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Whether you’re watching for whales or cruising in a duck boat, harbor cruises offer the chance to experience Boston’s scenery and history from right outside Boston Harbor. See the skyline or dine on the water with one of the popular tours below.

Highlights
  • Watch the sunset from Boston Harbor as fades into night
  • Enjoy brunch, cocktails, or dinner on the water and get views of the Boston skyline
  • Learn about Boston’s colonial past and the role it played in helping America become an independent nation
  • Hear the sound of the cannon boom as it’s fired from the USS Constitution or tour Old Ironsides, America’s oldest warship
  • Hop on a speedboat and spin in circles for a rush
  • Most cruises last 1 to 3 hours

Sightseeing Cruises
Boston Harbor cruises are a great way to take in the sights from the water, and some are even combined with land-based walking tours that offer an up-close look at the city’s history and scenery. Alternatively, ply the placid Cambridge River on a fun, amphibious duck boat, or search for whales in the waters offshore from April to October. Whichever route you take, don’t miss the opportunity to tour the USS Constitution—a three-masted warship that dates back to 1797.

Dining Cruises
There’s definitely no shortage of restaurants in Boston, but none can compete with the romance of dining out on the water. Choose a filling, floating brunch with views of the area’s harbor lighthouses or an evening filled with dinner, dancing, and dessert on the deck of a ship.
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Boston Historic Sightseeing Harbor Cruise with Up-Close View of USS Constitution

Boston Historic Sightseeing Harbor Cruise with Up-Close View of USS Constitution

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$36.71
From
$36.71
See some of the top attractions in Boston from the waterfront on this narrated sightseeing cruise. Explore Boston Harbor and see the city’s historic sites while listening to live commentary on board. Pass landmarks like the Boston Tea Party ships, USS Constitution, and Boston Light—the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the United States.
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* A traveler said: "The total trip was awesome but our narrator was extremely knowledgeable and very informative. Highly recommend"


Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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1321
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$62.85
From
$62.85
Experience the best of New England’s marine wildlife on this guided whale-watching cruise around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Hop on a high-speed catamaran that gets to and from the whales in the least amount of time possible. See humpback and fin whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins with the help of a naturalist guide. The on-board galley offers food and beverages for purchase during the trip.
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* A traveler said: "Wonderful experience! Saw a set of three whales on a couple occasions thru the tour. Also 2 blue sharks. Truly an experience of a lifetime."


90-Minute Boston Harbor Sunset Sightseeing Cruise
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90-Minute Boston Harbor Sunset Sightseeing Cruise

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209
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
From
$38.80
From
$38.80
Enjoy the beauty of dusk along Boston Harbor on this sunset sightseeing cruise. See all the historic attractions that Boston Harbor has to offer and witness the USS Constitution’s traditional sunset ritual — ceremoniously firing her cannon and lowering her flag, signaling the end of the day.
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* A traveler said: "Great tour guide and perfect weather! Gorgeous sunset. The night photos of Boston you can get are the best."


Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River

Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River

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6607
  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$53.35
From
$53.35
Hop into a duck boat—renovated World War II amphibious vehicle—for a comprehensive tour of Boston. Pass Boston Common, Quincy Market, and the Celtics' home turf at TD Garden. Then splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the city by boat. Learn all about Boston's history and landmarks as you go.
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* A traveler said: "Fantastic tour guide, learned a lot. Very enjoyable. I would recommend this to anyone traveling to Boston."


Sunset Sailing Cruise on a Tall Ship in Boston Harbor

Sunset Sailing Cruise on a Tall Ship in Boston Harbor

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147
  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.00
From
$51.00
Experience Boston Harbor on a sunset cruise aboard a historic tall ship. Depart from Central Wharf on the 67-foot Liberty Star or the 125-foot Liberty Clipper and enjoy views of the outer harbor, Fort Independence, East Boston, the Charlestown Navy Yard, and beyond. Relax and let the crew handle the sails or jump in the action and a grab a line on this fun and affordable outing.
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* A traveler said: "Such a nice way to see the city! A relaxing perspective on a busy city, seeing it from the water gives a totally different look and feel to Boston. The crew was very fun and courteous, and shared lots of fun information about the harbor. Highly recommend this!"


Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise
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Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

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52
  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$48.00
From
$48.00
Take an evening cruise on Boston Harbor to watch the sunset from the water. Glide out to the Old North Church and Historic Site, the Charlestown Navy Yard, Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, and the USS Cassin Young. As a bonus, listen to the cannon fire of the USS Constitution, which marks the sunset each night.
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* A traveler said: "Great way to relax after the day. We absolutely loved our trip and what we learned about the harbor during the cruise."


Sightseeing Day Sail around Boston Harbor
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Sightseeing Day Sail around Boston Harbor

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53
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$55.47
From
$55.47
See Boston Harbor’s sights from the water on this day sail aboard a replica of a pilot schooner. Step aboard the boat and sail off through the harbor, bound for Spectacle Island, Fort Independence, Castle Island, and Long Island. Listen to guided commentary on the harbor’s history and ecosystem while you sail, snapping photos of Boston’s coast from the water.
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* A traveler said: "Perfect trip and a very friendly people. I would recomend it to every one to do it when they whant to see Boston from another point"


Sunset Cruise
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Sunset Cruise

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60
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$26.34
From
$26.34
Enjoy views of beautiful Boston with this 90-minute sunset cruise. Watch the sun sink over the sparkling water as your guides point out the USS Constitution and other historic sights. Once the sun goes down, you’ll have a chance to see the city skyline illuminated. There is a full bar on every boat, with snacks and other beverages available for purchase.
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* A traveler said: "The entire cruise was very enjoyable.. It’s was very organize and well planned out.. The operator was very experience."


Cruise Boston Harbor on a Classic Tall Ship

Cruise Boston Harbor on a Classic Tall Ship

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59
  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
From
$45.00
Explore Boston by boat with this cruise on the Liberty Clipper. Help the crew hoist the sails or simply find a spot on deck to enjoy the views. Your captain creates a route depending on wind direction, heading toward the outer harbor for a glimpse of Fort Independence, or sailing toward East Boston for views of the Charlestown Navy Yard, home to the USS Constitution.
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* A traveler said: "This is a great tour - guests are invited to participate by hoisting sails and steering the ship, and can move about and view the ship's quarters. The crew was funny and knowledgeable! We've taken several harbor tours, and this one was excellent."


Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise
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Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

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16
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.14
From
$34.14
See the landmarks and highlights of Boston from the water on this sightseeing cruise in Boston Harbor. Sit back and enjoy a cup of New England Clam chowder while sailing between the harbor's 34 islands, listening to their history through your guide's commentary. Snap photos and enjoy a unique perspective of the harbor, very different than a typical walking or driving tour through Boston. Highlights include Nixes Mate, Lovell's Island, Spectacle Island, and Fort Independence.
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* A traveler said: "The narration was wonderful and they explained where we were going and the history of the sites that we were seeing and it was a beautiful day. We definitely social distance and I would do it again"


Boston Odyssey Dinner Cruise
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Boston Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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54
  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$137.42
From
$137.42
Try a unique alternative to a typical night out in downtown Boston with an exciting dinner cruise along the city’s waterfront. This 3-hour expedition on Boston Harbor features a three-course meal with live entertainment and dancing. Watch the sun set, then take a stroll under the stars and enjoy the view of the illuminated Boston skyline at night or head to the dance floor for music and fun in the ship’s nightclub. Bring that special someone or a whole group of friends for a night to remember.
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* A traveler said: "The entire experience was great deff doing back the ambiance was romantic food was wonderful the staff was very helpful I love it"


Boston Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

Boston Sunset Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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118
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$104.67
From
$104.67
Try a unique alternative to a typical night out in downtown Boston on an exciting dinner cruise along the city’s waterfront. This expedition on Boston Harbor features an all-you-can-eat buffet meal with live entertainment and dancing. Watch the sunset, then take a stroll under the stars and enjoy the view of the illuminated Boston skyline at night or head to the dance floor for music and fun inside the ship’s nightclub. Bring that special someone or a whole group of friends for a night to remember.
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* A traveler said: "This was definitely a night to remember! My friends and I went for a birthday celebration. The workers were very welcoming and kind! Only thing we didn’t like was the food. The food was not good at all we thought with the money we spent for out tickets the food would be delicious! But the overall experience was great!"


Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise

Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise

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60
  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$78.47
From
$78.47
Enjoy Boston from the water while dining on a delicious buffet lunch on this cruise. See an array of top landmarks including Bunker Hill, the World Trade Center, and the site of the 1773 Boston Tea Party. Hear narrated commentary on the sites, and after lunch, head up to the top deck—the largest outdoor patio deck in town—where a DJ spins tunes from line dances to Top 40 hits.
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* A traveler said: "Everything about the experience was great. The atmosphere, food, staff were very friendly and accommodating. I look forward to seeing you soon."


Boston Odyssey Brunch Cruise

Boston Odyssey Brunch Cruise

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9
  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$111.22
From
$111.22
Cruise Boston Harbor aboard a luxury yacht, complete with superb city views and a buffet brunch featuring both breakfast and lunch offerings. For 2-hours you'll explore the waters from Rowes Wharf to the Charlestown Naval Yard and back, sailing past sights such as Castle Island and Boston Light. Spend some time enjoying the yacht's three climate-controlled decks or dancing to the sounds of a live DJ mix. There's even a glass of complimentary champagne following castoff.
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* A traveler said: "Getting together with family đŸ‘Ș The food was excellent nice atmosphere waiters and stuff was very nice courteous. Boat was beautiful just a wonderful and beautiful memories ❀ 💖"


Boston Shore Excursion: Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Boston Shore Excursion: Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$49.35
From
$49.35
Disembark your ship and take a short walk from Cruiseport Boston to explore the best the city has to offer—a hop-on hop-off tour of Beantown. Visit Boston’s top attractions on a loop around town. Get to know the city, on your own, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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* A traveler said: "Boston is a great city to visit and this is a fun and easy way to get an overview of what there is to see and do."


Boston Private City Tour

Boston Private City Tour

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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$449.90
per group
From
$449.90
per group
Discover the best of Boston and see the sights that interest you most on this half-day tour. Board your private vehicle along with your group and explore key landmarks in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. See Harvard University, Fenway Park, the Boston Public Library, Beacon Hill, and much more while listening to commentary from your driver about Boston’s history.
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* A traveler said: "I liked that the tour was customizable. Loved the historical Boston, Lexington, and Concord. Our driver, Sam, was knowledgeable and very personable. I would highly recommend him!"


Boston Harbor Brunch Cruise

Boston Harbor Brunch Cruise

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14
  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.67
From
$74.67
Enjoy a gourmet brunch on this scenic cruise of the Boston Harbor. Set sail aboard the Northern Lights at Rowes Wharf and settle in for a buffet filled with quiche, waffles, bacon, fresh fruit, and more. View popular Boston highlights such as Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution, Old North Church, and Sea Castle Island. This brunch cruise offers a great overview of Boston and a lovely morning on the water.
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* A traveler said: "Organized embarkment process and interesting tour guides. Beautiful view and great food. Was an all round great experience"


Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

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7
  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$426.67
per group
From
$426.67
per group
Private tours are priced per GROUP, not per person. This amazing tour is for those who want more than a driving tour but not a ton of walking.(aprox. 90 minute walk) Stroll through the historic North End. Have a snack from a famous North End pastry shop. Go inside the Old North Church and see Paul Revere's house, Explore Copp's Hill Burial Ground and learn about the "Spite House", the "Brink's Job" robbery. and the Great Molasses Flood. Visit the USS Constitution, and go up Bunker Hill where the first organized battle of the Revolutionary war took place. Learn how the Colonists lost that battle but won at the same time. Ride through Downtown, up Beacon Hill, The Back Bay, Fenway and over to Cambridge to see Harvard & MIT. You will see the entire city in half a day. ​Learn all about our history as well as what makes Boston such a great 21st century city. We can confirm tour start time after booking is complete. Weekday tours during the school year tours can only start after 2:30PM
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* A traveler said: "Awesome experience!! Our tour guide, Neal, was fantastic!! Extremely knowledgeable, friendly, easy to listen to! We learned so much and enjoyed it! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Boston area!!"


Cocktails, Rum, & City Lights Cruise 21+

Cocktails, Rum, & City Lights Cruise 21+

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2
  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
$46.00
Price varies by group size
From
$46.00
Price varies by group size
NEW PRICE! Join the Liberty Clipper on Saturday evenings. Enjoy the sparkling lights of the Boston skyline while listening to the shanties of old (and more modern music) on board our flagship schooner. If you are feeling energetic, help the crew haul up the sails and experience the sounds of times gone by as you sail on our grand tall ship. Once you are onboard our crew will take your order for the bar. Have you tried our signature drink and the sailors’ favorite — a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, featuring Gosling’s dark rum, ginger beer, and a twist of lime? We bring the Caribbean to you and the rum is never gone on our ship. Not a fan of rum? There is also plenty of beer, wine, and mixed drinks onboard. What a unique way to see Boston and relax in the cool breezes of the harbor.
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Holiday Sunset Cruise in Boston Harbor
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$42.67
Grab a drink and settle into the heated, main observation cabin to enjoy a 2-hour experience on this beautiful 1920s-style yacht. *Please note that this event includes a 30-minute pre-boarding, followed by a 90-minute cruise to allow guests time to settle in before the cruising portion commences. During the cruise, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa from the hot chocolate bar and take in the sights as the boat cruises around Boston's waterfront neighborhoods, such as North End. Enjoy cruising under the Tobin Bridge for a unique perspective of this iconic landmark. The Captain will provide light commentary of Boston Harbor's sightseeing highlights in conjunction with enjoyable music throughout the trip. Watch the sky as it changes from blues to oranges behind the outline of Boston's city skyline.
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Private Boston Harbor Boat Tour

Private Boston Harbor Boat Tour

  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$390.00
per group
From
$390.00
per group
I'm captain Sam and love being able to help people experience the ocean surrounding Boston. I'm really friendly and love to talk to people. If you decide to join my tour, you will never regret it because I'll glide peacefully through the waters of Boston on the most relaxing, beautiful, and romantic excursion in the city. During your trip, take in the majestic colors of the sunset surrounding Boston Harbor's skyline and iconic landmarks. We specialize in hosting private events; birthdays, anniversaries, proposals, etc. The capacity for this private boat tour is 6 people.
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Private City Tour of Boston, Lexington, and Concord
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Private City Tour of Boston, Lexington, and Concord

  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$674.85
per group
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$674.85
per group
See all Boston's most important sights in a six hours, private, guided city tour, in a comfortable luxury vehicle. If you value, time, privacy, comfort and would like to have a good overview of the city of Boston, Lexington and Concord at your own convenience and pace, we are the right choice for you. We will drive by or stop and wait at the sights you are most interested in. Our tour is totally customizable and our priority is to please you, not keep a schedule.
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Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$414.35
per group
From
$414.35
per group
This tour will begin at your home, hotel or cruise ship and take you past the most interesting places in Boston including the Paul Revere House, the USS Constitution, the Bunker Hill Battle Monument, Copley Square and Fenway Park. Along the way you’ll see the historic homes and churches of the Back Bay, the South End, and Beacon Hill. You’ll hear the stories behind Paul Revere’s ride, the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. You’ll see Boston’s most prominent buildings and neighborhoods as well as some lesser-known points of interest. This is the best way to see as much of Boston as possible in a brief time and do so at a pace you will enjoy.
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* A traveler said: "Peter Brennan provided an excellent, comprehensive tour. One of the best guides. Very insightful and engaging."


Dog Day of Summer Harbor Cruise in Boston

Dog Day of Summer Harbor Cruise in Boston

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$27.50
From
$27.50
This dog friendly cruise allows you to beat the heat of the city while enjoying the sights and sounds of Boston Harbor. The live narration provides historic information as well as current updates to a very lively working harbor.
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