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Beautiful Day to be on the River

Very relaxing way to enjoy an afternoon on the water. Our Captain was very good at informing us... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
AlwaysGalway
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Reading, Massachusetts
Essex River Cruise

What a great time for 90 minutes!!! Very well worth the money spent for the three of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very relaxing way to enjoy an afternoon on the water. Our Captain was very good at informing us about local history and about the river, marsh, clam digging too. Too bad the local residents won’t allow a sign to point the way to the boat....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a great time for 90 minutes!!! Very well worth the money spent for the three of us! Enjoyable and fun time, great narration by The Captain about the history of the marshes, the wildlife, the islands in the area. Highly recommend this trip if...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I have taken the Essex River Cruise most every summer for twenty years. Obviously, we like a lot! It is a very calming, interesting trip and Captain Alex who took us this year could not have been more accommodating and interesting. I...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Looking for a fun way to spend a summer day? Hop on an Essex River Tour boat, you will not be disappointed! We spent 90 minutes touring the Essex River with our Captain, Alex. He was knowledgeable about the river and the wildlife we observed...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I brought a group of seniors last week and even though we caused the boat to delay its launching by about 20 minutes (!) the crew never once made us feel anything less than very welcome. They were patient and helpful and once we finally...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I'm an Essex native and love the river! Lovely cruise down river and loved how we went out to Coffin's Beach and back through the narrows.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Had a great time! Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Clean ship but green heads were wicked bad. Bug spray available on board for free which helped a lot. Highly recommend cruise!

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We did the 1 o'clock tour on a hot July Day. The temperature on the boat was perfect, nice breeze. The guide was well informed.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Really enjoyed the cruise. It was very informative and relaxing. Our tour guide was great. Just wish the flies were not there

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Thank delsemil
Reviewed 5 days ago

cruise was good except for green flies need fly strips put up Was a bit disappointed however that though I spent over$200 and realized that Paula had made areservation that I also made and didn t know until that morning and expressed it to cashier...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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Peter D
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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