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 Caterpillar diesel engines that reduce pollution by up to 90%. An EPA grant assisted in funding the project. The last engine replacement prior to the 2010 replacement was way back in 1946.
MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship engine replacement in 2010: 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 traveling 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. “Just kidding!” The MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship is only capable of a maximum speed of 16.2 mph! Gotta love the staff on the MS Mount Washington! Seems that we were the victims of a some Lake Winnipesaukee cruise ship humor, since it was so much fun we decided to share it with our readers! Must be the loud engines getting to the guys that run these mammoth engines. 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 M/S Mt. Washington Ship. They will want to take your photo when you board the 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 greeted by two Loons next to the ship. (see the photos below). We took the cruise from Weirs Beach to Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee NH. The MS Mount Washington Ship 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 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 Cruise Ship offers wedding packages, wedding receptions and you can even be legally married by the captain for a small fee on Lake Winnipesaukee. 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 Ports of Call Directions
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.
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.
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.
The MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship docks in a few different locations. This isn’t a complete list. If you are visiting Lake Winnipesaukee a cruise on the MS Mount Washington Cruise Ship is a must! They take you through a guided tour of Lake Winnipesaukee, bring your camera! When your done, be sure to hop aboard the Hobo Railroad for a completely different view of the lake.
Wolfeboro Docks – Downtown Wolfeboro
GPS Location: N43° 35.041′ W071° 12.742′
Weirs Beach on Lakeside Ave.
GPS Location: N43° 36.445′ W071° 27.549′
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