The downtown Boston waterfront is a surreal place on a Saturday night in the summertime. We were there last weekend to go on a Rock and Blues cruise with the Samples, and the place was buzzing. Tourists and families willing to wait an hour and a half to be seated were swarming Legal Sea Foods, and out on the dock, 20-something guys in long airbrushed T-shirts and women in tight shorts and high heels were swarming the boardwalk. They milled around the outdoor bar and sausage stand, trying out their best pickup lines. Apparently there was some sort of MTV cruise that night hosted by a "Real World" star, which definitely contributed to the nightclub hookup vibe.
The Samples crowd was on the older and mellower side, but it didn't stop a bloody fistfight from breaking out during "Did You Ever Look So Nice." I'm telling you, these booze cruises have it all. And the booze ($4 for a can of beer, $5 for a mixed drink) isn't prohibitively expensive. Just watch out for the social smokers who crawl out of the woodwork when you whip out a pack of cigarettes; after the third or fourth stranger bummed a smoke from a friend, he started charging. (The profit margin got even greater when the same friend discovered that a bartender had given him accidentally given him a $100 bill as part of his change).
When we got tired of the repetitive, bouncy Samples beat, we escaped to the deck, where we danced to the Who and the Beatles between sets. The boat traveled a lot farther out to sea than I thought it would, and on the way in and out of the harbor, the lights of Boston were truly stunning. Better yet, none of us got seasick. And the experience only cost everyone $33 apiece -- not counting the guy who had to take his blood-spattered shirt to the cleaners.
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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.
Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.
Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.
Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.
Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.
Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.