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How to Choose the Right Boat Cruise for You

If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait to get out and enjoy another summer on Nantucket! With so many ways to spend a day on the water, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite Nantucket By Water cruises, so you can choose the perfect adventure, no matter how you vacation.

First things first…

Decide if you’re interested in a public or private charter. Our public charters offer a lively experience that’s great for spending time with friends — and getting the chance to make new ones! If a more intimate experience is your style, book a private charter for your group or special occasion and have the entire boat to yourself.

Next: Choose your cruise!

Are you looking for a relaxing trip where you can sit back, unwind, and enjoy a couple of drinks? We suggest our Sunset Cruise or Cocktail Cruise.

The Sunset Cruise is exactly what it sounds like: a relaxing cruise around Nantucket harbor with views of a stunning sunset to end the day (P.S., Nantucket is famous for our beautiful sunsets). Bring along your favorite food and drinks and enjoy a golden hour, island-style!

The Cocktail Cruise is perfect for a day, or early evening, on the water with your favorite people, beverages, and music. 21+ crowd: we’re ready to welcome you aboard!

Want an experience that’s more adventurous and sprinkled with Nantucket history? 

On the Up Harbor Eco Tour, explore the remote and beautiful harbors of Polpis and Wauwinet, then stop for a swim or picnic over on Coatue. This tour operates on private charters only, so you’ll have a memorable adventure tailored just for your favorite crew!

Seafood lovers will LOVE our Oyster Farm Cruise for an educational experience on the farming, conservation, and importance of oysters in Nantucket’s ecosystem. Yes, this tour also includes oyster-tasting! Seriously, what’s better than some oysters and champagne on a boat?!

Dive into Nantucket’s famous history on our Whaling History Tour, where you’ll explore the remaining historic landmarks from the island’s whaling era. Learn about life aboard the whaleship Essex: the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and featured in the film In the Heart of the Sea.

Need something to do that the whole family will enjoy? 

Our Kid’s Fishing Trip is a fun activity for children of all ages, and they will have a blast with a hands-on introduction to the basics of catch-and-release fishing.

Sip and Fish is the perfect tour for parents and kids to enjoy time on the water, together. Kids will learn the basics of catch-and-release fishing, and parents are invited to bring aboard their favorite beverages. It’s a great way for everyone to unwind and have fun!

Want to throw the best birthday party ever?

Look no further than our newly introduced charter: Kid’s Facepainting & Birthday Party. This charter offers on-board face painting for the kids, lively music, and an exciting pirate theme. Enjoy delicious cupcakes and ice cream for everyone, and gift bags for each guest! Come on board for a cruise filled with laughter, joy, and nautical fun – because every birthday deserves an unforgettable celebration.


However you explore Nantucket, there’s nothing like exploring it on the water and creating lasting memories to take with you — even after you step back on the dock.

Ready to experience Nantucket By Water? Book your cruise today at


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