Cape Cod Canal Cruises
Cape Cod Canal Cruises
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
About
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.
Onset, United States

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Baltimore, MD348 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
A nice easy adventure to the Cape Cod canal on a old ship named Victory. They offer daily trips up the canal in 2 hour or 3 hour segnments. Calm water, some narration, but its mainly a slow moving ship so sea sickness should not be an issue. It does have bathrooms and an upper and lower deck. Regular tickets are $21 per person. Plenty of parking in a lot right by the cruise. The lower level does have a bar.
Written 29 May 2023
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Richard Z
Voorhees, NJ3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Cape Cod II American Constitution
August 25, 2022
Traveling during the past 18 months has been difficult. Last year I did the same cruise
with most of the stops closed. Cape Cod is a beautiful area, the people are hard working
and boston is historic but jammed on the week before labor day. I was surprised that
both ways, American Airlines was on time and full. In the past, I drove to the air port
and parked. It was always a hassle. Not this time, both ways was by cab and I saved
over $180.00 not parking. To my surprise, we had no problems with American Airlines,
either way.
I stayed over in Boston at the Marina Marriott. A great location with in waking distance
from Old Ironsides, the Bunker Hill monument and the “One if by land, Two if by sea”
church. A great location and a lot cheaper than the down town hotels. I spent half a day
bus. It is a great way to see a busy city.
The next morning I boarded the American Constitution. It is a small river boat, that
will take us around Cape Cod. It takes about 190 passengers in comfort and gets into
many small ports that bigger ships can not visit. They have an excellent, hard working
crew that really helped to make the trip. The trip focused on Cape Cod, nautical history
the fishing industry and the people who work hard to make a living at sea. We used the
Cape Cod Canal, Built in 1911 and were out in the Atlantic many times. The weather
was great. We were in the part of the world where people traveled by boat, worked by
boat and some had super multi million dollar boats.
Our first stop was Gloucester. At one time, the richest town in the US. It
is the oldest fishing port in the U.S. They had a huge whaling business.
It is still a major fishing port with full services facilities including
processing, ice, fuel and shipping. The fishermen fish for different species during
different times of the year. Scallops are a major crop bringing in $32.00 a pound.
As we entered the Cape Cod Canal we visited at the Mass. Marine Academy.
This is a 4 year training facility for people who want to work in the maritime
industry. It is similar to Annapolis. The were working with a new 4 year class
of 1300. They have a huge training ship- the Kennedy, which they take out for sea
training. On the other end of the island is Plymouth. It is a tourist trip. They have
a fake rock, that the tourist flock too. Even the locals say it is fake. They have
a very good copy of the Mayflower and hundreds of small boats. What everyone
ignores is the Grist Mill built in the 1870's and is still grinding grain.
On to Marths’s Vineyard. The island is heavily wooded with a few small towns.
It is serviced with many passenger and truck ferries every day. Eager Town
is a beautiful little town worth visiting. The marina is full of big fancy boats
and has a two car ferry to Chappaquiddick. The Vineyard is EXPENSIVE. rural
and forested. Our major transportation was a converted army bus.
On to Newport, The town boomed until 1914 when the US got the income tax.
The mansions are spectacular as is Fort Adams. The harbor is full of super yachts.
The Biggest belongs to Roger Penske, it is almost as big as our boat. Next to it
was a brand new, about $20,000,000 boat that belonged to one of his auto dealers.
The mansions are spectacular and Fort Adams is one of the best in the country.
New Bedford is different. They have 550 fishing boats and a huge fishing industry.
The Whaling Museum is one of the best in the county. On the 3rd floor, they have a
50% size model of a fully rigged whale boat. It is spectacular. They fish from Maine
to Virginia. When they go to the grand banks, it takes them 7 days to get to the Banks,
They fish for 7 days and then it takes 7 days to come home. We had a Captain as a
speaker. He worked for 47 years and all of his immediate relatives are Captains.

Our last stop was P. Town, the local name for Provincetown at the very end of the Cape.
It is described as the San Francisco of the East. Almost everyone comes by high speed
ferry. When the ferry arrives the terminal is mobbed. It has a small fishing industry and
a huge tourist industry. It is part of the National Seashore which stretches about 4 miles.
Was a pet project for President Kennedy. To get around you walk, bike, pedicab and
take the tourist trolley. The roads are very narrow and trucks are hard to get past.
One end of the islands has over 100 art galleries. I found the pedicabs comfortable,
the driver narrates and a great way to see the island. There is a tiny airport the will
take you to Boston.
While eating dinner we were watching a fisherman coming in dragging a big
tuna. It was as big as me and weighed about 400 lbs. They needed a lift to get
it on the dock. A buyer and truck showed up, examined it and took it with
him. That fisherman had a good pay off that day.

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Written 12 September 2022
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L_Lott19
Mansfield, MA428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I can't say enough good things about this. We had to change our reservations because of a friend's wake. They were more than helpful in making that happen. We took the cocktail cruise and it was perfect. The bar was well stocked. You could bring your own food if you wanted to, but we opted to have dinner afterwards. The sunset was spectacular. Nice to see the area from the water. Was a wonderful date night. Very affordable as well.
Written 1 September 2022
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GS K
New Britain, CT10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Well worth it if you have never done it. Take the 3 hour cruise going out at 10 AM. Very informative. The tour guy is very knowledgeable and you learn a lot of history about the canal and the two bridges crossing it. Leave a cooler with lunch in your vehicle. When you get back there are ample benches to sit in the area and have lunch looking out over the bay.
Written 31 August 2022
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232johno
Stow, MA141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Enjoy the water! Want to enjoy a break from 90+F heat wave? Want an enjoyable 3 hour cruise without buying/renting a boat? Well this fits your need. 1st half narrated cruise thru the canal from Onset(Wareham) to Sandwich for less than $25? Get there for the 10AM boat and there usually is $2/hour parking at the dock. Water and non alcoholic beverages are allowed. The Viking Cruise line offers this pleasant trip up and back thru the canal. The ship has an open top deck with overhang for about half the seats and enclosed lower deck with windows that can be opened. And if you time your trip just right you may see the Cape Flyer (Boston to Hyannis) weekend train that runs along the Bourne side of the canal and the canal railroad bridge lowered to accomodate it. Looking for a fun day on the water this can't be beat.
Written 30 July 2022
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martz5060
55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Fun and enjoyable cruise for the family. Guide pointed out highlights of the sights. They said they are getting a newer boat which will be an even better experience for guests next season. Friendly crew that was flexible and kind. Affordable pay-by-plate parking lot located right near dock.
Written 26 July 2022
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americanpatriot73
54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We went August 14, 2021 on the 10 a.m. boat. There is ample parking in the area. The Ride crew was helpful & friendly. They let everyone with medical problems in first. That was nice to see. There are no benches to sit on while you wait for your trip time.

The Ride did not go to the complete end of the canal. I do not know why. I was hoping they did. I would say that they turned around about 1000 ft before the canal's end.

The Ride is fun, interesting & somewhat informative as well.
Written 1 September 2021
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Lysette B
Sag Harbor1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Not only did Bob make the cruise very educational but his personality and kindness made this experience exceptional. He was very kind and helpful with a member of our group who is someone disabled. We highly recommend this cruise for everyone especially if Bob is working. Our mistake in double booking was picked up by Gina’s attention to detail. Thank you so much. Can’t wait to go again!
Written 15 August 2021
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Gina just called me to let me know you wrote a review - thank you very much!
Written 17 August 2021
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Sad
Tiverton, RI20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Totally drunk group of six sat behind us and kept crowding us in front, no social distancing and even stepped on my toe! Asked them to not stand in front of us, blocking our view in space less than one foot in front of us (we were at very point of boat). They got into argument, called me disparaging names! I went to get boat help who asked me what he was supposed to do!!!! Terrible!!!! Would not recommend sunset cruise at all. Morons shouldn’t be allowed to get in drunk and ruin it for others!!!
Written 14 August 2021
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Pilot H
Sandwich, MA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Last night I took a group of my restaurant employees out for the 5'oClock cocktail cruise. I'm an idiot so I didn't make a reservation. We arrived and the women in the booth accommodated us and got us on board. Once on board we enjoyed a beautiful cruise half way up the canal that was made phenomenal by the service of PJ. He was the deck hand and the bartender. He was able to not only serve a bunch of hospitality people in a fast manner but he was so personable all of my guests commented on that to me. GO SEE HIM!
Written 20 July 2021
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