Contact Us
Norwalk Daily Voice serves Norwalk & Rowayton
Return to your home site

Menu

Norwalk Daily Voice serves Norwalk & Rowayton

Nearby Towns

events

Maritime Aquarium At Norwalk Launches New $2.7M Research Vessel

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers study cruises on its new R/V Spirit of the Sound.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers study cruises on its new R/V Spirit of the Sound. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers study cruises on its new R/V Spirit of the Sound.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers study cruises on its new R/V Spirit of the Sound. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers study cruises on its new R/V Spirit of the Sound.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers study cruises on its new R/V Spirit of the Sound. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk now offers outings on the R/V Spirit of the Sound at 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays until Labor Day.

“The fish, crabs, squid and other marine creatures that we bring up onto the boat will have to share top billing during this first season with R/V Spirit of the Sound,” said Tom Naiman, the aquarium’s education director, in a press release. “Participants will come away very impressed with the boat – for her unique hybrid propulsion and state-of-the-art navigation systems, but even more for her broad educational and research capabilities.”

Animals from different water levels of Long Island Sound are brought on board during each Marine Life Study Cruise. In addition to observing works, fish, crabs, sea stars and squid, participants get a magnified look at plankton through a video microscope and big-screen monitor. Participants also take measurements, sort through mud samples and assist with pulling in the trawl net and later returning the animals to the water.

“Seeing these animals come up out of the water has a tremendous impact in helping our guests understand the diversity of marine life just off our shores and in inspiring them to act as stewards of the Sound and the environment when they go home,” Naiman said in a press release. “Plus, it’s just plain fun. Who hasn’t been on a boat ride and wondered, ‘What’s down there?’ Well, we show you.”

The $2.7 million, 64-foot catamaran is the only in the country with hybrid-electric propulsion and is quieter than the aquarium's former diesel-powered boat, according to a press release.

All participants must be at least 42 inches tall and passengers under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $29.95, or $24.95 for members, and can be purchased online .

Triple combination tickets for the cruise, aquarium admission and an IMAX movie are $49.95 for adults, $47.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors and $42.95 for children 12 and under. Triple combination tickets are not available online. To purchase a triple combination ticket, call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206, weekdays between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Norwalk Daily Voice!

Serves Norwalk & Rowayton

This is a one time message inviting you to keep in touch

Get important news about your town as it happens.