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Cape Cod Canal Cruises

Onset, MA, USA
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About Cape Cod Canal Cruises
The historic Cape Cod Canal’s only sightseeing cruise! We operate two and three hour sightseeing cruises, featuring live narration about the fascinating history and points of interest along the Canal. Points of interest include Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Sagamore Bridge, Bourne Bridge, Vertical Lift Railroad Bridge, Gray Gables, Herring Run, Aptucxet Trading Post, Scusset Beach Fish Pier, Sandwich Boat Basin and Cape Cod Bay. This man-made canal, a National Historic Civil Engineering landmark, is the widest sea level canal (without locks) in the world. It was built to create more efficient nautical trade routes, opening in July 1914. Passage through the Canal is safer than having to maneuver around the dangerous shoals and unpredictable currents surrounding the Outer Cape, and also saves ships more than 160 miles of travel, instead of having to navigate around the tip of Cape Cod.
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donna d wrote a review Oct 2020
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great thing to do, Learned things about the cape I never knew!!! Thank you we went august 2019, Before covid hit it was a great experience and I would do it again
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from betsyrich, Manager at Cape Cod Canal Cruises
Responded Oct 27, 2020
Thank you for your review!
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lexmiller wrote a review Sep 2020
Burlington, Massachusetts934 contributions653 helpful votes
This is a must-do, and we are not sure how, over the many times we've been to The Cape, we missed it! Better late than never! The two hour tour is live narrated by an outstanding expert on the history of the canal and The Cape. He welcomes questions. So much history, and we loved hearing the specifics about each of the bridges. We had no idea that there was a canal built in 1910, well before this one! And very interesting to hear the background of the trading between the Wampanoags and the early settlers. All very interesting information and a very scenic ride! The tour boat itself is very comfortable - you can be inside or out, free to move around the boat during the tour. The snack bar is well stocked and the bathrooms are clean.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Victoria M wrote a review Aug 2020
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The entire ride is delightful. Narration is nice, but the highlight of my trip is the captain's expert handling of the vessel. I love that passengers can stay topside, go below deck for a snack, or even go to the head (bathroom) and feel the nostalgia of this boat. I worked on the Viking when I was a cadet at Mass Maritime in the late 1980's. But it's never changed. That's what I love the most. The crew takes pride in the cleanliness and seaworthiness of the boat. Onset's best attraction!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from betsyrich, Manager at Cape Cod Canal Cruises
Responded Sep 4, 2020
Thank you so much!
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Cathie s wrote a review Jul 2020
Bartow, Florida43 contributions13 helpful votes
This was our 1st canal cruise in onset and drew did an excellent job of narration of the history of the canal & surrounding area. We enjoyed the tour very much.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from betsyrich, Manager at Cape Cod Canal Cruises
Responded Sep 4, 2020
Thank you!
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mitch4 wrote a review Sep 2019
Massachusetts285 contributions23 helpful votes
We loved this trip on the Cape Cod Canal. It was relaxing, informative, and beautiful! It was also a great value!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from betsyrich, Manager at Cape Cod Canal Cruises
Responded Sep 10, 2019
Thank you, Mitch!
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