PUBLIC CRUISES

 

SUNSET CRUISES

Enjoy a spectacular sunset as you cruise past historic lighthouses and learn about the maritime history of Long Island Sound and Fishers Island Sound. The evening is also a fantastic time to view seabirds and other wildlife! Relax and enjoy the views from our scientific research vessel, the Enviro-Lab and chat with one of our marine science experts, and let time slow down for a night out on the water. The Enviro-Lab has plenty of space on deck for optimal viewing and is equipped with heated cabins and a restroom.

2022 Sunset Cruise schedule will be available in June 2022

 

OCEANOGRAPHIC CRUISES

Explore the sea life in Long Island Sound and learn how to use a wide range of oceanographic equipment as part of our flagship environmental monitoring program aboard the Enviro-Lab research vessel. The Enviro-Lab has plenty of space on deck for optimal viewing and is equipped with heated cabins and a restroom.

2022 Oceanographic Cruise schedule will be available in March 2022

SEAL WATCH CRUISES

Join us this spring for a guided tour of Long Island and Fishers Island Sounds aboard the Enviro-Lab Research Vessel. We will visit multiple locations for Seal watching as you learn about these unique travelers, the Harbor Seals, on their migratory journey from Maine. The Enviro-Lab has plenty of space on deck for optimal viewing and is equipped with heated cabins and a restroom.

 

2022 Seal Watch Cruise schedule will be available in December 2021

 

Registration Policy:

We do not accept walk-ons this year. Advanced reservations must be made, and cruise registration must be done online. If you need assistance with online registration, please contact us during office hours. Our office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4pm. If you leave a message after hours, your call will be returned the next business day. 

Registration closes at noon the day before a weekday cruise and noon on Friday for a weekend cruise.

Check-In Policy:

Check in for a public cruise begins 15 minutes before the cruise. Our facility is closed to the public until then. If you arrive early, you are welcome to walk around the UCONN campus. Restrooms will be available for use during the 15 minute check in. There is a "head" on our research vessel if needed during the cruise. There is a 3 - 5 minute walk from our facility (after check in and the safety briefing) to the dock where our research vessel is located.

Mask Policy:

Masks worn properly are required before you arrive at the check in table outside, in our facility, on the boat and anytime outside on campus where proper distancing is not possible. There are no exceptions to this requirement. Please do not register for a cruise if you can't adhere to this policy. 

Ticket Prices:

Adult: $40 / Military (Active or Retired with Valid ID): $35 / Child (Ages 6-12): $25

Group Discounts:

Please call our office or email us to receive a group discount and reserve space on one of our scheduled cruises if you have a group of 10 or more or wish to charter a private cruise for your event.

Age Requirements:

For safety, passengers must be at least 6 years old.

Weather Policy:

Like professional Marine Scientists, passengers aboard our EnviroLab research vessel should plan on cruising in mildly inclement weather and dress accordingly. 

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

  • Cancelation Policy: We will not depart in the event of dangerous weather conditions. The conditions on the Sound can vary more greatly than Inland conditions and change quickly. You should expect notification of a weather cancellation 12 – 24 hours in advance of your scheduled cruise. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL AND TEXT MESSAGE (if you have provided that information). In the event Project O must cancel the cruise, due to extreme weather or unforeseen circumstance, we will notify you and make arrangements to reschedule your cruise. Your cruise tickets will be good through the cruise season of the next year. (April 30th for Seal & Bird watching and August 31st for Oceanographic and Sunset cruises). 

  • Refund Policy: Reservations are non-refundable. If illness or another circumstance beyond your control occurs, please call to inquire about rescheduling to another cruise. 

COVID-19 Policy:

Masks are required aboard our Research Vessels and inside Project Oceanology's facility. In the event Project Oceanology must cancel any cruises due to COVID-19 we will notify you and make arrangements to reschedule your cruise. You can opt to add the cost of your cruise to your account to use at a later date, or please consider donating the cost of your cruise to Project Oceanology. For either of these options please email us at projecto@oceanology.org. If you would like to make a general donation during this time, please visit our donation page, here.

Contact Project Oceanology:

Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm

Email us at:  projecto@oceanology.org

Gift Certificates: ​

Want to purchase a cruise as a gift? Cruise vouchers and gift certificates can be purchased here.