Harbor Cruises Return for Summer 2012
June 06, 2012
Office of Communications
UMass Boston is turning lunch breaks into ocean escapes this summer with weekly cruises through Boston Harbor.
The trips will depart from the Fox Point Dock at noon every Monday through Sept. 24. Students, staff, and visitors can relax aboard the M/V Columbia Point as it weaves through the harbor, taking advantage of one of the region’s greatest natural resources. The length of the cruises varies according to route and water conditions, but riders should plan to be on board for about 90 minutes – leaving plenty of time for an afternoon meeting or exam.
“We’ve been doing this for probably about 10 years now,” said Chris Sweeney, director of Marine Operations at UMass Boston. “We started with a little wooden boat that held 49 people.”
In 2006, Marine Operations introduced the M/V Columbia Point, with room for 110 riders. The Monday cruises draw “a good mix” of riders, Sweeney said, including many who want to relive the experience.
“We have a lot of regular, repeat customers,” Sweeney said.
Tickets are distributed beginning at 11:30 a.m. on cruise days. Students can ride free with a valid UMass Boston ID; the cost is $5 for university staff and $10 for members of the public. Seating is first-come, first-served, and the boat is usually full on nice days. Reservations are accepted for groups of 10 or more.
Cruises leave from the Fox Point Dock, located adjacent to University Drive between Wheatley and McCormack halls. On-campus parking is available for $6.
Occasionally, high winds or rough seas force a cancellation of the cruise. On days of inclement weather, riders can call Marine Operations at 617-287-5404 to find out if the cruise will depart.
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