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Santa at Sea!!

Hi Joey,

I wanted to share some exciting photos from the first ever Beauport Princess Santa at Sea!! The family event took place on Saturday, December 6th. The afternoon cruise was 2-3:30 and had close to 150 people aboard. The event was so well received we had to add an evening cruise (6-7:30) that had over 100 people as well!!

The Beauport Princess held their first ever “Santa at Sea” cruise on Saturday, September 6th in Gloucester. The event was attended by more than 250 guests aboard two cruises (afternoon and evening) with families from Gloucester and throughout the North Shore.  Children were treated to cookies and hot chocolate, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” caroling with elves, and of course – a visit from Santa! Guests were able to bring home a complimentary photo as a keepsake. Many dropped off new unwrapped toys that were donated to Action Inc’s Holiday Toy Drive. The event was so successful, the Beauport Princess is hoping to add more cruises for next year!!


The elves take a break from their work on the Santa at Sea cruise aboard the Beauport Princess. All are members of the Cape Ann YMCA Teen Leaders Club. Pictured are Mike Collins, back, and (l-r) Chloe Bailey, Jack Fernandes, Adam Jerome and advisor Chris Brayton.


Jack Frontiero of Gloucester enjoys a visit with Santa during the Santa at Sea cruise aboard the Beauport Princess on December 6th. Over 250 guests attended the event that included both an afternoon and evening cruise. Families were treated to cookies and hot chocolate, caroling with elves and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”


Families from Gloucester and throughout the North Shore gather around for a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” during the Santa at Sea cruise aboard the Beauport Princess on December 6th. Hundreds came to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate, caroling with elves and a visit from Santa himself!


Caitlin Small of Gloucester talks to Santa about her wish list aboard the Beauport Princess on December 6th. The first ever Santa at Sea cruise drew over 250 guests. Families were treated to cookies and hot chocolate, caroling with elves and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.”


Children listen attentively to a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” during the first ever Santa at Sea cruise aboard the Beauport Princess on December 6th. The two cruises drew more than 250 guests who were treated to hot chocolate and cookies, caroling with elves and a visit from Santa.

Nichole’s “Family Picks of the Weekend” for December 6th and 7th

Pick #1

This event has already received some press here on GMG and I’ve had my eye on it for a couple of weeks.  

The Beauport Princess will welcome Santa aboard on Saturday (twice)!

Reserve ASAP for the evening Santa Cruise to enjoy cocoa, cookies, a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, partying with some elves, and of course schmoozing with the big guy Himself!  The afternoon cruise has already sold out, so if you’re interested in sailing with Santa, book now for the 6:00-7:30 pm trip.

Beauport Princess

Pick #2

Because we call Rockport home, we’ve yet to miss Santa’s arrival into Rockport Harbor.  Each year it is a big day in our household and I’m guessing that, years from now, it’ll be one of those days that our boys treasure from their book of childhood memories.

Santa is scheduled to arrive on Rockport’s T-Wharf at 3:45….by lobster boat, of course.  Santa is always escorted into the harbor by the Rockport Harbor Masters, as well as, the Coast Guard.  You can never be too safe when it comes to the Big Guy after all.

Once disembarking the boat and climbing the ladder up towards Motif #1, Santa will hitch a ride on one of Rockport’s Forest Fire Trucks to Dock Square for some caroling and the lighting of Rockport’s Christmas Tree.  The tree lighting ceremony is scheduled to get under way at 4:00 p.m.

Dressing warmly and packing a thermos are never bad ideas ;)

Read more here




Pick #3

In my humble opinion, you can NEVER go wrong with a trip to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary….and this weekend is no exception!

Saturday’s programing includes “Gifts from Nature” for 4-12 year olds @ 10:00 a.m. and “Map and Compass Treasure Hunt” @ 2:00 p.m. for ages 7 and up!

On Sunday, from 1:30-3:00, you can join a “Sense of Wonder Walk: Nuts about Squirrels” for ages 3 and up!  Come on….how can you resist that?

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Program Catalog 

Pick #4

Get your laugh on!  The Improv Asylum in Boston’s North End will be home to “No Rest for the Wicked Funny” again this year.  The event is 24 straight hours of comedy to benefit Globe Santa.  While 23 hours of the event is not child friendly (and, really, who would want it to be!!!), the 10:00 a.m time slot on Saturday, December 6th is!

Family Time! Children 13 and under can improvise with The 24 hour cast for some family friendly fun. (Kids get in free)”

So, if you have a child who loves the limelight or who is outgoing and funny, this may be just the ticket to let them shine!  And…it is for a great charity.

You can read more about the entire event here

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Strange Magic

Someone commented “Bah Humbug! Get in the spirit!” to a post that I wrote the other day about the fact that Santa has already taken up residency at the North Shore Shopping Center.  To the contrary….I’m well on my way towards making sure that this holiday season is as magical for my boys as possible. Although, I sincerely did appreciate the kick in the butt…as sometimes I do need it.

While I have totally begun my holiday planning, I try to keep the holidays a bit under wraps for the boys until Thanksgiving.  We’ve made a Thanksgiving night tradition out of making popcorn and hot cocoa, spreading out sleeping bags, and watching The Polar Express for the past several years.  For us…that is the true beginning of the holiday season. That also happens to be the evening that jolly, little “Jingle the Elf” sneaks back into the house to oversee the boys’ behavior and keep the big S privy to the going ons of the dynamic Schrafft duo.  And then, the day after Thanksgiving, we go out and tag and decorate our Christmas Tree at the tree farm (and then let it sit and simmer prior to going back to chop it down)…..another favorite day of ours for sure!  In my humble opinion, 7 or 8 weeks of holiday excitement kind of detracts from the specialness of the season. Too much of a good thing, and all.  For pete’s sake, that is 1/6 of the entire year! For us, the four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas is perfect!  And…we do those 4 weeks BIG.

For starters, an overnight trip to NYC to skate at Rockefeller Center and to see the tree, lights, and decorations is already booked (thanks to a pretty sweet Groupon)….as is a trip to ride on the Polar Express up in New Hampshire. A really special thing for little ones to do. My iCal on my Mac is all loaded with no fewer than a dozen important holiday festivities and I’ve already lamented the fact that we can’t see Santa on the Beauport Princess while simultaneously watching him arrive by lobster boat in Rockport Harbor.  The two appearances overlap by just enough time to make doing both impossible.  Never mind the lies that would have to be told to explain how Santa actually did both.  Magic….I know.

I won’t share more of those events/activities with you yet…as they are bound to reveal themselves in some upcoming “Picks of the Weekend” posts over the course of the next several Thursdays.

A whopping 4 stocking stuffers have been purchased….along with three teacher gifts.  I have a “sticky” on my desktop all organized with a T and an F and a B (for both) to be uber organized about which gifts have been ordered…and for whom (with the boys being exactly 2 years apart…they get some gifts that are actually meant for them to share…hence the B column).  I have items in virtual shopping bags locked and loaded at Under Armour, Nike, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.  Likewise, my eBay “watch” list is growing with NWT (new with tag) items to be bid on.  I’ve also started to DVR Christmas movies as they begin to get listed.  Game On, peeps.

Christmas is indeed starting to take shape….and commercials like this one are starting to give me the warm fuzzies.

Santa At Sea Aboard The Beauport Princess Saturday December 6th




Enjoy a 90-minute cruise that includes singing holiday carols with elves, a reading of “The Night Before Christmas,” hot chocolate and cookies, plus a visit from the big guy himself!

Beauport Princess Cruiselines!!


Tickets only $20.00pp

(Includes picture with Santa)

1 yr and under free


Toy drive to benefit Action Inc.

to participate please bring a new unwrapped toy

Call 978-865-3210 For Tickets

Savor the spirit of the season on the Beauport Princess!

Set sail for an exceptional end of year celebration!  Whether you are looking to celebrate your employees or your clients The Beauport Princess will impress!! Let us help you plan your holiday party with classic New England Cuisine, custom décor, and music or entertainment! Whatever your goals or missions our event staff will help ensure your holiday party is a success! 

If you are interested in hosting your event with us, please call us at

(978) 865-3210

Cast Off and Chow Down!

PrincessCruise5073wmPrincessCruise5075wmLast Saturday Janet and I took Gloucester’s Beauport Princess dinner cruise, with music by the Sugar Tones. The trip featured a buffet dinner, which I expected to be the usual finger sandwiches, cheese and maybe some greasy wings. Boy, was I mistaken! The prime rib was one to over two inches thick, and perfectly cooked. Additions included baked haddock, fancy ravioli, big mushrooms, and much much more. Cheesecake was served as dessert. Only one or two diners went for seconds. If this were a restaurant only, it would be one of the City’s best. Throw in a three hour cruise in Gloucester Harbor, and you’ve got an unforgettable night for very reasonable money. The Princess will be sailing weekends until New Year’s Eve. http://beauportprincess.com

Labor day weekend and Fireworks Cruise On The Beauport Princess


Wednesday, August 27
Luncheon Buffet Cruise!

Enjoy a lovely afternoon with a buffet of chicken piccata, baked haddock and much more while cruising the harbor in style! Music from our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac makes for a fun afternoon! $39adults/ $19 children. 11:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday, August 27
Sunset dinner cruise!

Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise, a wonderful buffet of carved prime rib, baked haddock and much more. All this and live music from rising star AJ Edwards! $49 adults/$24 children. 6:00-9:00pm

Thursday, August 28
Lobster/Clambake Luncheon!

Enjoy fresh steamed lobsters, fresh clams, baked haddock, corn on the cob and more! All this plus a lovely harbor cruise and music from our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac! $44adults/ $22 children. 11:00am-2:00pm

Thursday, August 28
Sunset dinner cruise!

Join us for a sunset dinner cruise, a fabulous buffet of carved prime rib, baked haddock and much more, and live music! $39 adults/$20 children. 6:00-9:00pm

Friday, August 29
Schooner Festival Cruise!

Enjoy sailing with the schooners in style on a delightful sunset cruise! Price includes a great buffet with carved prime rib, baked haddock and more, plus music from High Society! 7:00-10:00pm. $49adults/ $24 children.

Saturday, August 30
Labor Day Weekend Lobster/Clambake Cruise!

Enjoy fresh steamed lobsters, fresh clams, baked haddock and much more! Add a harbor cruise and music for a fun afternoon! $44adults/ $22children.


Saturday, August 30

Fireworks Cruise!!

Watch the fireworks over Gloucester Harbor with the best view!! Enjoy a great buffet of carved prime rib baked haddock and more. Music from Mari Martin band, and a harbor cruise! Dance the night away

$54 adults/$27 children. 8:00-11:00pm.

Live Band

Sunday, August 31

Jazz Brunch!

Enjoy live jazz, a wonderful brunch buffet and a harbor cruise! It’s a perfect way to spend a Sunday! $45 adults/$22 children. 11:00am-2:00pm

Sunday, August 31
Dance Cruise!

Live music, a carribean style buffet and a sunset cruise around the harbor! Bring your friends and dance the night away!

$49adults/$24 children. 6:00-9:00pm

Monday, September 1

Labor Day Luncheon Cruise!

Say goodbye to summer in style! Join us for a delightful lunch buffet cruise with music from our favorite DJ, Scottie Mac and a harbor cruise. 1:00-4:00pm. $39 adults/ $20 children.


GloucesterCast With Guest Paulie Walnuts Frontiero and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/17/14 #GloucesterMA


GloucesterCast With Guest Paulie Walnuts Frontiero and Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 8/17/14



Topics Include: Guest Paulie Walnuts Frontiero,Gloucester Schooner Festival Website, Coast Guard Eagle, Patriot Act , Tracey Arabian Comes Through,Waterfront Festival, Rusty Kinunnen,Block Party, Mark McDonough and Valerie Markeley resign from Block Party Committee, Asking Musicians To Play For Free,Pebble Beach Sign,Fine For Taking Beach Rocks, Block Party Altercation, Thankless Volunteerism, Gloucester Downtown Group, Beauport Princess, Trying To Figure Out How To Broadcast The Schooner Race Action, Schooner Virginia, The Black Dog Schooner Is The Alabama (Joey Called It Wrong),Kudos To Tom Ellis and Harold Burnham, Art Rocks, Hit Rate On Reported Found Art Rocks, Glosta Rocks.

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Beauport Princess 1/2 Off Cruises!

Thursday June 19th 1/2 price Dinner Cruise

6pm- Boarding

Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruise 1/2 price

Sunset cruise, buffet with Prime Rib, Baked Haddock and more! Plus great music from singer Rene Dupui (Bandit King Duo), what’s not to love?

June 19 ~ 6:00pm-9:00pm.

$26 adults, $13 children.

Call 978-865-3210 for Reservations

Luncheon Cruise, 1/2 Price!

Don’t miss this delicious buffet, a lovely harbor cruise and live music by the Scharff Brothers!

June 21 – 11:00am – 2:00pm

$22.50 Adults, $11 Children

Call 978-865-3210 for Reservations

Sunset Dinner Cruise, 1/2 Price!

Enjoy a fabulous buffet dinner while experiencing a gorgeous sunset in beautiful Gloucester Harbor with music by Mulholland Drive. 

June 21 ~ 6:00pm-9:00pm.

$26 Adults, $13 Children

Call 978-865-3210 for Reservations

Sunday Brunch Cruise, 1/2 Price!

Come and enjoy our popular Sunday brunch and cruise around Gloucester Harbor with live Jazz music!

June 22 11:00am – 2:00pm

$22.50 Adults, $11 Children

Call 978-685-3210 for Reservations

Sunday Night Reggae Cruise, 1/2 Price!!

Celebrate a night on the water with a scrumptious buffet and live Reggae music featuring the  DUBTUNES HORNS

June 22 6:00pm – 9:00pm

$26 Adults, $13 Children

SELL-OUT WARNING: THE TOASTERS on Beauport Princess Cruise Ship with the MILE 21 Reunion Next Friday

If you’ve been following our recent posts (like this one) you know we’ve been warning you of potential sell-outs, so you don’t lose out.

Last weekend’s James Cotton/Jay Geils show at The Larcom in Beverly sold out by Wednesday.

Next Friday’s (6/13) Concert Cruise featuring The Toasters with a special reunion of local favorites Mile 21 aboard Gloucester’s very own cruise ship, Beauport Princess is likely to sell out too.

The Toasters (called Ska “Pioneers” by Billboard Magazine) will bring their infections brand of Ska, Reggae, Jazz, Punk & Soul to Gloucester as part of their 2014 world tour.

Mile 21’s 2014 reunion features Lead Vocalist Mike Francis, Carlos Menezes, Jr. on trombone, Keith Amero on Bass, Steve Russo on Drums, Mike Lentini on saxophone, and Mike Goulart on lead guitar.  These guys alone are worth the price of admission.

Tickets are only $35 in advance and include this very special Concert PLUS a Gloucester Harbor Cruise and Party Buffet featuring Seafood Grille’s world famous Lobster Rolls!

As you might expect, seating is limited (this is a cruise ship, remember) so if you want to get aboard, you’re going to have to act quickly and get your tickets here.

You don’t want to be one of those losers who waits until it’s sold out and then tries to convince Homeland Security to let you aboard, do you?

Just in case you’re not sure what I mean by infections, watch this video:


Photos from Beauport Princess Dinner Cruise – May 31, 2014

Hi Joey,

My wife, Tricia, and I enjoyed a cruise on the Beauport Princess tonight. I thought Good Morning Gloucester readers might be interested in some photos from the cruise (including one of Captain Joe and Sons). It was a three hour sunset cruise with a buffet dinner (prime rib, haddock, ravioli, and more) and dancing. What a fantastic value!

Best regards,

Frank McCall


Gloucester’s New Cruise Ship Gets a New Website

In case you haven’t noticed, Gloucester now has its very own resident cruise ship, The Beauport Princess.  And what a beauty it is!  If you haven’t yet been aboard, this would be a good week to check it out because they’re offering “special introductory pricing.”  And on Friday, June 13, we’re producing a concert cruise featuring The Toasters (on their 2014 world tour) with a special reunion of Mile 21.  Tickets include the concert, Gloucester Harbor cruise and a party buffet featuring Seaport Grille’s world famous lobster rolls!  Get tickets here.

This week we launched a new website for Beauport Princess (see here).  And we built it using a “responsive design” (just like we did for The Cave — see our post about that here), which means it optimizes the viewing experience for what ever device you’re using: computer, tablet or phone.  For example, here’s what it looks like on a computer:




Here’s what it looks like on a smart-phone.  Notice the menu is optional.  It will automatically drop down when you tap on the menu icon (at the right of the bar with the word HOME in it).

Many other things have changed as well.  And if you turn your phone sideways it will change again — automatically.

If you tap the phone number at the top-right, your phone will automatically initiate a call to book a cruise.

This new website also works beautifully on an iPad and any tablet.

And best of all, the new website uses the same exact HTML code and content (photos, writing, graphics, cruise list, etc.) to display on the phone, tablet and computer.  (You can read a more detailed explanation of why you should build your next website using this type of responsive design here.)

Check out the new Beauport Princess website on all of your devices and see how it looks.

But don’t let that be a substitute for getting aboard.  How many people can say they live in a town with a cruise ship they can go on for an evening any time they like!

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