Baltimore's newest waterfront attraction made its debut Tuesday as several dozen passengers took the maiden voyage aboard the Seadog III, a high-speed sightseeing cruise boat that takes riders from the Inner Harbor to the Key Bridge and back at speeds of up to 32 knots.
Entertainment Cruises, operator of the Spirit of Batimore and Inner Harbor Spirit vessels, received city approval earlier this month to begin offering the cruises, which have been dubbed "history tour meets thrill ride."
The first trip left the west shore of the Inner Harbor around 12:30 p.m. with a mix of tourists, downtown employees on their lunch break and representatives from Baltimore's tourism agency, Visit Baltimore. The open air speedboat is capable of carrying up to 120 passengers at a time.
A crew member, first mate Jake Spence, narrated the inaugural our with information about sights along the way, including Federal Hill, Fells Point and Canton.
The company plans up to five trips a day that will each last 55 minutes and cost $25 for adults and $15 for children 3 to 11. Dogs ride free. For the first week, Entertainment Cruises is offering three rides day on weekdays and five on weekends. Updated tour information is available at http://www.seadogcruises.com/Baltimore or by calling 1-888-957-2325.