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Cruises

River, Harbor and Island Tours

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

  • Isles of Shoals Tour aboard M/V Challenger

    Isles of Shoals Tour aboard M/V Challenger

     Please note this cruise is aboard our smaller vessel the M/V Challenger pictured above. 

    We will be updating as more guidance comes.

    Covid update:   Due to Covid 19 we will be limiting capacity on our cruises to allow social distancing and requiring masks/face coverings during boarding, disembarking and while moving around the vessel.  Crew wear masks at all times and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible. 

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

    Join us aboard the M/V Challenger 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 the Challenger.   

    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 Day Visit

    Star Island Day Visit

    This cruise is aboard our smaller vessel the Challenger.

    We will be updating as more guidance comes.

    Covid update:   Due to Covid 19 we will be limiting capacity on our cruises to allow social distancing and requiring masks/face coverings during boarding, disembarking and while moving around the vessel.  Crew wear masks at all times and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible.  While on island you will be required to follow all relevant health and safety protocols just as when onboard our vessels.  In an effort to keep our passengers separated from island conferees and employees, we expect to designate specific areas for your use which will be marked via signage.  Passengers will not be permitted in most buildings or on porches while on Star Island. 

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

    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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  • Star Island Walking Tour

    Star Island Walking Tour

    We will be updating as more guidance comes.

    Covid update:   Due to Covid 19 we will be limiting capacity on our cruises to allow social distancing and requiring masks/face coverings during boarding, disembarking and inside decks.  Crew wear masks at all times and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible.  While on island you will be required to follow all relevant health and safety protocols just as when onboard our vessels.  In an effort to keep our passengers separated from island conferees and employees, we expect to designate specific areas for your use which will be marked via signage.  Passengers will not be permitted in most buildings or on porches while on Star Island. 

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

    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. 

    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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  • Star Island Walking Tour aboard the Challenger

    Star Island Walking Tour aboard the Challenger

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

    We will be updating as more guidance comes.

    Covid update:   Due to Covid 19 we will be limiting capacity on our cruises to allow social distancing and requiring masks/face coverings during boarding, disembarking and while moving around the vessel.  Crew wear masks at all times and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible.  While on island you will be required to follow all relevant health and safety protocols just as when onboard our vessels.  In an effort to keep our passengers separated from island conferees and employees, we expect to designate specific areas for your use which will be marked via signage.  Passengers will not be permitted in most buildings or on porches while on Star Island. 

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

         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 hour on Star Island.

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  • Sunset Acoustic Harbor Cruise

    Sunset Acoustic Harbor Cruise

    We will update as more guidance comes.

    Covid 19 update:  Due to Covid-19 we are limiting the capacity of our cruises to allow room for social distancing and requiring guests to wear masks/face covering during boarding, disembarking and inside decks. Crew wear masks at all times and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible. Please call or email us with any questions or concerns.  

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

    Catch the sunset from the best deck in town; aboard the Thomas Laighton.  Have a drink and unwind while listening to live acoustic entertainment.  A perfect end to your week.

     

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  • Star Island Extended Walking Tour

    Star Island Extended Walking Tour

    We will be updating as more guidance comes.

    Covid update:   Due to Covid 19 we will be limiting capacity on our cruises to allow social distancing and requiring masks/face coverings during boarding, disembarking and inside decks.  Crew wear masks at all times and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible.  While on island you will be required to follow all relevant health and safety protocols just as when onboard our vessels.  In an effort to keep our passengers separated from island conferees and employees, we expect to designate specific areas for your use which will be marked via signage.  Passengers will not be permitted in most buildings or on porches while on Star Island. 

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

     This cruise utilizes both vessels.  Departure from Portsmouth is aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton.  Departure from Star Island at 2:15pm from the floating dock adjacent to the pier is aboard our smaller vessel the Challenger.   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 2 hours on Star Island. 

    Cruise Schedule

  • Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    We will update as more guidance comes.

    Covid 19 update:    Due to Covid-19 we are limiting the capacity of our cruises to allow plenty of room for social distancing and requiring guests to wear masks/face covering during boarding and disembarking and when moving about while on board. Crew wear masks at all times and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible. Please call or email us with any questions or concerns.  

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

    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 Extended Day Visit

    Star Island Extended Day Visit

    We will be updating as more guidance comes.

    Covid update:   Due to Covid 19 we will be limiting capacity on our cruises to allow social distancing and requiring masks/face coverings during boarding, disembarking and while moving around the vessel.  Crew wear masks at all times and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible.  While on island you will be required to follow all relevant health and safety protocols just as when onboard our vessels.  In an effort to keep our passengers separated from island conferees and employees, we expect to designate specific areas for your use which will be marked via signage.  Passengers will not be permitted in most buildings or on porches while on Star Island. 

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

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

    Cruise Schedule

Special Events

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

  • Sunset Harbor Cruise aboard the Challenger

    Sunset Harbor Cruise aboard the Challenger

    This cruise is aboard our smaller vessel the Challenger.

    We will update as more guidance comes.

    Covid 19 update:   Due to Covid-19 we are limiting the capacity of our cruises to allow plenty of room for social distancing and requiring guests to wear masks/face covering during boarding and disembarking and when moving about while on board. Crew wear masks at all times and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible. Please call or email us with any questions or concerns.

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

    Catch a gorgeous sunset aboard the M/V Challenger.  Have a drink and unwind.  Cheers

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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. 

  • Party Ship

    Party Ship

    We will update as more guidance comes.

    Covid 19 updateMasks are not required for vaccinated individuals.  Unvaccinated should wear masks while boarding, disembarking and on inside decks. Crew have been vaccinated and we have enhanced our cleaning frequency and methods to ensure everyone has the safest experience possible. Please call or email us with any questions or concerns.  

    No need to print your tickets.  We will have your name and number in your party and check off as you board.

    The best party on the Seacoast is aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton!  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. 

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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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