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Charles Riverboat Company

100 Cambridgeside Pl, Suite 320, Cambridge, MA 02141-2218
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70-Minute Charles River Sightseeing Cruise
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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 Galleria Mall from May through October, with special prices for children, seniors, and groups. Join us aboard the Charles I, Henry Longfellow, or Lexington for an interesting and relaxing local experience on the Charles River and Boston Harbor.
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  • Average11%
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100 Cambridgeside Pl, Suite 320, Cambridge, MA 02141-2218
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Was so happy to finally be able to take the Architectural Tour (BBF) on this line. The captain was friendly, the narrator very informative & willing to share knowledge. There was a nice crowd who joined, but it was not filled to capacity so you...More

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Reviewed 25 November 2017

Wasn't very impressed. The views are good but everything else is just okay. I would not take my friends who are out of Boston on their tours again.More

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CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Hi Darya, We are sorry that you did not have an enjoyable cruise with us! If you are willing to give us another try we open back up in May with sightseeing cruises running and I would be happy to give you a discounted ticket....More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

The architecture tour shows that Boston doesn’t have good modern architecture. From the river you will not see colonial architecture but instead college buildings starting in the 60s when the style was stark and bleak. The staff always are great on these tours but, this...More

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CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Thank you for your review! We are glad the staff was at your service but we are sorry you didn't have an enjoyable experience. Each tour is a little different with the guides by Boston By Foot but Boston is home to many different styles...More

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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

I was meeting a friend in Boston and we booked the Fall Foliage tour on a whim. We were hesitant about it and the idea of being too touristy, but it was so much fun! The foliage this year was lacking, but the Captain was...More

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CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Thank you for coming on one of our Fall Foliage Cruises! We are so glad you enjoyed the cruise with one of our Fall Drink Specials in hand! We will be sure to have them back again next year along with the apples and cookies!

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The boat was comfortable with good views from the windows. The staff were courteous. Yes there's a BUT.. The commentary was by a young guy who didn't articulate his words, spoke fast which combined with a poor sound system meant it was hard to work...More

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CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Hi Gillia, I am sorry you had a difficult time hearing our sound system! We are in the process of updating the system as we speak! Thank you for your recommendation!

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Reviewed 16 September 2017

This is a seventy minute tour of the Charles River with a narrator giving all the details as you cruise the river. You can park at the Galleria parking lot for only $4 but be sure you have the parking stub validated by the tour...More

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CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Hi Bill, Thanks for cruising with us and for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your time on board while also experiencing the CambridgeSide Mall and surrounding areas! We hope you come back and cruise with us again in the future!

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We booked two of the Charles Riverboat Company cruises prior to arriving in Boston. First, we took the architecture cruise. Part of the appeal of this cruise was the fact that it took us out into the bay. We were blessed with a gorgeous day,...More

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CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Thank you so much for your review and riding two cruises with us! We are so glad you had the opportunity to view the city from both the Charles River and Boston Harbor on the two cruises. We are in the process of updating the...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

I write to complement Charles Riverboat Company's management and the crew of the Charles I for dealing exceptionally fairly and professionally with circumstances that were beyond their control on the August 6, 2017 Architecture Cruise. [Full disclaimer: I was the volunteer Boston By Foot tour...More

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CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Hi Tom, Thank you so much for your kind words. Although it was an unfortunate event that has only happened to us once before, we were glad to offer all that we did even though there was nothing we could do about the situation. We...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

My husband and I went on the Charles River Sightseeing Tour last week and loved it. We have originally chosen the sunset tour, but when I learned that it was not narrated, we switched to a daytime, narrated tour. Even though I have lived in...More

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CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed our cruise and hearing the fun facts! We pride ourselves in cleanliness! We hope you come again in the future!

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Response from perkie1 | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty of underground parking at the mall. Just follow the signs. Be sure to have your ticket validated at the riverboat kiosk. Parking is only $4 for the entire day so you can shop dine or go for a walk along the... More
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No matter how hot, always have a jacket available for sudden temperature changes when you're going out on the water.
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