Boston Harbor City Cruises Set Sail With New COVID Safety Rules

Tours are already booking fast, but if you're planning to take a cruise, be prepared to see some changes. WBZ-TV's Paula Ebben reports.

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- Setting sail safely-- the newly named Boston Harbor City Cruises is getting ready to embark on a new season. And tours are already booking up fast.

PAULA EBBEN: But if you're planning to take a harbor cruise, be prepared to see some changes.

BOB LAWLER: We're already starting to see tourism come back. People are fed up with being in the house. They're dying to get back out on the water.

PAULA EBBEN: Boston Harbor City Tours is back open for business. It's something general manager Bob Lawler has been looking forward to as the company recovers from a rough 2020.

BOB LAWLER: We've had to furlough employees. We've had to lay off employees. And we've struggled to get back going. But here in 2021, it's all positive.

PAULA EBBEN: COVID-19 precautions are in place. Masks are required for both passengers and crew. Capacity will be limited based on state and CDC guidelines. And there will be restricted seating and table access. There are signs reminding people to socially distance. And each vessel will be cleaned completely before and after each cruise. Even with the restrictions, Lawler is optimistic about the future.

BOB LAWLER: So far, the numbers have been so good. We've been selling out our whale watches on the weekends. We've had a fantastic Easter cruise this past weekend. And we're excited. We're excited to get back to full capacity.

PAULA EBBEN: And Lawler also says the company's back in the wedding business, where the ceremony and the party can remain mostly outdoors. And right now, Boston Harbor City Cruises is hiring to staff its more than 40 vessels.