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Boston, the oldest continually operating port in the Western Hemisphere, has been the premier harbor on the Northeast coast since the whaling era in the 1800s. Today Boston’s newly modernized cruise port stands along the waterfront at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. Major lines with cruise ships currently home-based in Boston are listed below with contact information and typical destinations.
Black Falcon Cruise Terminal (1 Black Falcon Ave., Waterfront, Boston, MA, 02210. 617/330–1500. www.massport.com/port-of-boston.)
Carnival Cruise Line. Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Glory links the East Coast cities of New York City; Portland, Maine; St. John’s, New Brunswick (Canada); and Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). 800/764–7419. www.carnival.com.
Holland America Line. Holland America Line's Maasdaam visits New England, Canada, the Caribbean, and Panama. 877/932–4259. www.hollandamerica.com.
Norwegian Cruise Line. Norwegian Cruise Line offers cruises to Bermuda, Canada, Florida, the Caribbean, and Europe. 866/234–7350. www.ncl.com.
Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas goes to Eastern Canada, New England, and the Caribbean. 866/562–7625. www.royalcaribbean.com.