Blog : Cruise the Piscataqua with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

By Katelyn | Jul 8, 2015 | in

With the month of July well underway, New England residents are flocking to the beach, lake house, favorite river spot, or just about anywhere else they can stay cool. A fun day on the water doesn’t have to come to an end at sunset, thanks to the Isles of Shoals Steampship Company you can cruise down the Piscataqua River in style.

This summer, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company will host Reggae on the River each Wednesday night where guests will enjoy an evening of live reggae music and dancing on the newly renovated M/V Thomas Laighton. This two and a half hour cruise is the perfect way to relax after a stressful day at work, or an equally long day at the beach, and take in the sights of the Piscataqua River and harbor.

In addition to the Reggae Cruise, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers party cruises, Portsmouth Harbor tours, and visits to Star Island and Isles of Shoals. They also offer private charters and event cruises; there truly is something for everything aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton.

M/V Thomas Laighton is the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s largest vessel with a 340 passenger capacity, three decks, ample exterior and interior space, three full-service bars, and the flexibility to host almost any event. The Isles of Shoals’ M/V Thomas Laighton recently underwent a series of sustainable renovations to its interior. They are the first major interior renovations since the vessel was constructed.

For its commitment to the local community and environment, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company places an emphasis on education and conservation, stressing the importance of maintaining the New Hampshire seacoast's fragile ecosystem along the Piscataqua River. Realizing its own impact on the local environment, the company decided to give the ship a complete overhaul, with the environment in mind, and over the years has developed substantial environmental initiatives.

About 50 percent of the old materials were recycled, reused, or donated, all interior lighting was replaced with high-efficiency LEDs, and the new interior carpet is made from recycled content and, along with the new ceiling tiles and ceiling grid, is recyclable. Additionally, a stainless steel railing system was installed to replace the old railings. This new system will last the life of the vessel, and eliminates the need for the epoxy-based paint necessary to maintain the old rails.

As part of its environmental commitment, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is a partner with the Green Alliance, a locally driven union passionate about bringing together environmentally-friendly businesses while also providing its members with discounts on green products and services.

To experience the new renovations and everything the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has to offer, hop aboard the Thomas Laighton for a night of live reggae music and dancing. Become a member of the Green Alliance and you will receive two free reggae party cruise tickets, or join as a Sustaining member (a lifetime membership) and you will get four free tickets!

For more information about the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, click here.

To join the Green Alliance with the basic membership, click here, or as a Sustaining Member, click here.