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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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wotton fitzpaine
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Had a good laugh being punted up river the guy punting us was very witty and knowledgeable about the colleges on the river did manage to barter to get orice down an hour well spent

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

The views from the boat are incredible. Really enjoyed this cruise. It was both reasonably priced and lasted a fair amount of time. Grab a spot at the front of the boat as soon as you get on. That's where my friend and I were able to find the best views.

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

Luke, thank you for your lovely review of Charles Riverboat Company! We hope you'll join us again next season for more 'front-row' views of the Charles River and Boston Harbor! More

Riverside, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

After 13 visits over a 25 year period, I have to ask myself, how had I missed this tour for so long? It's a pleasant hour on a comfortable boat that had snacks, drinks, and a well informed guide. She attended Boston University and knew the history well. She was eager to answer questions as well after she finished her... More

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

Dear Scott B, Thanks so much for your very positive and detailed review about your experience with Charles Riverboat Company! We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and even a few photos - please join us on another cruise next time you're in town! More

Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We had a Groupon for this ($20 total for the two of us). The captain was nice as was the staff. We had to cancel the first time and they were kind enough not to charge a cancellation fee. It was a relaxing trip with cocktail music in the background. There was a cash bar though we didn't partake. The... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience with Charles Riverboat Company! We're so glad that you enjoyed your Charles River Tour. We agree, our tours come equipped with some of the best views around! More

Nashua
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Enjoy the Boston Skyline from a boat cruising around the harbor. From the Cambridge side of the Charles, one travels through the Charles River Locks into the open waters of the harbor where the beauty of old and new Boston is on full display. Add to that a person well informed about the buildings and you're on your way for... More

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

We're so glad you enjoyed our 90-minute architecture cruise on the Charles River and Boston Harbor. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. See you next year! More

Grand Rapids, MI
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188 reviews 188 reviews
107 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We took the Sightseeing Tour as part of the Boston Upper Deck Super Tours. It was a great choice. I would have been willing to pay for it even if it hadn’t been included in our tour; it offers such a different perspective of the city. The tour leaves from the very rear of of the CambridgeSide Galleria Mall. Parking... More

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

Thanks for sharing such kind words regarding your tour with Charles Riverboat Company! We are thrilled you enjoyed the tour guide narration and our one-of-a-kind views of Cambridge and Boston. Please do come visit us again next summer season for an Architecture Tour or Sunset Cruise. More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Donna was a wonderful guide! She told us stories and facts I will not soon forget! I wish we went down further to see Harvard closer but that was definitely not a deal breaker! Would highly recommend! Thank you, Donna and Captain Jack for a great cruise!

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

Thank you for sharing your experience with Charles Riverboat Company. We'll pass your kind words along to Donna and Jack. We're so glad you enjoyed our Charles River Sightseeing Tour - please feel free to share any photos from your cruise on our Facebook page! More

California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We took two pre-teens who liked the Cambridge Side Galleria where the cruise departs from but were bored with the cruise. We thought that they would like to see Harvard, MIT and the Harvard Business School from the river but the cruise turns around well short of the bridge before Harvard and we saw much less than we had hoped... More

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

Thanks for taking the time to submit a Trip Advisor review for our Charles River Cruise. Unfortunately, we are only allowed to cruise up to our current turnaround point due to the size of our boats, overhead bridge clearance, and water depths of the river. We have passed your sound system feedback on to our vessel management staff, and are... More

Toronto
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We did the tour yesterday afternoon. The weather was perfect, and the views from the boat were excellent and well worth the ride. However, what was disappointing was the inadequate audio system on board. The young lady who was the tour guide provided no end of information and stories from start to finish, and thus did her job as best... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with Charles Riverboat Company. We are happy that you enjoyed the physical aspects of our Charles River Cruise, but agree that everyone onboard should be able to hear our guides' narration! Your feedback has been passed along to our vessel management staff. More

Atlanta, Georgia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Lovely tour of the Charles River. Learned some interesting tidbits of its history and surrounding neighborhoods. Tour guide did not speak very clearly though. We lost some of the references.

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

Anna, thanks for joining us on our Charles River tour, and for taking the time to review your experience here. We've passed your feedback along to our guides, and hope you'll cruise with us again on your next visit to Boston! More

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