Top 9 Dinner Cruises In Boston, Massachusetts - Updated 2023

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Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and is the largest city in the state. It is also one of the oldest in the US, as it was founded in 1630. When visiting the city, you can follow the famous Freedom Trail, which is a walking route through the city’s historic sites relating to the American Revolution and the founding of the USA. Also worth exploring is Faneuil Hall, a former meeting house that has been turned into a popular and fun marketplace. Those with arts in mind can head to the Museum of Fine Arts to view the Egyptian treasure and Impressionist art on display there. Planning a visit soon? Check out some Airbnb houseboats and other vacation rentals in Boston for your accommodation needs. If you want to see the city from a different angle, enjoy one of the top dinner cruises in Boston, Massachusetts.

1. Enjoy harbor views aboard a buffet cruise (from USD 85.29)

dinner cruise in boston | enjoy harbor views aboard a buffet cruise

Indulge in an unforgettable dining experience with this buffet lunch or dinner cruise along Boston Harbor. This cruise offers a perfect blend of gourmet cuisine and breathtaking views, creating an exceptional outing in the city. As you step aboard, you’ll be welcomed by the luxurious ambiance of the ship, setting the tone for an evening of elegance.

The cruise not only treats you to a delectable buffet featuring a variety of dishes but also offers panoramic vistas of the skyline and historic landmarks from the tranquil waters of the harbor. With live entertainment enhancing the atmosphere, you can enjoy the soothing melodies as you savor your meal.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply yearning for delightful dinners on a boat in Boston, this cruise provides the ideal setting to create cherished memories against the backdrop of Boston’s enchanting harbor.

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Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

Duration: 2.0 hour

204 reviews

2. Ring in the New Year from the harbor (from USD 271.0)

Embark on an essential Boston experience by partaking in this New Year’s Eve dinner cruise. This exceptional activity encapsulates the vibrant spirit of Boston’s New Year’s festivities while offering an unforgettable way to ring in the new year. You’ll be greeted by an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement, set against the backdrop of Boston’s twinkling skyline. Elevating the occasion with a lavish signature buffet, this cruise in Boston boasts exquisite culinary offerings prepared to perfection.

The magic of the night deepens as you revel in live entertainment and the warmth of camaraderie, all while cruising the picturesque waters of Boston Harbor. The crown jewel of this experience is the mesmerizing countdown to the new year, celebrated in the heart of the harbor and surrounded by the city’s dazzling lights.

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Boston New Year's Eve Buffet Dinner Cruise

Duration: 4 hours

3. Have fun on a delightful sunset dinner buffet cruise (from USD 123.0)

This sunset dinner cruise in Boston takes visitors along the waterfront from the harbor, offering glorious views of the golden hour and city skyline and attractions, such as Bunker Hill monument. All three interior decks of the ship offer panoramic views of the skyline. If you want to enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner, this cruise is your ticket. The generous spread has a carvery station along with fresh salads, entrees, and desserts. There are meat, fish, and vegetarian options available.

After dinner, you can have fun dancing the night away to a live DJ in the ship’s nightclub.

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Boston Signature Dinner Cruise

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

190 reviews

4. Enjoy dinner and dancing on the Boston Odyssey (from USD 173.0)

Climb on board the Boston Odyssey for a candlelit dinner, while gazing at the sunset and lights of the Boston skyline from the water. Make sure you visit the captain’s bridge and take a stroll around the interior decks, which offer panoramic windows for perfect views. Enjoy an elegant and delicious three-course meal, including meat, fish and vegetarian options, before heading to the rooftop lounge for a cocktail or to the dance floor for dancing with a live DJ, playing some of the top 40 hits.

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Boston Premier Dinner Cruise on Odyssey

Duration: 2 hours

123 reviews

More options: sunset and cocktail cruises

5. Enjoy a sunset sightseeing cruise (from USD 55.0)

enjoy a sunset sightseeing cruise

Climb on board at the harbor to view Boston from the water on this popular 90-minute sightseeing tour, while enjoying the sunset and the lights of the city’s skyline as they come on. Along the way, listen as the USS Constitution fires her cannon and lowers the flag to note the end of the day. A full narration is provided during the cruise.

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Boston: Sunset Skyline Cruise with Commentary

Duration: 1.5 hour

238 reviews

6. Experience a magnificent evening cruise (from USD 60.0)

Climb aboard one of the Tall Ships, the Liberty Star or the Liberty Clipper, in Boston Harbor for a wonderful cruise with a historic feel. For added adventure as the sun sets, guests can feel free to help the crew hoist the sails as the schooner heads out on the water. Alternatively, just relax on deck and enjoy the view of the skyline. Along the way, see the Boston Harbor Islands, famous buildings like Fort Independence, or visit Charlestown Navy Yard where the USS Constitution is moored. When enjoying a sunset cruise, snacks and drinks are available for purchase onboard.

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Sunset Sailing Cruise on a Tall Ship in Boston Harbor

Duration: 2 hours

317 reviews

7. Gaze at the sunset on a cocktail cruise (from USD 53.0)

Climb on board the board in Boston’s Harbor to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the city from the deck and watching the lights come on along the city’s skyline as you go. Relax on the deck and enjoy the hors d’ oeuvres included in the cruise package, along with delicious cocktails which are available for purchase on the boat. This cruise is perfect for anyone wishing to relax out on the water, taking photos of friends and family with that remarkable backdrop. Along the way pass Spectacle Island, Castle Island, the USS Constitution, and Carson Beach.

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Boston Harbor Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Duration: 2 hours

8. Wallow in rum and revelry on a Tall Ship cruise (from USD 46.0)

One of the best ways to enjoy a Saturday night out in Boston is to climb aboard the Liberty Clipper for a Rum and Revelry Cruise. While enjoying beautiful views of the Boston skyline, you can sit back and listen to professional actors performing traditional sea shanties while sipping on a special cocktail, the Dark and Stormy. You will also have a chance to taste the selection of top rum on offer in the ship’s bar. After a couple of glasses, join in the fun and sing along as your captain takes the schooner along the water to pass varying Boston attractions.

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Boston Harbor City Lights Cocktails & Rum Evening Cruise (Ages 21+)

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

8 reviews

9. Head out for a whale-watching cruise (from USD 74.0)

Climb on board a high-speed catamaran at Central Wharf in Boston and head out to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay. The area is a feeding ground for dolphins, whales and sea birds. There are three decks on the ship allowing visitors to view the minke, humpback and pilot whales, although with harbor porpoise and Atlantic white-sided dolphins. Learn more about the marine animals from a naturalist on board. The ship also has a galley where there are many purchasable beverages and food to try.

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Boston Whale Watching Cruise on a High-Speed Catamaran

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

2440 reviews

View Boston from the water for an experience of a lifetime

Boston has something for everyone, including wonderful places to visit and romantic things to do. Whether you wish to watch a beautiful sunset or enjoy a delicious meal out on the water, one of the best ways to experience the city is to take part in some of these best dinner cruises in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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Frequently asked questions about the best dinner cruises in Boston, Massachusetts

1. What is the average price of a dinner cruise in Boston?

When you book a nighttime cruise in Boston to enjoy the magnificence of the harbor and skyline, be prepared to splurge around 100 to 130 USD. Some holiday cruises such as this New Year's Eve buffet dinner cruise can go as high as 270 USD.

2. Which are some of the romantic dinner cruises in Boston?

You can never go wrong with these dinner cruises if you wish to have an enjoyable night in Boston with your beloved: i) lovely cruise with buffet lunch or dinner, ii) New Year's Eve buffet dinner cruise, iii) delightful cruise during sunset, and iv) premier cruise along the city’s waterfront.

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