Isles of Shoals Steamship Company & Portsmouth NH Boat Tours

Would you like to take a relaxing boat tour to the magically named Isles of Shoals while in Portsmouth New Hampshire?

Or maybe you'd like to get married on one of these ships? Sorry, I just can't help it. I just love the romanticism of getting married on a boat by a ship's captain!

Maybe that's because I was my sister's maid of honor when she got married aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton in Portsmouth...that could have something to do with it. :-)

From May through October, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, Tugboat Alley Too, and Portsmouth Harbor Cruises carry passengers up and down the wide, deep Piscataqua River out to the Isles of Shoals or to explore the harbor and inland waterways of coastal New Hampshire.

A Portsmouth NH boat tour is a fabulous way to see the sights and learn more about the region while enjoying the sheer relaxation and beauty of a day on the ocean.

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

This cruise line boasts the largest ship of all the Portsmouth NH boat tour companies - the Thomas Laighton.

The Thomas Laighton is a 90-foot vessel with three decks- two fully heated and enclosed cabins and an open sundeck with seating.

The boat holds between 120-150 guests for a seated dinner and 275 guests for a cocktail style cruise. Sightseeing cruises hold up to 300 passengers.

Cruises include nine miles out to the islands with opportunities to disembark, Portsmouth Harbor, and a wide variety of concert cruises, weddings and other charters.

Tug Alley Too

Up to six people can hop aboard the Tug Alley Too, originally built for a lobster pound in Friendship, Maine.

Four historic forts, the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse at the US Coast Guard station and Whaleback Lighthouse are just some of the sights to see along this Portsmouth NH boat tour route.

If you are interested in how and what tugboats do, your Captain and deck hand/tour guide will provide you with as much or as little historical and anecdotal information as you desire.

The Tug Alley Too is docked right next to the larger Moran tugboats, which routinely ply the waters of Portsmouth Harbor, escorting large oceangoing vessels in and out of the fast-flowing Piscataqua river.

If you have children (or adults) who love tugboats, this is the tour for you!

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises

This cruise line offers tours out to the Isles of Shoals, lighthouse tours, fall foliage cruises along the inland rivers, sunset and wine tasting cruises, and private charters.

All cruises are aboard the 49 passenger ship, the Heritage.

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises narrated boat tours are casual, sometimes amusing, and always informative.

Whether discussing the birdlife of the inland waterways, folklore, the ship building history of Portsmouth harbor, or just musing on the ever changing tides of the Piscataqua, the captains always have something of interest to offer.


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