ABSOLUT's home port is Cotuit, on Nantucket Sound. This point of departure makes many destinations a possibility. Round-trip cruises to can be booked to destinations, Martha's Vineyard (Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Lake Tashmoo), The Elizabeth Islands (Tarpualin Cove, Cuttyhunk),Woods Hole and Hadley Harbor Hyannis, Osterville, Centerville or Popponessett. These cruises are very much weather dependent. Destination Cruises are typically booked as a four hour half day charter at a rate of $500.00
This is booked on an exception basis as distances are great and weather is variable- they don't call it the "Gray Lady" without reason.
Typically a full day event, Nantucket is some 2 hours or 26 miles of open ocean running each way.
We typically arrive at historic Harbor Town. We then tour the five fingers of Cotu, a beautiful un-spoiled wildlife refuge.
We then proceed into the inner harbor and the opportunity to view Nantucket's spectacular waterfront homes.
Guests typically disembark for shopping, lunch and touring in Harbor Town with cobblestone streets and history on almost every corner.
The return trip affords another open ocean run and a chance to reminisce about an amazing day on the water.
Edgartown is by far and away the Vineyard's most popular destination. It's also much closer. With good weather its about 45 minutes or 12 miles away.
Again we typically tour the inner harbor down to Katama Bay and admire beautiful waterfront estates.
Disembarking at the Old Village offers shopping, touring, and a multitude of lunch options. We often add a side trip to Cape Poge a deserted salt water bay on the south side of Edgartown Harbor offering beautiful sightseeing opportunities.
Many people like to visit the original Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven for lunch and gift shopping.
Lake Tashmoo is scenic salt water lake accessible by boat. It offers great scenery and picnic opportunities but no opportunity to disembark. A Real "old island" experience.
Falmouth and Environs
Falmouth is some 15 miles or 45 minutes away. The inner harbor affords scenic waterfront dining locations including the Flying Bridge and the Falmouth Clam Shack.
There is no "harbor town" akin to what you would find in Nantucket or Edgartown and shopping is a good walk away.
We often extend the trip down to the entrance of Wood's Hole affording quests a view of ferry traffic, historic Nobska Light and views of the Elizabeth Islands
Hadley Harbor is another scenic "old cape" destination just west of Falmouth Harbor offering sightseeing and on-board picnic opportunities.
Hyannis is certainly the closest "open ocean" destination.
We typically exit out of West Bay in Osterville and turn left or east for a 15 minute run into Hyannis Harbor.
Along the way we pass Osterville's Seaview Avenue, the Wianno Club, Dowses Beach, and Craigville Beach and Hyannis Port, famous for the Kennedy Family Compound.
Entering Hyannis outer harbor we pass Point Gamon and beautiful scenery into the inner harbor.
Hyannis also offers a number of great waterfront dining opportunities including Baxter's Fish and Chips, Tugboats, and the Captain's Table at Hyannis Yacht Club.
There is no shopping to be found along Hyannis' inner harbor.
The short return trip makes Hyannis the perfect destination for lunch or an early dinner by water.