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River, Harbor and Island Tours

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

  • Star Island Day Visit

    Star Island Day Visit

    Spend the day on Star Island. This cruise lets you experience our Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth harbor tour, the Star Island Walking tour and stay for the day on Star Island! You’ll spend approximately 4 hours exploring Star Island. Participation in the Walking Tour is optional. 

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  • Seals and Shoals aboard the Celia Thaxter

    Seals and Shoals aboard the Celia Thaxter

     Please note this cruise is aboard our new vessel the M/V Celia Thaxter which is the vessel pictured. 

    Join us aboard the M/V Celia Thaxter for one of our expertly narrated Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor tours.   Experience the history and beauty of the seacoast and Isles of Shoals with a more intimate view from our new vessel Celia Thaxter.   Weather permitting, we will also cruise by Duck Island to (hopefully) see some of the few hundred harbor seals that summer there.

    To maximize our time cruising the islands this tour does not stop at the Isles of Shoals. No disembarking at Star Island. 

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  • Star Island Walking Tour

    Star Island Walking Tour

    Enjoy our expertly narrated Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor Tour with the added bonus of a 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. Disembark with our tour guide and explore Star Island. Your guide will walk you through over 400 years of rich history including the charting of the Isles in 1614 by Captain John Smith of Jamestown and Pocohontas fame who was given the isles as a reward for his efforts on behalf of the Crown of England. Hear the legend of the pirates Blackbeard and Captain Kidd, and the lady ghost of White Island. 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. Your tour will take you 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 walking tour you'll have time to visit the giftshop, bookstore, and snack bar in the hotel if you'd like. 

    The guided walking portion of the tour is optional and you are welcome to explore the island on your own. This cruise allows approximately 1 hour on Star Island. 

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  • 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!

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  • Portsmouth Harbor Tour aboard the Celia Thaxter

    Portsmouth Harbor Tour aboard the Celia Thaxter

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CRUISE IS ABOARD OUR NEW VESSEL THE M/V CELIA THAXTER WHICH IS THE VESSEL PICTURED. 

    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, a 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 our new vessel the M/V Celia Thaxter!

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  • Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Join us aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton for one of our expertly narrated Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor tours. Experience the history and beauty of the seacoast, Portsmouth harbor and the little known, but historically crucial, Isles of Shoals.

    This cruise does not disembark passengers at Star Island. The vessel will stop briefly to bring passengers aboard for the cruise back to Portsmouth. 

     

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  • Star Island Walkabout (self guided) aboard the Celia Thaxter

    Star Island Walkabout (self guided) aboard the Celia Thaxter

     

    This cruise is aboard our smaller vessel Celia Thaxter pictured above.  Tour of the islands is provided on the vessel, however the walking portion on Star Island is self guided.

    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 1.25 hours on Star Island. 

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Special Events

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

  • Lobster Clambake

    Lobster Clambake

    Enjoy the sights of the Seacoast waterfront while dining on a seafood feast from Foster's Downeast Clambake!   

    Adult Menu                                                                             Children’s Menu                                    

    Prize Winning New England Clam Chowder                                 New England Clam Chowder
    Fresh Dug Steamed Clams & Cultivated Mussels                         ¼ BBQ Chicken or Two hot dogs
    One 1-1/8 lb. Maine Lobster                                                       Corn on the Cob
    Fresh Corn on the Cob                                                               Kettle chips
    Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes                                                       Blueberry Crumb Cake 
    Roasted Onions
    Rolls & Butter
    Hot Drawn Butter
    Blueberry Crumb Cake
     
    *Hickory barbecued Half Chicken or vegetarian Eggplant Parmesan options for those who do not prefer seafood
     
    You must call in your food order for this cruise! 

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  • Sunset Acoustic Harbor Cruise

    Sunset Acoustic Harbor Cruise

    Catch a gorgeous sunset aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton.  Have a drink and unwind to live acoustic entertainment.  A perfect end to your week.

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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.

  • Party Ships

    Party Ships

    The best party on the Seacoast is aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton! Dance to great music by local bands and DJ's while you enjoy drink specials, theme nights, good company, and amazing scenery. CHEERS! This cruise is 21+ and a valid state issued photo ID is required. Bags are subject to search. 

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  • Kickin' Country Cruise

    Kickin' Country Cruise

    Put your dancin' boots on for our Kickin' Country Cruise with WOKQ 97.5!  Live country band and DJ's from WOKQ will be onboard for your entertainment.  21+ with valid state issued photo ID required.  Bags subject to search.  

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  • Rockin' on the River with The Shark

    Rockin' on the River with The Shark

    Come party with your favorite DJ's from The Shark 105.3!  Live bands playing classic rock, drink specials, and prizes are all on tap.  This cruise is 21+ and a valid state issued photo ID is required.  Bags are subject to search.  

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  • Reggae on the River

    Reggae on the River

    Come join us each Wednesday night for a Caribbean style party ship.  Kick back and enjoy watching the sights glide by while listening to live reggae bands or dance the night away.  This event is 21+ and valid state issued photo ID required.  Bags are subject to search.

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Charters

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.

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