Boston cruise port is owned and operated by Massachusetts Port Authority (abbrev Massport). It is a major seaport situated in Boston Harbor and adjacent to Boston city. The port of Boston is the largest in Massachusetts and one of the principal ports located on the United States' east coast.
Port of Boston has been historically important for the growth of Boston city, and was originally situated in what is now city's downtown area named Long Wharf. Conversion to other uses and land reclamation means that the city's downtown area no longer handles commercial traffic, despite the fact that there is still considerable leisure and ferry usage at Long Wharf. The principal cargo handling facilities are now located in Boston neighborhoods of Charlestown, South Boston, East Boston, and in the neighboring Everett city. The Port of Boston has been an entry point for a lot of immigrants.
The MassPort (Massachusetts Port Authority), constituted in 1956, has maintained its own police force of certified and sworn law enforcement officers of Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It has since been transferred to Massachusetts State Police - Troop F that currently provides cooperation with MassPort. These state police officers are responsible for law enforcement and physical security at the marine terminals and a variety of properties owned by the authority. It caused jurisdiction squabbles betweens Boston Police Department and the State.
In 2010, Massport invested USD 11 million to renovate the main Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Port Boston is less than 2 ml (3 km) away from Faneuil Hall (Government Center, aka "the Cradle of Liberty") and the Freedom Trail (2,5 ml / 4 km long path passing by 16 locations significant to the US history). The number of tourists visiting the city annually is over 16 million, a big part of which disembark at the Boston cruise port. Among the big cruise lines to or from Boston port are Royal Caribbean, Holland America, NCL Norwegian, Cunard, Princess, Crystal, Celebrity, Hapag Lloyd, Fred Olsen, CDP Compagnie du Ponant.
Cruise itineraries to and from Boston MA
Follows a list of destinations visited by cruise ships leaving out of Boston:
- 7-day Boston to Canada cruises are with one-way itineraries visiting ports in both USA and New England. The list of visited USA and Canadian ports includes: Maine (Portland, Bar Harbor), Nova Scotia (Halifax, Sydney), New Brunswick (Saint John), Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown), Quebec (Gaspe, Saguenay, Quebec City, Montreal).
- 7-day Bermuda cruises from Boston visit Kings Wharf exclusively, with 2 overnight stays in port.
- Ships repositioning to Caribbean depart from Boston and dock in turnaround USA ports in Florida (Fort Lauderdale) or Louisiana (New Orleans).
- Repositioning - Transatlantic crossings between USA and Europe often visit ports in the UK (including British Isles), Iceland, Greenland and Canada New England, or Bermuda combined with ports in southern Europe (Azores, Canaries, Mediterranean ports, etc).
- Today, more than 100 cruises start here each year. The most popular destinations are Europe, Bermuda, throughout the USA Easct Coast (Eastern Seaboard). Boston port's cruise terminals welcome more than 250,000 tourists per year.
- For all current and future (scheduled) cruise itineraries, lines and ships to and from Boston MA, see at the port's "Schedule" section above (located to the right of the "Map" button).
Boston cruise port news
- Cruising vacation spending generates over 8000 jobs in Massachusetts (USD 479 million income).
- (statistics 2012) the cruise port handled a total of 117 ship calls (9% increase over 2011) with 274,000 passengers and over 100,000 crew. 63 were the roundtrip itineraries.
- (statistics 2013) the port handled 116 cruise ship calls and 382,885 passengers. The economic impact was USD 50 million, with USD 0,941 million in Massachusetts state taxes.
- (statistics 2014) the port was visited by cruise ships 113 times
- (statistics 2015) the port handled 115 ship calls and around 300,000 cruise passengers
- For other Boston port related news see at the "News" section above (located to the right of the "Schedule" button).
Highlights: Old State House, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall
Boston cruise terminal
Boston cruise port terminal is called Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Boston has a great geographical location and a deep harbor, which has made it commercial port since the 1600s.
Black Falcon cruise terminal
Boston’s Black Falcon terminal is located in South Boston Waterfront, 2 ml / 3 km away from Boston downtown. The terminal is named after a 440-ft / 134 m long Norwegian merchant ship Black Falcon which caught fire on Nov 2, 1953. At the time, the terminal was an US Army Base. The building is large, converted to a terminal in 1986. The 2010 refurbishment doubled the terminal's capacity by simultaneous handling embarking/disembarking passengers.
- address: "1 Black Falcon Ave, Boston, MA 02210, United States"
- location - 10 min drive distance from BOS (Boston Logan International Airport, via Ted Williams Tunnel), and 3 ml / 5 km (within 15 min drive distance) from Boston’s Back Bay shopping areas.
- GPS coordinates - 42°20'35.0"N+71°02'01.1"W
- phone number +1 617-330-1500
- Statistics show that ~70% of all Canada New England cruise ship passengers leaving from Boston arrive here by air. Approximately 95% of Bermuda cruise passengers or repositioning cruise ship passengers (going to Caribbean) live in or near Boston (within a 4-hour drive).
- There is a lot of opportunities to reach the Boston cruise port terminal from the airport. You can use subway, taxi, bus or even ferry if you want. If you prefer walking, you will need half an hour via Northern Avenue, new Harborwalk and the Northern Avenue bridge for pedestrians.
- From the cruise ship terminal you can take a taxi, a bus or use the cruise line's shuttle bus service.
- Parking: indoor parking garage with 5 levels, $15.00 per day (Port Authority subject to change). There is no need of long-term parking advance reservations.
Cruise ship terminal directions & parking
- From North (driving south on I-93) - drive Inside Tip O’Neill Tunnel, take Exit 23 (Purchase Street). Turn left onto Seaport Blvd and continue straight (changes to Northern Ave). At the end of Northern Ave, turn right on Tide Street, then make an immediate left onto Drydock Ave. Follow Drydock Ave and turn right on Black Falcon Ave. Follow the signs to the cruise ship terminal.
- From South (driving north on I-93) - take Exit 20 to I-90 (Logan Airport). Inside the tunnel, take Exit 25 (to South Boston). At the traffic lights continue forward onto East Service Drive. At next traffic lights turn right onto Seaport Blvd (changes to Northern Ave). At the end of Northern Ave, turn right on Tide Street, then make an immediate left onto Drydock Ave. Follow Drydock Ave and turn right on Black Falcon Ave. Follow the signs to the cruise ship terminal.
- From West (Turnpike MA, driving eastbound on I-90) - follow the Turnpike MA toward Logan Airport. In the tunnel take Exit 25 (to South Boston). At the traffic lights continue forward onto East Service Drive. At next traffic lights turn right onto Seaport Blvd (changes to Northern Ave). At the end of Northern Ave, turn right on Tide Street, then make an immediate left onto Drydock Ave. Follow Drydock Ave and turn right on Black Falcon Ave. Follow the signs to the cruise ship terminal.
- From Logan Airport (driving westbound on I-90) - when exiting the airport, follow the signs to enter Ted Williams Tunnel (toll charge). Take Exit 25 (to South Boston), stay in the right lane. Turn right onto Congress Street, then turn left onto B Street. At the next traffic lights turn right onto Seaport Blvd (changes to Northern Ave). At the end of Northern Ave, turn right on Tide Street, then make an immediate left onto Drydock Ave. Follow Drydock Ave and turn right on Black Falcon Ave. Follow the signs to the cruise ship terminal.
- Convenient parking is available at the BRA-EDIC garage (close location to the terminal).
Boston port also has facilities to handle cargo ships (bulk and container vessels).
- UN-LOCODE (United Nations location code) - USBOS.
- opened in 1986 (first season - 13 cruise ships, 11,723 passengers)
- supported by excellent road, rail and air infrastructure
- deep water berths
- The cruise season runs from late April through late October/November.
- Cruise ships usually arrive in Boston in early morning (7 or 8 am) and depart from Boston in late afternoon (4, 4:30 or 5 pm).
Boston tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
- The State House: the red-bricked house designed by the first professional architect in America, Charles Bulfinch.
- Park Street Church: part of the abolitionist history, built in 1810.
- Old South Meeting House: the place where Benjamin Franklin was baptized.
- King’s Chapel Burying Ground: the first cemetery of Boston, dates from 1630. Mary Chilton, John Winthrop and Hezekia Usher (famous colonists) are buried there.
- Old Corner Bookstore: built as an apoth ecary shop in 1712. The place where Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne and Stowe books were printed.
- Paul Revere House: the oldest Downtown Boston house, dates from 1680. Home of Paul Revere from from 1770 to 1800.
- Old State House, Boston Massacre Site: enjoy great exhibitions of historic artifacts in those famous museums in Boston.
- Old North Church: dates from 1723, the oldest worship place in Boston.
- Old Granary Burying Ground: Paul Revere, John Hancock, James Otis and Samuel Adams are buried there.
- Boston Red Sox: the legend Boston team, founded in 1901.
- Harvard Square: a place that you have to visit on your trip to Cambridge.
- Faneuil Hall: a historic complex that comprises buildings and serves as a mall.
Port Boston cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Boston, Massachusetts. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|13 April, 2018|
|Norwegian Dawn||16:00||Kings Wharf, Bermuda|
|18 April, 2018|
|MS Fram||Rockland, Maine|
|20 April, 2018|
|Norwegian Dawn||08:00||16:00||Kings Wharf, Bermuda|
|24 April, 2018|
|Artania||09:00||22:00||Portland Maine, USA|
|27 April, 2018|
|Norwegian Dawn||08:00||16:00||Kings Wharf, Bermuda|
|28 April, 2018|
|Oceania Marina||08:00||22:00||Portland Maine, USA|
|28 April, 2018|
|ms Veendam||10:00||20:00||Bar Harbor, Maine|
The Boston cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Boston, Massachusetts.
If you lose the Boston location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.