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90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River

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    What to Expect
    This 90-minute tour offers spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin.

    The tour— narrated by a guide from Boston By Foot and co-sponsored by BSA Space, a center for architecture and design—includes landmarks such as Marriott’s Custom House, the Prudential Building, and the Hancock tower, as well as cutting-edge contemporary design by today’s top architects. These are simply the best waterfront views of Boston and Cambridge.

    Discover Boston's historic and contemporary architecture onboard Boston's only architectural cruise. Presented in partnership with Charles Riverboat Company, the Boston Society of Architects, and Boston by Foot, this narrated cruise is a favorite of both locals and visitors.

    Architecture Cruises depart from the CambridgeSide Mall.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Cruises depart from outside the Food Court doors of the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall.
    Departure Time
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
    2:30pm Architecture Cruise
    5/28/2019 - 9/2/2019Monday - Friday:02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

    2:30pm Architecture Tour
    9/7/2019 - 10/27/2019Saturday - Sunday:02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

    9/7/2020 - 10/27/2020Saturday - Sunday:02:30 PM - 04:00 PM

    11:30am Architecture Cruise
    5/28/2019 - 9/2/2019Saturday - Sunday:11:30 AM - 01:00 PM

    9/7/2019 - 10/27/2019Saturday - Sunday:11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
    1h 30m
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local guide
    • Sightseeing cruise by river
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    We had a Groupon and there were five of us, including my dad, husband, and kids. They have wine, hard seltzer, beer, soda, and snacks on board. The commentary was interesting and they were personable and friendly. The boat leaves from outside the food court at the Galleria
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    Response from CharlesRiverboat, Manager at 90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River
    Responded 1 week ago
    Johannah, Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We truly appreciate your kind words & hope to see you again soon.
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    Cruise started out with no issues. Our tour guide was charming and enthusiastic. He shared information about the river and adjacent buildings with great knowledge. So far so good. First problem- there are only two employees on board. The boat Captain and the tour guide, who
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    Response from CharlesRiverboat, Manager at 90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River
    Responded Aug 26, 2019
    Good Morning, Thank you very much for taking the time to share your feedback. We appreciate the comments and will be sure to take all into consideration in the future to make our tours more enjoyable for our passengers. We understand that there were some unforeseen circumstances that occurred onboard and we very much apologize that it took away from your tour experience. We would love for you to come back and enjoy another sightseeing tour on us! Please email our office at sales@charlesriverboat.com or call 617-621-3001 and we would be happy to assist you. Thank you again for your feedback!
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    When I traveled from Ontario to Boston for my fiftieth birthday this year, I made the decision to purchase a Go Boston Card. The Charles Riverboat Company cruise was one of the many activities to choose from. I love mini-cruises, and this one didn't disappoint. I was afraid that
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    Response from CharlesRiverboat, Manager at 90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River
    Responded Jul 27, 2019
    Hello, Thank you so much for cruising with us! We are so glad you enjoyed the tour and had a great time! We hope you will join us again soon.
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    Came with a bus Group and took the store out of the CambridgeSide Galleria. It was informative and very relaxing. Would recommend this to anyone natives to Boston as well as tourists for all the history and gorgeous scenery that was covered in the 90 minutes.
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    Response from CharlesRiverboat, Manager at 90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River
    Responded Jun 17, 2019
    Hello! Thank you for bringing your group to cruise with us! We are very happy you had a nice time. Thank you for the awesome review and we hope to have your group on board again soon!
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    Did the Architecture Cruise which has a guide from Boston on Foot. Thought we were doing the traditional Charles River but rather go through the lock and up into the harbor. Offered a nice history of the city that is different than a typical foot tour or boat tour. Well
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