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The Next 150 Years: After a blockbuster 150th anniversary season, the M/S Mount Washington launches her 2023 season with new cruises and services

Weirs Beach, NH —The M/S Mount Washington is ready to start her 151st season this spring cruising on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee with a host of innovative new services and cruises to appeal to a new generation of guests. The season kicks off with the Mother’s Day Cruise and goes into late October.


“Times have changed and so is the Mount,” says Jared Maraio, Mount Washington Cruises General Manager. “As our company has done for the last century and a half, we are evolving to meet the needs of today’s customers, and setting new standards for tourism and hospitality on Lake Winnipesaukee.”


Today’s travelers are more interested in a lake cruise that offers a blend of adventure, socializing, sustainability, and unique experiences that allow them to connect with the local culture and environment.


The big news was the acquisition of the Winnipesaukee Belle, formerly operated by the Wolfeboro Inn. The vessel will undergo a major refurbishment and will relaunch in time for its 40th Anniversary. The Belle will join the Winnipesaukee Spirit, Doris and US Mail Boat Sophie in the fleet.




To offer maximum flexibility over cruise reservations, the company has launched a new online customer portal. Customers can simply click the link in their email confirmation to modify their cruise reservation. Common tasks include adding tickets, changing seats, or moving their cruise to another date. The self-service portal is also open 24/7, so guests can modify a cruise whenever it is convenient for them.


Select-a-Seat is a new class of ticket to let customers choose their table when they book tickets online. In addition to the seats of their choice, Select-a-Seat customers will also receive Early Boarding, so they'll experience fewer lines once on board. Select-a-Seat is available on all dinner cruises, most special events,


For Daytime Cruises, the new Priority Boarding service now lets customers proceed directly to the boarding ramp, for the first choice of seats once on board. Book early — a limited number of spots are available on each cruise.


For the ease of passengers arriving for a cruise, Pre-Purchased Parking is now available for the ports of Weirs Beach and Wolfeboro. When booking tickets, customers can add parking to their reservation and then check into their reserved spot upon arrival.


Every year, thousands of guests board the 10:00 AM cruise from Weirs Beach, and then get off the ship for an adventure in Wolfeboro. This year, it is even easier to explore the town. When booking cruise tickets, save 40% when booking a trolley pass. When the ship arrives in Wolfeboro, Molly the Trolley will offer access to local museums and attractions that are just beyond walking distance. And, the trolley will have guests back in time for the return trip to Weirs Beach!.





The 2023 season will kick off with the annual Mothers Day Brunch, and signature events on the Mount Washington include the Independance Day Dinner Cruise, and the Halloween Masquerade Ball.


The company’s annual Salute to Service dinner cruise takes place on Saturday evening of Memorial Day Weekend, featuring a $20 discount for active or retired military, as well as first responders.


A very special new Christmas in July dinner cruise will benefit the Greater Lakes Region Children's Auction. Featuring entertainment by DJ Nazzy, beer and wine tastings, live broadcasts by LakesFM 101.5 and 104.9 The Hawk, appearances by Santa and the Grinch, and more.


Everyone has such fun on the Mount's 150th Anniversary Party, that the plan is to throw her a birthday party every year. This new dinner cruise will take place on the Mount's launch date of August 12, and will feature dinner, entertainment, and some birthday surprises. 


The new Haunted Winnipesaukee cruise on the Winnipesaukee Spirit, will feature sweet desserts and not so sweet tales of cursed lands, mysterious fires, haunted hotels, and unsolved disappearances. 


Also on the Winnipesaukee Spirit, Perfect Pairings will offer themed multi-course tasting dinners, which will pair each course with an alcoholic beverage. Events include Tour of European Wines, Tiki Adventure, Bourbon Voyage, and White Mountain Libations.



The M/S Mount Washington is a historic cruise ship that has been navigating the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire since the late 19th century. The ship was first launched in 1872, and it has been providing scenic tours of the lake ever since, making it one of the oldest and most beloved tourist attractions in the region.


Over the years, the M/S Mount Washington has undergone several renovations and upgrades, but its classic charm and appeal have remained intact. Today, visitors can board the ship and enjoy a variety of cruises, including sightseeing tours, dinner cruises, and private charters. The ship also hosts special events throughout the year, such as fireworks cruises, music cruises, and holiday-themed cruises.


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