Sightseeing Cruise

“It was great. Weather could not have been any better. Everyone enjoyed the cruise. Would definitely recommend this to everyone!” -Abby, Architecture Cruise

“The nicest people you will ever meet and the tours are great fun!”  -Frank B., Sightseeing Cruise

I am a volunteer tour guide with Boston By Foot, and we partner with Charles Riverboat Company to provide the Architecture Cruise which goes into Boston Harbor and back up the Charles River. I had missed narrating this cruise SO MUCH in 2020 during the pandemic emergency phase! I’ve narrated 3 cruises in the past week and it is so wonderful to work with the amazing professionals at this company. The customer service, knowledge of the boats, the river, and harbor, are unmatched. Everyone feels safe and enjoys the views, the ride, and our stories. Charles Riverboat Company adds a unique dimension to the tourism experience in Boston for visitors and locals alike.” – Michele S., Architecture Cruise

“I went on the Charles River tour this afternoon and it was outstanding.” -Kimberly, Sightseeing Cruise

“This was really totally enjoyable. Getting to see beautiful Boston from this vantage point is very special. Noah who was our guide and barman extraordinaire was fabulous. Booking was easy and straightforward. I will definitely do this again. A great way to end a day.” – Bo P., Sightseeing Cruise

“Worth the time! This 70 minute boat tour on the Charles River was very informative. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and kept us entertained. We were able to view the many prominent building along the river and saw parts of Boston that we wouldn’t have seen from land. This a fun tour for people of all ages.” – Rayna T., Sightseeing Cruise

“My family absolutely loved this smooth ride along the Charles River. We took the sunset boat ride at 7 pm so we enjoyed both day and evening sightseeing. I would highly recommend this for families as well as romantic boat ride. Boston skyline, BU, Harvard, and more.”  -Joseph M., Sunset Cruise

“Great experience through and through. The first mate was very informative and as someone who grew up in Boston really enjoyed seeing Boston/ Cambridge from the Charles. Highly recommend making the journey on this boat ride to learn about the history and enjoy the views. My kids really liked it as well which is always a great bonus.” – Francis W.

“I am so glad I took this boat tour.  First time in Boston this past weekend and this was one of my highlights. This was a nice relaxing boat ride down the Charles River with a host that points out all the historic landmarks and fun facts about Boston and Cambridge.” –Janise S., Sightseeing Cruise

“Took the sightseeing tour aboard the Charles I today. We had a great time! We love Boston and this cruise is the perfect way to see the city in a different perspective. Very relaxing and enjoyable.” –Ann S., Sightseeing Cruise

“We loved the Architectural Tour which starts in Cambridge, goes through the locks into and around Boston Harbor then back through the locks and along the Charles River. The narration from a Boston by Foot guide was interesting and so informative, focusing on not only fascinating tidbits about the various beautiful buildings along the waterfront but also lots of the rich history of the area. In addition the boat was comfortable and clean and the crew was friendly, courteous and very professional. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to locals and tourists alike. A lovely morning on the River.” – Peregrine G., Architecture Tour

Weddings / Engagements

“The party went really well and everyone had a fantastic time. The captain and bartenders were great, and the caterer was fantastic. Thank you again for your attention to our engagement celebration and I will highly recommend the Charles River Boat company to family and friends!”  -Taylor

“My husband and I were married on the Lexington Riverboat; Melissa Otis was at the helm the entire time.  She helped with everything from planning the menu, seating, handing tokens out to guests, and more that I’m unaware of.  She was patient, timely with responses and the ultimate professional throughout the whole process…..about 1 year. The staff on the boat were equally amazing, as was the food from Jules Catering.  We left almost wanting to get a divorce just so we could get remarried again…best experience and day ever!!  A million thanks!” -Joe and Laura

“We could not have been more pleased with the wedding venue and the services that your staff provided. The cruise was amazing and your staff is amazing. They accommodated our every request and addressed every concern with professionalism, cheerfulness and efficiency. Thanks for making one of the most special days in our families life so memorable.” –Edi C

“Getting married onboard the Charles I with the Charles Riverboat Company was an unforgettable experience! We had plenty of space for guests to spread out and we constantly had beautiful backdrops of Boston Harbor and the Charles River. All of our guests raved about the food and the overall experience. The staff onboard the boat and the staff that helped coordinate the details were incredibly helpful and supportive leading up to the wedding and during the day. If you are looking for a unique wedding that your guest will be sure the remember, this is your place!” – Elizabeth M.

“My wedding ceremony and reception was amazing thanks to the Charles Riverboat Company and Melissa! The Valiant is absolutely gorgeous! Everyone at my wedding enjoyed the cruise so much and had a blast! They made wedding planning super easy as well since they already work with a caterer and a DJ. The food and the DJ were great! Melissa was super helpful with planning and was always available. Could not have asked for a better evening and would definitely recommend!” – Yasmine B.

We did our ceremony/cocktail hour on the Valiant and our reception at the Multicultural Arts Center. We saw the Valiant on our first day looking at wedding venues and nothing quite measured up after that. We loved having the first half of the wedding on the Valiant – you get beautiful views of the Boston skyline and the boat itself is the most beautiful boat you can charter in Boston at its size. The idea of the boat itself also felt very unique, special and very reflective of us/our relationship – since we really love the water/boats and wanted a nautical wedding in Boston. Melissa at Charles Riverboat Company helped organize things. She was really great: responsive, easy to work with, very nice. One of our best vendors!” – Matthew

“Had daughter’s engagement party here and it was ridiculously great and here’s why: the manager is truly an excellent listener and thinker. She hears what you want and makes sure it happens. She’s listening to hear the details that seem important to you  and ensures they happen to make the night a success. The venue was perfect for the 20 person cocktail hour and dinner at one long wonderful table. It was literally PERFECT.” – Eagle O.

Private Events

 “What a great event! Thanks for making sure it was over the top! Best client event my team has hosted in over 30 years!”  -Peter D., Corporate Client Appreciation

“We had an amazing experience and would highly recommend your services to friends, family, and co-workers…they did an absolutely fantastic job! Only great things to say about your services!”  -Byron H., Birthday Party

I would highly recommend the Charles Riverboat Company–Cecily Cushman, if she’s available! We threw a surprise birthday party for 50 people on board the Lexington – and Cecily ensured I didn’t have to worry about a thing! She coordinated the DJ, gave great advice on the menu, and was always available to answer any questions. The boat itself was clean and fun and allowed for great views of Boston. After the party, several people reached out asking who I worked with – so for them and for anyone reading – I highly recommend Charles Riverboat Company!” – Julie T., Birthday Party

“People have been saying Friday night was the best employee outing we’ve EVER had, and I agree! Definitely looking forward to doing business with you again in the future!”  -Laura H., Company Outing

“It was fantastic!  We all loved it and we want to do this every year!  The crew was amazing.  Such great service…I can’t say enough about how pleased we all were!!”  -Michelle C., Company Outing

“Chartered one of this company’s boats for a rehearsal dinner before our son’s wedding and it could not have gone better. The crew was professional and friendly. The boat was clean and everything went off without a hitch. The route that the boat took through the Charles and into Boston harbor provided out guests with a truly memorable evening. People were able to mingle and take in all the sights and have plenty of room for dinner and drinks. I highly recommend this company to anyone looking to host a similar event!”  – Tom M. Rehearsal Dinner

“EXCELLENT company to work with! I would highly recommend Charles Riverboat Company to anyone looking to book a group harbor cruise and will most definitely be using them for any events I have to plan in the future!”-UMASS, College Event

“My group had an amazing time. It was a great venue to host a meeting.  We will definitely do this again!!”  -Peg B., Corporate Event

“This was the perfect way to celebrate my graduation. Booking the event and deciding the menu went very smoothly. Cecily was very helpful and communicating with her was very easy. Melissa accommodated our special requests the day of the event. Barbara was the best bartender and had a really positive attitude. Even the captain joined us in pictures. Thank you to this amazing team and we’ll definitely be back for another event with you.” – Andres Q., Graduation Party

“Weather was fantastic and crew was spectacular – food and drinks – all perfect.  Folks were still raving the next morning!” – AJ V.

“I received so many compliments and kind words about the Charles River Boat Cruise from the team and almost as soon as we docked, was flooded with questions wanting references and logistical information from the group for their own future outings. Lara and the rest of the staff were phenomenal and you were such a pleasure to work with. I definitely look forward to hosting future events with the Charles River Boat Company in the future!”  -Megan C.


University Events

“It was wonderful, thank you! Our new students this year were really impressed with the boat cruise and the food, and as you say the weather was perfect!” –MIT

“I just wanted to thank you again for our fantastic cruises! We’ve been hearing from our alumni today about how much they appreciated the opportunity. Thanks to you and your team for making us looks so good and for making everything so easy!” –Boston University

“We had a great time. It was perfect boating weather. The food and drink were excellent and the staff friendly. We could not have asked for better.” -Harvard

“EXCELLENT company to work with! I would highly recommend Charles Riverboat Company to anyone looking to book a group harbor cruise and will most definitely be using them for any events I have to plan in the future!” –UMASS