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Maritime Aquarium Launches TGIF and Saturday Sunset Cruises

The idea of a relaxing Friday or Saturday evening out on the water with friends sounds great. But not everyone has a boat.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk does have a boat, and is happy to do the happy-hour driving for TGIF and Saturday Sunset cruises starting the weekend of June 15th and 16th.

“Evening is the prettiest time to be out on the water,” said Dave Sigworth, the Aquarium’s publicist. “These cruises are nothing more than a relaxing, 90-minute trip out to the Norwalk islands, and the best way to wrap up your work week or to kick off a fun Saturday night.”

Food and drink are not available for purchase on the boat, but you may bring food and beverages in a small bag or soft-sided cooler. Glass bottles are prohibited.

Aquarium educators will be onboard to point out sights and wildlife, but there’s no structured program.

TGIF Cruises will depart at 6:30 p.m. each Friday through Sept. 7. Saturday Sunset Cruises will depart at 7 p.m. in June and July, and then at 6:30 p.m. in August. Get back in time to enjoy a late dinner or an evening out just steps away in the restaurants and nightspots of SoNo. (Please note that there are no cruises July 13 and 14.)

Tickets for either cruise are $29.95 ($19.95 for Aquarium members). They’re not just for adults, but note that – as with all Maritime Aquarium cruises – participants must be at least 42 inches tall to come aboard.

Cruises occur aboard R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran that is the only research vessel in the country with quiet hybrid-electric propulsion. She has a climate-controlled cabin but guests should dress for weather out on her double decks.

Capacity is limited so advance reservations for cruises are strongly recommended. Reserve tickets online at www.maritimeaquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

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