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Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise - Madaket

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Madaket narrates Humboldt Harbor History

Wow! Kudos to Capt Zippo... She is an endless supply of fascinating history, trivia and damn good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brian F
Santa Cruz, California
via mobile
Words can not express how much I loved this! But I will try...

I love a harbor cruise. I have been on quite a few-all over the world. This one is right at the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lexington, Kentucky
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Aboard the Motor Vessel Madaket, a 1910 passenger ferry in operation as a harbor cruise vessel since 1972. Madaket is the oldest passenger vessel in continuous service in the United States. Seasonal cruises depart Mid-May to the first week of...more
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Hours Today: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
1 C St, Eureka, CA 95501-0359
+1 707-445-1910
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! Kudos to Capt Zippo... She is an endless supply of fascinating history, trivia and damn good information. This cruise is superbly narrated and the topics are VERY interesting ... some, even memorable. Reasonably priced drinks from the "smallest licensed bar" ever known. The crew...More

Thank Brian F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love a harbor cruise. I have been on quite a few-all over the world. This one is right at the top. The boat is so small that it makes for a much more intimate experience. The combination of the historical boat and the natural...More

Thank lovetogo2662
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The Motor Vessel Madaket is the oldest wooden passenger ferry still operating on the west coast. They give wonderful tours of Humboldt Bay. They have blankets for you to use but dress warmly. It is much colder out on the water than on the dock...More

1  Thank Floyd B
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

It was easy to find the right dock. There was plenty of free parking. The ship itself was darling. Be sure to wear a jacket--there are blankets available--be warned. The captain is the narrator. She is very fond of the ship and the area. We...More

Thank SarahR4243
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

This cruise was a great way to see the city and learn some history. The captain gave an informative and interesting history of the area during the afternoon cruise. Although the boat stays in the bay, the wind is very strong and it was surprisingly...More

3  Thank Melissa D
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Great history boat tour of Humboldt Bay. Beautiful scenery, interesting past, Indian Island, Humboldt County Library and the world famous Carson Mansion are all viewed from the boat.

Thank Sqeeky17
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

This is a neat little hour and 15 minute cruise around Humboldt Bay. Our Captain Zippo and deck hand Frenchy were amazing. Zippo knee every kind of boat and the history of the bay like the back of her hand. It was really informational. Family...More

1  Thank semopars
Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

We took the advice of another review and did the drive around the Bay, but this little cruise was our favorite excursion! We took the 2:30 narrated tour—which was perfect! The fog burned off by then and the first mate, “Frenchie” made sure everyone was...More

Thank Jane D
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Enjoyable evening spent with friends. We reserved the whole boat and brought refreshments. Crew was courteous and knowledgeable.

Thank 2busytocall
Reviewed 19 November 2017

This hour plus excursion on the bay on a classic boat that use to serve as ferry is a delight and chuckle for adults and kids. You will be surprised how small the bay and entertained by the history. After your trip eat a meal...More

3  Thank joe s
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Jane D
7 June 2018|
Response from Dalene Z | Property representative |
Thank you for the suggestion. I attempted changing the photo in the past without a good result. Just did it again and will wait for TripAdvisor to approve. Thank you again!
25 January 2016|
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Response from Pat H | Reviewed this property |
No....the boat stays within the waters of the harbor and does not go out between the two jetties leading into open ocean! You will see the famous 19th century Carson Mansion that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's design of the... More