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MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship


The Mount Washington Cruises fleet consists of the first-class, 230-ft. M/S Mount Washington and two smaller vessels, the M/V Sophie C., and M/V Doris E.


The MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship first cruised Lake Winnipesaukee in 1872 with their steam powered engine. In 2010, the Mt. Washington ship went "Green" and was repowered with environmentally friendly twin diesel engines that reduce pollution by up to 90%. An EPA grant assisted in funding the project. The last engine replacement was in 1946.


One of the Two New Caterpillar Bio-Diesel Engines


During the ship's first test run after the new engines were installed, they brought the ship up to full speed. The engineer of the ship told us that the ship is capable of travelling at about 60mph! He also told us that they could have been pulling water skiers and during the test run/break-in there was virtually no wake behind the ship. After we posted this, a reader of NHTG did some investigation work of his own and found out that this is actually not true. Seems that we were the victims of a some twisted ship humor. Must be the loud engines getting to the guys that run these mammoth engines. The MS Mount Washington is capable of a maximum speed of 16.2 mph. We gotta hand it to them though, they got us.



When you first arrive at the Mt. Washington Cruise Ship dock, you will be greeted by a photographer before jumping aboard the MS Mt. Washington Ship. They will offer your photos to you when your return from the cruise for a small fee.


During our trip, we boarded the MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship and was lucky enough to see two Loons next to the ship. (see the photo gallery). We took the cruise from Weirs Beach to Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. This cruise has got to be one of the best ways to spend a summer day in New Hampshire! Even on a cool summer day (like when we went) there is something about the smell of the lake water mixing with the smell of the running cruise ship that makes this a memorable cruise across one of the most famous lakes in the United States. Lake Winnipesaukee has 240 miles of wooded shoreline, crystal clear waters and 274 habitable islands that  make the lake a popular summer resort for vacationers from all over the world.


The MS Mt. Washington Cruises are full of scenic mountain views, fresh air and New Hampshire history. While aboard the MS Mt. Washington Cruise Ship, you will immediately notice the ship has a lot of history, the old light fixtures and photos on the walls is a constant reminder that the ship has a lot of history here in New Hampshire.


The Mount Washington Cruise Ship employees are very friendly. During our cruise, we had forgotten to bring cash with us. While the gift shop does take credit cards, the areas on the boat that served food and drinks only take cash. I asked "Mary" at the gift shop what could be done and she brought out the Purser of the ship to help us. He was also very friendly and agreed to process our credit card at the gift shop for any purchase we wanted to make while aboard the ship. While we didn't feel it was that important, it sure was nice to have such good people running the ship. Mary is such a nice person, be sure to stop by the gift shop and say hi to Mary!


The MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship operates from early May through October, Mount Washington Cruises offers day, evening, private charter and island cruises on New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee.


Weddings on The Mount Washington Ship

Looking to have a wedding on the MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship? The Mount Washington does offer wedding packages, wedding receptions and you can even be legally married by the captain for a small fee. The ship can handle up to 500 passengers for a sit down dinner and up to a total of 800 passengers for a wedding reception for a full ship charter.



MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship Webcam

MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship Webcam

This webcam is a view off the bow of the MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. These NH webcam images are provided by

Mount Washington Cruises, Weirs Beach, NH 03247: www.cruiseNH.com


Directions to the MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship in NH

From I-93 take Exit 23, Rte. 104 East towards Meredith and continue for 8 miles. At the end of the road turn right on to Rte. 3 South and follow for 3.5 miles until you see the sign for Weirs Beach on your left. Turn left at the sign. The Mount Washington ticket office is located in the middle of the boardwalk at the "Railroad Station. Address: 211 Lakeside Avenue.

Note: There is metered parking along Weirs Beach. MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship passengers should park at five hour meters and feed the meter for the appropriate length of their cruise. If you are boarding in Weirs Beach and plan to get off the ship and visit another port and return later in the day, please park at an all-day lot as you will not return before the meter expires.



Take Rte. I-95 North to the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. Go North on Spaulding Turnpike / Rte. 16 and take Exit 15 (Lake Winnipesaukee) to Rte. 11 West. At the Alton Traffic Circle, take Rte. 28 West to the center of Wolfeboro. Our dock is located next to the town docks near Cate Park.



From I-93 take Exit 23, Rte. 104 East towards Meredith and continue for 8 miles. At the end of the road turn left onto Rte. 3 North. Proceed down the hill until you see the lake on your right. The M/S Mount Washington dock is next to the Town Docks Restaurant.


Alton Bay

Take Rte. I-95 North to the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. Go North on Spaulding Turnpike / Rte. 16 and take Exit 15 (Lake Winnipesaukee) to Rte. 11 West. Stay on Rte. 11 through the Alton Traffic Circle and follow to Alton Bay. Our dock is located next to the Alton Bay information booth.


Center Harbor

From I-93 take Exit 23, Rte. 104 East towards Meredith and continue for 8 miles. At the end of the road turn left onto Rte. 3 North to the next traffic light by the intersection of routes 3 & 25. Turn right onto Rte. 25 North and follow until you get to Center Harbor (approximately 5 miles). Before the traffic light in Center Harbor, turn right onto Lake Street. You will find us next to the red building near the town beach.




Click Here to see the pictures of this trip!



Fast Facts About This Trip:
The Good:
  • The cruises don't cost much considering what you are getting. We paid $87.00 for 4 people
  • Lots of great mountain views!
  • Great place to go on a hot day.
  • The crew members of the Mt. Washington Cruise Ship are very nice! You can buy tickets AFTER boarding the MS Mt. Washington Cruise Ship.
  • The MS Mount Washington is available to book weddings and other events and a great place to make it a memorable event!
The Bad:
  • We forgot to bring cash with us. The gift shop is the only area on the ship that accepts credit cards.
The Ugly:
  • N/A :)
Tips to Remember:
  • Bring cash for food and drinks. The gift shop is the only area that takes credit cards.
  • You can bring food and drinks on the ship with you if you want to save a little money.
  • Even if the weather is slightly cool, be sure to bring warm clothes and sunscreen!
  • There is room indoors if it rains or gets too cold
  • Get there early on weekends, the ship can fill up fast.
  • You do NOT need to buy tickets to get on the ship, but you must buy tickets before leaving (kind of a strange thing, but nice if you're running late).
  • There are bathrooms on the ship.
  • You will be greeted by a photographer before boarding the ship, they take your photo and will want to sell it to you when you get back.








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