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Boston Cruise Port Tips

Boston harbor. Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons license
Boston harbor. Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons license

Boston is much more than a busy New England cruise port. It is an iconic city packed with American history.

As many as 21 different cruise lines and 34 unique cruise ships will call at Boston, according to Flynn Cruiseport Boston. It also says 300,000 people a year either visit the Boston cruise port or begin their journey there.

Most of them take a New England and Canada cruise. A smaller number go to Bermuda, and a few longer ones go as far south as the Caribbean. September is the most active month of the year because of the New England and Canada cruises.

The starting point for cruise visitors is the Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.

Cruise Port Attractions

Although the area around the terminal has plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance, the major attractions require a taxi, rental car or excursion bus to reach them.

The three- to four-hour Freedom Trail Walking Tour is an exception. It is one of the best and least expensive ways to discover Boston’s history. The tour, which is usually less than $50 per person, may include the Massachusetts State House, site of the Boston Massacre, Boston Commons, Park Street Church and the final resting places of John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. It also may include America’s first public school and the country’s oldest continuously operating hotel.

Lexington and Concord, the sites of the battles that started the Revolutionary War, are about 30 minutes away from the docks. Depending on amenities, the cost is usually between $50 and $100 per person but closer to $50.

Another common four-hour excursion is the city of Salem, famous for its witch hunts and trials from three centuries ago. The tour, which may cost around $75, includes a visit to the Witch Museum and the city’s historic waterfront. The trip includes a 45-minute drive both there and back.

Cruise Weather

Boston average monthly temperatures
© 2021 Scott S. Bateman

Boston has an average daytime temperature during the peak cruise month of September of 72 degrees Fahrenheit or 22 Celsius, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. Daytime temperatures reach into the low 80s Fahrenheit or high 20s Celsius in July and August.

They drop to 61 Fahrenheit or 16 Celsius in October, the final month of the New England cruise season.

The risk of rain is among the lowest of all of the New England and Canadian cruise ports. It rains or snows on average a about three to four inches a month every month of the year. Again on average, it rains less than 10 days a month.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
July 09, 2021

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