Just around the corner from the Tea Party Museum you’ll find Rowe’s Wharf, home toClassic Harbor Line. We booked passage aboard the Northern Lights for an inner harbor day cruise.
Unfortunately, the wind picked up and it started raining just before time for us to board, so our original cruise time was postponed for a couple of hours.
We appreciate the captain’s putting safety first in this way. Before we knew it, the storm had blown over, and he was welcoming us aboard.
Captain Mark and his crew, Mike and Amber, took excellent care of us during our time together.
And made sure our onboard experience was delightful in every way. (It was!)
Amber kept our kids well-stocked with Arnold Palmers (that’s half tea, half lemonade, for those of you who have never tried one).
And Mike gave us a detailed history of all the landmarks we passed along the way.
For instance, he not only told us the Boston courthouse (pictured below) was the most-expensive courthouse in America, but he also detailed several of the most famous cases that were tried there.
Thanks to the delay in departure times, our day cruise turned into a sunset cruise.
But that just made it all the more memorable.
The fact that we stayed in the inside harbor (rather than going to the choppy Atlantic side) meant we had smooth sailing all the way. Translation: Mom never felt the least bit seasick.
We sailed all the way up to where the USS Constitution is docked and got there in time to hear (and see!) its cannon fired to signal sunset.
Then it was back to home port, admiring the city’s night lights all the way.
When our original sailing time was postponed, I considered skipping the cruise altogether, since we still had a couple of hours’ driving to do to get to Maine, where we’d spend the night.
I am so glad we stayed and sailed.
By the time we disembarked, rush hour traffic had completely cleared, so the drive to Maine was quick and easy. But more importantly, our entire family agrees that our time aboard the Northern Lights ended up being the highlight of our trip to Boston, and one we’d highly recommend to other families!