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Guide To Boston Cruise Port, Massachusetts

Updated on February 12, 2013

Let's Go Boston

Boston, the largest city in the north east of the United States, is regarded as an unofficial capital of New England on account of its artistic and business influence on the entire region.

The city can trace its origins all the way back to the 17th century. In 1630, Puritan colonists from England established the new settlement of Boston, which rapidly became the religious, political and educational center of the Massachusetts region. The residents of Boston were very involved in the revolutionary movement of the 1770's, and buildings from that tumultuous period still stand, including The Old State House, Faneuil Hall and Paul Revere's house. The rise of manufacturing in the middle of the 19th century attracted many immigrants, and Boston changed from a commercial city populated by residents of mostly English origin, to a manufacturing center with an Irish majority.

Today Boston is celebrated as a center of electronics and high technology innovation, thanks to its large number of research facilities with strong links to premier universities such as Harvard and MIT.

Sightseeing In Boston

Paul Revere’s House
The Paul Revere House, the oldest building in downtown Boston, stands as a witness to American history. Paul Revere is famed for his ‘midnight ride’ setting off from this house to Lexington, to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that they were due to be detained by British soldiers. Upstairs in the house are two bedrooms containing genuine furnishings which belonged to the Revere family. Tours are self-guided, with the help of a leaflet and informative panels.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts features among the most comprehensive art museums in the world with a collection that speaks to the breadth and diversity of art from ancient times to today. Famous masterpieces include William Morris Hunt's Niagara, Claude Monet's Rouen Cathedral in Full Sunlight, Pierre Auguste Renoir's Dance at Bougival, John Singer Sargent's The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, Vincent Van Gogh's Houses at Auvers and Cezanne's Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair. The museum offers four places to eat - the Taste café/wine bar, the Bravo restaurant, the New American Café and the Garden Cafeteria.

Boston Harborwalk
Boston’s recently created HarborWalk has a continuously alterning nature as it winds through the city's waterfront neighborhoods and downtown district. Along several sections of the walk you’ll find pieces of dramatic sculptures which serve as useful way finding landmarks. There are several bars and restaurants by the trail, perfect for a refreshing rest.

USS Constitution
USS Constitution, one of six new battleships whose construction was sanctioned by the 1794 Naval Armament Act, has served for more than 2 centuries in the US Navy. In 1940 the ship became the symbolic flagship of the US Navy’s fleet. The ship is moored at Pier 1 of the former Charlestown Navy Yard, near to the Freedom Trail.

Cruise Routes From Boston

A large range of cruise vacations are available with lengths of 5, 7, or 14 nights.

The classic Boston cruise is the trip hugging the northeastern seaboard of the US and Canada. Shore activities include seeing the unique Reversing Falls in St John, hikeing along the lovely shore path at Bar Harbor and experiencing living history at Louisbourg Fortress near Sydney. The other popular cruise is the voyage south to sunny Bermuda, ideal for unwinding on a palm-tree shaded beach.

For a calendar of cruises leaving Boston, see cruises from Boston.

Boston Cruise Terminal

The Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is located in South Boston’s lively Waterfront District, only minutes away from downtown Boston’s world famous attractions, historic sites, restaurants and shops.

A large disused building, before used as a warehouse in World War I, was transformed into the cruise terminal in 1986. Later in 2010, Massport finished a total overhaul of the cruise port, configuring the building for embarkation on the third floor, disembarkation on the second floor, and baggage reclaim on the first floor.

The terminal boasts rapid embark/debarkation, and includes a full range of useful services like bathrooms, informative signage, telephone kiosks, customs, seating area and check-in desks.

Parking for the Black Falcon cruise terminal is conveniently available at the BRA-EDIC Marine Industrial Park garage, located at 12 Drydock Avenue.

For the port website see Port of Boston.

Directions To The Cruise Port

By Car
The cruise port is an easy drive via the I93/I90 from many cities in New England including Springfield (driving time 2 hours), Worcester (driving time 1 hour) and Lowell (driving time 1 hour).

From the Airport
Cruiseport Boston is located 2 miles away from Boston’s Logan International Airport via the Ted Williams Tunnel, and it’s a quick journey by cab.


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