As a Massachusetts resident, I’m thrilled to know that cruise ships leave from the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston. After just a quick drive down the Massachusetts Turnpike, you can park your car, enter the terminal, get on the ship, and be on vacation! This Boston cruise port is perfectly located for New England families who want to cruise without having to fly anywhere.
Note: I experienced a cruise through this port at no cost. All opinions are my own. No compensation was received for this post.
Leaving from the Black Falcon Boston Cruise Port
The Black Falcon Boston Cruise Port Terminal is open from April to October of each year and receives cruise ships from 20 different cruise lines. The terminal was expanded in 2010 to include more usable space on the third floor. Surprisingly, about 70 percent of travelers taking a Canada/New England cruise from Cruiseport Boston travel to the terminal by air – I would have expected it to be much less.
The terminal is fairly easy to find in South Boston, and Black Falcon terminal parking is generally available in the parking garage across the street. If for some reason, the garage is closed to cruise passengers (as it sometimes is – it was closed during the one Boston cruise that we took), you can park in nearby overflow lot and catch a quick shuttle bus to the terminal. Upon entering the terminal, there are numerous staff members ready to collect luggage for you. Hand off your “checked” luggage, and head up to the third floor to check in.
Although you won’t need to take your shoes off, you’ll still have to go through a security screening process similar to that at an airport. Open containers and alcohol are generally not permitted past security. Once you are through there, you can enter the line to show your passports and get your cruise room tickets. This is similar to the security processes that I’ve followed at other cruise ports. Boarding is done by zones (at least for Carnival) so you may need to wait a bit, depending on the zone you are in.
Remember that the earlier you get to the ship, the earlier your vacation begins. In addition, if you arrive early, you’ll avoid some of the crowds at the terminal, and you’ll get a better parking spot. If you are flying in for your cruise, I usually recommend that you arrive the day before. That way, you won’t have to be worried about flight delays derailing your cruise.
Wondering what cruises leave from Boston? It can vary every year. For instance, the Carnival Cruise that we took to Canada only operated that one year. Typically you’ll find that cruises leaving from Boston go to Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Look at cruises from Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America.