Upcoming Cruises

Fri Aug 12
9:20 AM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard the Challenger) − 3.5 hours

9:20 AM
Star Island Day Visit & Portsmouth Harbor Tour − 6.25 hours

11:50 AM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour − 3.75 hours

1:50 PM
Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard M/V Challenger) − 2.5 hours

Sat Aug 13
9:20 AM
Star Island Day Visit & Portsmouth Harbor Tour − 6.25 hours

9:20 AM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard the Challenger) − 3.5 hours

11:50 AM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour − 3.75 hours

1:50 PM
Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard M/V Challenger) − 2.5 hours

7:30 PM
Party Ship w/ Blue Matter − 2.5 hours

Info SOLD OUT
Sun Aug 14
7:50 AM
Star Island Extended Day Visit − 9.0 hours

9:20 AM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard the Challenger) − 3.5 hours

1:20 PM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard the Challenger) − 3.75 hours

6:20 PM
Sunset Acoustic Harbor Cruise w/ Liz Ridgeley − 2.0 hours

Mon Aug 15
11:50 AM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour − 3.75 hours

7:30 PM
Industry Night!! featuring Truly Seltzer and Altos Tequila − 2.0 hours

Tue Aug 16
11:20 AM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour − 3.75 hours

Wed Aug 17
11:50 AM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour − 3.75 hours

Thu Aug 18
12:20 PM
Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard the Challenger) − 3.5 hours

1:50 PM
Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour − 2.75 hours

Info SOLD OUT

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 & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard M/V Challenger)

    Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard M/V Challenger)

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

    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 & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Star Island Day Visit & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Covid update:   *Per Star Island policy: Proof of Vaccination required for anyone staying for the day.  Permittance into buildings is not allowed at this time. 

    This cruise utilizes both our vessels.  Outbound portion is on our smaller vessel the Challenger.  Inbound is aboard our larger vessel the Thomas Laighton.  Star Island visitor fee is included in ticket price.

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

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  • Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Star Island visitor fee is included in ticket price.  This cruise allows approximately 1 hour on Star Island.

    Covid update:   Due to Star Isand's Covid policies, permittance into buildings is not allowed this year for walking tour guests.  

    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. 

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  • Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard the Challenger)

    Star Island Walking Tour & Portsmouth Harbor Tour (aboard the Challenger)

    This cruise is aboard the M/V Challenger pictured above.  Star Island visitor fee is included in ticket price.  This cruise allows approximately 1 hour on Star Island.

    Covid update:   Due to Star Island's Covid policies, permittance into buildings is not allowed this year for walking tour guests.

    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.

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  • Sunset Acoustic Harbor Cruise

    Sunset Acoustic Harbor Cruise

    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.

    BAGS (including large purses) and BACKPACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED ONBOARD. 

    CASH ONLY BAR!

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  • Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    Isles of Shoals & Portsmouth Harbor Tour

    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. 

     

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  • Star Island Extended Day Visit

    Star Island Extended Day Visit

    Covid update:   *Per Star Island policy: Proof of Vaccination required for anyone staying for the day.  Permittance into buildings is not allowed with the exception of the Rutledge Marine Lab.

    Star Island visitor fee is included in ticket price.

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

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Special Events

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

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

    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. 

    BAGS (including large purses) and BACKPACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED ONBOARD.

    BARS ARE CASH ONLY!! ATM available prior to boarding the vessel. 

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

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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 (including large purses) and BACKPACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED ONBOARD. 

    BARS ARE CASH ONLY!! ATM available prior to boarding the vessel. 

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  • Industry Night!! featuring Truly Seltzer and Altos Tequila

    Industry Night!! featuring Truly Seltzer and Altos Tequila

    Do you work on the weekends?  Monday is the new Friday on Thomas Laighton!  Come join us for Industry Night sponsored by Truly Spiked Seltzer and Altos Tequila. 

    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 (including large purses) and BACKPACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED ONBOARD. 

    BARS ARE CASH ONLY!   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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