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“A Pleasant Passage of Three Hours” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
Ranked #7 of 14 Tours in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Ottawa
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175 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“A Pleasant Passage of Three Hours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

We boarded the ship on a bright and breezy September late afternoon. Heading out of Portsmouth harbour we surveyed the three decks scoping out the best vantage point. Once selected we settled in for a very enjoyable three hours on the water.

The boat offers a good amount of occupancy. There is a full bar with local craft beers on tap. Modest snacks like pretzels were also available.

The highlight was undoubtedly, David, our tour guide. Despite only moving to Portsmouth area in the past ten years he had a vast knowledge of the waters and its history. Everything from lighthouse workers to German submarines, David knew his stuff.

The ship docked at Star Island to disgorge passengers and take on more passengers. Travellers go to Star Island for religious retreats or educational training. It looked somewhat like a step back in time residing in this old island hotel.

The tour provides a good perspective on the importance of the water to Portsmouth and its proud naval history. Step aboard next time you're in town.

Visited September 2013
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Dracut
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Step Back in Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We took a half day trip via the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company out of Portsmouth, NH to Star Island. The cruise ship is clean and comfortable and has indoor and outdoor seating. The ride out to the island is approx. an hour and the guides share a lot of history of the area and point out the notable sites on the way. We even saw a couple of submarines at the naval yard. The island is small and an hour is plenty of time to walk around. We started out with the guided walk and then ventured off on our own. There is an old hotel on the island that hosts conferences and a beautiful small recreated village. It's worth the trip.

Visited August 2013
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“Highlight was watching the sun set”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

We did the lobster clambake dinner cruise. The best part of the dinner was the corn on the cob which was cooked perfectly. The lobsters were boiled and not cleaned at all which totally grossed me out. The best part of the cruise was when dinner was over and we went onto the deck with our drinks to watch the sun set.

Visited August 2013
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New England
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“Fun trip for visitors to Nh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Went for 1/2 day trip to Star Island as a family trip. Lovely trip, friendly staff and clean confortable ship. Perfect short walk around isle for my elderly Mum. Would love to return for an overnight sometime.

Visited August 2013
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Weatherford, Texas
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“RUDE!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013

Customer service was horrible. The gentleman in the office was rude. We were asking questions about the trip and he asked if we were buying tickets or not. I needed to know if it was a a strenuous walking trip on the island. He didn't bother to answer. Just turned his back to us and got on a computer. So we chose not to go.

Visited August 2013
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