Sister vessels Aurora and Nora Vittoria are the largest and fastest custom whale watch vessels in the United States. Each carries up to 400 passengers at speeds approaching 35 knots (37.5 mph) to the eco-rich environment of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. A high-speed catamaran is the fastest, most comfortable way to view the ocean’s leviathans. Spending less time traveling to and from the whales means more time actually watching them.
Powered by four Cummins engines and MJP water jets, BHC’s catamarans are fast but also environmentally friendly. Outfitted with all of the latest marine electronics and navigation systems, they represent the most advanced and safest passenger vessels in the country. Three outside decks offer optimum viewing. Inside: a climate-controlled cabin space with cushioned seating, broadloom, tables, state-of-the-art sound and video systems, and a galley with snacks and beverages for purchase. Professional researchers from the Whale Center of New England, the region’s foremost whale authority, accompany every trip to provide narration.
Of course your quest on this ultra-comfortable craft should be the whales. One you’re likely to spot during a Boston Harbor Cruises Whale Watch is the mighty humpback. These Northern hemisphere whales reach an average length of 50 feet, and weigh about 37 tons. Sadly, they’re also among the most endangered. It’s estimated only 8 percent of their original population remains. The humpback is so named because of the way its back arches out of the water when readying to dive.
Other whales you might see: Minkes, some of the most abundant in the world; sleek, small, dolphin-like baleen whales. Finback whales, at 45-70 feet long and 40 tons, are second in size only to blue whales. Atlantic white-sided dolphins are found only in the North Atlantic, generally from waters just south of New England north to Norway.
Departs from Long Wharf in Boston
Adults $45.00 Seniors $40.00 Child $35.00
For schedule and info: bostonharborcruises.com
WHERE TO STAY
Not far from the Harbor Cruises, the unmistakable arched building situated on Boston’s waterfront is one of the most photographed buildings in Boston. An architectural masterpiece, The Boston Harbor Hotel is conveniently located on the historic Rowes Wharf, one of the most scenic locations in the city. This 5 star hotel offers three upscale dining options overlooking the breathtaking Boston waterfront, and an on-property spa, fitness center, and pool.
Centrally located in the heart of Boston on 15 Beacon Street, the aptly named Fifteen Beacon Hotel is a 4.5 star boutique hotel residing in a historic 1903 Beaux-Arts building. Refined, sleek, and neutral tones are offset with fine artwork, and appointments are efficient, creating an upscale and sophisticated atmosphere.
Situated on Boston’s waterfront, the InterContinental Hotel Boston is a landmark luxury hotel in the most scenic area of the city. A sight in itself, the hotel’s prime location on the waterfront and its modern, reflective blue glass façade makes this hotel hard to miss and hard to ignore. You may just be lucky enough to see some whales and marine life from your hotel room window!