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America’s past and future are on full display in Boston, a modern metropolis known for its top universities, cultural treasures, revolutionary history, and diverse neighborhoods. Spend a day in Cambridge, home to storied colleges including Harvard and MIT. Wander around Boston Common, the country’s oldest public park. Learn all about America’s revolutionary past by visiting the many historic landmarks scattered throughout the city.
On a cruise from Boston, you’ll explore picturesque destinations in New England and Canada. Discover the coastal charms of Maine. Practice your French in Quebec City. Sample mussels in Prince Edward Island. Admire the pastoral beauty of Nova Scotia. During the fall, these destinations come alive with breathtaking landscapes full of autumnal hues that you won’t soon forget.
Cruises out of Boston stop both in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia, and Sydney, a small port city full of scenic vistas. Explore the history of Halifax by visiting its many local museums, and climb up Citadel Hill for unbeatable views of the city. In Sydney, you’ll discover stunning landscapes of lush green hills and coastal cliffs. Enjoy the views from the Louisbourg Lighthouse and St. Ann’s Bay, and stroll through the quaint village of Baddeck, the former summer home of Alexander Graham Bell.
All of our cruises from Boston feature an overnight stay in Quebec City, often referred to as “The Paris of North America.” Make the most of your extra day in port to truly experience all of the charms this unique destination has to offer. Stroll down cobblestone streets, dine on French specialities at a bistro or cafe, and admire the city’s European-influenced architecture. You can also spend the extra day on a shore excursion that takes you to nearby Montreal, another one of Canada’s fascinating and beautiful cities.
Rugged outdoors and stunning scenery await in Maine, where unspoiled nature and seaside towns are found at every turn. In Bar Harbor, discover the sprawling beauty of Acadia National Park and treat yourself to Maine’s famously fresh lobster. In Portland, explore the picturesque coastline with a stroll or bike ride down the Eastern Promenade Trail. Visit lighthouses that date back hundreds of years, or dive into Portland’s local arts and culinary scene.
Our cruises from Boston set sail aboard Celebrity Summit®, a revolutionized ship with elevated accommodations that emphasize comfort and style, and reimagined venues that are sure to delight and entertain. Spend an overnight in Quebec City, a popular destination full of culture and delectable cuisine. Discover small seaside towns that always leave a big impression. Or plan an unforgettable vacation on one of our fall foliage cruises, where you’ll get to experience the wonder of the changing of the leaves as you journey across New England and Canada.
Cruises from Boston depart from Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. The cruise terminal is located near the airport. A taxi fare from Logan Airport to Black Falcon Cruise Terminal will usually cost less than $30. While you can walk to downtown Boston from the cruise terminal, it’s a bit of a trek since it’s roughly a mile and a half away. Shuttles running to Quincy Market are usually available daily and there is also a bus stop near the cruise terminal that will take you further into Boston.
For those who want to learn more about American history while in Boston, you can’t miss a walk along the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is easy to spot, as it’s a 2.5-mile walk through the city of Boston that is marked by a red line. Top sites along the trail include Boston Common, Bunker Hill Monument, Old North Church, Massachusetts State Park, Old South Meeting House, the Paul Revere House, and many more. Along the way you’ll learn how these sites had significance to the American Revolution and which ones were frequented by former U.S. Presidents and political influencers.
Beacon Hill is a historic and affluent area of Boston that is home to beautiful Victorian brick homes covered in ivy and adorned with picturesque flower boxes. At night, the area comes alive with people descending onto the neighborhood to walk down its cobblestone streets and eat at one of the prestigious restaurants located in the neighborhood. The Massachusetts State House is also located in Beacon Hill.
The North End is the oldest residential neighborhood in Boston and is also the city’s “Little Italy” neighborhood, as it’s home to a variety of Italian restaurants and delis. For dessert, Mike’s Pastry is famous for its Italian cannoli; you’ll often have to wait in a line out the door to try it, but most people will tell you it’s worth the wait. The North End is where many of the most popular sites along the Freedom Trail are located, including Paul Revere’s House, which is also the oldest building in downtown Boston.
The Boston Common is located at one end of the Freedom Trail and is where many visitors start the walk due to its scenic location. Boston Common covers 50 acres and is the oldest park in Boston. It’s a great place to walk around and see the ponds that are home to ducks and swans, and the many monuments located on its premises. From a historical standpoint, Boston Common is important because it played a part in the American Revolution as it was where British Troops gathered for a time and served as a campground and artillery base.
The Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory is located on the 50th floor of the building and provides 360-degree views of Boston. It’s the highest observation deck in Boston that’s open to the public and you can also rent an audio tour headset to learn more about the main parts of the city you can see from the Skywalk Observatory.
Fenway Park is probably Boston’s most cherished landmark for sports fans, and is a must-see for most visitors to Boston. It’s a stadium where the Boston Red Sox play and is the oldest ballpark for Major League Baseball. Even if you’re not a huge baseball fan, you can still appreciate the design, which has a uniquely shaped field and a massive wall alongside left field dubbed the Green Monster.
The underwater plateau that makes up Stellwagen Bank is rich in nutrients, making it a prime place for migrating whales to stop and feed. That also makes it the place to head for visitors to Boston who want to do some whale watching off the coast. During the summer months, you have the chance to see humpback whales making their way through the area. You also might see one of the 100+ other animals that call the 842-square-mile area of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary home.
Boston is in close proximity to some top universities. Just across the Charles River in Cambridge you’ll find Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In addition to having pretty grounds and stately buildings, Harvard is home to a number of museum collections, including the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, and Harvard Art Museums.
One of Boston’s defining moments in history is the Boston Tea Party, and you can learn about that event in an interactive and fun way at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. You’ll be escorted on a 1-hour tour through the facility by a guide dressed in 18th century garb. During the tour you’ll get to participate in reenactments like a city hall meeting as well as tour a ship fully rebuilt to reflect the ship that was ransacked during the Boston Tea Party. You’ll also get to help reenact the tea being thrown overboard while seeing the ship.
The New England Aquarium is a family-friendly attraction in Boston that has thousands of sea creatures you can see. It’s located on the Central Wharf of Boston and overlooks Boston’s harbor. Popular animals to see at the aquarium include penguins, sea turtles, northern fur seals, and the giant Pacific octopus.
Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is worth a visit during a Boston cruise port of call if you love art since it houses one of the most comprehensive art collections in the world. Over 400,000 pieces line the walls and floors of the Museum of Fine Arts, ranging from ancient sculptures to contemporary paintings.
Fresh Lobster at Legal Sea Foods: Legal Sea Foods is a Boston institution and one of the top things to try while there is the lobster. Legal Sea Foods is located on the waterfront of Long Wharf and offers views with your meal. Besides lobster, there is a variety of other seafood including clam chowder, wood-grilled fish, and raw oysters.
Beers at Cheers: Another institution in Boston is the Cheers Bar. For fans of the Cheers TV show, this is a can’t-miss dining experience in Boston since you can eat in the bar and restaurant where the exterior shots of Cheers were filmed. The Cheers Bar is located in Beacon Hill and has a menu featuring items that play on the names of characters in the show, like the Giant Norm Burger or Frasier's Chicken Panini.
Italian Dining in Little Italy: The Italian cuisine in Boston’s North End is delicious and prevalent. It ranges from casual brick-oven pizza to upscale lobster ravioli to traditionally prepared tiramisu and more Italian delicacies.
An Irish Pint
Boston has a strong Irish heritage that extends to a plethora of Irish pubs. Head to one for a pint of Guinness and live Irish music. You can often find traditional Irish fare served alongside fresh seafood at many of the Irish pubs in Boston.
Quincy Hall snacking
Faneuil Hall Marketplace is home to over 17 restaurants along with the popular Quincy Market Hall Colonnade, a long hall where you can sample over 30 food merchants serving up East Coast and international cuisine.
Boston is an important part of the history of the United States of America. The city was originally founded in the first half of the 17th century by Puritans who immigrated to the New World from England.
Over the next century and a half, it would grow in size as more people moved there from overseas and other British colonies. During that time, it would also become a hotbed for strife between the colonies and England, with the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre becoming defining moments in the conflict between patriots and loyalists that led to the American Revolutionary War.
Today, Boston is defined by its museums and sites showcasing this history as well as the high caliber universities that result in many new grads putting down roots in Boston. Residents are known for their Irish and Italian heritage, devotion to the city’s sports team, and thick Boston accents.
Boston has no shortage of places to shop, whether you’re looking for crafts, kitschy souvenirs, or national chains. For all three, visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace, home to the aforementioned Quincy Market and plenty of shops. For department stores and traditional malls, Boston’s Back Bay is the place to go, with indoor malls found at Prudential Center and the Copley Place Mall.
Boston’s subway system is referred to as the “T” and has an extensive route system that consists of an underground metro and buses that operate along cables. The routes operated by the T go all over the city center into Cambridge and other suburbs of Boston. A water shuttle or water taxi can easily take you from the cruise terminal to Boston’s points of interest along the harbor, such as Faneuil Marketplace, Bunker Hill, the USS Constitution, or the North End. Taxi stands are located throughout the city, although you may have to wait for a bit depending on the time of day and location.
The currency used in Boston is the U.S. Dollar, and you’ll be able to find ATMs dispensing cash all over Boston. Tipping is very common, especially in restaurants, bars, and taxis. A common tip for restaurants, taxis, and most other services is 15% to 20% of the total amount.