5 Incredible Cruises in New Jersey

The best way to enjoy the water is to get out on it! We've highlighted five cruises that will get you out enjoying the ocean breeze and the peaceful rock of the sea. There's everything from pirate cruises to sunset sails leaving from the Jersey Shore on these must-experience experiences.

With its miles of coastline and easy access to rivers and bays, New Jersey offers ample opportunities for cruising along the beautiful waters. Check out these New Jersey cruise ideas great for families, fishermen, nature lovers and a romantic evening.

1. Be a buccaneer for a day on a pirate cruise.
Looking for some kid-friendly activities in New Jersey? Try one of the numerous pirate cruises offered throughout coastal New Jersey. Book a trip in Brick with Pirates on the Manasquan, where you’ll set sail along the Manasquan River and venture to Treasure Island to find buried pirate’s booty.  For a swashbuckling adventure on the Metedeconk River in Brick, step aboard the Sea Gypsy with Pirate Adventures Jersey Shore, where you can dress up like a pirate, learn the lingo of the seas and man the water cannons. Farther south, in Wildwood Crest, go on a voyage with Dark Star Pirate Cruises, featuring a modern-day pirate ship where pirate lore, face painting, a water cannon battle and a treasure hunt promise a fun time for the whole family. 

2. View nature in action with a whale watching cruise.
Catch a glimpse of dolphins and whales in the wild on a thrilling whale watching cruise with Cape May Whale Watcher. Trips run from March to December, and these incredibly fast boats ensure that riders will see these massive mammals on the move.

3. Rekindle the romance on a sunset dinner cruise.
Plan a special evening for you and your sweetheart with a glamorous dinner cruise on Cornucopia Princess, offering dramatic cityscape views and a gourmet meal, as well as premium drink options. Enjoy dinner on Toms River and Barnegat Bay on the River Lady, an 85-foot reproduction of a paddle wheel riverboat, touting Victorian décor and the charm of a bygone era. 

4. Reel in a big one during a fishing cruise.
It’s no surprise angler’s love fishing in New Jersey. The Garden State offers plenty of opportunities to reel in trophy-worthy catches. Book a trip with one of our many sport fishing charters today! If you’re visiting the Ocean City area, get out on the water with Rainbow Deep Sea Fishing. Farther south? Book a trip with Deep Down Charter Sport Fishing in Keyport. Learn more about fishing in New Jersey.

5. Coast along on a sailing charter.
Take in the sights and sounds of the ocean on a luxurious and exciting sailing expedition aboard a Catalina 34 with Summer Breeze Sailing Charters leaving from Absecon. From half-day journeys to full-day adventures, you can enjoy unparalleled views of Atlantic City, Brigantine, Ventnor, Margate, Longport and Ocean City as you glide through the beautiful waters.  For majestic views of the New York City Skyline, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, book a trip with Calypso Sailing Adventures in Jersey City.