Wm. B. Tennison Cruises

Relax and enjoy a leisurely one-hour sightseeing cruise on the river. You will sail the busy Solomons inner harbor, see Solomons Island and the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, pass underneath the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge, and turn back at Pt. Patience and the Naval Recreation Center.


$7.00 for Adults
$4.00 for Children infant through 12 years

A reservation and boarding pass are required for each child regardless of age, including infants, to board the Tennison.

Tickets are non-transferable. Refunds provided only when the cruise is canceled by the captain.

Smoking and vaping are not allowed on the vessel.

Contact Information for Public Cruises

CMM Admissions Desk
(410) 326-2042, ext. 8068
Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Daily

For assistance purchasing tickets online, call (410) 326-2042, ext. 8083, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Purchase Tickets

Click here to purchase tickets for 2 p.m. public cruises.

River Cruise Schedule - 2023

The public cruises scheduled for Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 p.m. have been canceled.

September and October

Wednesday through Sunday and Holidays (Labor Day):  2 p.m. and *3:10 p.m.
*If the 2 p.m. cruise is full, tickets will go on sale for a 3:10 p.m. cruise. Tickets for the 3:10 p.m. cruise must be purchased at the CMM Admissions Desk the day of the cruise, and the cruise requires a minimum of 8 passengers.

Saturday, October 7:  Enjoy FREE cruises during Patuxent River Appreciation Day (PRAD). Cruises will run on the half-hour from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 26 : The normally scheduled 2 p.m. will begin at 2:15 p.m. .


Departures are from the Calvert Marine Museum dock. All cruises are weather permitting at the captain's discretion. Maximum capacity is 40 persons. Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities with reasonable notice. Strollers and baby carriages are not allowed onboard.

Passengers are required to check in at the museum CMM Admissions Desk to receive a boarding pass no later than 15 minutes prior to the public cruise. The boat will leave promptly at 2 p.m. or 3:10 p.m. and cannot wait for late arrivals.

Ticket Purchase Options

Online: Advance ticket purchase is available online for all 2 p.m. river cruises. You must go to the museum CMM Admissions Desk to get your boarding pass at least 15 minutes prior to the cruise. Everyone must purchase a ticket to board the boat.

CMM Admissions Desk:  Available tickets will be sold at the museum CMM Admission Desk the day of the cruise. Tickets can not be held or reserved over the phone, but you may purchase them online. Tickets sold at the Admissions Desk will only be sold for cruises on that date.

Complimentary/Gift Pass: To use a complimentary or gift pass, simply select this option when registering for the cruise. You will be required to bring your passes with you to turn in at the CMM Admissions Desk.