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Essex River Cruises & Charters

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"Enjoy a scenic river excursion that captures the essence of New England " -Boston Globe. 1 1/2 hour narrated cruises, along the calm waters of the Essex River. Glide back in time, past islands, dunes & beaches formed by glaciers. See historic...more
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35 Dodge St, Essex, MA 01929-1337
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

The guide was excellent! Jesse knew his history and told the stories in an interesting and inviting way. Hot apple cider and donuts were perfect for this cold afternoon.

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

My wife and I took the last cruise for the year and we truly enjoyed it. It was educationally as well and beautiful. I would absolutely take it again especially when it is warmer. We bundled up and enjoyed the delicious hot apple cider as...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

I enjoyed it. The guide knew a lot of information. It was a little windy, but in mid October on the water , it was expected.

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

Great, we have done this cruise several times and they have all been excellent. We enjoyed the commentary and the cider donuts and cider.

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 20, 2018

The Essex River estuary is very beautiful and the guide was very knowledgeable. It’s a great way to see the coast in a different way that hasn’t changed in ages.

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

A group of us decided to do the Fall Foliage Tour with Essex River Cruises. It was a nice leisurely trip through the Essex River salt marsh with great scenery and complimentary cider and donuts. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly as well....More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

great trip with wonderful views.tour guide great with relevant stories regarding the area.would do it all again

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Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

Relaxing and informative. Great scenic trip. The whole family loved it! A little history about essex too.

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

I've been on this cruise many times and recommend it highly. It's a beautiful, relaxing, and historically interesting ride through one of the most gorgeous coastal landscapes in New England. At about 90 minutes round trip, the cruise is a perfect morning or afternoon activity,...More

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Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

A great way to spend a couple of hours on the water at one of the nieces places on earth. We had boats on and off through the years at the Essex Marina and our kids grew up on the river and at the beaches....More

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Terri P
May 8, 2018|
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Response from EssexRiverCruises | Property representative |
Hi Terry, Unfortunately, due to the nature of our public cruises, we do not allow dogs of any size. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. We hope to see you this summer! Thank you, Alex
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chemoangel
October 20, 2016|
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Response from EssexRiverCruises | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for your interest! Yes, we are fully handicap accessible and we can accommodate wheelchairs (although not the heavy, motorized ones). Our crew is also more than willing to help you if you or someone in your... More
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PeterD1625
August 24, 2016|
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Hi, it is very temping because the water is so beautiful but no, you can't
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