Charles Riverboat Company
Charles Riverboat Company
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Charles Riverboat Company offers our guests the best views of Boston and Cambridge on our Sightseeing Tours, Sunset Cruises, and Architecture Cruises. Our tours depart daily from the CambridgeSide Mall from May through October, with special prices for children, seniors, and groups. Join us aboard our riverboats for an interesting and relaxing local experience on the Charles River. We also offer private events specializing in weddings, corporate events, cocktail and dinner parties and much more! Give us a call or view more information here: https://charlesriverboat.com/events/.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2024

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4.5 of 5 bubbles285 reviews
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R K
Boston, United States8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We held a party on the cruise with the CRC. We worked with their event planner to prepare the cruise, catering and DJ. The cruise was great with a great crew and captain that interacted with the guests. The food was delicious and music and dancing a blast.
Every person we dealt with from planning to execution of the event was kind, professional and responsive. Emails and calls were promptly responded to by the excellent event planner (Georgie) addressing every request. During the cruise the Captain and Crew were great to interface with making the trip even more fun.
It was an excellent experience all around and highly recommend CRC if you want to plan a business or pleasure event cruise on Boston Harbor!! Everyone that attended enjoyed the experience immensely.
Written June 15, 2022
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Jill C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I brought a large group from a senior living community on a sunset cruise and from beginning to end everything went beautifully. This company is highly organized and all the staff/crew are warm, friendly, and helpful. They made sure one staff member met our two buses and showed the drivers where to park. They escorted us to the dock, helped everyone get on board and played fantastic background music for our 90 minute cruise. The boat is easy to board, including for people with walkers or wheelchairs, it has two easily accessed bathrooms and the staff is accommodating when it comes to putting in or taking out the windows. Everyone had a great time and we'll make it an annual event!
Written July 31, 2023
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Roddy P
Johannesburg, South Africa927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Went on the archetecture tour - two hours on the Charles and in the harbour. It was fantastic - for two hours we had some history, social history, buildings, town planning and a whole lot of other information given to us by the knowledgable Rob. Well worth the $43 charge.

I would suggest that you go towards the end of your stay, if you can, as it puts the city of Boston in to a great context as well as tie a whole load of things together.
Written August 6, 2022
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Horseman
Dublin, Ireland120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
The seventy minute cruise (non-dining; non-cocktails) is just about perfect in providing an introduction to Boston’s great river. The narrator (apologies - can’t remember his name, but he was a Boston University student) was knowledgeable and entertaining. Recommended
Written June 21, 2023
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cwalter426
West Hyannisport, MA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We hosted an engagement party for our daughter and future son in law onboard the Lexington. From the initial contact Cecily, the owner, was responsive and helpful setting the vibe we wanted to create. The staff was amazing greeting our guests with a smile, beautifully displaying extra desserts and decorations we had also brought, the food was delicious and the drinks flowed easily. The boat was immaculately clean! Our guests walked away with an amazing memory, and I cannot thank Cecily and staff enough! We will definitely host onboard a Charles River Boat again!
Written October 31, 2021
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Joe M
Boston, MA48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I have to divulge that I know someone who works for this company, so I may be bit biased. I decided to take their Fall Foliage Tour because we were surprised by 70-80 degree temperatures, which is not common at this time of the year. It offered the perfect day for a trip down the Charles River to see the Boston and Cambridge skylines, Harvard & BU campuses, and all of the other sites & features along the river. All in the midst of very colorful fall foliage. The tour guide was great (and somehow bartends while giving the tour—without missing a beat), it was a great experience. I like to take photos and the boat offers a unique vantage point for viewing the city and all it has to offer.
Written October 28, 2023
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Thank you for sharing your experience! We're so glad you enjoyed the tour and we hope you had a memorable time onboard! These photos that you shared are so amazing, and we would love to share them on our socials. Please reach out to us on our Instagram (@charlesriverboatcompany) or at sales@charlesriverboat.com with your name or social media handle so that we can give you photo credit!
Written March 6, 2024
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Jason L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We were lucky enough to have Georgina Head assist us on our Corporate outing recently, and I have to say- I have rarely encountered such 5-Star service before. From the planning, preparation, to the day and night of our event, Georgina's steady hands helped provide a truly memorable experience aboard the Henry Longfellow vessel. She was outstanding in providing menu options, boat/vessel recommendations, additional features to ensure our team meeting went off successfully- but most of all, she was just a joy to work with. The boat and crew were fantastic, the food a huge hit, and Georgina is absolutely to thank for making this all happen so successfully.

Book a group, or team outing, or even just for a small gathering. Ask for Georgina Head, and know that you WILL be looked after every step of the way.

Thank you Georgina, and thank you Charles Riverboat!!
Written May 31, 2022
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Cali P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We held our rehearsal dinner on the Charles 1 mid October and it was awesome! We were lucky with the weather, and the 2 hr cruise itself has a beautiful route with great photo ops. The crew, Captain Sean and 1st mate Sam, were great! The catering company they work with was well worth the money! Dayna was our contact the whole time and was so easy and pleasant to work with, and since we live out of state, it was so nice to know she had us covered! Even when I emailed her in the afternoon the day of, she got right back to me, a blessing as a stressed out bride! We also took the sunset cocktail cruise in August to scout out the boat, and that was a blast too. Cannot recommend enough if you are looking for a really cool rehearsal dinner or even wedding venue, seriously consider the Charles Riverboat Company!
Written October 26, 2023
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Camper679644
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
I was lucky to find this company while trying to organize a graduation event for my class. The staff was professional, responsive, and accommodating throughout the reservation process (shoutout to Macoy and Melissa). Same on the boat, the crew was pleasant, cooperative and professional and made sure we had a good time. I loved seeing so many females among the crew. The trip could not have been any better.
Written May 31, 2024
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CoachDaddy85
Ocean City, MD182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
Outstanding adventure. The Lexington is a lovely boat. Personable and attentive crew handled a vessel mechanical issue with calm solution-oriented professionalism. Wonderful narration with great views of Logan, the skyline, the Constitution, and more. Food and beverage were exceptional. I highly recommend this.
Written October 8, 2023
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