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Address: 35 Dodge St, Essex, MA 01929-1337
Phone Number: +1 978-768-6981
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"Enjoy a scenic river excursion that captures the essence of New...

"Enjoy a scenic river excursion that captures the essence of New England " -Boston Globe. 1 1/2 hour narrated cruises, 1 hour evening cocktail cruise, along the calm waters of the Essex River. Glide back in time, past islands, dunes & beaches formed by glaciers. See historic mansions, shipyards, saltmarsh farms, rare birds, wildlife, and stunning scenery. Charters &Clambakes. Restroom onboard, free parking, handicaped accessible, cards taken, and bar available.

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Great cruise!

Great fall foliage cruise: nice crew, nice river route, beautiful landscapes and environment. An excellent way to spend a sunny afternoon - definitely recommended!

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5 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 2, 2016
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

Great fall foliage cruise: nice crew, nice river route, beautiful landscapes and environment. An excellent way to spend a sunny afternoon - definitely recommended!

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Terrific day. Weather was a little cooler. But still nice. Narration was interesting. Learned alot.. Op

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Great time. Young man narrating was excellent. Very knowledgeable. Very cold and windy but still loved it.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Recently, I took a morning river tour with Essex River Cruises. I was with 3 friends, 2 who had taken a cruise years ago and highly recommended it. Even though we expected the cruise to be good, it went way beyond our expectations. The salt marsh, the Essex Bay and our quick view of the Ipswich Bay were all beautiful.... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

This is a great tour through beautiful waters and breathtaking views, an excellent guide who is funny, insightful, and just the right amount of information. I felt relaxed and renewed. Have been on several boat tours of this type. This one is top notch.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We really enjoyed the fall foliage trip as part of a weekend exploring the region. Well narrated, comfortable and so wonderful to see the estuary and the back side of Crane Beach. Nothing like being out on the water. Folks are right that is was a lot colder, but we brought our coats and scarves. They also had space blankets... More 

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Milton, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We missed being able to get on a river cruise last year as we weren't aware you needed reservations and the cruises were full. First tip! We reserved seats this year for their Fall Foliage Cruise on 10/15/16 and were not disappointed. Nice, relaxing two hour cruise with information about everything we were seeing and the history that goes along... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Let Captain Clifford and his son Alex take you down the Essex River towards the Atlantic. Beautiful vistas on all sides. Alex really knows the ecology and history of the area; you'll enjoy being educated by him. We plan to go back again in the spring and summer, to experience the different migrating species and effects of nature's paintbrush.

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Foxborough MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Four (!!) generations of our family met at the docks, enjoyed the hot cider and boarded the vessel. It was a very smooth ride and the host seemed to know just how much to share. We enjoyed the quiet moments as well as the narration. Those cider donuts are fantastic (and free)! Considering a trip? Great fun! Bring your camera... More 

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Stamford CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

After lunch, look the Essex River cruise – pleasant 90 minute trip through the salt marshes and out to the dunes. Well narrated by a friendly guide.

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