Located 45 minutes north of Boston in Essex, MA. Enjoy a 1.5 hr narrated cruise past estates, salt marsh farms and historic shipyard sites. See lobstering, clamming, and fishing. Discover islands, barrier beaches, sand dunes, winding rivers, and wildlife. Charters for clambakes, company outings and celebrations of all occasions. Special cruises include wine tasting and river brunch.
Address: 35 Dodge Street Essex MA USA 01929
Private charters are also perfect for weddings and rehearsal dinners. We've hosted many successful weddings on board the boat and out at a secluded tidal beach. Together our boats can accommodate up to 100 people for your special wedding celebration. We have different catering options available. If you have a caterer in mind, let us know and we'll be glad to work with them!
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Essex River Cruises & Charters provides comfortable seating, full liquor service, iPod compatible Bose sound system, and restroom on board ensure your maximum comfort and full enjoyment. We accommodate wheelchairs and our friendly staff will gladly assist you. Buses are welcome and we offer plenty of free parking.
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Recommended by 92% of couples
Marjorie · Married on 10/13/2013
We used Essex River Cruises for a brunch cruise the morning after our wedding. The cruise was great (luckily the weather was too!). Everyone had a great time. Dylan was very easy to work with. We could bring on any food or caterer we wanted which was very nice. The price wasn't bad considering we were reserving a whole boat for 50+ people. It was a great way to wrap up our wedding!
Emily · Married on 07/28/2012
When we started our wedding planning, we knew we wanted a waterfront wedding; what we got from Essex River Cruises was beyond expectation. Our chartered boat picked us up mid-morning (at a time approved by the captain, Cliff, to coordinate with the tides) and meandered for most of an hour to what they called "wedding beach", a sandbar that at high tide is completely underwater. We knew we were headed for a tidal beach, but we didn't anticipate anything nearly so gorgeous or so isolated, as if the sand were an island that had been waiting all this time to appear just for us.
The crew (Cliff and his first mate) set up quickly for the ceremony, making sure our guitarist was settled and then arranging the rest of the chairs appropriately. In the meantime, guests strolled along the beach, taking in the panorama of the river delta, while the groom and I got some photos out of the way. After the ceremony, by the time we wrapped up yet more photos, the chairs had been put away, and the crew had set out hors d'oeuvres on board from their catering menu. On the way back, we toasted with a specific sparkling wine we had ordered in advance (and ginger ale for the more youthful!), and three hours after we'd started the day, we were once again on the dock of the riverfront restaurant that hosted our reception.
The team at Essex River Cruises support so many options, so many configurations, so many possibilities--whether to charter one boat or two, whether to hold the ceremony and/or reception on board or on the beach, which food and drinks to serve when, what to fall back on if it rains. I probably emailed more questions to this team than to any other vendor we worked with, and they very patiently and fairly promptly answered them all and gave their recommendations, either by return email or by phone. In the end, it all worked out perfectly, and nearly every guest commented on how unique and fun the day had been. We wouldn't have wanted it any other way.