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About Boston

Historic Boston is a key cruise port for 'fall foliage' trips around New England and the Canadian Maritime Provinces but anytime is a good time to enjoy this friendly, walkable city - dubbed 'The Cradle of Liberty' for its part in the American War of Independence.

Learn its fascinating history by following the Freedom Trail or take a subway ride beneath the Charles River to Cambridge, home of the 400-year-old Harvard University. On the other hand, you could simply settle for some world class shopping and lunch with a view of street entertainers at one of the pavement restaurants in the leafy lanes which surround pretty Quincy Market.

Or spend your day exploring the city's neighbourhoods; Back Bay - filled with elegant boulevards and imposing brownstone mansions - is the trendiest district while North End displays Boston's colonial charm at its best.

 

Shore excursions in Boston

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Historic Boston and Cambridge

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Discover many of Boston’s historical treasures combined with a visit to Cambridge, home to Harvard Yard.

Setting off from the port, your Boston city drive will take you north via Back Bay and Copley Square and onto the Old North Church. Built in 1723, the church is the oldest standing church in Boston and features chandeliers from England and tall box pews. It was here, on 18th April 1775, that Paul Revere ordered 2 lanterns to be hung to signal that the British Redcoats were approaching. You’ll have a short time to admire the church exterior and browse for souvenirs at the Old North Church Gift Shop.

Afterwards, your narrated drive will continue passing by sights such as Trinity Church, the Boston Common and Beacon Hill, before heading towards Cambridge. Upon arrival, a short stroll through the quaint student neighbourhood will bring you to Harvard Yard, the heart of America’s oldest university.

To round off your tour, back in Boston city centre, a stop will be made at Quincy Market and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Here, you can enjoy some free time before heading back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour may occasionally pass through tunnels to avoid traffic. Passengers are advised that there will be approximately 1 square block to walk during the tour to Harvard Yard. To access the Old North Church there is a walk of around 10-15 minutes on an incline. The highlights of the tour may operate in reverse order. The free time at Quincy Market is around 45 minutes.

Panoramic Boston

Activity low

Duration: 3 hours

Sit back and relax in the comfort of your coach as your guide introduces you to Boston’s most important historical landmarks.

From the harbour you’ll head towards Copley Square, one of the city’s most attractive spots. The Square is surrounded by some of Boston’s most striking buildings, including the stunning Romanesque Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library, known for its magnificent Italian Renaissance-style exterior.

Along Newbury Street, you’ll see the elegant Victorian mansions, which have been converted into chic restaurants and boutiques. Enjoy the sights of the beautiful formal flowerbeds of the Public Garden and century-old swan boats, as you make your way past Boston Common to the heart of the old city.

You’ll see the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House perched atop Beacon Hill, whose cornerstone was laid in 1795 by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. Following along the ‘Freedom Trail’, you’ll view the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was read on 18th July 1776, as well as the site of the Boston Massacre. You’ll also see the famous Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Bustling Faneuil Hall is now popular with tourists and locals alike, but was once a key meeting point for Boston’s revolutionaries. At the end of your tour, you’ll have some free time to explore Faneuil Hall Marketplace, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour may occasionally pass through tunnels to avoid traffic and, depending on traffic conditions, it may not always be possible to make stops for photos. Free time at Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall Marketplace is around 50 minutes.

 

A selection of cruises to Boston

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