This is one of several cruises offered by Plymouth Cruises. This calm water cruise in takes you into Plymouth Harbor and offers a hands-on approach to see how lobsters are harvested from their natural environment. This cruise encourages passengers to roll up their sleeves to help haul in lobster traps. An educational experience where you'll learn about the daily life of a New England lobster fisherman and about lobster biology, lobster trap mechanics, comparing different species of crabs and discovering other sea creatures that live in the harbor. Focus is on getting hands-on and interactive.
The Lobster Tales Cruise is a truly unique experience and one of the highlights for our kids during our recent visit to Plymouth. These coastal towns of New England are rich in history and lobstering plays no small role in the lives, economy, and cuisine of New England. The Lobster Tales cruise offered by Plymouth Cruise is a hands on experience geared towards kids. Normally, lobstering is serious business - setting traps, hauling traps, and selling your catch at the best price possible. When you need to haul 400 traps in a day from the crack of dawn, there is no time to welcome an audience, so we were delighted for the chance to get behind our dinner plate, so to speak.
Captain Paul is full of energy and has a fun-loving and casual demeanor about him. Our boys can be shy, but he grabbed their attention right away by teasing his way into their hearts. In no time at all, they were arm deep in salty sea water, fishing out rock crabs and lobsters out of Captain Paul’s laundry tub of live crustaceans.
The cruise stays pretty close to shore. The kids get to help pull up a trap or two, then Captain Paul explains the anatomy of crabs and lobsters. He showed the kids how to tell the difference between male and female crabs and lobsters. He even passed around a lobster filled with eggs. We all learned so much about the biology of these creatures, their habits, as well as the lobster industry. It was simply fascinating. Everyone got to, touch, haul, laugh, and squeal. On the boat with us, was a class of sixth graders who were thoroughly engaged during the 1.5 hour tour.
This was truly an eye-opening experience for all of us, and one I would not have really thought of choosing to try out myself. So I am very grateful that Plymouth Visitor’s Bureau arranged for our family to experience the Lobster Tales cruise. I highly recommend it as a uniquely New England experience and one you won’t find easily elsewhere. Plymouth Cruises also runs a few other unique cruise experiences like their popular pirate cruises and ice-cream cruises.
*Disclosure: Our family got to experience Lobster Tales as a guest of Plymouth Visitor’s Bureau, but the squeals of delight and opinions expressed here are entirely our own.
Lobster Tales runs several different tours including the famouns Lobster Cruise and Pirate Cruise. The Lobster Cruise starts with a harbor tour of historic Plymouth, followed by the hauling of lobster traps and examination of the catch (crabs, fish, and lobster). Touch tank on board.
The Pirate Adventure is recommended for ages 5 to 11. Kids don pirate hats, bandannas, and makeup, follow a treasure map to find buried booty, have a battle at sea with an enemy pirate vessel, and eventually may win the treasure chest. The loot is divvied up, and a celebration ensues with buccaneer brew, dancing, music, and singing.
In July and August there is a family-oriented ice-cream cruise.