You don’t have to sit at home this summer watching Gilligan reruns on Nick at Nite, dreaming about sailing the high seas with the wind at your back and Sperry Top Siders on your feet. Departing from the Seaport’s Rowes Wharf, Odyssey Boston Dining Cruises (60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 1.866.307.2469) offer a three-hour tour of their own around Boston Harbor with fine dining (brunch, lunch, and dinner excursions are available), live entertainment, and not a bumbling, red-shirted first mate in sight.
For a nice evening out, enjoy a seafood mélange appetizer and a braised short rib entrée (several options are available to diners, including vegan) then take a flute of champagne up to the observation deck and experience spectacular views of the Boston skyline at night. Jump back downstairs and shimmy to a talented house (ship, perhaps?) jazz band as they mix Sinatra classics with Top 40 toe-tappers that’ll bring everyone, young and old, to the dance floor. As you pull back into port, indulge in a decadent chocolate truffle tort that’ll provide the sweet, proverbial cherry on top of a perfect evening.
Combining elegance and good old-fashioned fun, Odyssey Boston Dining Cruises is a wonderful summer outing for sophisticated sailors and land lubbers alike. So throw on your best blazer or cocktail dress and head down to the Seaport. Mr. Howell would most definitely approve.