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Special Cruises

Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise on RiverQuest

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BOOK YOUR CRUISE HERE

 

 

Note: We try to set up tables for groups of four or more. If you are booked separately, but want to sit at a table together, please let us know who you want to be with.

 

Also note that you may bring your own food and "favorite" beverage aboard our cruises, no need to purchase anything!

 

Captain Mark and Mindy are the pioneers of Tree Swallow watching!
For the past 14 years they have brought individuals and groups on intimate cruises aboard RiverQuest and/or Adventure to a special spot on the Connecticut River where 100's of thousands of Tree Swallows gather. After spending the day miles away, the swallows return each night to sleep in the reeds. They gather at sunset and perform aerial ballets forming an amazing display of art, coordination and cooperation!

Over the years Captain Mark has found the best way to maneuver RiverQuest (and now Capt Alex, Adventure) to allow perfect views from her open decks on the bow and stern. Her flexible seating ensures everyone gets optimal "up close and personal" viewing.

 

Enjoy the entire evening! We will spend about 3.5 hours on the water.

 

The cruise is primarily about the Tree Swallows, however, it is also about the journey....there is so much to see while cruising along the river. Many birds are migrating through the area now; last year we saw a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets. Our on board Naturalist(s), will educate you on the swallow phenomenon and all the other wildlife we see. On the return cruise home, there is time to chat with others and experience the river at twilight, blending into night.

 

You are able to bring your own picnic basket or snacks and your favorite "beverage" to enjoy on this special cruise.  There may not be tables for everyone, so singles and smaller groups, please bring "lap" type food.

 

Don't forget your camera and binoculars (or borrow a pair of ours)!

 

This is a small group experience that is unique each sailing. Mark, Mindy and crew promise a great evening for all to enjoy the Tree Swallow show and this special time on the pristine Connecticut River!

 

Cost is $40pp. NOTE: Due to the length of this evening cruise, we ask that no children under 12 years old be booked. Please email us for questions/comments.

 

These cruises sell out, so, reservations are required. Please use our on-line booking. We can sometimes take on last minute passengers, so, email us anytime.

 

NO BOOKING FOR OVER TEN PERSONS (email us to discuss if you have more). Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Roger Tory Peterson of the Peterson Field Guides quote on this phenomenon: 

“I have seen a million flamingos on the lakes of East Africa and as many seabirds on the cliffs of the Alaska Pribilofs, but for sheer drama, the tornadoes of Tree Swallows eclipsed any other avian spectacle I have ever seen.”    

 

2017 Cruise Dates:

Check our calendar and Special Cruise Dates Page for exact dates, departure time and for SOLD OUT cruises.   

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Private Tree Swallow Sunset Cruise Charters: $1650 for the whole boat! Private Charters will normally be aboard ADVENTURE.           

 

MyTV9 Star Sees Swallows at Sunset: Angela watches an air show like no other Watch Video>>>

  • Sarah Cody form Fox 61 DayTripper News came on a Tree Swallow Cruise with us. See her video: Watch Video>>>
  • Autumn on the Connecticut River With the Swallows - 9/2/14, By HELEN O'NEILL Associated Press Read Article>>

On 09-24, there were so many Tree Swallows in the air, that Ryan of NBC weather posted the radar images on his Blog:

http://ryanhanrahan.com/2012/09/24/the-mysterious-radar-echoes-are-no-longer-mysterious/  

  

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Meteorologist Ryan Hanrahan NBC CT 30- How the swallows appear on Radar!    

 

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Gift Certificates Available

 

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Special ADVENTURE Tree Swallow Cruise

Join us on our new exclusive charter vessel 
and see the Tree Swallow Spectacle!
Book your cruise: HERE.
 
Adventure is docked at Dock #3, parking Lot #3, the lot farthest in!
 
NoteYou may bring your own food and "favorite" beverage aboard our cruises, no need to purchase anything!  We try to set up tables for groups of four or more. If you are booked separately, but want to sit at a table together, please let us know who you want to be with.
 
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After lots of years of hard work, Connecticut River Expeditions is proud to have it's newest addition to the fleet in operation, ADVENTURE. She ran very intimate, exclusive Tree Swallow Cruises last year, and is back up and running again this year, offering both public and private Tree Swallow Sunset Cruises.
 
We will cruise to a special area on the Connecticut River where 100's of thousands of Tree Swallows gather. The swallows show up close to sunset and perform aerial ballets forming an amazing display of art, coordination and cooperation and eventually fly into the reeds to sleep for the night! 
We will get perfect views from ADVENTURE's open decks. 

Come enjoy the entire evening and journey on the river with us! 
We will spend about three and a half hours on the water. There is so much to see. Last year we saw a record number of Bald Eagles and Great Egrets. Our on board Naturalist, will educate you on the swallow phenomenon and all else we will see.
On the return cruise home, there is time to chat with others and experience the river at twilight, blending into night. 

We will provide a light cheese platter on this special cruise and you may bring your own picnic basket and favorite "beverage" to enjoy on the cruise. 
Don't forget your camera and a pair of binoculars (or borrow one of ours)!
 
This is a small group experience and space is very limited.
NOTE: Adventure is not handicap accessible. 
Adventure is docked at Dock #3, parking Lot #3. Drive the farthest in!
 
2017 Dates:  
Special Cruise Dates Page
Price:  $50 per person
 
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Solar Eclipse Cruise

 

Solar Eclipse!!!

In Connecticut, we will have 70% sun coverage, which is still pretty substantial. So, come aboard to enjoy the partial solar eclipse while on a two hour river cruise, August 21, 1:30pm to 3:30pm-ish. Bring something to eat or drink if you want. We will supply “special” approved eclipse viewing glasses. Passenger amount is limited so everyone gets a great view! Clouds will cancel the cruise.

If your confirmation says Solar Eclipse on RiverQuest: Go to Dock #1 (park in first lot).

If your confirmation says Solar Eclipse on Adventure: Go to Dock #3 (park in lot farthest from park entrance).

 

$35pp. No children under 10 years old please.

BOOK your cruise: HERE.

 

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Full Moon Evening Cruise

 

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Description:

Full Moon Evening Cruise:

Join us aboard RiverQuest or Adventure and take a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. This will be a cruise to no where, timed so that "weather permitting" we will see the full moon rise. Observe how beautiful the river is at twilight; see local wildlife and various points of interest including many beautiful homes. Bring your picnic basket dinner and favorite beverage. NOTE: We will go out even if there is cloud cover.....Reserve your spots with our easy on-line booking. Cost is $35-$40 per person (when booking, the exact price will be shown). No children under 12. Phone: 860-662-0577. Gift Certificates Available.

Dates:

7/08/17 - Saturday 6:30 - 9:00

7/09/17 - Sunday 6:30 - 9:00

8/06/17 - Sunday 6:00 - 8:30 on RiverQuest

8/06/17 - Sunday 6:00 - 8:30 on Adventure

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Dessert Sunset Cruise

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Welcome to our Sunset Cruise page!!

A couple thoughts…..

If you are coming with friends or family that booked this cruise on a separate reservation, we would like to have a table set up so you can all sit together, so, please let us know via an email the reserved names.

Our Sunset Cruise is an intimate cruise, offering a relaxing cruise for adults only so you can leave kid thoughts at home and enjoy the evening.

 

Take a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Bring your picnic basket and favorite beverage, family and friends. Observe how beautiful the river is at twilight as you dine. At around 7:30pm, a variety of desserts will be served, including Captain Mark’s famous Key Lime Pie! There will be only light narration on this cruise. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more about this cruises and our other cruises. Easy online booking. Cruise departs at 6:30pm and will return at 8:30pm-ish. Cost is $35 per person. No one under 12 please. See our Special Cruise Dates button below for next Dessert Cruise!

 

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TGIF Sunset Cruise on RiverQuest

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Book your cruise here: Reservations

 

Welcome to our Sunset Cruise page!!

A couple thoughts…..

If you are coming with friends or family that booked this cruise on a separate reservation, we would like to have a table set up so you can all sit together, so, please let us know via an email the reserved names.

Our Sunset Cruise is an intimate cruise, offering a relaxing cruise for adults only so you can leave kid thoughts at home and enjoy the evening.

 

Need we say more! Summer is here and you had to work all week. Grab a friend and your favorite wine or beverage and start your weekend! We will provide some light snacks, and mother nature will provide great scenery and a sunset to unwind from your busy week. Enjoy a relaxing evening cruise on the lower Connecticut River, departure from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Observe how beautiful the river is at twilight as you dine. There will be only light narration on this cruise. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more about this cruise (look on the Sunset Cruise page for more details) and our other cruises. Easy online booking. Cruise departs at 6:30pm and will return at 8:30pm-ish. Cost is $35 per person. RiverQuest phone: 860-662-0577.

For 2017 dates check our Calendar:

 

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Private Charters take precedence.

 

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Kids Cruise

We are done for this 2017 season. See you in June 2018!

 

This is a special affordable approximately 45 minute-ish family cruise, designed for young children and their parents, grandparents, older siblings, etc. On this cruise, we will teach young children about binoculars, they will learn about the birds we see, nautical terms, the ecology of the river and other points of interest including Gillette Castle and the Chester/Hadlyme Ferry. We will go under the East Haddam Swing Bridge and hear the cars go over us. This will be a fun cruise to introduce children to the fragile beauty of the Connecticut River and the area we live in. And, it allows kids to be kids! All kids ages 2 to 12 ticket price will be only $5, all others only $10. Under 2 no charge. Cash only. 

NOTE: Adults must have at least one kid(s) with them for this cruise. Thanks!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

So......we will start checking passengers in around 9:00am in the gray building (Connecticut River Environmental Education Center - CREEC) located on the left when you enter the access road to RiverQuest. We will give you a numbered ticket so that you can play in the park without losing your spot. When we meet capacity, we will blow the horn, board everyone and depart from the dock. This cruise is FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE. Cash only. 

 

You do not need to bring life jackets with you, per the US Coast Guard, children under 12 do not need to wear them on a commercial boat.

 

There is no on-line booking for this cruise, it is first come/first serve. Also, cash only. Thank you.

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Parrothead Cruise

IMG 2655Cruise on the Connecticut River from Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam. Enjoy the beautiful Connecticut River while listening to “Parrothead” music. Bring your margarita’s or any favorite beverage and your picnic basket. If you want your margarita on the rocks, we’ll have a blender and ice available. Dress in your “Parrothead” attire. Meet other “Parrotheads”! This is designed as a fun, more active Sunset Cruise. Visit our website: ctriverquest.com to learn more and to reserve your spots. Cruise departs at 6:00pm will return at 8:30pm-ish. Cost is $35 per person. No one under 12 years old please.

Cruise Dates:

Friday, August 4, 2017

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