Looking to escape the cradle of liberty? On these cruises from Boston, you’ll get a hearty dose of fresh air and wide open spaces.
Best cruises from Boston
Rewind the trip made by our nation’s original colonial settlers, sailing away into the Atlantic. Where you go from there is up to you.
Best for Bermuda cruises from Boston: Norwegian
This island paradise is only one day's sail away. Snorkel through Crystal Caves, bike along the coast and relax on pink sand beaches. Golfers can enjoy stunning greens surrounded by blue. Sparkling turquoise waters await.
Norwegian Cruise Line is especially great for families and budget travelers.
Room service included
No free alcohol
No price matching
Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners, Discover Card
Best for New England cruises from Boston: Holland America
Sail in sophisticated comfort to the charming town of Bar Harbor, Maine before venturing on to Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown and Montréal, Canada. Holland America Line partners with BBC Earth Experiences and O, the Oprah Magazine for fun and informational activities onboard. If you've got extra time, check out its 17- or 35-day Voyage of the Vikings, which explores Iceland and the Norwegian fjords for more jaw-dropping sites. Pro tip: If you'd rather see Quebec City than Montréal, check out Celebrity Cruises itineraries from Boston.
For the cheapest cruises from Boston, zero in on these cruise lines:
Holland America Line. Seven-night cruises start at under $800 per person — that’s only a little more than $100/day.
Norwegian Cruise Line. Sail to Bermuda for less than $500 per person on a four-day cruise.
If you’ve got time for a longer Caribbean itinerary, check out Royal Caribbean, which is particularly great for families.
What are the best three-day cruises from Boston?
Unfortunately, there aren’t any three-day cruises from Boston available. The shortest length you can choose is four days, and these itineraries usually sail to Canada or Bermuda.
If you’ve only got three days to spare and are aching to hit the waves, you could consider booking a three-night cruise that leaves from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey — though the drive takes about four hours. If you’re up for the trek, you might also want to browse three-night cruises from NYC.
How we chose these cruises
When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.
We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.
Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
When it the best time to cruise from Boston?
The best time to cruise from Boston depends on where you’re going. Here, we break it down by itinerary:
If you’re sailing to New England and Canada: Autumn offers the most stunning scenery, with trees boasting explosive reds and oranges. However, fare will likely be most expensive during this time. To save money, consider sailing in the spring or early summer — but bring plenty of sweaters, as the temperature will drop low at night.
If you’re sailing to Bermuda: Norwegian Cruise Line sails to Bermuda from mid-April through November. You’ll find the cheapest rates in April and early May. Then, prices spike for summer break.
If you’re sailing to the Caribbean: You’ll have to cruise in October, which is the only time Royal Caribbean sails to the Caribbean. Still, fare is so cheap that it might be worth adjusting your schedule to make this work. Oceanview rooms for an 11-day cruise are less than one grand.
Getting to the port for your cruise from Boston
Boston’s cruise port is called the Raymond L. Flynn Black Falcon Cruise Port. It’s located in South Boston’s Seaport district, and is super-accessible from Logan International Airport. It costs between $20 to $30 to take an Uber or Lyft from the Airport.
Or, you could take the Silver Line bus to 27 Drydock Ave. From there, it’s a short five-minute walk to the cruise terminal.
For folks who are driving, there’s plenty of parking next to the port — though it costs about $21 per day at South Boston’s Waterfront Transportation Center lot.
Cruise from Boston into the great blue sea without looking back. But before you go, check for cruise deals to help lower your fare.
After departing from Boston, it takes two nights and one full day at sea to reach Bermuda.
Yes, passengers over the age of 16 will most likely need a passport to cruise from Boston, since most — if not all — of the itineraries sail to international ports. If you don’t have a passport, reach out to the cruise line directly to learn whether there are any other options.
Amy Stoltenberg writes about lifestyle and money for Finder, researching the best options for shopping, banking, insurance and authentic travel experiences. After studying writing and fashion at Savannah College of Art and Design, she worked designing apparel at a corporate behemoth before opting for a career with unlimited travel time. When her laptop’s closed, she can be found wandering the streets looking for happy hour and hole-in-the-wall eateries.
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