Isles of Shoals – Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Take a Sightseeing Cruise to the Isles of Shoals
The Isles of Shoals located off the coast along the border of New Hampshire and Maine were known as prime fishing grounds by European fishermen even before the Pilgrims settled. These nine historic islands have been the subject of legends and poems for centuries. You can take a tour of the legendary Isles of Shoals on your visit to New Hampshire on a cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company.

Guests have been cruising on sightseeing tours of the Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor for decades. A cruise is the perfect way to experience the Isles of Shoals up close and in person.

The Historic Isles of Shoals, Scenic Lighthouses, and Portsmouth Harbor Cruise is the most popular cruise offered by the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company. On this narrated cruise, you’ll enjoy fantastic views of the islands, three lighthouses, five forts, and the Olde Port Waterfront in Portsmouth Harbor on board the steamship style ship M/V Thomas Laighton.

Isles of Shoals sightseeing cruises leave from Portsmouth twice daily, and beverages and snacks are available on board. Children and adults can enjoy a hands-on experience with some native wildlife at the Dockside Touch Tank available with this cruise.   

There are several other cruises available in addition to the popular sightseeing Portsmouth Harbor tour. The Scenic Lighthouses Cruise includes a sunset visit to five lighthouses. You’ll enjoy special narrated tales of the lighthouse keepers, fierce storms and ghostly encounters during this cruise. You can also opt for a sunset Harbor/River Cruise, where you’ll cruise the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor and watch a spectacular sunset on the Great Bay Wilderness Area.

Evening Dinner Cruises and Party Ships are two more cruising options you may wish to embark on for your Harbor tour. Dinner Cruises are popular for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. The over-21 Party Cruises feature live bands and DJ’s, a cash bar, top-deck Tiki Bar, dancing, and other fun activities. You can check the schedule for evening cruises online at

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company also offers private chartered cruises for special occasions and celebrations such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, seasonal parties and other events.

A sightseeing cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is an exciting, fun way to relax and enjoy the sights of the beautiful Portsmouth harbor. Whether you visit in the spring, summer or fall months, your time spent aboard the beautiful M/V Thomas Laighton will be a memorable experience.