Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about Odyssey. If you need further assistance, or information that cannot be found on this site, please contact Odyssey Reservations at 866/307-2469.
Is the Odyssey Wheelchair Accessible?
Yes. The Odyssey has a deck and restrooms that can accommodate most standard-sized wheelchairs. Our crew is happy to aide passengers that need assistance. Please call 866.307.2469 to discuss any accessibility concerns and ensure that you are seated on an accessible deck.
There are no age restrictions for any Odyssey cruise.
Does Odyssey have audiovisual equipment available to use for a meeting or presentation?
Each deck is equipped with a sound system and microphone that may be used for a private deck or ship charter. Ask your Odyssey Event Planner about coordinating additional audiovisual equipment for your event.
If we do not have a private deck how will our servers know what our specific bar package is?
Prior to boarding, all servers are given a list of the bar packages of their specific guests' tables. If a passenger steps to the bar, they simply need to present their boarding pass, which indicates their package.
What beverages are included in the standard ticket price?
Coffee, tea and iced tea are complimentary. All other beverages may be purchased in advance through a Beverage Package or on board at the cash bar.
If we are arriving by bus, where should our bus drop us off?
Buses must drop off on Atlantic Avenue between the 400 Atlantic Building and James Hook. Once passengers are dropped off, they may proceed to the South Walkway. Odyssey is located at Gate B. Click here for additional Bus Drop Off information (pdf)
Cancellations. What is your cancellation policy?
Although your purchase is a final and non-refundable, we will be happy to reschedule for another available date of your choosing up to a year from the date of your original reservation. You will be assessed a $25 per ticket re-booking fee and are responsible for any price difference if you happen to choose a cruise with a different price.
Do you have a discount for chaperones of elementary and high school groups?
We exercise a chaperone policy for large groups of elementary and high school students, one complimentary chaperone for every 25 students.
Do you offer any children discounts?
Children under 3 are complimentary and a discount is offered for children between the ages of 3 and 12 on select Brunch and Lunch Cruises. There are no children discounts for dinner cruises.
Is there a children's menu?
Yes, the children's menu is available on all cruises except Moonlight Cruises and includes items such as chicken tenders, pizza, and macaroni & cheese. Please notify your Odyssey Event Planner of any children attending your event.
When does the season end?
We cruise all year round! In fact, December is one of our most popular months due to the many Holiday Parties we have aboard. We also cruise for both New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day!
What is our Cruise Route?
Departing from Rowes Wharf, Odyssey cruises along Historic Boston Harbor from Castle Island to George's Island, then east to the Boston Light on Little Brewster Island, and back north to Charlestown Naval Yard before returning to the Wharf.
Can I customize the cruise to meet my needs?
Your Odyssey Event Planner will work with you on every detail of your event, from menus to decorations to make sure that all of your event objectives are met.
What are the capacities of each deck?
Please refer to our Deck Layouts PDF for capacities of each deck.
What décor does Odyssey provide?
Our greatest décor is unquestionably our unmatched views, however Odyssey also provides elegant white linen and seasonal florals. Dinner cruises also include a candle votive on every table.
Can we bring our own decorations?
Small groups without private space can bring table decorations. Groups with a private charter may decorate their space with their own decorations and themes. Odyssey works closely with several outside vendors that we would be happy to refer to you.
Can I bring my own cake aboard for my event?
Cakes that do not require refrigeration may be brought on board. Please provide your Odyssey Event Planner with the details of delivery for your cake prior to the event.
What type of dessert will be provided for my Wedding Reception?
A Custom Wedding Cake from Montilio's is included in each Premier Wedding Package. For all other wedding packages, the full menu of Odyssey desserts is included in your ticket price. However, if you choose you can bring your own cake aboard for the event. Odyssey will cut your cake and serve it with our chocolate dipped strawberries for no additional charge in place of our Odyssey desserts.
Are there Vegetarian Options available?
Yes, our chef will be happy to prepare a vegetarian option, simply notify your server. If you have a group with many vegetarians or if you have any vegans please notify your Odyssey Event Planner two weeks prior to your event.
Are there Kosher Options available?
Yes, kosher meals are available for an additional charge. Please notify your Odyssey Event Planner two weeks prior to your event to arrange Kosher Meals.
If we have a DJ, what type of music will be played at our event?
Our DJs play a variety of music based on the type of group. If your group has a privately chartered deck or ship, you may request a specific type of music for your event. Odyssey prohibits the playing of inappropriate or offensive music.
Odyssey can be your opportunity to dress up. For women, cocktail wear, a dress or dressy-casual attire is appropriate. For men, collared shirts and dress pants are recommended. Nice, designer jeans are acceptable. However, casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes or flip flops are discouraged.
Lunch, Brunch or Moonlight Cruises:
For women, dressy-casual attire such as pants, sundress, nice shorts or a nice outfit are recommended. For men, we suggest dressy casual attire such as nice pants or shorts and a collared shirt. Nice, designer jeans are acceptable. However, casual jeans, t-shirts, athletic shoes or flip flops are discouraged.
How far in advance should I begin planning the details of my event with my Odyssey Event Planner?
Event planning should begin as far in advance as possible in order for us to have ample time to meet all of your event needs. Final details should be provided to your Odyssey Event Planner one month prior to your event date.
Where is the boat docked?
We are located at Rowes Wharf. Please visit our Map and Directions page for more information.
Do we need to pre-select the menu before the day of cruising?
No, you do not need to pre-select your menu. Each guest will be presented a menu to order from and each order will be prepared fresh in our full service galley.
Is a special menu available for grade school and high school events?
We offer several School Packages that include a special food station menu aimed to please students. Please consult your Odyssey Event Planner for details and pricing.
Where is the best place to park?
We recommend parking at Rowes Wharf. Odyssey will validate parking for a discounted price. Please refer to the Parking Page for more details.
What payment options do I have?
Payment options include company checks or credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Card.
Are boarding photos available for my event?
Boarding Photos will be taken of your guests as they arrive and are available for purchase at the end of the event. You may pre-purchase the photos as mementos for your guests at a discounted price. Ask your Odyssey Event Planner for more details.
Is a photographer available to photograph my event?
A photographer is available to photograph your event for an additional charge. Ask your Odyssey Event Planner for more details.
How will my group be seated? Will we all be together?
All seating is assigned in advance of your cruise. Your group will be seated together in the same section of the deck or ship. Unless you have privately chartered the deck, there may be other parties at tables surrounding your group.
Is there pre-assigned seating?
As you board Odyssey our captain and marine crew will direct you to your deck and from there the host/hostess will show you to your assigned table. Decks are never guaranteed to non-private groups. We assign seats based on needs and capacity for each cruise.
If I charter a deck, can others walk onto our deck? How do guests get to the public areas of the ship?
Public stairs are located on the inside bow and outside stern of the ship; therefore, other guests do not need to walk through your private space to get to the other public decks. We also provide "Private Party" signs that are placed on all entrances into private decks.
Can we meet the Captain and visit the bridge?
The captain will open the bridge once the ship has left the dock. Guests are welcome to come and meet the captain and his first mate.
Where or how do we pick up our tickets?
Your tickets will be at the Odyssey Ticket Booth, which is located inside the Rowes Wharf Ferry Terminal. . For your convenience, this booth opens at least one hour prior to the scheduled boarding time.
Can my event last longer than the scheduled cruise time?
If you privately charter a deck or ship, you may be able to extend the length of your event based on our availability. Additional dockside may be purchased for either before or after the scheduled cruise time and must be included in your reservation prior to cruising. Ask your Odyssey Event Planner for more details.
What happens during the hour of boarding, and when do we get served?
Upon boarding one of our hostesses will show you to your table and he/she will explain to your party how our service works and begin with your first course. If you have a private charter, you have your choice of using the one hour of boarding for cocktail and hors d'oeuvres.
What happens during rain or snow?
The Odyssey cruises rain or shine. In the case of severe weather conditions or upon the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard, the ship will remain dockside for the length of the event.