USS Whidbey Island

Navy Ship FAQs

What should I wear to the ships?
Visitors should plan on wearing comfortable clothing. If you are bringing a bag or camera case, it will be searched prior to entering. Remember to bring sunscreen and sunglasses if it is going to be sunny. A ship is an industrial environment, so avoid high-heels; open-toed sandals; necklaces that can get caught and bags that will be too heavy to carry comfortably.

When can I visit the ships?
USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) will be open for public tours beginning June 17 as follows:

June 173:00 – 5:00 PM
June 1810:00 AM – 5:00 PM
June 19 – 22Noon – 5:00 PM

The ship will be berthed at the North Jetty Pier in Boston.

When is the best time to arrive for a tour?
Visitors are reminded that lines to visit these ships may be closed prior to scheduled visiting hours so that the last people in line have the opportunity to complete their tour in conjunction with the end of visiting hours.

How do we get aboard the ships?
Visitors should look for clearly marked entrances. Everyone must go through a security check prior to accessing any ship. The security check is similar to what is present at most airports and consists of a walk-through metal detector and/or wand scan.

Is there an age requirement to visit the ships?
There is no age requirement to tour ships during Sail Boston, however, adult visitors over the age of 18 are required to show a valid state or federal issued picture I.D. Tours may not be appropriate for small children or those with certain medical conditions. There are steep ladders (stairways) to climb and uneven surfaces to traverse during a ship tour, and thus, tours may be difficult for parents carrying young children.

Are strollers allowed on the ships?
Strollers or baby carriages are permitted on the pier, but are not allowed on the ships.

Are the ships handicapped accessible?
The ships are not handicapped accessible.

Are there any physical requirements to visit the ships?
There may be steep ladders (stairways) to climb and narrow passageways to traverse during a ship tour. Ship tours may not be appropriate for individuals with heart conditions, breathing difficulties, or other medical conditions impacting their ability to navigate such challenges.

What items are allowed on the ships?
Small hand-carried items such as handbags, clear bottles of water, small cameras or diaper bags are permitted. All personnel are screened and all bags are searched before entering the pier.

What items are not allowed on the ships?
The following are not permitted: electronic smoking devices, bottles, cans or containers of any type; banners, posters or signs of any type; mace, pepper spray, or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosive; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol spray cans; club weapons; and animals. All electronic devices are subject to examination for functionality. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard reserve the right to prohibit other items not listed above. Please also review the Sail Boston Prohibited Items List.

May I take photographs on the ships?
Yes, photography is permitted aboard the ship during the tours. Pictures of the security personnel or procedures are prohibited. Photo and story sharing is encouraged on all social media platforms. Whenever possible, please use #SailBoston on photos/videos posted to social media.

Is smoking allowed on the ships?
No. There is no smoking aboard any ship or anywhere on the piers. Please note that electronic smoking devices are prohibited on the ship.

Is food available during the ship visitation?
No food is available on the ships, but visitors might be able to purchase water and some food items at concession stands near the ship.

Can I purchase ship memorabilia during my tour?
Yes, the ship will have a limited amount of memorabilia available for sale during the tours – cash sales only, all sales final.