Cruise the Chester River and enjoy views of
historic Chestertown, Maryland


Welcome Aboard!

River Packet, a 65-foot classic yacht, offers charter cruises on the scenic Chester River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. This 1920-style tour boat, based in historic Chestertown, is a unique venue for both private events and public cruises.

The River Packet is Coast Guard certified to carry 108 passengers (weather and space-considering, we comfortably carry 40-60 guests) in a climate controlled salon and on open air forward and upper decks. Limited table seating is available both below (20 seats at tables, 13 bar stools along perimeter, and banquette seating for 7 in the back) and on the upper deck (28 seats).

We are all-age friendly! Children’s tickets may be less than the regular advertised price. Be sure to include ages when inquiring about child ticket costs.

What is a Packet Boat?

In the 18th & 19th centuries, Packet Boats were used to transport mail, passengers, and freight up and down smaller rivers across Europe and North America. They were generally sail or steam powered vessels that could maneuver into narrower and shallower waters. The River Packet is not necessarily representative of the packet boat style, but it's a pretty cool tribute!


LOA: 65 feet (20 meters)

Draft: 3′

Type: 1920s excursion boat

Construction: Cold-molded wood

Year Launched: 1990

Certification: USCG certified for 108 passengers.
(weather and space-considering, we prefer to carry 40-60 guests)

Power: Twin John Deere Diesel

Other: WiFi available; not wheelchair-accessible

Elegance Restored

Built by Scarano Boat Builders of Albany, N.Y., the 65-foot River Packet began her career as Seneca Chief on Seneca Lake in upstate New York. Later she was moved to the Florida Keys and eventually South Carolina where she was used for river tours in Charleston area. Now located in Chestertown, the River Packet has been completely refurbished by local craftsmen.