Marine Operations

Marine Operations

One of the Division of Marine Operations' boats

Message from the Director

We hope you made it through this long, snowy winter unscathed, here at Marine Operations we were not entirely spared; our facilities and docks received some minor damage that we are working quickly to repair now.

The Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation (UCRR) project has required the temporary closure of the U-Drive roadway that once passed by Fox Point docks, this will be quite disruptive to our Fox Point operations including the Pavilion. We intend to take advantage of this construction period to begin our own upgrades to our facilities while still maintaining access for the community. On the drawing board now are plans for new floats with fully accessible gangways and new storage facilities to support our growing research and Waterfront Recreation programs, all to be constructed this year.

With all the new buildings and roads being built we do anticipate some disruptions in terms of driving and parking on campus, to avoid any inconveniences please check before planning your visit to our waterfront this year.

May 9th, 2015 is opening day for our Water Recreation Program, hours will be: 10:00am – 7:30pm, Monday thru Sunday. Recognizing the challenges of getting to/from our docks our sailing, kayaking and SUP partner – Boating in Boston has generously offered access to their nearby Carson Beach facility, this will be free for UMass Boston students with a valid ID and community memberships will be available to purchase.

Book a cruise today for your department, group or join one of our open cruises by calling 617.287.5404 or checking back here under ‘Choose Your Cruise’ for more details.




Chris Sweeney


Monday Harbor Cruises from 12 to 1:15 p.m.

The M/V Columbia Point leaves the UMass Boston campus

See the sea: Every Monday from June 2nd through September 29th, explore your horizons while getting to know your fellow students and/or coworkers as you cruise around the Boston Harbor Islands aboard the M/V Columbia Point boat.

Students with valid UMass Boston ID FREE
Faculty and Staff with valid UMass Boston ID  $5.00
Community Members (All NonUMass Boston) $10.00

**Special rates: Half-price for senior citizens (65+) and children of 12 years and under. 


Tickets available on a first-come/first-serve basis

Cruises depart from the Fox Point Dock, located adjacent to University Drive between Wheatley and McCormack Halls.


Waterfront Recreation Program             

Sailboats in the harbor




Island Adventures

These three hour adventures begin with a  narrated cruise through the Boston Harbor, where you will be able to experience the rich history and geography of the islands. Disembark to the Island and explore for an hour or more.

Spectacle Island: 2015 Dates TBA

Spectacle is the fun island, with spectacular views of the city and other islands. Spectacle features a marina, visitor center, cafe, a life-guarded swimming beach, and five miles of walking trails that lead to the crest of a 157 foot-high hill, offering panoramic views of the harbor.

Peddocks Island: 2015 Dates TBA

Newly opened for visitors after many years shuttered, Peddocks is one of the largest, most diverse islands in the harbor. With the longest shoreline of any harbor island, Peddocks is composed of four headlands, connected by sand or gravel bars.  Peddocks features a new pier, visitors center, camp sites and hiking trails that pass a marsh, a pond and coastal forests. These varied environments allow visitors to experience a wide range of natural beauty.

Departure at 10:00 am from Fox Point Dock located between Wheatley and McCormack Halls; Return at 1:00 pm

Students with valid UMass Boston ID $15.00
UMass Boston and nonUMB community members $20.00
Group Rate (Choose your own date and time) $875.00 for 3 Hours