Why go to Boston?
Sports fans, history lovers, foodies and shopping enthusiasts will find plenty of each in Beantown.
Cruise season in Boston aligns with tourist season; leave ample time to get around the city.
Boston is walkable if you know where you're going; otherwise, consider a tour option.
Boston Cruise Port Facilities?
The Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, a former World War I military warehouse, is located at 1 Black Falcon Avenue on the South Boston waterfront. There are three berths: the Main Terminal, Terminal 2 and 88 Black Falcon. There aren't many amenities, even at the main cruise terminal, so you'll want to head straight into the city. There are plenty of ways to access the heart of Boston, and some museums and restaurants are as close as a 10-minute walk away. Taxis and trolley tours are readily available. For those feeling a bit spry, it's a pleasant half-hour walk to the city via Northern Avenue, partly along the Harborwalk and over the Northern Avenue pedestrian bridge. You can also take Summer Street as an alternative (though less scenic) route to the Boston T (subway) at South Station. Water taxi service is also available.
Good to Know?
If you're thinking about renting a car, don't. Even though The Big Dig -- the city's notoriously lengthy and super-involved road construction project -- is over, one-way streets and aggressive driving are a formula for unnecessary stress. Visitors should stick to public transportation, ridesharing or their own two feet.
By Bus: Silver Line Buses SL2 (daily) and SL3 (weekdays only) leave the Black Falcon Terminal every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends with connections to the Boston T's Red Line at South Station. Additionally, SL1 (which runs every 10 to 12 minutes between Logan Airport and South Station) makes a stop at Silver Line Way, about 10 minutes on foot from the cruise terminal. Just pay the driver.
By Subway: Once in the heart of downtown, mass transit including buses and "the T" (the affectionate name for the Boston subway system) are a breeze.
By Shuttle: Most cruise lines operate a shuttle bus (cost varies) to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Inquire onboard.
By Tour: Visitors can also catch narrated trolley tours. For something different, try a Duck Tour, offered in an amphibious vehicle.
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
There are ATMs and banks throughout the city. A Bank of America is located on Congress Street; a 15-minute walk from the cruise terminal.