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Explore Boston, MA

Explore America’s Cradle of Liberty on Carnival cruises from Boston, Massachusetts. World-class art museums, blooming public parks, delicious restaurants, and historic neighborhoods fill the dynamic city that sparked the American Revolutionary War. You can walk through a thicket of skyscrapers downtown to quiet neighborhoods of cobblestone lanes with your Boston cruise.

  • Hunt down Beantown souvenirs in Fanueil Hall Marketplace on Boston cruises.
  • Ride on a Swan Boat in the lagoon of the Public Garden.
  • Find important Revolutionary War sights on the Freedom Trail.
  • Tour America’s oldest institution for higher learning in Cambridge.
  • View scores of Monet’s Impressionist landscapes at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

When your cruise from Boston, Massachusetts hits this colonial seaport, follow in the footsteps of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and other figures of the American Revolution along the Freedom Trail. Start in Boston Common and nearby Public Garden, stop for some shopping in Fanueil Hall, and end with a hearty pasta meal and delicious pastry dessert in Little Italy.

  • Imagine the historic speeches of Samuel Adams echoing through Faneuil Hall.
  • Sip a cappuccino in a Little Italy café.
  • Dig for deals in Filene’s Basement, New England’s best bargain-hunting grounds.
  • Listen to the street performers in Harvard Square in Cambridge.
  • Walk the decks of Old Ironsides with an active-duty sailor.

Fun Facts

  • Downtown’s Bell in Hand Tavern is the second-oldest bar in the U.S.
  • The first telephone call was made in Boston by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant in the next room.
  • The Bull & Finch pub, at 84 Beacon St., was used for the exteriors of the T.V. sitcom Cheers and is commonly known as "The Cheers bar."

Within Walking Distance

Around the Port Area

Circumnavigate 19th-century Fort Independence on a walk around Castle Island. The granite structure dominates a pleasant park near where cruises to Boston dock.

Beyond the Port Area

Begin your Boston cruise port day from Boston Common, the oldest public park in the U.S. and the starting point for the Freedom Trail. The red-brick path with information plaques takes you past major settings from the Revolutionary War and American history. The best sights include Old South Meeting House, where Samuel Adams whipped listeners into a frenzy in the prelude to the Boston Tea Party, and Fanueil Hall, another protest meeting site. The trail follows Paul Revere’s pivotal midnight ride from the Paul Revere House, his childhood home and downtown’s oldest extant house, to the steeple-topped Old North Church, where he received the signal that the British were coming by boat. The last stop of the Freedom Trail is the USS Constitution, known as Old Ironsides, an unbeatable battleship initially built more than 200 years ago. Hop aboard with a sailor as your guide and see the decks from top to bottom. Ride a Swan Boat in the lagoon at the Public Garden, where the colorful landscape bursts with seasonal blooms and Bostonians come out to play. View the Monets, Sargents, and thousands of other art works at the unparalleled Museum of Fine Arts on your Boston cruise. A more eclectic collection can be found at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where the peaceful courtyard makes for a leafy sanctuary.


Across the Charles River is Cambridge and Harvard University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the U.S. Get a feel for academic life on a walk around Harvard Square, with its folk-singers, shops, and carnival-esque fun, and the Yard, surrounded by red-brick Georgian architecture.

A bit further afield of your Boston Cruise is the town of Salem. This town place is infamous for its witch hunts in 1692, and today the Salem Witch Museum recounts this dark era of Massachusetts history. Atmospheric Derby Wharf and the Peabody Essex Museum, with its mix of fine art, folk art, and maritime history, balance out the experience.

Dining in Boston

Boston, Massachusetts, is a seafood lover’s delight. Start a meal with a creamy bowl of clam chowder before digging into fresh oysters, lobster, and haddock. Legendary spots include Ye Olde Union Square Oyster House and the original Legal Seafoods. The city’s cosmopolitan culinary scene ranges from dim sum in bustling Chinatown to the celebrity chef restaurants in the South End. A trip to the North End’s Little Italy is a must, for a casual pasta meal at a neighborhood spot, followed by a tiramisu and cappuccino at Caffè Vittoria.

Shopping in Boston


Immerse yourself in the cacophony of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which holds a mix of chain stores, local vendors, and pushcarts in a series of buildings attached to the historic meeting hall. High-end boutiques line up on fashionable Newbury Street, in Back Bay. Close by, but on the other end of the shopping spectrum, are real bargains at Filene’s Basement department store.

Travel Tips


  • Boston cruises dock in the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, in Cruiseport Boston, about two miles from downtown.
  • Like many cities on the Atlantic seaboard, Boston’s warm summers turn into crisp autumns. Winter can be wet, windy, and chilly.