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“a Boston Harbor Adventure...
not just another harbor cruise”
Pirate Ship Formidable and Boston’s Best Cruises invites you to join us for a “Boston Harbor Adventure”… not just another harbor cruise. 
Imagine walking down a wharf stepping onto a tall ship, sailing away and becoming a pirate!!!
History comes alive as the captain commands the crew aloft, hoisting the square sails, brace the , firing the cannon, explaining and demonstrating period weapons used during the 17th and 18th centuries. We call it “Edu-tainment.” Your sailing experience is enhanced by the pirate crew’s entertaining and informative manner which engages guests, young and old alike, in an interactive way while driving the boat, setting sails, telling sea stories and singing sea shanties. The professional crew is made up of enthusiasts of pirates, patriots, privateers and other sea rovers looking every bit the part of ”A Pirates Life for Me” and what colonial life at sea was like. Because of their knowledge and passion they provide a fun, safe interactive environment that will be enjoyed and remembered forever.
We’ll welcome you aboard Pirate Ship Formidable as she sets sail for an exciting yet relaxing cruise around Boston Harbor. Enjoy the activity and beauty of “America’s Home Port” sailing past Boston’s historic waterfront including the Custom House Tower, North End (Great Molasses Flood), Old North Church (Paul Revere), the new Seaport District, Bunker Hill, Old Ironsides       (USS CONSTITUTION) and the                           Boston Harbor Islands to name a few.
						Captain Russ Tryder

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Cruise Boston Harbor in Style with the Pirate Ship Formidable (5 stars)

07/18/18 by Johnny Monsarrat    -  Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA

Boston has several harbor cruises but there’s only one HARRRRR-bARRRRr cruise, joining pirates for an adventure aboard the Pirate Ship Formidable! The crew is three people, including Capt. Russ and Capt. Pete. Together you sail on a replica pirate ship out to visit Logan Airport, the USS Constitution and WWII-era destroyer ship, the Institute for Contemporary Art, World Trade Center, Federal Courthouse, and more.

The crew dresses as pirates, but they don’t turn the cruise into a theatre show or play an outright character. However, they call out to other cruise ships and fire their cannon at them, and sing sea shanties on the weekends. You can wear a pirate hat or cutlass, and sometimes they fire their replica old timey rifles.

So the strength of the tour, if not theatrics, is the storytelling. Capt. Russ is a natural storyteller with an infectious enthusiasm. He’ll tell you about the Whydah, a pirate ship that crashed in Cape Cod, and John King the boy pirate. You’ll learn about Blackbeard, the history of Boston including the Boston Tea Party, the buildings that you pass, and more. Did you know that someone once climbed and then base jumped from the Old North Church? Below decks, you’ll find pirate props to take photos with and some historic artifacts from the USS Constitution.

Sometimes they sail just with the sails, but it’s mostly motoring. That makes a nice breeze, which is refreshing on a hot day, but bring a jacket unless it is stiflingly hot. The tour has great views, and you stay close enough to shore that you can sense yourself moving. (Many cruises take you so far from shore that you appear to move glacially slowly.) Instead of talking constantly, and it’s difficult to both listen and look around, Capt. Russ gives you breaks to just relax and enjoy the view in silence.

It’s fantastic cruise for both kids and adults. And you can bring your own food and alcohol, which is unusual for a harbor cruise. A great time! 5 stars.

Here’s some video to show you how fun it is.

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