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Isles of Shoals

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Address: Portsmouth, NH
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Nine isolated, barren islands off the coast of New Hampshire.

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Great ship ! Big and fun

This cruise ship was beautiful bug and fun for all.ages. our baby and 3 yr old girl loved to watch through the window as,the ship sailed through the Atlantic ocean. The tour guide... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 August 2015
M S
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Passaic, New Jersey
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Passaic, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

This cruise ship was beautiful bug and fun for all.ages. our baby and 3 yr old girl loved to watch through the window as,the ship sailed through the Atlantic ocean. The tour guide was clear snd informative we heard him very clearly from all sides of the ship there was also an outdoor area we could sit and relax there... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

We went to the Isle of Shoals on the Thomas Leighton, a people ferry, no cars no roads on the Isles. The day we went was the perfect day for us to go. The weather was warm and a bit breezy and the sea was calm. A narrator, David did a great travelogue as we went through Portsmouth Harbor and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Jack the shipmate and the Captain are excellent tour guides and host.Coming into the dock to park was a breeze even though many cars were parked tandem. Star Island was enjoyable to visit and even better after discovering all the history that took place there.

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Wilmington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

We enjoyed a pleasant boat tour on the Thomas Leighton, a three-hour afternoon cruise from the Portsmouth downtown waterfront to the Isles of Shoals and back. The informative tour described the different islands that make up the Isles of Shoals, and gave interesting history about the families, sailors, and pirates who left their mark on these tiny islands. Do not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

The whole experience was lots of fun. It was interesting to learn about all of the landmarks the boat passed. I would recommend sitting in the front of the boat as it is easier to see and follow the tour.

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Stratford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

The three hour trip to the Isles of Shoals was fantastic. Not only do you get a boatride down the river but also 6 miles to the isles. The trip was also narrated so you got to know a little history of the area.

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Kittery, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

A small cluster of tiny islands (most notably 7, technically 11) , 6 mi. off the NH/ME coast,rich in heritage ( think seafarers, hearty fisherman, PIRATES ( Blackbeard is said to have stashed loot here..) accessible by private boat, or a day trip on the local tour boat Thomas Leighton.

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Hudson,NH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We went on Sunday to the Isles of Shoals Walking Tour, which lasted approx. 4 hrs. It was a cloudy day which was all the better. It was very comfortable walking around. The boat we took, The Thomas Laighton, was very, very nice. You could buy snack and drinks and the restrooms were very clean. We had a very smooth... More 

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Boxford, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2015

We visited the Islands with a stop at Star Island using Uncle Oscar's Island Cruises of Rye, NH. in their Isles & Star Island Tour. The cost was $21 for adults (a dollar off for seniors); $18 for children 6-11 and $9 for children 2-5. The trip took three hours with about 1.25 hours on Star Island. The boar is... More 

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2015

We had a wonderful warm day for our tour. You will learn alot about history. The lift bridge in port was interesting to see.

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