Upcoming Cruises

May 2017

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7:30 PM
UNH Graduation Party Cruise!! − 2.0 hours

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UNH Graduation Party Cruise!! − 2.0 hours

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7:30 PM
UNH Graduation Party Cruise!! − 2.0 hours

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7:30 PM
UNH Graduation Party Cruise!! − 2.0 hours

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Star Island Walking Tour − 3.75 hours

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Party Ship − 2.5 hours

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Star Island Extended Walking Tour (self guided) aboard M/V Challenger − 4.0 hours

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Star Island Extended Walking Tour (self guided) aboard M/V Challenger − 4.0 hours

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Star Island Walking Tour − 3.75 hours

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Star Island Walking Tour − 3.75 hours

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Star Island Walking Tour − 3.75 hours

Cruises

River, Harbor and Island Tours

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

  • Extended Star Island Walking Tour

    Extended 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 1.5 hours on Star Island. 

    Cruise Schedule

  • 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. 

    Cruise Schedule

  • Star Island Evening Walking Tour (self guided) aboard the Challenger

    Star Island Evening Walking Tour (self guided) aboard the Challenger

    This cruise is aboard the M/V Challenger pictured above.  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. 

    This cruise allows approximately 1.25 hours on Star Island.

    Cruise Schedule

  • 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. 

     

    Cruise Schedule

  • Star Island Day Visit

    Star Island Day Visit

    There are two different vessels utilized for this cruise.  The outbound portion of this cruise is on M/V Challenger and inbound on M/V Thomas Laighton.

    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 4.5 hours exploring Star Island. Participation in the Walking Tour is optional. 

    Cruise Schedule

  • Star Island Walking Tour (self guided) aboard the Challenger

    Star Island Walking Tour (self guided) aboard the Challenger

    This cruise is aboard the M/V Challenger pictured above.  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 1.25 hours on Star Island.

    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.

  • 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.

    Bars are cash only on the high seas!! ATM available prior to boarding the vessel. 

    Cruise Schedule

  • Party Ship

    Party Ship

    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. 

    Bars are cash only on the high seas!! ATM available prior to boarding the vessel. 

    Cruise Schedule

  • 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.  

    Bars are cash only on the high seas!! ATM available prior to boarding the vessel. 

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  • UNH Graduation Party Cruise!!

    UNH Graduation Party Cruise!!

    Come celebrate UNH graduation in style aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton. Dress your best for this formal event and get ready to rock the boat. Our DJs will be playing the best dance music and our bartenders will be slinging great drink specials all night long. Round trip transportation is included with your ticket. Our buses will pick you up in A lot at 6:30pm and bring you to our dock. At the end of the evening you'll be bused home and dropped off downtown so you can continue the celebration. This event is 21+ and for UNH students only. You must have a valid state issued photo ID to board the vessel. No backpacks, alcohol or other illegal substances permitted. Bags are subject to search. 

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Special Events

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

  • 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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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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