Wm. B. Tennison Cruises

River Cruises on the Wm. B. Tennison

Enjoy a leisurely hour on the river with a relaxing sightseeing cruise. On your cruise, 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.

Departures are from the Calvert Marine Museum dock. All cruises are weather permitting. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and tickets must be purchased the day of the cruise at the museum. Maximum capacity is 40 persons. Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities with reasonable notice. No strollers allowed.

For information, call 410-326-2042, ext. 15.


$7.00 for Adults
$4.00 for children 5-12 years
Children under 5 ride free when accompanied by a paying adult. (Excludes organized groups.)
No baby carriages or strollers allowed.

Hours of Operation

The one-hour cruise leaves the museum dock at 2 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, May through October.

On Saturdays and Sundays in July and August, there are additional cruises at 12:30 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.

On Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day there will also be a 12:30 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. cruise.

Click here to view the Tennison River Cruises Brochure.

Click here to download a brochure for all Special Cruises on board the Wm. B. Tennison and Dee of St. Mary's.

Wm. B. Tennison Special Cruise Information

Cancellation must be received no later than 5 business days before cruise for a refund. There will be a $5 processing charge for each cancellation before the 5 day period. For more information, call 410-326-2042, ext. 41. In case of inclement weather and food is being served on your cruise, please come to the museum and your food will be provided.  
You are welcome to bring  your own adult libations on all cruises except for the Pirate Pizza Cruise.

2020 Special Cruises on board the WM B TENNISON

Mother's Day Brunch Cruise
Sunday, May 10, 2020 ~ 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.   What a better Way to say "You're Special" than a relaxing cruise and brunch. Adults $30, children 12 and under $15. Registration required by May 6. Purchase spaces here.

Mother's Day Evening Cruise
Sunday, May 10, 2020~ 5 p.m. -6:30 p.m.  A perfect ending to Mom's Day. Heavy hors d' oeuvres served. Adults $30, children 12 and under $15. Registration required by May 6. Purchase spaces here.

Kid's Pirate Pizza Cruise
Saturday, May 30, 2020~ 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Dress like a pirate and eat pizza on board the TENNISON-Arggggh!
$15 per person. Registration required by May 27. Purchase spaces here.

Father's Day Brunch Cruise
Sunday, June 21, 2020~ 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dad's love being out on the water- a perfect way to say "You're the best!" Adults $30, children 12 and under $15. Registration required by June 17. Purchase spaces here.

Father's Day Evening Cruise
Sunday, June 21, 2020~ 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. What dad wouldn't feel special with this treat? Heavy hors d' oeuvres served. Adults $30, children 12 and under $15. Registration required by June 17. Purchase spaces here.

Fireworks Cruise
Saturday, July 4, 2020~ 8:00 p.m. till ??? Come aboard for the best view in town. Bring a picnic basket if you like with your favorite food and libations. $35 per person. Children 7 and older are welcome. Rain date is Sunday, July 5; no refunds unless the fireworks are canceled on that date as well. Registration by June 30. Purchase spaces here.

Historic Sunset Supper Cruises

In case of inclement weather, the lecture and food will be provided. Cancellations must be made 5 days prior to cruise date for a full refund minus a $5 administrative cost.
Saturdays ~ 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Climb aboard the historic Wm. B. Tennison for a 90-minute cruise through history. A museum educator will share fascinating facts about Solomons, the WWII Amphibious Training Base, and Solomons’ rich tradition of boat building. While munching appetizers, see old steamboat wharves and hear about the important role they played in town life. View historic homes, landmarks, and other points of interest. Discover where heroic battles were fought, submarines sunk, lighthouses lit, Ghost Fleets docked, and watch the sunset over the horizon. Return to the museum for a short presentation and a light supper from No Thyme To Cook. Fee is $50 per person and reservations are required by the Monday prior to the cruise date. Participants are invited to bring their own libations.