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Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

Open today: 09:00 - 18:00
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Great boat trip with excellent commentor.

We took the 3 1/2 hour boat trip with walking tour of star island. The boat trip portion was... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Linda M
seacoast, nh
via mobile
A Lovely Day

We took the trip on the larger boat with the 1 1/2 hour time frame on Star Island. It was perfect... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Wakefield, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 23 August 2017

We took the Thomas Laighton out to Star Island for the midday trip. Luckily, the day was perfect and the ocean wasn't choppy. Just the gorgeous boat ride to the island and back is worth the price of admission and includes a great commentary on...More

3  Thank NHjo
Reviewed 22 August 2017

A large group of my family members, sailed to the Isles of Shoals on August 4th. We sailed out to the islands on the "Challenger".It was our first time on the vessel "Challenger." The weather was picture perfect, and the seas calm. We have gone...More

Thank Judy L
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We took the 3 1/2 hour boat trip with walking tour of star island. The boat trip portion was narrated with all the local points of interest explained as we passed. The boat is comfortable, has snacks and drinks including beer available and rest rooms...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We took the trip on the larger boat with the 1 1/2 hour time frame on Star Island. It was perfect weather with pretty calm waters. Most of the seating is on the plastic stacking backyard type chairs, I cannot imagine I would have felt...More

Thank Robindo
Reviewed 14 August 2017

My husband and I just enjoyed our second cruise for the Star Island Stopover with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company on Monday, August 7, 2017. It is probably my fifth or sixth stopover trip, and his second. We did this last August and he...More

Thank pjwildes
Reviewed 8 August 2017

If the open sea is your desire, the Isles of Shoals cruise would be of interest. The boat leaves Portsmouth Harbor and sails to nine legendary islands located a few miles off the coast. Settled by Captain John Smith, the Isles of Shoals have had...More

Thank Les F
Reviewed 23 July 2017

I can tell you that the boats do leave on time as we missed the early boat due to being stuck in traffic!!!! They have a schedule to keep because of the bridge that has to moved up for the boat to go under and...More

Thank travelbug41563
Reviewed 16 July 2017

It has been a number of years since I last visited the Isles of Shoals. I thought it would be an excellent introduction for my grandson to learn more about the area and so we decided to purchase tickets in advance to celebrate his 7th...More

2  Thank Grammy H
Reviewed 14 July 2017

We have taken the trip to the Isles of Shoals before but we didn't leave the vessel. This time we were able to visit Star Island and had an excellent optional tour with a knowledgeable guide. The guide pointed out landmarks and talked about the...More

1  Thank Seadog1947
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We rode out to the island on the "Challenger" which is much smaller than the "Thomas." Star Island is a very peaceful way to spend an afternoon. There are not very many people or much of anything so be prepared. Bring sturdy walking shoes and...More

Thank KateAlice58
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21 August 2017|
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Response from Grammy H | Reviewed this property |
No. It is up to the captain to cancel if he decides it is unsafe. If you read my review, it was not ideal conditions when we went on the tour to Star Island (the weather was overcast with light rain). Unfortunately, the... More