Boston cruises

Boston is the largest city of Massachusetts and New England, located in a natural harbour showcasing significant historic sites such as The Freedom Trail. Discover the birth of a nation at the Boston Tea Party ship, or for more contemporary pleasures, get shopping for bargains. You can always drop in where everybody knows your name – TV’s famous Cheers bar.

Excursions

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.

  • Inside Harvard University

    A unique opportunity to join a Harvard student and discover life at one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

    Inside Harvard University

    Harvard University really needs no introduction. The private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts was established in 1636 and its history, influence and wealth have made it an historic national landmark.

    You’ll be joined by a Harvard student guide, who will take you on a walking tour through the university campus. You’ll begin at Harvard Yard, an area of just over 22 acres that’s enclosed by fences with 27 gates, and is the oldest part of the campus. You’ll enjoy exterior views of the Old Yard, Massachusetts Hall, Memorial Church and the Widener Library.

    The highlight of your visit will be exclusive access to the most beautiful building at Harvard, the Memorial Hall, which houses the largest classroom and lecture hall building. You’ll also visit the Science Centre and one of the oldest classroom buildings, Sever Hall.

    Before returning to the ship, take a stroll to nearby Harvard Square to enjoy some free time to browse the shops and perhaps purchase a refreshment.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Children may not participate. The drive to Harvard University is around 30 minutes each way and will be accompanied by a guide. The Harvard student guide will join the group in the university grounds. Please note that this tour does not visit student dormitories. This tour involves around 2½ hours of walking over varying terrain including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    BOS_032

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Boston Sights by Amphibious Duck

    Embark on a drive around Boston’s historic city sights aboard an amphibious Duck, and then take a splash into the Charles River for a scenic cruise.

    Boston Sights by Amphibious Duck

    Step aboard your DUCK and enjoy a drive through Boston’s Back Bay district. As you drive through the Parisian-inspired boulevards, you’ll pass beautiful Victorian brick and brownstone mansions. Lining Newbury Street are fabulous boutiques, unique galleries, and trendy cafés. Have your camera at the ready as you pass the famous Bull & Finch Pub that inspired the TV series ‘Cheers’.

    In the heart of the city, overlooking Boston Common lies the elegant neighbourhood of Beacon Hill. On entering Old Boston, you’ll be transported to a bygone era, admire the golden dome of the Massachusetts State House, whose cornerstone was laid by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere in 1795. You’ll also see the Old South Meeting House where colonists gathered on the eve of the Boston Tea Party.

    Then it is time for your driver to become your Captain as your DUCK splashes into the Charles River. Cruising along the river you’ll see Craigie Drawbridge and the Longfellow Bridge linking Boston with Cambridge.

    Upon returning to dry land, your panoramic drive continues as you head back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by by amphibious vehicle. This tour involves very little walking, however guests must be able to negotiate ten steps to board the Amphibious DUCK. Regrettably the DUCK has no storage for wheelchairs. The advertised order of the sights visited may vary.

    Tour code

    BOS_011

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1¾ hours

  • Boston by Night & Lobster Dinner

    See Boston by night, and dine in the city’s oldest restaurant, where John F Kennedy was a regular.

    Boston by Night & Lobster Dinner

    Enjoy a panoramic drive of Boston, taking in the city lights and night time atmosphere. A stop will be made at Copley Square, one of the city’s most attractive spots which is dominated by Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. Your drive will continue through the charming residential area of Back Bay and along Newbury Street, passing by the bustling, trendy cafés. You’ll also pass by the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House and see the Old South Meeting House where the Boston Tea Party began. Crossing over the Charles River is where you’ll capture some great views of Boston’s skyline at night. Union Oyster House is Boston's oldest restaurant, dating from 1826, and it’s also the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the United States. It offers a charming old fashioned atmosphere with its wooden ceiling beams and wide planked floors, and it’s also famed for being a favourite of President John F Kennedy. Here, you’ll be served a delicious evening meal of clam chowder and tasty lobster, all rounded off with a scrumptious apple cobbler. A coffee or tea will also be served, as you relax after your meal, before the return drive back to the ship.

    This excursion operates by coach. This tour involves limited walking; however depending on the seating area there may be up to around 20 steps to negotiate within the restaurant. There may also be a short walk from the coach drop off point to the Union Oyster House. As well as a tea or coffee, soda and water are also included; however any additional drinks will need to be purchased separately. Guests are advised to take along US Dollars.

    Tour code

    BOS_027

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Walk the Freedom Trail

    Take a guided walking tour of Boston’s unique ‘Freedom Trail’, a historic route linking many of Boston’s most important sites.

    Walk the Freedom Trail

    A walking tour is the most in-depth way to see Boston. Your guide will bring history to life as you follow in the footsteps of patriots on a journey along the ‘Freedom Trail’.

    During your walk, you’ll admire the North End of the city, the oldest section of Boston with its narrow crooked streets laid over what were originally cow paths. At No. 19 North Square, you’ll also see Paul Revere’s House, the oldest standing structure in Boston. Your tour will also pass by the statue of Paul Revere that stands on Paul Revere Mall, with the fine Old North Church rising behind him. The statue of Revere on horseback is one of Boston’s most-photographed sights. Other highlights include the Old South Meeting House, Granary Burying Ground, the ‘new’ State House, the Old Corner Bookstore and the King’s Chapel.

    Your walking tour will draw to an end at Quincy Market, where you’ll have some free time, before taking the transfer back to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.Guests will be required to share the shuttle bus into the city to reach the starting point of the walking tour, and return on the shuttle at the end of the tour. Guests are advised that this walking tour covers a distance of approximately two miles and there will be a certain amount of standing during the tour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The time spent at Quincy Market is around 50 minutes.

    Tour code

    BOS_025

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • City Drive & Boston Tea Party Museum

    Enjoy a city drive that will introduce you to the highlights of Boston, combined with a visit to the fun and fascinating Boston Tea Party Museum.

    City Drive & Boston Tea Party Museum

    From the port, you’ll drive towards Copley Square, one of the city’s most attractive spots. A photo stop will be made for you to admire the stunning Romanesque Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library, which is known for its magnificent Italian Renaissance-style exterior.

    Your drive will take you along Newbury Street, passing by the public garden and into the heart of the old city. Admire the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House along the ‘Freedom Trail’, before arriving at the Boston Tea Party Museum. Here, you can discover the story behind the Boston Tea Party and immerse yourself into the momentous events of December 16th, 1773.

    Your costumed host will greet you and take you through this unique multi-sensory museum experience. Enjoy the museum re-enactments and explore the replica ships, where you’ll have the opportunity to relive the history books by hauling tea overboard. To round off your visit, a cup of tea and a tasty treat will be offered at the museum’s tea room, before the return drive to the port.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Places are limited and early booking is advised. The museum tour involves around one hour of walking and standing. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    BOS_029

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Boston by Land & Sea

    Enjoy Boston’s highlights on this panoramic tour, taking in the city’s most important and scenic sights by both land and sea.

    Boston by Land & Sea

    Passing by Boston’s busy waterfront, you’ll soon arrive at Long Wharf to embark on a 45-minute harbour cruise. As your captain expertly navigates the historic waterfront, your guide will point out the many landmarks of the Boston skyline and the surrounding harbour. You’ll also enjoy a view of ‘Old Ironsides’, the USS Constitution at her home in the Charlestown Navy Yard with the Bunker Hill Monument in the background.

    Afterwards, you will re-board your coach for a tour by land to one of the city’s most attractive spots, Copley Square, bordered by the architectural wonders of Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. Continuing through the upscale residential area of Back Bay, you’ll pass a number of quaint boutiques and trendy cafés en route to the Public Garden. In the heart of the city overlooking the Boston Common, lies one of the most elegant and wealthiest neighbourhoods of the city, Beacon Hill.

    During your scenic drive, you’ll pass by the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House, completed in 1978, as well as the Old South Meeting House where the Boston Tea Party began.

    This excursion will operate by coach and motor vessel.The harbour cruise is not exclusive to Cunard and bookings are open to the general public and tourists alike. Please note that the tour itinerary may vary in sequence. Although there is very little walking, passengers must be able to negotiate the steps onto the boat and coach.

    Tour code

    BOS_007

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • American Presidents

    A fascinating tour that visits the John F Kennedy Museum and the ‘Old House’ that was once home to John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

    American Presidents

    The John F Kennedy Museum is located just south of Boston and is a profoundly spiritual and symbolic structure. The soaring white concrete building houses an extensive range of audio-visual displays that offer a great insight into the famous president’s political life and personal life. Upon arrival, relax in the theatre for a short introductory film narrated in part by JFK himself. Incorporating historic television footage and cherished family home movies, this film provides the background, family and political accomplishments of the ‘Camelot’ legend. Following the presentation, you’ll have free time to independently explore the museum.

    Peacefield, also known as the ‘Old House’, is situated within the Adams National Historical Park. It was built in 1731 and became the residence of the Adams family for four generations. Upon arrival, enjoy a video presentation at the visitor’s centre, before joining your National Park Ranger guide for a tour of the homes’ treasures, including the adjacent library. Discover the history of the lives and accomplishments of these two great men.

    After an interesting insight into these American presidents, relax and enjoy a scenic drive back to the port.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.Places are limited on this tour, so early booking is advised. This tour maybe cancelled at short notice if an event is taking place at Peacefield. This tour involves leisurely walking over varying terrain , including steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The drive to the Kennedy Museum is around 1¾ hours.

    Tour code

    BOS_028

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Kennedy Museum & Boston Highlights

    Explore the impressive JFK Museum and see the sights of Boston.

    Kennedy Museum & Boston Highlights

    The soaring white concrete and glass building housing the John F. Kennedy and Museum is located just to the south of Boston overlooking the sea. A profoundly spiritual and symbolic structure.

    At the Kennedy Museum, relax in the theatre for a short introductory film narrated in part by JFK. Incorporating historic television footage and cherished family home movies, this film provides the background, family and political accomplishments of the ‘Camelot’ legend. Following the presentation, you’ll have free time to independently explore the museum. Featuring an extensive range of audio-visual displays, you’ll have an opportunity to stand in a recreation of the Oval Office and experience the drama of President Kennedy’s historic address to the nation on Civil Rights, or perhaps capture the inspirational spirit of the space program.

    Your scenic tour of Boston will take you past Copley Square, bordered by the architectural wonders of Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. In the heart of the city and overlooking the green oasis of Boston Common, lies one of the most elegant and wealthiest neighbourhoods in the city, Beacon Hill. You’ll pass a number of sites along the Freedom Trail, including the gold dome of the Massachusetts State House, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, and the Old South Meeting House where the Sons of Liberty plotted the Boston Tea Party. Following this scenic overview of the city, you will return to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.The sights seen on this city tour may vary due to traffic conditions. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking and standing during the museum visit. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    BOS_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Panoramic Boston

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

    Panoramic Boston

    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.

    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.

    Tour code

    BOS_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Boston by Trolley Hop on Hop off

    For those who wish to experience the Boston Old Town Trolley with the flexibility to explore at leisure.

    Boston by Trolley Hop on Hop off

    The Hop on Hop off trolley will allow you to make the most of your time in Boston. Your friendly conductors will provide an interesting overview of the city, as you drive around stopping and hopping back on at the most popular locations in Boston. The trolley provides a frequency at each stop of approximately every 20 minutes.

    Old Town Trolley will meet you at the cruise ship terminal where complimentary transport will be provided to take you to Long Wharf for Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and New England Aquarium. From here, you will join the main route which has 16 stops at the city’s most popular locations.

    Complimentary return transport will take you back to the ship which will depart from Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Please ensure you at this point in plenty of time for your return to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by trolley and on foot. The Hop on Hop off main route is not exclusive to Cunard. To derive full enjoyment at each stop, some walking is required. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised. This tour does not include entrance fees. The duration of this tour is at the discretion of the passenger. The complete main route takes around two hours. Attractions are subject to closure without notice, particularly Fenway Park.

    Tour code

    BOS_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    2 hours

  • A Day in Salem

    Discover Salem, a colourful coastal town most notable for its famous witch trials and home to the House of the Seven Gables historical landmark.

    A Day in Salem

    Located in Essex County on the Massachusetts’s North Shore is Salem, a town that has a fascinating history of witchcraft hysteria, a strong connection to literature and film and is the designated birthplace of the National Guard. There’s also an array of museums to discover, a pleasant waterfront and town centre and plenty of quirky shops to explore.

    Upon arrival, you’ll take a self-guided visit of the Witch Museum which shows the story of the Witchcraft Trials. Wander into the small theatre to listen to the voices of actors and actresses who, accurately and dramatically, present the truth of this dark period. A selection of interesting displays offers an insight into the town’s history, along with witchcraft facts.

    Afterwards, you’ll visit the House of the Seven Gables, a national historic landmark that served as the centrepiece in novelist and Salem native Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel of the same name. It’s the oldest surviving wooden mansion in New England, with sections dating back as far as 1668.

    To round off your tour, you’ll have some free time at leisure to purchase some luncheon and explore Salem further, before the return drive to Boston.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey time to Salem is around 1¼ hours each way. This tour involves around two hours of leisurely walking over varying terrain including steps, uneven and cobblestone surfaces. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. The free time is around two hours. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    BOS_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Boston by Trolley

    Hop aboard an Old Town Trolley and take in the sights of Boston.

    Boston by Trolley

    Setting off from the port, your Old Town Trolley will take you on a ride through Boston. Your driver-guide will bring Boston’s history to life, weaving together colourful anecdotes, humorous stories, and historical information.

    During your trolley ride, you will pass by the site of the famous Boston Tea Party, often described as the spark that ‘ignited the American Revolution’. Continue through the city and view some of the highlights including, the Old State House, Boston Common, Trinity Church, the well known Cheers Bar, and Fenway Park. Head to the Historic North End, home to the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House and cross the harbour to Charlestown, where you’ll see the beautiful Bunker Hill Monument and view the celebrated war ship, the USS Constitution.

    At the end of the tour, you will be given the option to disembark your trolley at Quincy Market area for some free time. For those guests who choose this option, complimentary transport will be provided for your return to the ship.

    This excursion will operate by trolley. This tour involves limited walking however passengers must be able to negotiate four steps onto and off the trolley. There are no stops during the tour.

    Tour code

    BOS_019

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Best of Boston, Lexington & Concord

    See the most important sites of Lexington and Concord and enjoy a glimpse of Boston too.

    Best of Boston, Lexington & Concord

    In 1775, the British advance travelled a route through Lexington to Concord where the opposing ranks met in battle and consequently this was designated the Battle Road. Today, Lexington remains a place that has the classical elements of a small New England town.

    Visit Lexington Green, where Paul Revere rode to warn the Minutemen that the British were coming. Old North Bridge is the site in Concord where 400 Minutemen faced the British and fired the shot that started the Revolutionary War. Inside Old North Church, you will notice the unusually tall pew boxes, which kept out winter draughts and enabled worshippers to sit around communal foot-warmers.
    br> Enjoy a delightful luncheon at the atmospheric Union Oyster House, America’s oldest continually operating restaurant.

    The return route will take you through Cambridge and Harvard Yard, where you will have an opportunity to stroll past the hallowed halls of America’s oldest and most prestigious university. Your guide will also point out the country homes of renowned authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests with walking difficulties may opt to remain on the coach during the stops. There is approximately 2½ hours of walking included on flat pavements.

    Tour code

    BOS_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Discover Cape Cod

    Escape the city and head out to Cape Cod, a scenic peninsular that is lined with 400 miles of pristine shoreline.

    Discover Cape Cod

    At Cape Cod the Atlantic Ocean crashes against a shoreline that is dotted with cottages, sailboats and quaint fishing villages. This full day tour will take in the highlights of this lovely region.

    The oldest town on Cape Cod is Sandwich which dates back to 1624 and today retains much of its old world charm. As you drive through the town, admire the buildings that appear as they did in the 18th and 19th centuries. A stop will be made at the historical Dexter Grist Mill, which is situated in a lush green setting. The mill is the oldest water mill in the United States and has been lovingly preserved and restored.
    <>br> At the small port of Hyannis, you’ll step aboard a boat for a narrated sightseeing cruise along the Cape Cod Canal. During your cruise you’ll capture the views of the Kennedy Compound and soak up the lovely surrounding scenery.

    Located on the southeast tip of Massachusetts and half way down the Cape Cod Peninsular is the quaint town of Chatham. Here, you’ll be given free time to explore at your leisure and purchase some luncheon or refreshments at one of the local eateries. There are also a variety of local shops to browse and where you can purchase a souvenir of your visit.

    As your day draws to an end, you can sit back and relax as you take the return drive to Boston.

    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot.To allow maximum flexibility, luncheon or refreshments are not included on this tour. The drive to Cape Cod is around 1½ hours. The harbour cruise is around one hour and the boat is not exclusive to Cunard and is shared with the paying general public. Free time in Chatham is approximately 1½ hours. The tour duration may be slightly reduced or lengthened depending on local conditions on the day. This tour involves walking over varying terrain, which includes some steps. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    BOS_030

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Lobster Dinner & Evening City Drive

    Enjoy a lobster dinner at the Union Oyster House, where John F Kennedy was a regular, followed by an evening city drive.

    Lobster Dinner & Evening City Drive

    Union Oyster House is Boston's oldest restaurant, dating from 1826, and it’s also the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the United States. It offers a charming old fashioned atmosphere with its wooden ceiling beams and wide planked floors, and it’s also famed for being a favourite of President John F Kennedy.

    Here, you’ll be served a delicious meal of clam chowder and tasty lobster, all rounded off with a scrumptious apple cobbler and followed by a coffee or tea.

    Next, enjoy a panoramic drive of Boston, taking in the evening atmosphere. You’ll pass by the city highlights including Faneuil Hall, Beacon Hill, the city’s public garden and the Freedom Trail route. At Copley Square, one of the city’s most attractive spots, enjoy a photo stop and admire the exteriors of the Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library.

    This excursion will operate by coach. Dinner will be served at 17.00. This tour involves limited walking; however depending on the seating area there may be up to around 20 steps to negotiate within the restaurant. There may also be a short walk from the coach drop off point to the Union Oyster House. As well as a tea or coffee, soda and water are also included; however any additional drinks will need to be purchased separately. Guests are advised to take along US Dollars.

    Tour code

    BOS_035

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4 hours