Friday, May 28, 2010

The Salem Ferry - One of Boston's Best Cruises!

It's Memorial Day weekend, which means anything that wasn't open for the season yet... is now open (Hooray!), including the Salem Ferry.

The Salem Ferry is an excellent connection between Salem and Boston. Create an awesome day trip adventure in either direction with the Salem Ferry's Cruise & Dine program, in which your Ferry ticket is valid for some nice dining discounts in Salem and Boston. Most restaurants offer 10% off the price of your meal.

To take advantage of the discounts offered by more than a dozen Boston restaurants and nineteen restaurants in Salem, simply show your Ferry ticket / receipt to your server. Most participating restaurants will honor the Cruise & Dine discount for two days after the date on your ticket, so don't throw it away!

Round trip passage on the Salem Ferry is $19 for adults, $17 for children and seniors. In addition to lowering fares this year (last year an adult round trip ticket was $24), the Salem Ferry has added interpretation and narration to the cruise, so you can learn a thing or two - if you want to - while being carried over the cool blue sea between cities. The interpreters identify landmarks on the shore and provide some history of Salem, Marblehead, Boston, and a few of the other communities in between. Bart was our narrator this week, and he was wonderful - history and a splash of humor is always nice!

The Salem Ferry departs Boston's Long Wharf North daily at 10 AM, 12 Noon, 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM, and 8 PM. On Fridays and Saturdays, they also leave Boston at 10 PM. Ferry service into Boston runs from Blaney Street, just a block away from the House of the Seven Gables, at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM, and 7 PM. There is an additional 9 PM run on Fridays and Saturdays.

This really is a great way to connect Salem and Boston. It's fun, it's relaxing, there's a galley and bar on board so you can have a snack during your trip, and you get a great perspective of both city's skylines and shorelines. It is truly one of Salem's MUST DO activities.

If you need additional convincing, there's a great video about the Salem Ferry by

Happy Memorial Day!

Photo credits: Sunset image: (c) Leighton O'Connor, Other images courtesy Boston's Best Cruises.

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