy the beauty from different points and angles. It last around an hour. The guide was very prepared and also very funny, I really enjoyed this ride; totally recomend it!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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126 reviews 126 reviews
42 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I went on the sunset cruise. It was a nice easy boat ride especially for someone who normally gets seasick. The cost was only $17 for an hour boat ride. The cruise included great views of the city. There are plenty of photo opportunities, especially on a clear summer evening. There is some classic music and a bar on board.... More

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CharlesRiverboat, Public Relations Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us and post pictures on Trip Advisor. We love seeing action shots of the river! We love our location at the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall just for that reason: places to eat, easy and cheap parking, shopping, and the list continues! Please like us on Facebook and we hope to see you cruising... More

Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

1. Improve your speaker system please, it was scratchy and hard to listen to. 2. Nice clean boat. Staff was very kind. 3. Narrator/Guide/Shouter: We don't want to hear a laundry list of architects shouted at us. Please relate an interesting story or anecdote about the architects or buildings, I paid money to hear something interesting. And for heaven's sake,... More

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CharlesRiverboat, Public Relations Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I will pass along this message to our general manager as well as our maintenance crew to make sure the quality of sound is perfect. It sounds like you were onboard our Architecture Tour. I will pass this message along to Boston by Foot who provides the tour guides for those cruises. We pride ourselves... More

Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We lucked out and went on a hot nite so was enjoyable in that respect but I was dissappointed that there was no audio pointing out things along the way. Guess I should have taken the architectural tour. There were only two crew members and one of them tended bar and was boat hand. Nice guy working awfully hard. I... More

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CharlesRiverboat, Public Relations Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor! We agree that a sunset cruise is a perfect way to spend those hot summer nights. We don't give much of a tour on the sunset cruise because we leave this time for people to sit back, relax, and grab a drink. We would love to have you onboard one of our... More

Shaftsbury, VT
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The boat ride itself was pleasant and informative. The narrator however was painful at best. He was trying way too hard to be funny. He did share some interesting information however some if it was a bit inappropriate with the age of the children on the boat. I would not recommend this tour.

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CharlesRiverboat, Public Relations Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this review

Dear Sean, Thank you for your review. I have passed this response to all the crew to insure our tours are informative, appropriate, and interesting. We do pride ourselves in our tours, so if you would like to come and try us again, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you. Thanks and we hope to... More

Newton, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It is always nice to spend time on a boat on a river, and this can be a nice way to get nice views of Boston, even for a local like me. What spoiled the trip for me is that it was noisy and the guide (an undergraduate student) spoke incredibly loud and talked constantly while actually saying surprisingly little.... More

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CharlesRiverboat, Public Relations Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Thomas. We agree that one of the best ways to see Boston, for an out-of-town guest or a local, is to see the sights by water. We are checking in with our tour guides to make sure they are aware of the sounds to insure high sound quality for all. Please join us again on a... More

Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Usa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very cool and relaxing way to spend an hour when visiting Beantown! Good glimpse into the history of Boston, plus a lot of cool stories about traditions and stuff you probably wouldn't get in your usual tour books. Kudos to Harry, our navigator/bartender/trashcan-uprighter!

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CharlesRiverboat, Public Relations Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this review

Thank you Mike for your review! We are glad Harry could give you a great and insightful tour of Boston and the surrounding area! Please like us on Facebook to keep updated with our company. Hope to see you cruising with us again soon! More

Burlington, Massachusetts
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74 reviews 74 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

If you are looking for a romantic evening with a sunset in the background then the Charles Riverboat Company Sunset Cruise is the way to go. There is a bar on board and the hour long trip down the Charles River is scenic and the ride ends with a spectacular sunset.

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CharlesRiverboat, Public Relations Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this review

Thank you Dave for your review! We agree that the sunset cruise is a great way to relax and see the beautiful sights of Boston and Cambridge. We hope you come back and enjoy our other daytime cruises or our Boston Harbor sunset cruise! More

Providence, Rhode Island
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Took the architecture tour. Great tour. Good narrator, boat has amenities (bar, bathroom). If anything, the 90 minutes went by too fast; if anything, the cruise could be longer (it would've been nice to go farther down the river towards Fenway).

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CharlesRiverboat, Public Relations Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this review

Thank you for cruising with us! The architecture tour is a great way to see the Boston Harbor, Charles River, and travel through the locks. Boston by Foot and the Boston Society of Architects narrate the tour so I always learn something new when I am onboard. We try to keep the architecture tour to 90 minutes and cover as... More

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