Upcoming Cruises

Fri Sep 20
Sat Sep 21
12:55 PM
Star Island Walking Tour − 3.5 hours

Sun Sep 22
12:25 PM
Star Island Extended Walking Tour − 4.25 hours

Mon Sep 23
Tue Sep 24
Wed Sep 25
Thu Sep 26


River, Harbor and Island Tours

Expertly narrated history tours of Portsmouth harbor, the Isles of Shoals and the New Hampshire Seacoast.

  • Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Cruise through Portsmouth Harbor and listen to the history and lore of one of New England's very oldest ports including the stories of Paul Revere's ride to Portsmouth that helped ignite the American Revolution, the daring espionage of a young German U-boat commander during WWII, and the eerie history of the castle like "Alcatraz of the East" to name just a few. You'll also see present day port operations first hand including a modern Coast Guard rescue station, lighthouses, several historic forts, the nation's oldest naval shipyard and possibly a fast attack nuclear submarine, colonial architecture, wildlife and much more.

    Exceptional photo opportunities abound on this cruise as we get quite close to many of the points of interest noted above. 

    Welcome Aboard!

    Cruise Schedule

  • Star Island Extended Walking Tour (self guided) aboard M/V Challenger

    Star Island Extended Walking Tour (self guided) aboard M/V Challenger


         This cruise utilizes both vessels.  Departure from Portsmouth is aboard our smaller vessel Challenger pictured above.  Return to Portsmouth aboard our larger vessel the Thomas Laighton.   Narration of the islands is provided while aboard the vessel. The walking tour of Star Island is self guided with the use of a map containing points of interest and historical information.

         Enjoy our narrated Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor Tour with the added bonus of a self guided walking tour on Star Island! You'll hear the fascinating history and lore of Portsmouth Harbor as we navigate 10 miles of river and ocean out to Star Island, one of the first footholds for settlement in the new world.  In the 1800's Resort hotels were built on Star and Appledore Islands and the Shoals became one of the most popular vacation spots on the New England Coast. You'll see the Oceanic hotel, which rivaled the grandest hotels of the time and is still in operation today. You may walk through the replica of Gosport Village, a fishing outpost dating back to the early 1600s which includes the picturesque Stone Chapel and several cottages. You'll also see the tallest gravestone in the state of New Hampshire, the John Smith Monument, and the Caswell Cemetary. After your walk you'll have time to visit the giftshop, bookstore, and snack bar in the hotel if you'd like. 

    This cruise allows approximately 1.75 hours on Star Island. 

    Cruise Schedule

Party Ships

Come join us on the best Party Ship on the Seacoast! The M/V Thomas Laighton steams through the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor on this 21 and over party ship. Guests are guaranteed to get a taste of some of the best local music New Hampshire and New England has to offer, a 2.5 hour cruise of the harbor, and delicious drink specials for all to enjoy.

Special Events

Special events are even more magical on the M/V Thomas Laighton!


The M/V Thomas Laighton is one of the most unique venues available for your special event. Our 300 capacity passenger vessel truly is a "floating function facility" that can adapt to any type of special event from weddings and rehearsal dinners to company outings and celebratory parties. The best part about chartering our vessel (besides the breathtaking views and tremendous service) is that the boat and all of its amenities are yours alone.