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PUBLIC CRUISES

A FUN, ICONIC ESSEX RIVER TRADITION

7 days a week, May to October

DAILY NARRATED SIGHTSEEING TOURS

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Essex River Cruises & Charters’ regularly scheduled daily narrated public cruises operate seven days a week, Mother's Day weekend in May through the third weekend in October. Reservations are suggested or call to confirm the cruise schedule before you travel. Of course, if you are in the area you are welcome to try your luck and stop by to join us on one of our public cruises!

We operate public cruises within a tidal estuary. Our public cruises explore the salt marsh and navigates within a protected bay; we do not operate on the open ocean. However, we are Mother Nature’s guests cruising in coastal waters where the temperature may be lower than on land, so dress accordingly. We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. If you forget something or would like to bring home a souvenir we have most anything you might want in our gift shop including hats, sweatshirts, knick knacks, snacks and gift certificates.

ABOUT THE ESSEX RIVER QUEEN BOATS

The vessels we use for our public cruises are United States Coast Guard certified with an experienced Captain and crew. Both vessels are safe, comfortable, and easy to board, and are equipped with a PA system, iPod compatible sound system featuring Bose speakers, bar and restroom on board for your convenience. We also offer plenty of free parking on site. Buses and RVs welcome. Our vessels are wheelchair accessible (non-motorized wheelchairs only) and we’ll help you aboard.

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Want to book a cruise with us?

Our narrated sightseeing tours are a great way to get out on the river and enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the salt marshes. Click HERE to see our public cruise schedule and book your tickets today!

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Give a thoughtful & unique gift!

An Essex River Cruise! Available in any amount, your gift card will be sent via email to the recipient.

QUICK FACTS

DAILY SCHEDULE:

Our cruises run almost every day. Check the ticket link.

RESTROOMS?

YES, ONBOARD.

ADULT TICKETS:

$28

SENIORS (65+) TICKETS:

$26

CHILDREN 12 & UNDER:

$16

CHILDREN 3 & UNDER:

FREE

PARKING:

FREE PARKING ON SITE

BAR:

ON BOARD BY REQUEST

SEASON:

MAY TO OCTOBER

prices subject to change

GROUP RATES

If you have a group of ten or more and you’d like to enjoy one of our scheduled trips, please call us to obtain a group rate. Make a reservation and take advantage of our special group rates. Dine together at one of our fine local restaurants before or after your cruise. For bus groups, ask us about an itinerary including dining, shopping and sightseeing.

We gladly offer group rates on our public cruises, which may be used as long as one person pays for the whole group. You could save 1$ per person with groups of 10 or larger, 2$ per person with groups of 20 or larger, and so on! Please call us to take advantage of our group rates. (Note: Offer not applicable on children's tickets!)

NEED HELP?

Essex River Cruises & Charters has developed a reputation for hosting the finest clambakes, outings and family events. So whether you’re entertaining visitors or planning a special affair, we’ll plan it your way to make sure it’s a success!

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