Cruises leaving from Boston to Bermuda, the Caribbean, New England/Canada, and Europe depart from the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal (dubbed "Cruise Port") at the Port of Boston.
If you're stopping in Boston for a Port of Call visit during your vacation cruise, CruisePort is where your ship will anchor for the day.
Over 100 cruise ships operated by more than a dozen different cruise lines depart from, arrive at or visit the Port of Boston between April and early November each year.
Four cruise lines call Boston their home base.
If you're one of the half a million passengers and crew members visiting the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal each year, you'll appreciate its convenient location.
Unlike many other cruise ports located far from the closest town or city, the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal's location in the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood lands you in the city's trendiest, most rapidly developing area.
Within a 10 minute walk or a 4-5 minute bus ride, you'll find excellent museums, terrific waterfront restaurants, and even one of our local breweries.
Walk another 5 minutes, and you'll reach top historical sights, famed cultural and sports venues, and excellent shopping.
Several popular shore excursion tours take you to the most famous of these places - plus the famous Revolutionary War sites in Lexington and Concord just outside of Boston.
So whether you're here for just a few hours or a couple of days at the beginning or end of your cruise, it's a great opportunity to experience a bit of the "real" city.
Boston has the oldest continuously operated port in the Western Hemisphere.
The fastest way to get from Logan Airport to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal is about 7 minutes if you take a water taxi. If you need to store your luggage while you explore the city for the day, choose Rowes Wharf Water Taxi and take advantage of their locked storage room - free to their water taxi passengers - in their office next to the Boston Harbor Hotel. More about water taxis
You can also take a land taxi, although this will take longer - perhaps 10-15 minutes, if you don't hit any traffic snarls. Taxi fare from Logan to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal runs about $25, plus tip. For one person, a water taxi will be cheaper, but for more than one, a land taxi will be more economical.
The least expensive option is to take the MBTA's Silver Line bus, if you can manage your own luggage.
To get to the heart of the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood by public transportation, you can hop onto the Silver Line bus (considered part of the Boston subway system, since it uses underground tunnels at times) right outside the Black Falcon Terminal. You can pay the $2.50 bus fare as you board (you'll need exact change). When you return, be sure to take the SL2 bus, as it is the one that comes back to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.
The Silver Line makes several stops in the South Boston Waterfront neighborhood, where restaurants, hotels, a brewery (yes, you can tour and taste), museums, a concert pavilion, shops, and spectacular water views will provide you with plenty of sightseeing opportunities.
If you want to explore this area, get off at the centrally-located World Trade Center stop. You can even walk over to Fish Pier and watch fresh catch being unloaded right at the dock.
Rather than take the bus to this area, you can also walk. The distance is short - perhaps half a mile, depending on which way you go. If you decide to do this, print out the map at the bottom of this page, as the streets are not very well marked and wind around a bit. The area seems very industrial until suddenly, all of the boutiques, restaurants, museums, and hotels appear in front of you.
From the World Trade Center area, you can continue on the bus for another mile or so (another 5-7 minutes, depending on traffic), and you'll reach South Station in Downtown Boston. From here, you can either walk or take the T (subway) to many of our famous historical and popular sites.
Alternately, on Port of Call days, the Beantown Trolley provides frequent shuttle service to several of the city's most popular destinations, including Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the New England Aquarium, and Copley Square in Back Bay.
If you plan to visit several museums or other destinations, getting a Boston Discount Card will save you money and even more important, time. The cards let you go straight to the front of most lines, and enter free of charge.
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Location: One Black Falcon Avenue, South Boston Waterfront
Park & Cruise: 5-level indoor paid parking garage as 12 Drydock Ave - you'll spot it easily. Ticketed passengers get a special reduced daily rate. More information: 617-918-6225
Eat: Yankee Lobster, Aura Restaurant (Seaport Hotel), Salvatore's, LTK (Legal Test Kitchen), J Pace, Barking Crab (see locations for all of these on the map), and any of the restaurants along the waterfront
Explore: Choose one of these fun shore tours
Stay near CruisePort: South Boston Waterfront Hotels
Go into Boston:
This map shows the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal and nearby attractions:
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